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

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 2:20pm to 3:10pm

We have another exciting talk this week as part of the CSCE 791, and I invite you to join the talks. Please encourage your students to join as well via the link below:

Friday, 11/20/2020, from 2:20 pm to 3:10 pm EDT, we have a talk from Nirupam Roy, Assistant Professor, UMD College Park.

Abstract: 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.

Bio: Nirupam Roy is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2018. His research interests are in wireless networking, mobile computing, and embedded systems with applications to IoT, cyber-physical-systems, and security. His recent projects include low-power sensing techniques to enable self-defense in robots and drones. His doctoral thesis was selected for the 2019 CSL Ph.D. thesis award at UIUC. Nirupam is the recipient of the Valkenburg graduate research award, the Lalit Bahl fellowship, and the outstanding thesis awards from both his Bachelor's and Master's institutes. His research received the MobiSys best paper award and was selected for the ACM SIGMOBILE research highlights. Many of his research projects have been featured in news media such as the MIT Technology Review, The Telegraph, and The Huffington Post.

I hope to see you all on Friday at Blackboard Collaborate.