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IEEE service and research awards for Tonello

The IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Power Line Communications (TC-PLC) has honored prof. Andrea Tonello’s activity with two prestigious awards: the 2019 Outstanding Service Award and the 2019 Interdisciplinary Research and Application Award. The Outstanding Service Award is given in recognition of members of the Technical Committee on Power […]

Taking control of electricity consumption and storage

Austria has set itself the target in computational terms to cover 100% of total electricity consumption from renewable energy sources by 2030. Photovoltaics, wind and hydro power will serve as driving force. A conversation with smart grids expert Wilfried Elmenreich about the intelligent management and optimisation of renewable energy. Photovoltaic […]

Self-calibration of visual sensor networks

Many multi-camera applications rely on the knowledge of the spatial relationship among the individual nodes. However, establishing such a network-wide calibration is typically a time-consuming task and requires user interaction. In her recent work, Jennifer Simonjan developed a decentralized and resource-aware algorithm for estimating the poses of all camera nodes […]

Sarwar defended PhD

Today Omair Sarwar successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Facial Privacy Protection in Airborne Recreational Videography”. Omair participated in our Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School on Interactive and Cognitive Environements and was co-supervised by Andrea Cavallaro from Queen Mary University of London. The defense committee was composed by Prof. Hermann Hellwagner […]

UAV motion planning for multi-coverage

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with onboard cameras are increasingly deployed in various applications including surveying, search and rescue, inspection as well as video production. In all these applications, the UAVs move – in many cases autonomously – to capture imagery of sufficient quality of the environment or objects of interest.  […]

Exploring nano-cameras during research visit at Georgia Tech

Jennifer Simonjan, research and teaching staff member at the Pervasive Computing Group, spent three months, from January to March 2018, as visiting researcher in the Broadband Wireless Networking Lab of Professor Ian F. Akyildiz at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There she conducted research in the field of nanoscale optics […]

One time for all: Synchronising time in drone swarms

Wherever several clocks tick simultaneously, it is tricky to get them all to display precisely the same time. This can be a challenge for drone swarms that are airborne together. To tackle this problem, young scientist Agata Gniewek is developing new technologies. The difficulty is in the detail: When drone […]

A bachelor thesis evolved into a startup company

In 2014 Michael Gruber started his bachelor thesis at the Pervasive Computing group by investigating different software tools for simulating distributed algorithms in multi-camera networks. Together with his supervisor Melanie Schranz – at that time teaching and research staff member at NES – he explored the Unity game engine as […]

Packages delivered by air: Drones as delivery service

What has travelled by road to reach us until now could be delivered by drones in the future. This has many advantages: Poor rural transport infrastructure or persistent congestion in large cities can be bypassed. In 2013, Amazon was among the first to announce the intention to deliver goods using […]