In this area of research, we focus on developing solutions for different industry domains based on multimodal sensing and communication technologies, with wireless playing the major role.
In the retail world, we have been developing a suite of technologies to be deployed in the storefront to both enable a better customer shopping experience and provide valuable data to the retailer. Our Virtual Shielding technology provides a seamless checkout solution using RFID, which is more cost-effective for the retailer and less cumbersome to use for the customer compared to existing solutions. A second RFID-based technology provides a generalized, battery-free, touch-and-gesture-sensing user interface (UI) primitive applicable in retail environments.
In the domain of public safety, our focus has been on developing communication and tracking solutions to aid in first-responder missions. In emergency scenarios like natural disasters, the probability of communication infrastructure being compromised is high. Our solutions aim to leverage autonomous micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) to provide an on-demand, reconfigurable communication network in the sky.
In terms of transportation, we are considering efficient solutions for urban traffic management. Our goal is to develop a suite of solutions that enable transportation authorities to deploy novel technologies to control and streamline traffic within their cities. While our efforts in this area are only just beginning, our focus to date has been on Smart Parking and other traffic-optimization technologies.