Congratulations to Jennifer Gamble for winning at the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium! Each year, the Symposium showcases the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at NC State. First-, second-, and third-place winners have been announced in eight categories. The Symposium was held on March 21, 2011 at the McKimmon Center.
Jennifer Gamble, a PhD student in electrical engineering, took third-place for Computational Topology in Sensor Networks. Sensor networks consist of nodes which are spatially distributed over an area of interest, where each node can detect information about its local environment and communicate with other sensors within its radius. However, in practical applications, power is at a premium and GPS or localization algorithms can be expensive. This study explores ways in which computational topology can be used to collect features of a sensor network using only local information in a coordinate-free environment.