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Some Novel Applications for Wireless Inertial Sensors

Joe A. Paradiso

Joe A. Paradiso

Director of Responsive Environments Lab
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Joseph Paradiso joined the MIT Media Laboratory in 1994, where he is now an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences directing the Responsive Environments Group, which explores the development and application new sensing modalities and enabling technologies that create new forms of interactive experience and expression. He is an expert on sensing technology for human-computer interfaces, having developed and fielded a wide variety of systems that track human activity using electric field sensing, microwaves, ultra-low-cost laser ranging, passive and active sonar, piezoelectrics, and resonant electromagnetic tags. His work has found application in areas such as interactive music systems, wearable computers, smart highways, and medical instrumentation. He is also serving as co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, a group of Media Lab researchers and industrial sponsors examining the extreme future of embedded computation and sensing,. He is the winner of a 2000 Discover Magazine Award for Technical Innovation, and his work has been shown at many notable international venues, ranging from the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Paradiso received a B.S. in electrical engineering and physics summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1977, and in 1981 completed a Ph.D. in physics from MIT with Prof. Ulrich Becker as a K.T. Compton Fellow in the Nobel Prize-winning group headed by Prof. Samuel C.C. Ting at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. His dissertation research was based on an experiment measuring high-energy muon pair production at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1981 to 1984 he conducted post-doctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, where he developed precision drift chambers and fast electronics for the inner tracker of the L3 experiment at CERN/LEP. From 1984-1994 he was a physicist at the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where, as a member of the NASA Systems and Advanced Sensors and Signal Processing Directorates, his research encompassed control algorithms for orbital and re-entry spacecraft, sonar systems for advanced underwater applications, fractal-based image processing, and high-energy physics detectors. From 1992-1994, he directed the development of precision alignment sensors for the GEM muon detector at the Superconducting Supercollider, and was a visiting scientist at ETH-Zurich in 1991 and 1992 to design fast pattern-recognition algorithms for triggering an electromagnetic crystal calorimeter at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

In addition to his physics career, Paradiso has been designing electronic music synthesizers and composing electronic music since 1975, and long been active in the avant-garde music scene as a producer of electronic music programs for non-commercial radio. He has built (and still uses) one of the world$rsquo;s largest modular synthesizers, and has designed MIDI systems for internationally-known musicians such as Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays. Paradiso has frequently published and internationally lectured in many areas, including high-energy physics, spacecraft control, sensor systems, and interactive media.

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