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Project

mi6sense is a research project that aims to revolutionize the way in which concrete structures are monitored. Smart sensors embedded within structures and foundations precisely measure relative changes in 3-D position and 3-D orientation (hence 6 degrees of freedom). The battery-free devices form a self-organizing mesh and communicate information about structural deformation from deep within the structure.

Innovation

The key technological leap is the use of low frequency magneto-inductive fields which are able to penetrate concrete, soil and rock with minimal loss. This is a patent pending technique developed at the University of Oxford and which has found use in underground animal monitoring and mine rescue.

About

This project is being run by Dr Orfeas Kypris, a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Dr Andrew Markham, an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. This project has been funded under EPSRC EP/M017583/1 from October 2014 to September 2016. The funding was awarded under a highly competitive Dragon’s Den style “big-pitch”, one of only four awards made in the area of Structural and Ground Engineering.

Mi6Sense

Oxford Computer Science