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Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

Release Date:
9/4/2013 12:00 AM

Architecture, Design, Implementation, and Operation of Sensor/Actuator Networks for Severe Weather Observations

Michael Zink, features Michael Zink, Ph.D


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by Michael Zink on an overview of CASA’s DCAS system architecture. This includes the sensing nodes, the communication infrastructure, and the central node, which hosts the Meteorological Command & Control (MC&C) architecture. In addition to the system architecture, he will give an overview on two CASA testbeds that are an instantiation of this architecture. Dr. Zink will conclude his presentation with an overview on new topics they are currently investigating in CASA. These topics include the tracking of low-flying aircraft in addition to weather, the integration of infrasound sensors, the application of cloud computing for on demand execution of weather prediction algorithms, and the usage of ultra-high bandwidth links to transmit time-series radar data in real time.

CASA is a NSF funded Engineering Research Center that seeks to revolutionize our ability to observe, understand, predict, and respond to hazardous weather by creating distributed collaborative adaptive sensing (DCAS) networks that sample the atmosphere where and when end-user needs are greatest.


Dr. Zink is currently an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. As CASA's Deputy Director for Technical Integration, he manages an interdisciplinary team of meteorologists, electrical engineers, social scientists and computer scientists. He works in the fields of sensor networks and distribution networks for high bandwidth data. Further research interests are in wide-area multimedia distribution for wired and wireless environments and network measurements. His research interests also focus on advanced and next generation networks and he has been leading three projects within the NSF GENI initiative.


Sept. 11, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.               


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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