Sensing in Challenging Environments
Space, underground and mobility bring many challenges to sensor-device design, implementation and maintenance. Mobility brings more dynamic radio-behaviours therefore we have been researching combinations of network protocols and adaptive-duty cycling for mobile sensors that are: attached to moving industrial components such as pulleys, attached to or controlling UAVs/drones in flight, or attached to people. In FUSE we built a fully underground (in soil) sensor network mesh that adapted to different soil conditions. We are also examining the challenges of sensing in Space. We are interested in how to build self-organising sensors, mixed fixed and non-uniform sensor placement, and sudden-death processing. Our self-generating space sensor project combines lab and flight projects to build a 3D Sensor Printer for resource constrained ChipSat, Thin-Film and CubeSat scale printed sensors that adapt to new mission constrains for astronomy, planetary and space science.