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
|Dr. Santosh Kumar
Kumar was chosen based on his research and development of the AutoWitness and AutoSense
“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
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