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Energy Harvesting for Sensor Networks

October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Covey Consulting,   Acupak Pty Ltd.
Enquiries Email:  Acupak00@hotmail.com    


Sensor networks are used for measuring and recording physical variables for  industrial, commercial or defense  purposes. In the case of outdoor networks in remote  locations, the longevity of sensor operation  from power harvested from its surroundings is of prime importance.  Energy harvesting techniques including heat, kinetic energy, light and wind power, sensor operation and low power communication of data are significant issues for operations in remote applications.  These energy harvesting methods, sensor types and networking of sensors will be discussed in this seminar.


Speaker Bio

Alan Harvey worked in sensors for magnetic bearings for some five years at Turbo research in Melbourne. Also he has worked on sensors for movement detection and transmission of that data. He has spent over 5 years working on handwritten character recognition.

Principal of Acupak Pty Ltd, a medical equipment company and an associate  of  Covey Consulting, a process engineering company. Recently he completed Instrumentation for process control systems for a thermal desalination plant and consults on design of a portable version.  He worked for BP Australia and BP UK as a Control and Electronic Engineer.  He had a PhD in Computer Vision and an MSc from UMIST UK and diplomas in Communications Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

His substantive career was at RMIT as a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Electronic Engineering. Worked in industry for over 12 years including BP UK, BP Australia, Australian Paper and CMPS.  He is a member of  IEEE Victoria holding the CAS Chair position.


RMIT University Room 80.10.006