Eric Yeatman

Growing the Intelligence of Future City Infrastructure

Cities are getting steadily more “intelligent” through increasing use of sensors, wireless communication, computation-enabled devices, and citizen interaction through smart phone apps. Transport is a prime example where the benefits – in convenience and efficiency – are evident. Existing technology offers the capability to extend these benefits much further, particularly in linking the intelligence from different sectors, but there are major challenges to overcome and questions to resolve. This talk will examine some of these, such as how to power and maintain huge networks of sensors; how to connect deployers and beneficiaries of smart technology to achieve return on investment; and how to control interlinked systems across very different sectors.

Eric M. Yeatman has been a member of academic staff in Imperial College London since 1989, and Professor of Micro-Engineering since 2005. He is Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and has published more than 200 papers and patents, primarily on optical devices and materials, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). He is also Co-Director of the college's Digital Economy Lab, and Principal Investigator of the multi-faculty project Digital City Exchange. He is a Fellow and Silver Medalist of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the IEEE. Prof. Yeatman is also co-founder and director of Microsaic Systems plc, which develops and markets miniature mass spectrometers for portable chemical analysis. His current research interests are in energy sources for wireless devices (particularly energy harvesting), radio frequency and photonic MEMS devices, pervasive sensing and sensor networks.

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