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Samuel Madden, 29

Simplifying wireless sensor nets

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Wireless sensor networks enable the remote monitoring of everything from the habitat of an endangered bird species to a buildings response to an earthquake. The problem, says computer scientist Samuel Madden, is that proper programming of the nets data-gathering "motes" can require months of expert attention. In 2003, while a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, Madden created software called TinyDB that translates high-level queries like "Whats the average temperature in the forest?" into precise instructions. Madden, an assistant professor of computer science, is now installing sensors in cars to monitor operating conditions and figure out faster routes.

2005 TR35 Winners

Parham Aarabi

Sharpening a computers listening skills

Regina Barzilay

Teaching computers to read and write

Stewart Butterfield

Building communities through photos

George Candea

Protecting software from crashes

Bryan Cantrill

Tracing software in real time

Andy Carvin

Bringing Internet power to the have-nots

Narashima Chari

Setting the mesh networking standard

Bram Cohen

Upending the file-sharing world, bit by bit

Dennis Crowley

Moving online socializing into the streets

Tracey Ho

Scrambling bits for a more efficient Internet

Samuel Madden

Simplifying wireless sensor nets

David Pennock

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