Aspinity selected as one of the 9 companies for inaugural Amazon Alexa Techstars program [May 2017]


Received grant from Los Alamos National Labs for developing a wireless sensor network protocol for real-time storm water overflow detection [Jan 2016]


Invited presentation on Integrated sensing systems for surface mine safety at 2015 SME/PCMIA Annual joint Meeting, Washington PA [Oct 2015]

Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions in Vehicular Technology [Oct 2015]


A. Tahmasbi-Sarvestani, Y. Fallah, V. Kulathumani, “Distance-dependent, double-layer, broadcast protocol for VANETs”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology,  2015

Paper accepted in the International Journal of Mining, Reclamation & Env [Oct 2015]


Sabniveesu, V., Kavuri, A., Kavi, R., Kulathumani, V., Kecojevic, V., Nimbarte, A. (2015). Use of wireless, ad-hoc networks for proximity warning and collision avoidance in surface mines. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment. 29(5):331-346

Paper accepted at IPSN 2015 [April 2015]


B. Rumberg, D. Graham, S. Clites, B. Kelly, M. Navidi, A. Dilello, and V. Kulathumani, "RAMP: Accelerating wireless sensor design with a  reconfigurable analog/mixed-signal platform," in Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, Seattle, WA, April 2015, pp. 47 – 58

Article on mine safety research [April 2015]


Received subcontract for DARPA Communication in Congested Environments (C2E) project through The Samraksh Company [September 2014]


The overall project goal is to provide a framework called the “Tuscarora Framework” to support ASNPs (Application Specific Network Patterns). This is an agile networking framework that is designed to decouple networking patterns from waveforms, so that both networking patterns and waveforms can be added or removed during normal operation and so that both can be automatically tested in isolation. The framework is aimed at making it easier to integrate adaptive routing services that handle critical communication across multiple hardware platforms.

Received grant from the Alpha Foundation for Mining Safety [October 2013]


The objective of this research project is to develop and deploy an integrated safety system to help reduce equipment-related fatal and non-fatal injuries in US surface mining operations. Specific aims are to (i) design a large-scale sensor network system geared towards surface mining safety; (ii) establish infrastructure communication platform and information management system for real-time situational awareness; (iii) provide a non-distractive user interface for equipment operators/drivers and an integrated, informative console for mine operation management; and (iv) educate and train a new generation of professionals who will be working on surface mining safety research (e.g. capacity building). As opposed to leaving individual sensing sub-systems disconnected, all components will be integrated into a common information management system, thus simplifying installation, maintenance, data retrieval and user interface design. The proposed integrated system will be developed and tested at Red Hills Mine a surface coal mine operated by the Mississippi Lignite Mining Company (North American Coal Corporation).


Collaborators: Vlad Kecojevic (Mining Engineering, PI), Ashish Nimbarte (Industrial Engineering), Bojan Cukic (Computer Science)


Received DoE/NETL grant focused on sensor network systems for Wireless health monitoring of Slagging Gasifiers [October 2013]


The objective of this project is to demonstrate the use of wireless sensor arrays for slagging gasification systems that will provide real-time feedback on the process operation and degradation under harsh operating conditions. The technology will include the development of smart refractory, which will contain embedded temperature, strain/stress, and spallation sensors, throughout the volume of high-chromia (-Cr2O3) refractory brick.


Collaborators: Ed Sabolsky (Mechanical Engineering, PI), Debangsu bhattacharya (Chemical Engineering), David Graham (Analog Electronics)


Received subcontract for DARPA Fixed Wireless At a Distance (FWID) project through The Samraksh Company [September 2013]


The project is aimed at scaling dynamic, mobile, peer-peer networks through application specific networking patterns. Our tasks in this project are (i) to apply distance-sensitive data forwarding and aggregation techniques to generate Common Operating Picture of a system of mobile entities and study its scalability properties in systems of several thousands of nodes, (ii) to design algorithms for generating statistical aggregates (count, sum etc) on a large-scale network of mobile nodes, and (iii) conduct parameter variation studies over network size, density, and motion patterns for various ASNPs.


Participated in the College summer camp program [July 2013]


A network of TelosB motes were used to highlight problems and solution ideas in distributed computing, in an intuitive manner. The programs were developed as class projects in the sensor networks class. The program was part of CEMR’s Engineers of Tomorrow: Transition to Engineering program that focuses on attracting and retaining female and minority Appalachian high school students to STEM career.


DARPA Fixed Wireless Project meeting [March 2013]


We developed two protocols for this project: (i) A protocol for obtaining distance-sensitive Common operating picture in a mobile context and (ii) Census, a protocol for generating statistical aggregates in a mobile network through a combination of push and pull techniques. Both these ideas were well-received. The idea of distance-sensitivity was especially seen as crucial for achieving scalability in acquisition of aggregate state information.


Received subcontract for a DARPA Phase-1 project through The Samraksh Company [October 2012]


Paper accepted at IEEE Vehicular Technology conference (VTC) 2012


o   V. Kulathumani, Y. Fallah, “An infrastructure-less vehicular traffic information service with distance sensitive precision”, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), 2012

Two papers accepted at ICDSC 2011


o   S. Parupati, R. Bakkannagiri, S. Sankar and V. Kulathumani, “Collaborative acquisition of multi-view face images for real-time face recognition using a wireless camera network”, ICDSC 2011

o   S. Ramagiri, R. Kavi and V. Kulathumani, “Real-time multi-view action recognition using a wireless camera network”, ICDSC 2011

Paper accepted for publication in IEEE TAC, Special issue on WSAN


o   V. Kulathumani, A. Arora and S. Ramagiri, “Pursuit Control over Wireless Sensor Networks using Distance Sensitivity Properties”, Accepted for Publication in IEEE Transactions on Atomatic Control, 56(10), 2011  Extended version

Awarded “Outstanding new researcher of the year 2009”, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU


Paper accepted at IPSN 2010 [April 2010]


o   B. Rumberg, D. Graham, V. Kulathumani, Energy efficient sensor networks using analog signal processing, IPSN 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Received DoD EPSCOR grant for research on Intelligent surveillance systems using camera networks. [October 2009]


The goal of this project is to develop a stationary heterogeneous camera network for detection and recognition of various human activities in urban environment. The network will operate online and will be optimized with respect to limited sensory, communication, and computational resources.  The main focus of the project will be placed on designing the network architecture, analyzing operational scenarios, on developing a high confidence event detector (including the basic alert system), and on optimization of information sharing in the network. The main research components are:


1.    Design of middleware services and network protocols for distributed event detection

2.    Design of cooperative communication strategies for bulk multimedia data transfer

3.    Design of robust event detectors using sparse coded data


Collaborators: Natalia Schmidt [PI], Xin Li, Brian Woerner and Mathew Valenti

Duration: 3 years


Paper accepted at INSS 2009 [June 2009]


o   J. Frigo, V. Kulathumani, S. Brennan, E. Rosten, E. Raby, Sensor Network Based Vehicle Classification and License Plate identification System, International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems (INSS), Pittsburgh, 2009


Received NSF CITeR grant for research on face recognition using camera sensor networks [December 2008]


Network of image sensors combined with biometric systems can form the building block for a variety of surveillance applications such as airport security, protection of critical infrastructures and restricted access to guarded assets. In relation to image sensor networks our work is focused on collaborative face recognition using a network of camera equipped PDAs. The goal of the project is real time, in-network extraction of biometric content for face recognition. We are investigating the feasibility of smart camera devices and hand held PDAs to assist in real time biometric analysis. Such systems have the advantage of being portable, being covert and also being scalable because of the lower costs involved. We are interested in understanding the coverage requirements and in designing efficient algorithms suitable for such limited resource devices.


Collaborators: Arun Ross, Bojan Cukic

Duration: 1 year


Paper accepted at ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks [November 2008]


o   V. Kulathumani and A. Arora and M. Demirbas and M. Sridharan, Trail, A Distance Sensitive Network Sevice for Distributed object tracking, ACM transactions on Sensor Networks, 5(2), 2009, pp.1-40