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A reconfigurable hardware platform for cognitive sensor networks towards behavioral biometrics

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5 Author(s)
Jiaqi Gong ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA ; Lei Zhao ; Qi Hao ; Fei Hu
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This paper presents a design of reconfigurable hardware platform for wireless sensor networks to achieve high flexibility and robustness in system operation and resource utilization. The goal of this research is to develop a new type of sensor networks with cognitive features (e.g., context awareness and situation understanding) such that human behavioral biometrics can be measured through distributed low-cost sensors. The proposed reconfigurable hardware platform can adjust its sensing and computing resources with respect to changing contexts and situations. It includes three components: (1) reconfigurable analog circuit for adaptive sensor conditioning, (2) reconfigurable ADC for maintaining high signal-to-noise ratio, and (3) FPGA based reconfigurable computing for situation understanding. In behavioral biometrics applications, such a reconfigurable platform can automatically change circuit parameters, ADC resolutions, filter coefficients, and algorithms according to application contexts and situations derived from sensory signal features. As a result, the sensing system can be adaptive to various behavioral biometrics applications with high fidelity and accuracy. Experimental results have demonstrated the advantages of the proposed hardware platform.

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Sensors, 2012 IEEE

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28-31 Oct. 2012