Atwater Kent Laboratories, 301
R. James Duckworth
My electrical and computer engineering interests include multiprocessing, parallel computation, logic synthesis, embedded system design, autonomous robots, and computer architecture. Recently my research work has centered on the Precision Personnel Locator (PPL) for First Responders. This project started as a result of the tragic incident in Worcester in 1999 when six firefighters lost their lives in a warehouse fire. The overall goal of the PPL project is to protect the lives of emergency responders and to enhance their ability to accomplish their missions through research and development of systems for personnel location and tracking, physiological and environment status monitoring, and command and control. This project brings together diverse technical capabilities from other centers and laboratories at WPI to address important problems for emergency responders, the most critical of which is precise location knowledge for each person in a building. Knowing their location and paths at all times increases the situational awareness of the incident commander and allows rescue teams to quickly find a lost of injured firefighter. Both graduate and undergraduate students work on the project, giving them the opportunity for research and development at the state of the art in communications, computation, and positioning—an unparalleled experience. The work has been supported by grants and awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, FEMA, and various companies.
- parallel computation
- logic synthesis
- real-time systems
- rapid prototyping of computer systems
- B. Eng., Bradford University - England, 1981
- PhD, University of Nottingham - England, 1984
- A. Cavanaugh, M. Lowe, D. Cyganski, R. J. Duckworth, "WPI Precision Personnel Location System:Rapid Deployment Antenna System and Sensor Fusion for 3D Precision Location", ION ITM 2010, Session A4: Urban Indoor Navigation Technology, January 25-27, 2010, San Diego, CA.
- B. Woodacre, D. Cyganski, R. J. Duckworth, V. Amendolare, "WPI Precision Personnel Locator System: Antenna Geometry Estimation Using a Robust Multilateralization Technique ." Institute of Navigation, 2009 International Technical Meeting, Anaheim, California, January 2009.
- V. Amendolare, D. Cyganski, R. J. Duckworth, S. Makarov, J. Coyne, H. Daempfling, B. Woodacre, "WPI Precision Personnel Location System: Inertial Navigation Supplementation." Position Location And Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2008, Monterey, California, May 2008.
- J. Coyne, D. Cyganski, J. Duckworth, "FPGA-Based Co-processor for Singular Value Array Reconciliation Tomography," 16th Annual IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines, Palo Alto, CA, April 2008.
- B. Woodacre, D. Cyganski, J. Duckworth, S. Makarov, W. Michalson, J. Orr, et al., "WPI Precision Personnel Locator System: Automatic Antenna Geometry Estimation." Institute of Navigation, National Technical Meeting 2008, San Diego, California, January 2008.
Labs and Centers
- 1989: Satin Distinguished Fellow Award.
- IEEE & IEE Membership
- British Computer Society
- ASEE Membership