Information and Sensing Systems (ISS)

The acquisition, distribution, and analysis of information are developing into a problem of previously unimagined proportions. It has been estimated that approximately 1.2 billion terabytes of data will be generated in the year 2010 alone, much of it in the form of media such as audio, images, and video. Addressing the challenge of this “Data Deluge” offers enormous opportunities in fundamental research ranging from the design of sensors to the modeling of high-dimensional data, and has the potential to impact society in applications ranging from multimedia to environmental monitoring and policy.

The Information and Sensing Systems signature area is dedicated to the breadth of scientific and societal problems related to the sensing, communications, analysis, and understanding of information, and to developing the hardware and systems necessary to answer the challenges. A large number of Purdue researchers, who span all the schools of the College of Engineering have strong interests in both the theory and associated applications of ISS.

A partial list of research topics in the ISS area includes:

  • Engineering-improved prostheses for speech, hearing, and vision
  • Imaging and Visualization
  • Information systems hardware, software, networks, and applications
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical and biological imaging and sensing
  • Multimedia systems
  • Radar sensing
  • Remote sensing and global positioning systems
  • Security systems
  • Sensor and communication networks
  • Sensing and signal processing for transportation systems
  • Signal processing for healthcare and nutrition
  • Speech and auditory engineering
  • Vision systems

While the ISS applications are diverse, there is great commonality in the underlying expertise and approaches that are used to address these important problems. This commonality of approaches forms a natural affinity among researchers who benefit through collaboration and knowledge sharing.