ECE Seminar: Sustainable Intelligent Everyday Objects are the Future

Presenter: Bashima Islam

Description: With the miniaturization of microcontrollers, our everyday objects are equipped with computational capabilities and augmented intelligence. We expect to have a trillion Internet of Things (IoT) devices by 2035. But how will we power them without generating battery wastage or imposing high maintenance costs? Computing on battery-free IoT devices and passive communication focuses on addressing this question and is a stepping
stone for the vision of sustainable and intelligent everyday objects. We can envision that the future of sustainable computing will reshape how everyday objects behave and influence our life by continuously learning our behavior, our actions, and the environment around us. To achieve this, we need a joint effort of experts from different domains, e.g., machine learning, embedded systems, and wireless communication. My talk will focus on introducing reliable intelligence to these tiny battery-free computers. I will furthermore discuss the challenges and opportunities of this emerging field of sustainable and intelligent everyday objects.

Bio: Bashima is an Assistant Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (department website), Computer Science, and Data Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (institute website) as. She directs the *B*ringing *A*wareness through *S*ystems for *H*umans Lab (*BASH Lab* , lab website), which focuses on understanding and enhancing the usability, intelligence, and processing capabilities of tiny low-power edge devices to realize their full potential in our daily lives. Her lab aims to develop a new set of
intelligent edge computers that provide sustainable and scalable sensing solutions in various application domains ranging from health wearable to precision agriculture. The interdisciplinary nature of Bashima’s research involves diverse domains, including machine learning, mobile computing, embedded systems, and ubiquitous computing.

Her work has been published in top conferences, including IMWUT/UBICOMP, IPSN, RTAS, SenSys, EuroSys and MobiSys. In recognition of her work on time-aware intermittent systems, she received an honorable mention for the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award at UbiComp 2020. She was one of the Rising Stars in EECS, 2020, and received the N2Women Young Researcher
Fellowship in 2017. Forbes named her as one of the 30 most influential scientists under the age of 30 in 2021.

Bashima received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2021 and is currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). 

Hosted by: Professor Colleen Josephson

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Monday, February 12 at 10:40am to 12:00pm

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