Updated February 18, 2013

*Please note that the program is subject to change



Keynote Speaker

Rong Zheng, Associate Professor
McMaster University, Canada

Structure health monitoring is crucial in ensuring the safe operation of civil structures such as bridges and highways both at the early stage of constructions as well as during operations. Smart aggregate (SA) is a multi-functional Piezo-electric transducer based sensor that can be utilized for passive and active sensing. In this talk, we present the hardware design, software architecture and algorithm development utilizing SAs for autonomous structure health monitoring and impact detection.

Rong Zheng received her Ph.D. degree from Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her M.E. and B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, P.R. China. She is on the faculty of the Department of Computer and Software, McMaster University, Canada.

Rong Zheng's research interests include network monitoring and diagnosis, cyber physical systems, and sequential learning and decision theory. She received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006, and University of Houston Research Award in 2010. She serves on the technical program committees of leading networking conferences; and was the program chair for the first ACM workshop on medical grade wireless networks and the 7th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems and Applications. She served as a guest editor for EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Special issue on wireless location estimation and tracking, Elsevler’s Computer Communications – Special Issue on Cyber Physical Systems.