Engineering Seminar Series 19/1_2010: Communicate through grid, optics and sensors

Dr Rajendran Parthiban

Date: 2010-10-20
Time: 14:00 to 14:15
Venue: 9-3-05


This seminar provides an introduction to three research areas, which the speaker is involved in. The first part of the talk covers grid computing, in which geographically distributed computer resources are gathered and shared to solve computationally complex problems. The second part introduces optical backbone networks, which are capable of providing high speed data transmission for bandwidth-intensive traffic demands. The third part deals with wireless sensor networks. Structural health of large buildings such as bridges can be monitored by appropriately placing wireless sensors and gathering data such as vibration and strain. The latest research directions in these research areas are also covered in this talk.

About the Speaker

Dr. Rajendran Parthiban completed his Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours in 1997, and his PhD in optical networks in 2004 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He worked at Akbar Brothers Pvt. Ltd. (Sri Lanka) from 1998 to 2000, where he computerized many of the company functions. In 2004, he joined the ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN) at the University of Melbourne. In CUBIN, he conducted research in developing new and cost-effective optical network architectures for carrying future Internet traffic. He joined the School of Engineering at Monash University, Sunway Campus, in 2006 . At  this school, he served as the Chair of Photonics, Semiconductor and Communications Technology Research Strength and the Discipline Head of the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from July 2009 to July 2010. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of the School. His research interests are in optical networks, wireless sensor networks and grid computing. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Optical Society of America (OSA). He is also involved in the activities of Photonics and Education Societies of IEEE Malaysia Chapter.