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Just brilliant! Kumar selected to magazine’s ‘Brilliant 10’ list
Dr. Santosh Kumar
Dr. Santosh Kumar
Popular Science magazine has named Dr. Santosh Kumar, University of Memphis professor of computer science, to its annual “Brilliant 10” list, a selection of the brightest young researchers in the country. Kumar was featured with the other researchers in the magazine’s November issue as well as in a story on its website. The editorial staff refers to the researchers selected as “10 young geniuses shaking up science today.”

Kumar was chosen based on his research and development of the AutoWitness and AutoSense systems.

“As for the impact of this recognition around the world, I hope that it will inspire more people to address society’s most pressing problems and improve the quality of life for individuals,” said Kumar.

“My research has been motivated by its potential impact on society,” Kumar added. “It is personally satisfying to me when I see real people benefiting from my work. I am of the opinion that the best use of our limited stay on Earth is make this a better place to live in for current and future generations.”

Kumar has developed two systems that rely on wireless technology and sensors that can benefit an individual in very different ways.

First, the AutoWitness system helps law enforcement agencies track down and locate stolen items, such as a computer, by using a wireless sensor that is embedded in valuables. The second system developed by Kumar is AutoSense, which helps individuals who wear a wireless sensor to monitor and reduce their daily stress level and abstain from addictive behavior.

 Kumar said the recognition is a great honor, but his mission is still incomplete.

“The real satisfaction will come when these projects are adopted widely and make a difference to real people,” he said.

 — by Greg Russell

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