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Ata Elahi
Southern Connecticut State University


Wireless Sensor and Control Networks are quickly becoming an integral part of the automation process within chemical plants, refineries and commercial buildings. As such, the market for wireless sensor and control networks is growing fast; so much so that, according to the RIFD Journal , it will be a five billion dollar industry by the year 2011. ZigBee is a new standard developed by the ZigBee® Alliance for Personal Area Network (PAN) and the ZigBee is leading technology in this field compare with other technologies. The ZigBee Alliance is a consortium that promotes the ZigBee standard for a low rate/low power wireless sensor and control network. The ZigBee protocol stack is built on top of IEEE 802.15.4 which defines the Medium Access Control (MAC) and physical layers for Low Rate Wireless Personal Network (LR-WPAN). The following is a list of the more common applications for wireless sensor and control networks.
1. Building and home automation
2. Industrial and process automation
3. Energy and utility automation
4. RFID and logistics
5. Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics (RF4CE)

Tutorial Topics

1. Wireless Sensor and Control Technologies
2: ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network
3: ZigBee Protocol Architecture
3: IEEE 802.15.4 Physical Layer
4: IEEE 802.15.4 Medium Access Control (MAC) Layer
5: Network Layer
6: Application Support Sub-layer (APS)
7: Application Layer
8: Security
9: Address Assignment and Routing
10: ZigBee Home Automation and Smart Energy Network
11: ZigBee RF4CE

Biography of Ata Elahi

Ata Elahi is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of Southern Connecticut State University, were he teaches since 1986. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Mississippi State University in 1982. His main research interests include Computer Networks, Data Communication, Computer Hardware Design and Pipeline Processors. Elahi's published several scientific papers and books.