Dr. Nirmala Vasudevan



Dr. Nirmala Vasudevan currently serves as Associate Professor at Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA). Her areas of Interest include Landslides, Neutrino Phenomenology, Supersymmetry and Grand Unification.





Lessons learnt from real-world deployments of landslide monitoring systems: An Earth Sciences perspective


Over the past ten years, Amrita University has been awarded several nationally and internationally funded projects for the deployment of wireless sensor networks to monitor actual landslides remotely and in real-time. These projects have resulted in the deployment of the world's first comprehensive wireless sensor network for landslide monitoring and detection, in Munnar town, Kerala State, South India.The current project entails a deployment in Gangtok city, the capital of Sikkim State in the North East Himalayas. I have been a member of the landslide team since the very first project. In this talk, I speak about some aspects of the project in which I have been directly involved. More specifically, I speak about the selection of the deployment site, deciding where to place the sensors on the hill, the pilot and full-scale deployments, the laboratory soil and rock tests, and the hydrology and slope stability models that are used in further understanding landslide activity