Hughes will cover three wireless areas in this talk. He will relate the technical experiences he had and the lessons learned between 1995 and 2002 deploying unlicensed broadband wireless under a series of NSF grants, in support of Environmental and Biological Science data collection in the rainforests of Puerto Rico, the fresh water lakes of northern Wisconsin, central Alaska, and off shore on the Chesapeake Bay outer islands. He will access, real time, data collection going on in Wisconsin and Alaska.
He will cover what it took to design a wirelessly supported Cybercafe at 18,500 feet at Base Camp Mount Everest, then trek personally last November to 12,000 foot Namche, Nepal, and install a wireless network using Singapore designed Smartbridges radios to bring connectivity to both the trekker/climber lodges of Nepal and the poor Sherpa school of Thame, where Distance Learning via Voice over IP will be used.
Finally he will make a few remarks about his pending NSF grant for designing and deploying mesh networked motes, running TinyOS, powered by hydrogen fuel cells in biological study areas such as instrumenting hibernating Arctic squirrels north of the Arctic circle.
About the speaker:
Dave Hughes was honored by Wired Magazine in 1998 as one of the Wired 25, a listing of people who attempt the impossible with every expectation of success.
To learn more about Dave, check his West Point biography where he was part of the class of 1950.