Anthony Wood is a doctoral candidate in computer science. His decision to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia was influenced by the institution and its faculty. “U.Va. has a great reputation for education in general, and the particular research group I wanted to join is well-respected and productive,” he says.
Wood’s research focus is on wireless sensor networks (WSNs). WSNs are tiny, autonomous devices that are networked in order to be able to communicate with one another. They can be used to sense changes in characteristics such as temperature, sound, and vibration. “The possibilities for future research and application are enormous,” says Wood. Some of the practical applications for WSNs include habitat monitoring, military surveillance, and traffic control.
Wood's research has largely focused on perfecting WSNs for the AlarmNet project—an innovative healthcare monitoring network for aging adults. AlarmNet offers a practical solution to the challenges to healthcare presented by millions of aging baby boomers, especially since people today are living longer. The system can remotely monitor important vital functions, providing critical information to caregivers and healthcare professionals. Such a system will give people the opportunity to safely age in place—maintaining the comfort of their home environment, or the independence offered by assisted living facilities.
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