Susan Rea

Susan Rea
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Susan Rea is a senior researcher in the Nimbus Centre at CIT and was awarded a PhD in Electronic Engineering by CIT in 2006. She has been involved in a number of international and national research projects in the area of energy management and is the project manager of the on-going EC FP7 SCUBA project (, which focuses on interoperability of cooperative building management systems.

In addition Dr. Rea is a co-principal investigator in the IERC AUTHENTIC and ROWBUST projects ( In the AUTHENTIC she is leads the development of an internetworking communications architecture that facilitates integration, interoperability and cooperation among wireless sensor heterogeneous smart home systems and services. In ROWBUST she leads the design of energy harvesting aware networking protocols and sensor placement optimisation focused on energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

Research Projects FP7 ICT SCUBA Project: SCUBA will create a novel architecture, services, and engineering methodologies for robust, adaptive, self-organising, and cooperating monitoring and control systems. This addresses the current problems of heterogeneity and interoperability, installation and commissioning complexity, and adaptability and robustness in the building monitoring and control space. SCUBA will provide a proof of concept of this approach by demonstrating how self-organisation will lead to simpler engineering, commissioning, and flexible maintenance and how cooperation among heterogeneous, multi-vendor building monitoring and control systems will make the system more adaptive and robust, and as an example how this will benefit in making buildings more energy efficient and safer.

IERC AUTHENTIC Project: This project seeks to design and deliver a Home Area Network (HAN) infrastructure capable of supporting opportunistic decision making pertaining to effective energy management within the home. This will necessitate the potential integration of key enabling technologies including a variety of physical sensors within the home (temperature, contact sensors, passive Infra-Red), cyber sensor sources outside of the home (e.g. meteorological data and energy providers dynamic pricing sites), together with effective interfacing with the smart grid beyond the home.

IERC ROWBUST Project: Through the development of modelling tools this project targets two of the most significant technical difficulties associated with the use of such wireless sensor networks. The first challenge is to make the network sufficiently intelligent that installation is straightforward and, upgrade and maintenance of new and existing sensors is highly automated. Minimal expertise will be required to decide on the optimum number and location of the sensors and their seamless integration into the network to optimise energy usage. The second challenge is to ensure that each sensor has enough intelligence to effectively manage the balancing act between its need to minimise its own power consumption with the need for it to communicate reliably with the rest of the system.

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Dirk Pesch, Jasvinder Singh, Navid Hassanzadeh, Susan Rea(March 28, 2014)
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