The Office of Graduate Studies sponsored the Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD) on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in the North Mall of the Webb University Center. This was an opportunity for iNets PhD students, Syed R Rizvi and Liang Chen, to share their NSF-sponsored ALERT research through poster presentation. GRAD'12 allowed undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff, to see the important work that members of Intelligent Networking and Systems (iNetS) Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at Old Dominion University are doing and the value that graduate scholarship has to the challenges that are faced in the Commonwealth and the nation.
This event allowed Syed and Liang to showcase and receive useful feedback on their ALERT project. The objective of ALERT research is to design a real-time information system to improve emergency-response functions by bringing together information to respond to a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other small or large-scale emergency. ALERT stands for An Architecture for the Emergency Retasking of Wireless Sensor Networks. Preliminary results have shown that retasking sensor networks for emergency response is a promising new paradigm that can not only promote a wider adoption of sensor network systems in support of guarding our national infrastructure and public safety, but can also provide invaluable help with disaster management and search-and-rescue operations.
PhD students at ODU are part of a large and thriving graduate research community engaged in important and exciting work in virtually every corner of the campus. ODU's Office of Graduate Studies values the contributions these students make to their fields and to society. Through this annual event, the university celebrates their accomplishments, encourages them to share their work with the greater ODU community, and helps them take their research to the next level.