Fall 2005 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, November 18, 2005

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Professor Aura Ganz

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Biography: Aura Ganz is an Associate Professor and Director of the Multimedia Networks Laboratory at the ECE Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has co-authored the book,  Multimedia Wireless Networks: Technologies, Standards and QoS,  and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). She holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the Technion in Israel.
TITLE: Resilient Communication Networks for Disaster Management
Abstract: In this presentation, we introduce the communication challenges faced during disasters. We discuss a number of low-cost and easy to setup wireless multimedia transmission systems that we developed to support patient care during disasters. With real-time transfer of data from video cameras, sensors and display of information on the devices (PDAs, laptops) of EMT (Emergency Medical Team) from multiple disaster sites to the control center, the system enables disaster managers to quickly obtain patients' status information from the entire disaster area, to assist the diagnosis and treatment of patients, reducing mortality and morbidity in disaster situation. Moreover, the disaster managers in the command center can remotely control the information sent from the disaster sites. We have implemented the system prototype over a wireless network and successfully demonstrated simultaneous transmission of video, sensor information, medical image and text patient information from multiple disaster sites to the control center.

This is joint work with Yuechun Chu and Xin Huang
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter Representative, Ms. Tina Wakolbinger, wakolbinger@som.umass.edu