Pedro Maló


Experimenting Acoustics in Real environments using Innovative Test-beds

Title: EAR-IT: Experimenting Acoustics in Real environments using Innovative Test-beds

Presenter: Pedro Maló, Uninova

Audio sensors present value facing traditional sensing devices by providing multiple purpose non-line-of-sight sensing. And, with the growing power of processing and networking capabilities it is now possible to exploit audio data for a broad range of applications. The value of audio data is still to be untapped but key partners in this project have already background work on energy efficiency and traffic monitoring applications using acoustics, just to mention a few. There is thus great potential for RTD on intelligent (acoustic) solutions based on acoustical sensor networks to support a myriad set of applications of high (social, business, etc.) value. On the other hand, there exist now large-scale innovative test-beds to support experimentally-driven research on ‘real-life’ environments – the FIRE facilities! These facilities have an installed base of sensors (audio-ready), networked altogether, capable of supporting some advanced research in intelligent acoustics solutions. This lead to the idea of “Ears on FIRE” directed at Experimenting Acoustics in Real environments using Innovative Test-beds (EAR-IT) by realising some distributed intelligence powered by acoustics. To explore, validate and confirm the RTD possibilities of using audio data this project will use the nice test-bed capabilities of HobNet (for indoor environment and related applications such as energy efficiency), as well as the capability of the SmartSantander for large-scale outdoor but also indoor environments for applications such as surveillance. The objectives will be both to validate main research lines but also to deliver new innovative range of services and applications targeting (but not limited) to smart-buildings and smart-cities.

Participates in following conferences:
FIRE Engineering Conference