Li to discuss animals in disaster recovery

Published: Sep 27, 2007 11:55:29 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb,, 334.844.2220

Yihan Li, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will present a lecture on her research the next lecture in the wireless engineering seminar series on Friday, September 28 at 3 p.m. in Broun Hall 235. Li will discuss her research on the use of remotely guided animals outfitted with sensor laden backpacks for use in search and rescue operations.

Recent research has shown that animals can be guided remotely by stimulating regions of the brain. Li's work is designed to enable networks of these animals to aid in natural disaster recovery, as well as homeland security and military operations.

Li will provide an overview of the proposed system architecture and operation, as well as the major challenges faced in designing the biosensor network. Since each animal needs to carry a backpack to perform sensing and network communications, the implementation of a backpack prototype will be presented, and a simple network set up to capture and transfer video sensor data discussed.

Li received a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She also received a master's degree in system engineering and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, both from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y. At Auburn, she works with faculty member Prathima Agrawal on wireless networking problems. Li is a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.