Argonne National Laboratory

Pete Beckman delivers keynote on edge computing

January 5, 2018

Pete Beckman, co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering, presented a keynote address at the 19th IEEE international conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC), held in Thailand in December 2017.

Beckman’s presentation focused on edge computing – the use of advanced technologies such as wireless sensors to collect and process data at the source of the data rather than at a remote data center. Beckman discussed two projects – Waggle and the Array of Things – that are using edge computing to advance the study of smart cities. The Argonne-developed Waggle project uses lightweight sensors that collect environmental information and leverage machine learning tools and computer vision packages to process both image and audio data directly inside the sensor nodes. Waggle is the core technology for the Chicago Array of Things, which is deploying hundreds of nodes in Chicago to monitor conditions related to problems such as traffic and air quality. Together the two projects are providing decision-makers with new insights into ways to make cities “smarter.”

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