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My Life | 我的人生
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Wireless Networking | Android Phones & BSN Systems Developing | Thinking of Security | NASA's Smart Buildings & Space Exploration | Nuclear Forensics and Jurisprudence
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Wireless Networking











Ad-hoc and sensor networks are emerging area of research that has brought up many interests and attention. A mobile ad-hoc network is a temporary interconnection network of mobile wireless nodes without a fixed infrastructure. The project is a multidisciplinary effort that seeks to better understand the routing aspect of a sensor network. We aim to build a simple routing simulation tool which enables us to observe the fundamentals of ad hoc and sensor networks based on computational algorithms and theories. Among many routing algorithms, our group focuses on link reversal algorithms, specifically the full reversal algorithm. Introduced by E.M. Gafni and D.P.Bertsekas in 1981, the algorithm provides a simple mechanism for routing in ad hoc wireless distributed networks. We hereby propose our Link Reversal Simulator, which implements the famous event-driven simulation to simulate unexpected hazards during normal operation. Cooperating with the UIUC Wireless Networking Group, we consider our network simulation tool not only provides a platform to evaluate network routing protocols, but helps testify mathematical theorems and hypotheses. We have begun to verify several performance analyses of link reversal algorithms including those proposed by C. Busch and others. Using a mathematical model to quantitatively evaluate the performance of the Ad-hoc network, our simulator successfully analyzes and predicts what happens in an ideal wireless sensor network, with features such as mobility and topology control. The most important contribution of this project includes the development of routing simulator, which will benefit further research in many areas.

Presented @ 112th Annual Sigma Xi Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Poster | Paper | Software Guide

Android Phones & BSN Systems Developing

I was engaged in Ruzena Bajcsy’s Body Sensor Network Lab through UC Berkeley REU Undergraduate Research Program. My research includes development of BSN systems for monitoring and analysis using wearable sensors, primarily focused towards health applications. WAVE and CalFit are our most important focuses. WAVE is an API for the Google Android OS which aims to provide easy management of wireless body sensor networks and functions for analyzing body sensor data. With WAVE, users will be able to quickly develop BSN applications for mobile devices using Android OS. CalFit is an Android application for monitoring and encouraging physical activity and fitness by incorporating social networking and competition. It will be released to the public for beta testing in the near future.

IEEE Explore Link

IEEE Computer Society Link

Body Sensor Networks Paper

Thinking of Security

As undergraduate research plays an important role in the educational experience and provides practical skills for future employment and graduate school, in Spring 2011 I joined the TRUST Scholars Program, a paid academic-year undergraduate research experience for students in the college of Engineering at UC Berkeley. I studied brain/machine interface and cyber security topics under John Chuang from School of Information. Our group hopes to have a solid discovery and even a paper published at the end of 2011. Our project is titled “Thinking about Security”. This multidisciplinary research project studies individual decision-making in security and privacy. The project is itself very exciting. We design and develop system to collect and analyze brain-wave and other bio-feedback signals of subjects performing security tasks. From this project, we learn about not just computer security, but also brain-machine interfaces, signal processing, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and experimental design.

Presented @ USEC '13 at Okinawa, Japan Paper | Presentation

TRUST Poster PDF | Powerpoint

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NASA's Smart Buildings & Space Exploration

Along with advisor Alice Agogino, a group of Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students joined collaboration with NASA in summer 2011. Wireless sensor networks along with sensor fusion for prognostics, diagnostics and failure recovery is critical for space exploration and environmental/machine monitoring. Our group intends to build on NASA’s experience with a domestic test bed in Sustainability Base that leverages the versatility of wireless sensor and actuator network technologies, to create a wireless networked lighting system for the green building that accounts for both energy efficiency and user satisfaction. This actuator/ sensor network platform can then be extended to new domains such as space vehicles or space-habitats.

Smart Lighting Report Report

Nuclear Forensics and Jurisprudence

Visualization can play an important role in the successful prosecution of smugglers of interdicted nuclear materials. Nuclear forensics (the tracing of the source of interdicted materials) is grounded in the science of radioactive decay and those scientific databases which have been developed over the past century on nuclear materials properties. However in a court of law and when working with non- technical law enforcement officials, the process of nuclear isotope decay over time needs to be carefully explained. Most visual presentations of the decay process are static, and those few available dynamic visualization efforts are incomplete. I present new methods for describing and visualizing the dynamics of radioactive decay which capture the radioisotope interaction between initial isotopic state (e.g. some fixed amount of Uranium or Plutonium) and subsequent daughter isotopes which appear and follow their own separate process of nuclear decay. As an example, temporal sequenced pie charts can vividly display quantitative decay amounts over time periods from months to millennia. Multiple approaches to visualize the radioactive decay process are presented and the advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed.

Presented @ EVIA '13 at Tokyo, Japan Paper | Summary

Presented @ JCDL '13 at Seatle, USA Paper | Poster | Presentation

UC Berkeley Seminar Talks Paper | Presentation

Electronic Light Sensor Siren Synthesizer (EE40 Final Project)

Our project is inspired by a Japanese science book called Electronic Circuit Design. On page 94 it describes the application of a light dependence resistor on a common toy: a bird which sings a song when illuminated. The key idea behind the circuit is the use of a cadmium sulfide (CdS) cell, a light dependent resistor which varies its resistor value depending on the intensity of the illuminating light. Thus, we can apply this property to achieve our objective: use light as source to determine the behavior of our device. We use the concept from LAB4 of using resistors and capacitors to control timer circuits to synthesize frequencies used in sirens. The 555 Timer is our most important component, as the clock on and off rate can be set by different values of capacitors and resistors. Behind it is the RC circuit, which has charging and discharging periods that determine the clock on and off periods of the timer circuits. Since the CdS cell varies its resistance based on the amount of light it receives, the capacitor charging and discharging time will vary based on the amount of light the CdS receives. The 8-pin 555 Timer will generate a voltage with frequency based on the capacitor charge and discharge time and this varying voltage will be the input to the speaker, so the varying resistance value will create varying frequencies emitted by the speaker. Finally, we put our circuit bread board inside a car model. More light illuminating the car will cause it to sing with higher frequency. This is because more light decreases the CdS resistor value, and we will show that this decreases the capacitor charging time, which results in a lower frequency.

Final Report Paper

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