International Workshop on Sensors and Small Satellite Technology for Disaster Management – SSTDM 2016
Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh is the Director & Professor of Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA). She is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri.
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh pursued her Ph. D. in Computer Science from Amrita University and authored a research thesis titled Wireless Sensor Network to Detect Rainfall Induced Landslides. Her research work was instrumental in deploying the first ever Wireless Sensor Network system capable of issuing landslide warning. She has received U.S. Patent US 13/168,3572014. for this work, "Network based system for predicting landslides and providing early warnings". She has an M. B. A. in Systems Management and Financial Management from Amrita University. She completed her B. Tech. in Production Engineering from Kerala University.
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh is the Dean of International Programs. She heads all the activities of Amrita Center for International Programs (ACIP). The Center has been incharge of developing collaborative initiatives between Amrita University and other International Universities. The main work includes developing MoU with international universities for faculty and student exchange programs, dual degree programs, research collaborations etc. As of now Amrita has signed 49MoUs with different international Universities since 2005.
Dr. Maneesha had given distinguished lectures in different reputed Universities during visits at International Universities. Since 2007 she had published more than 94 publications, including three best paper awards. Dr. Maneesha was awarded the prestigious Young Faculty Research Fellowship under Visvesvaraya PhD scheme for Electronics and IT for the year 2015-16 from The Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. She has received the national award, NABARD award for her work on landslide monitoring and early warning system. She is the Editor of Ad Hoc Networks Journal published by Elsevier.
OceanNet: Affordable Internet on the Ocean for Long Range Communication and Disaster Warning and Preparedness
Coastal fishermen in India spend 5-7 days on the ocean for each fishing trip. They face many dangers, both natural and man-made, while on the ocean and are completely cut off from land during this time. Nor are they able to keep in touch with their families while fishing offshore as there is no cell phone coverage. We investigated the needs of the local fishermen community and architected an opportunistic multi-level long-range Wi-Fi (LR Wi-Fi) backhaul network providing Internet connectivity to the fishermen. This network is designed to provide connectivity upto a maximum of 120Km from the shore. The proposed system will be integrated with applications that provide real-time information about fisherman location, voice calls with fisherman, disaster warning dissemination portal, search and rescue portal, information dissemination of potential fishing zones, mobile app for auction of daily catch etc. We have developed and deployed the network in real-life field trials at the Arabian Sea and carried out performance evaluation. The network is adaptive and opportunistic to maximize the Internet connectivity. Most importantly, the architecture provides affordable Internet access via smart phones to a class of people who have been marginalized from the Internet community for a long time. We believe this is the first time such a solution has been demonstrated, and the fishermen community feels that the Internet will be extremely beneficial. We believe that our solution has global applicability for coastal communities all over the world.