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Southampton ECS professor to deliver prestigious lecture for the American Geophysical Union

Published: 12 July 2017

Kirk Martinez, Professor of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton has been selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Honors Program in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on environmental sensor networks.

He will deliver the Leptoukh Lecture keynote at the AGU’s annual conference in New Orleans this December.

Kirk has used technology to study the environment in several high profile projects as he established a reputation as a leading expert in Internet of Things sensing research.

Research interests across a 20-year career within Southampton’s Department of Electronics and Computer Science have ranged from observing the hydrological processes of the Cairngorm plateau through to innovating autonomous sub-glacial probes for glaciology research.

The Leptoukh Lecture, which is named after the late Dr Greg Leptoukh from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is arranged by the AGU’s Earth & Space Sciences Informatics Group and recognises outstanding work being pioneered within the computational and data sciences. “It is wonderful to be recognised by the AGU, which has helped to build this interdisciplinary area into its massive event,” he says.

The University of Southampton’s Glacsweb project has been monitoring glacier behaviour under Kirk’s direction as a Principal Investigator since 2003. The programme, which has benefited from five grants ranging from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to the Leverhulme Trust, has contributed to fundamental research in glaciology and wireless sensor networks.

Glacsweb has been deployed in Norway and Iceland, placing custom sensor probes in, on and under glaciers. In 2016, the team also worked with Formula E in Greenland to deploy a live Iceberg Tracker, which is being further developed for deployment in Iceland this summer. His team also deployed the first environmental sensing system based on modern internet and web standards, in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.

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