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Pervasive & Configurable Computing

Pervasive & Configurable Computing

With everything becoming “smart,” we’re continually asking computers to become more versatile. From making embedded devices that are able to do more with less real estate to embedding sensors and devices in unlikely places, ECE researchers are rising to the challenge.

Associated Faculty

Peter Athanas

Mark T. Jones

Thomas L. Martin

Paul E. Plassmann


Highlighted Research

Configurable computing can enhance the agility and maintenance of software-defined networks, reducing the burden of computation and state maintenance on individual network nodes. This increases the number of useful acquired statistics in the network without disrupting normal network operation. We can improve productivity by automatically generating state sharing logic in the network and communicating new pieces of information to nodes where they are required. Software-defined networking makes computing systems more agile and flexible, and easier to analyze and debug.

Using electronic textile technology, we are developing a wearable system for children with mobility impairments. The garment provides actuation technologies to directly assist movement and includes soft sensors that are directly integrated into the fabric. The sensors provide feedback and monitoring for the system, determining how well it functions and improves movement in everyday life.