Ten graduate students directly worked on the project; one was supported by an LSU Fellowship, one by a Bilsland Fellowship at Purdue, one by UF funds, and another by FIU funds. Purdue University PhD student Yu Tak Ma completed his dissertation partly based on the work topics supported by this project. He is now employed as a researcher in the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore. PhD students Shibo He, Fachang Jiang, Zhu Ren also gained experience in measuring and analyzing wireless recharging (using a real industry system from Intel). They are pursuing their PhD in Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) in the area of the supported research.Three research experiences for undergraduate students worked on the project
Dr. Iyengar at FIU, Dr. Wu and others at LSU are conducted a workshop series titled 'Multi University Research and Training in Protection of Critical Information Infrastructures' funded by another NSF award for two weeks in the Summers of 2012 and 2013. These workshops provided training in security infrastructure approacesh using sensor networks for real-time applications for six faculty/students pairs from minority institutions; the research performed in this NeTS project was presented.
Dr. Iyengar offered a summer workshop that featured this project's advanced sensor network technologies for robotics applications to 30 middle and high school students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This workshop was held at Department of Computer Science of Louisiana State University on June 23rd and 24th, 2011.
Purdue University's researchers have participated in a Smart Grid security summer school and a Smart Grid IT Industry Workshop. As a result, they have established interactions with the TCIPG Smart Grid IT program led by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The Project's PI leads the Discovery Lab and is performing the project's research within that Lab while exposing the Lab's students and faculty to this research in order to broaden their expertise in sensor networks. The Discovery Lab provides an infrastructure to promote collaborative research among universities and research organizations across the nation. In addition to addressing a comprehensive set of fundamental research topics, the Lab is pursuing commercialization, distinguishing itself from traditional research labs through its focus on translating research discoveries into technology transfer outcomes. At the same time the laboratory provides students with the hands-on experiences they need to solve real-world challenges, develops student-led research opportunities, fosters students’ entrepreneurial skills, and trains a new generation of IT professionals who reflect the diversity of South Florida.
Specifically, the Discovery Lab's students are using the technologies developed via this award to develop sensor-based robots for assisting disabled veterans. It has also held several workshops on Robotics for Middle School students and Teachers that include a discussion of sensor technologies and applications.