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Sam: My name is Sam, I am a researcher her at CSIRO in the field of telecommunication engineering. My research area is on interference mitigation between coexisting wireless Budii area networks, also known as wearable networks.
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Wearable networks are composed of micro and nanotechnology sensory devices, they can be placed all over the human body and they even go down to ones bloodstream and monitor their each and every move.
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There is a vast area of application for these networks in both medical and non-medical sector, for example, gaming, entertainment, sports training, sleep disorder, cancer detection and most importantly, remote patient monitoring.
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One of the challenges we’ve faced was coordination between these networks. During my research I looked into the natural world and was inspired by synchronicity amongst fireflies.
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Hundreds and thousands of fireflies are amazingly able to synchronise themselves over a large area and without any directive force.
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We were able to overcome this challenge by mimicking this synchronisation using computer programming.
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Outside my research I have many passions. Recently I’ve picked up trapeze and is somehow relevant to my research in a way, in terms of the timing.
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When I’m up there hanging on the bar and trying to get a catch, the most important thing is timing.
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This new appreciation of timing has sparked my creativity and sort of influenced my research in so many different an unexpected ways.
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