Congratulations to Professor Karl Woodbridge, Dr Kevin Chetty and the UCL WiFi team who have won the National Instruments Engineering Impact Award in the RF and Communications category at the NI Week 2015 meeting held from 3-9th August in Austin, Texas. This follows on from their success last year in winning the UK NI award for their system for detecting the Doppler shifts of ubiquitous Wi-Fi and mobile telephone signals to “see” people moving, even behind masonry walls 25 centimeters thick. Examples in their category highlight how engineers are testing the RF/wireless capabilities of their products or developing next-generation algorithms for deployed wireless systems using a software-defined platform.
The system was described in the IEEE Tech Talk as offering better covert surveillance than a rival team at MIT have produced.
The 2015 Engineering Impact Awards received nearly 100 submissions from authors in more than 20 countries. A judging committee of NI technical experts reviewed the papers and selected the contest finalists and winners. You can view all the category winners and finalists and read their award-winning papers here
The team’s research paper on using this tech for indoor tracking ( ‘Indoor target tracking using high doppler resolution passive Wi-Fi radar’, Qingchao Chen, Bo Tan, Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty) can be viewed here.
Some of the teams work on detection of small body movements – important in healthcare applications and human – machine interaction are reported here.