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Prior to becoming the interim Director of the Robotics Engineering Program, and subsequent to my work at Bell Laboratories, I was Dean of Engineering, ad interim, and a Professor in the ECE department at WPI. I have also held the positions of Vice President of Information Systems and Vice Provost within the WPI administration. In my early career my teaching and research primarily centered upon signal processing and its applications. I have been the recipient of 65+ research grants, funded by DARPA, ARO, NSF, DOJ, FEMA/DHS and the electronics, aerospace and medical industry. ... View Profile
Today, firefighters serve increasingly as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. The fire service needs tools and technologies that aid in carrying out their ever expanding mission without increasing costs. My research is focused on working with the fire service to achieve this important goal. I am conducting research on fire department mobilization times and exposure of fire fighters to toxic gases. ... View Profile
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. ... View Profile