Catastrophic bushfires cause destruction to the environment, wild life, homes and infrastructure, and most importantly cost lives. The best defence against bushfire is to detect it while it's still small so that it can be extinguished quickly. This project investigates the use of low-cost IoT sensors for early fire detection. It aims to provide an improved understanding on the joint use of multiple low-cost sensing technologies (e.g., temperature, humidity, gas, vision and sound) and low-power wireless networking protocols. Projects of different lengths and scopes are available. Students will develop algorithms and prototype their designs to achieve good fire detection performance.
This project suits students who have interests and confidence in algorithm development, implementation and hardware prototyping. Prior experience in sensors, development boards and/or wireless networks would be beneficial. Students will be supported by a team of researchers. The outcome of the project may contribute to the overall ANU Bushfire Initiative and lead to real-world impact.