RCTI Networks for Defence and
Ottawa, Jan. 29, 2008
Who we are.
Research Centre in Technology Innovation (RCTI).
Networks for Defence.
Wireless Sensor Networks.
Sensors, Circuits and Devices for Defence.
Networks and Swarms of Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs).
Network Intelligence and evolution
Who is RCTI?
31 Professors at all levels.
From 6 Departments and 3 Faculties.
Systems and Computer Eng., Electronics, Mechanical Eng., Computer Science, Information
Technology and Business.
Advance research and scholarly activity in electrical and systems
engineering, computing science, and the development and
commercialization of new products
Link R&D carried out by Carleton faculty and graduate students with
Be a valuable source of talent, knowledge, prototypes, and technology to
Member of Technop
le Security and Defense
Networks of things
Networks that perceive, understand and take action for security
Industrial control and security
Power grid control and security
Telephone, internet communication systems
Wireless Ad Hoc Network
Air drop wireless sensors over region. The system establishes its
communication topology. Low power, low cost devices that are
easily augmented and replaced.
Research For Wireless Networks
Facilitate the collection of sensor data from a collection of resource
sensor systems, connected wirelessly. How should the sensors talk to each other?
Support new applications and the re
tasking of wireless nodes.
Support easy integration of new sensors.
Efficient distribution of the information from the sensors to various interested
parties (first responders, airport authorities, etc.).
Combine/fuse data derived from different sites.
Wireless mesh testbed, consisting of 14 custom
build mesh routers and a range of
client devices (PDAs, laptops, etc.).
Research Directions in Sensors and Vehicles (The Things)
Biosensors and authentication.
Autonomous vehicles (Land, Air and Sea).
Video sensors (Cameras)and video understanding.
Super resolution enhancement.
The heart rate and breathing
Biometrics from biosensors provide some promising solutions to
the authentication problems.
Military tactical mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) challenge
As the front line of defence, authentication is the core
requirements for integrity and confidentiality in networked
Research into Wireless Bio Sensors.
development and evaluation of biosensor wireless networking and
management schemes that take into account wireless communication,
power consumption and computational resource requirements,
development and evaluation of biometric
based user authentication and
encryption for high security wireless communications,
Built from low cost robot kit.
HandyBoard HC11 controller
Bluetooth communication channel.
Able to control over internet.
On board navigation control
developed by 4
The boat can be controlled over a
User with a PC and a web browser
can control the boat from anywhere
The web server is placed on the
board microcontroller, which
has not be done before by others
Activmedia PeopleBot Robot
2 DOF camera
based target detection and
Target’s motion is estimated using a particle
It is used to determine distance between
robot and target
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Development
UAS for geophysical surveys is being developed in the Mechanical
and aerospace Engineering department (M&AE), with industry
partner, an Ottawa company and with support from Systems and
Computer Engineering (SCE)
UAS has a demanding mission
Airspeed between 60 and 100 kts
Low altitude down to 30 ft above terrain; terrain following is required
Sensitive magnetometers are mounted on the wingtips
Magnetic signature of the air vehicle must be minimized
UAS Development: Status
Air Vehicle prototype is being built
Size: Wing span 16 ft, weight 200 lb, engine power 30 hp
Start of flight testing: spring of 2009
Four research projects are underway, collaboration between M&AE
Obstacle detection and avoidance
Magnetic signature control
UAS Development: Experimentation
Two small aircraft, avionics test
beds, are being used for testing
Iridium satellite system selected and
A laser altimeter has been purchased for
Cooperative robots and intelligence
Robots have own control and navigation algorithms
Robots only know their position and others
Video Processing and Understanding
Tracking of video objects
Intelligent Video Object Tracking
Tracking, counting and timing of video
Networks of Robots and Sensor Swarms
Vehicles Playing the Evader
Vehicles Learn Each Others
Vehicles Adapt Behaviour
Coalition and Team Formation
Swarm Intelligence and Personality Evolution
Game Theory, Coalition formation.
Evolutionary Game Theory.
Learning (fuzzy, adaptive, genetic).
A rich simulation environment for network development, operator training
and visual display.
The Research Centre in Technology innovation is a unique grouping
of 31 faculty and 100’s of students. The goal is to work closely with
industry to bring new innovative ideas to market.
The research is focused on networks of sensors and devices.
Applications in Security and Defense.
Expertise and research in sensors, wireless systems, autonomous
vehicles and computer networks.
Research into network intelligence, swarm intelligence and adaptive
and learning systems.
Networks that perceive, understand and take action.