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ESE Seminar: Reino Virrankoski

Thursday, May 30 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Preston M. Green Hall, Rodin Auditorium, L0120
135 N Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Sensors, Multicopter Drones and Cellular Solutions in Situational Awareness

Abstract: Wireless sensor systems and sensors carried by multicopter drones have a remarkable role in situational awareness. Compared to many older surveillance systems, their production costs are cheaper, and they are easier to carry, deploy and operate. Their computation and communication capabilities enable higher autonomy level than before. However, there are several issues to consider making these systems feasible for safety critical use. Multicopter drones and sensor systems are not operating alone so they must be interfaced with the other parts of the situational awareness system. Communication solutions must be reliable and robust against intentional and unintentional disturbances. Navigation and positioning must operate also in such situations, when GNSS positioning is seriously disturbed or completely missing. Connectivity to the critical parts of the system must be guaranteed. The use of existing cellular network, or standalone solutions based on the same technology, offers interesting opportunities. This presentation provides an overview about the ongoing and recent research about the topic in Aalto University.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology

Electrical & Systems Engineering


Event Contact

Aaron Beagle | abeagle@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Reino Virrankoski

Bio: Reino Virrankoski received his doctorate from the University of Vaasa in 2019 and his master’s from the University of Helsinki in 2000. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Information and Communications Engineering at Aalto University, lecturing part-time at the National Defense University of Finland and doing some consultation, advisory and mentoring work (strategic analysis, business development, startups). He has been working as a Development Manager at the Faculty of Technology of the University of Vaasa in 2010-2018 and as a Lecturer of Telecommunications at the University of Vaasa in 2007-2010. He worked as a Researcher at Helsinki University of Technology (now part of Aalto University) in 2000-2007, Visiting Assistant Researcher at Yale University in 2004-2005, and Visiting Researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. In 2014-15 and 2011-12 he worked as Acting Professor of Embedded Systems at the University of Vaasa. Virrankoski’s research interests are related to autonomous systems, especially wireless communication, IoT, AI and their industrial and military applications.

Hosted by: Neal Patwari

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