Associate Professor  

                 Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 

                 College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

                 West Virginia University


                 Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA, 2008
                 M.S., The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA, 2001 

                 B.E., VJTI, University, of Mumbai, 1999



Research summary


I lead the Wireless Sensor Actuator Networks (WSAN) Research Group at West Virginia University. My research focuses on the following areas:


Distributed location services using sensor networks

·         Object tracking using heterogeneous sensors

·         Real-time target interception (pursuer-evader) using a sensor network

·         RF based proximity tracking

·         Dynamic mapping and tracking vehicles in surface mines


Intelligent transportation systems (connected and automated vehicles)

·         Peer-peer network protocols for real-time vehicular mapping

·         Driver activity recognition using networked cameras and deep learning

·         Vehicular safety in surface mines


Scalable and robust network protocols (aggregation, dissemination, querying)

§  Biased Random walks for data aggregation in mobile networks

§  Distance-sensitivity as a middleware for supporting large scale networked dynamical systems (click to learn what and why)

§  Geometric structures for scalable sensor network protocols


Applications and systems development

Here, I collaborate with scientists in multiple disciplines such as Mining, Mechanical Engg, Control systems, Analog systems and Biometrics, in developing end-to-end sensor network systems applied towards specific problems. Some of the projects that I work in this area are:

§  Smart camera networks for biometrics and surveillance

§  Integrated sensing system for surface mine safety

§  Smart bricks for real-time monitoring of refractories and gasifiers

§  Platforms for ultra-low power sensor networks


In collaboration with my colleagues, David Graham and Brandon Rumberg, I have co-founded a startup company Aspinity Inc. that focuses on ultra-low power sensor system design based on a patent-pending selective wakeup technology using analog signal processing.


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, P.O. Box 6109, Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-9698

Email: Vinod dot Kulathumani at mail.wvu.edu

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