Edward J Coyle

Georgia Institute of Technology Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lecture Information:
  • April 24, 2024
  • 11:04 AM
  • PG5: 134

Speaker Bio

Edward J. Coyle received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1982. From 1982 through 2007, he was a faculty member at Purdue University, where he served at various times as Assistant Vice Provost for Research, co-director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications, and co-founder of both the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) program and the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program.
Dr. Coyle joined Georgia Tech in January 2008. At Tech he holds the Arbutus Chair for the Integration of Research and Education and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received a number of awards, including the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.


The Theory and Practice of Data Collection in Sensor Networks:
The eStadium VIP Project has generated a number of very interesting problems in sensor networks. Solving these problems so we can deploy a real sensor network in a stadium has involved significant interaction between the theory and practice of sensor networks. We first review the sensing opportunities and challenges that have arisen in the eStadium project, which include the acquisition and processing of video-clips, images, audio, and structural vibration data. The extreme demands placed on this network as it collects all of this information have led to new approaches to the questions of what data should be collected and how to best collect that data. The answers to these questions are given in the form of new algorithms and systems for distributed estimation and detection in sensor networks.

Teaching & Catalyzing Innovation in the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program:
The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is an engineering education program that operates in a research and development context. Undergraduate students that join VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in their areas of technical expertise. The teams are: multidisciplinary drawing students from across engineering and around campus; vertically-integrated maintaining a mix of sophomores through PhD students each semester; and long-term each undergraduate student may participate in a project for up to six semesters and each graduate student may participate for the duration of their graduate career. The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams enable the completion of projects of significant benefit to faculty members’ research efforts.
The eStadium and eTransportation VIP teams will be used as examples. Both demonstrate how the VIP program creates an “innovation continuum” that spans all aspects of the creation and deployment of new technology, including the potential spin-off of new businesses. Students at all levels can thus learn how an idea for research can be analyzed and optimized, then developed and refined, and finally tested and deployed. The projects last long enough that the lessons learned from earlier development and deployment efforts can generate new research ideas.