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June 17, 2008

Fornaro Receives FRPD Award to Study Wireless Sensor Networks in the Wild

Dr. Robert Fornaro, director of the Senior Design Center and professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $20,000 by the NC State Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) fund to support his collaborative research proposal titled “Using Wireless Sensor Networks to Determine Spatial and Temporal Relations between Cattle and Wildlife.”

Co-PIs on the proposal include Christopher DePerno (Forestry) and Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf (Population Health and Pathobiology).

The award will run from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

Research Abstract - The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the emerging technology of Wireless Sensor Networks in solving the increasingly important problem of species interactions between domestic animals and wildlife.  Specific objectives include the development of a reliable wireless sensor network that permits recognition of individual animals and that also provides a distance metric between them in real time.  This network will be adapted to include free-ranging white-tailed deer and to collect cow and deer interaction data.  These data will be collected and analyzed to quantify the potential for these interactions to facilitate disease transmission between domestic animals and wildlife.

For more information about Dr. Fornaro, click here.

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