Séminaire ETIS : Hagit Messer

Titre du séminaire et oratrice

Commercial wireless communication system as an opportunistic sensor network for environmental monitoring, Part I – An overview.
Professeur Hagit Messer, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israël.

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Date et lieu

Mardi 10 juin 2014, 14h.
ENSEA, salle du conseil.


While much effort is being put into building special-purpose wireless sensor networks (WSN) for environmental monitoring, the use of existing measurements from a commercial wireless communication system is suggested as an opportunistic sensor network for environmental monitoring. In particular, we propose using measurements of the received signal level (RSL) in the backhaul communication microwave network (CMN) of cellular systems. The use of a CMN to sense the environment has inherently the three main properties of a WSN, being a network of low cost, spatially distributed, autonomous sensors. Moreover, cellular communication networks, being widely spread, guarantee coverage much beyond any existing environmental monitoring technique.

In this talk I will present recent results demonstrating the use of the suggested technique for estimating and mapping of rain, as well as of monitoring other-than-rain phenomena, such as: snow and sleet, moisture, for and dew.


HAGIT MESSER, Fellow of the IEEE, has joined the faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1986, after post-doctorate at Yale University, where she is a professor of Electrical Engineering. On 2000-2003 she has been on leave from TAU, serving as the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, ISRAEL. After returning to TAU she was the head of the Porter school of environmental studies (2004-6), and the Vice President for Research and Development 2006-8. On October 2008 she has started a 5 years term as the President of the Open University in Israel. She is now back to Tel Aviv University, also serving as the Vice-Chair of the council for Higher Education, ISRAEL.