Wireless Sensors for Aircraft
With the advance of new technologies, more and more sensors will be employed in various aircrafts to improve the safety, capacity, efficiency, and environmental friendliness of air transportation. With the increase of onboard sensors, sensor wiring will become more critical, heavier, and more costly to install and maintain. Wireless communications has been a reliable data link means in many aerospace applications, including critical ones. The major concern for using wireless links for aerospace sensors is the feasibility of their in the aerospace setting; i.e., whether wireless links will negatively affect the overall reliability and safety of the aircrafts. In this project, we study the feasibility issue and conclude that with appropriate choice of wireless communication schemes and parameters, the wireless links can have reasonable immunity to interferences, low interference to other on-board wireless systems, and good security performance. Further more, we consider the feasibility of adapting an existing technology, IEEE 802.15.4, to implement the wireless links for aerospace sensors, with focuses on immunity to interferences and data security. We conclude that a wireless network based on IEEE 802.15.4-compatible devices is appropriate for non-critical aerospace applications, at least from building a demo system's point of view.
Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering
Dr. Demirkiran is a senior IEEE member and an expert in the areas of weak signal detection and spread spectrum communication systems. He is widely acknowledged as a superlative instructor and is a recipient of the campus Outstanding Teaching Award.
Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering
Dr. Liu is a well-loved faculty with extensive experience in supervising student projects, such as the Green Plane project and the IEEE Student Robotics competition. In addition to his new-found research interest in power systems for hybrid electric aircraft, he is a digital system processing expert.
Electrical,Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering
Dr. Yang performs research in adaptive signal processing, automatic target recognition and wireless communication systems. He is the president of the local chapter of the IEEE, and very engaged in both student projects and the development and assessment of novel teaching techniques.