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ECE Colloquium: Internet of Acoustic Things (IoAT): Challenges, Opportunities, and Threats

Mar 5

Monday, March 5, 2018

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hudson Hall 115A


Nirupam Roy, Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The recent proliferation of acoustic devices, ranging from voice assistants to wearable health monitors, is leading to a sensing ecosystem around us - referred to as the Internet of Acoustic Things or IoAT. My research focuses on developing hardware-software building blocks that enable new capabilities for this emerging future. In this talk, I will sample some of my projects. For instance, (1) I will demonstrate carefully designed sounds that are completely inaudible to humans but recordable by all microphones. (2) I will discuss our work with physical vibrations from mobile devices, and how they conduct through finger bones to enable new modalities of short range, human-centric communication. (3) Finally, I will draw attention to various acoustic leakages and threats that arrive with sensor-rich environments. I will conclude this talk with a glimpse of my ongoing and future projects targeting a stronger convergence of sensing, computing, and communications in tomorrow's IoT, cyber-physical systems, and healthcare technologies.

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