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LifeNet organization consists of a team of developers, who closely work together with field partners in the interest of getting LifeNet running on the field. LifeNet is designed as an open source software. We strongly encourage interested developers to join us in taking LifeNet forward. There are several interesting and challenging problems that need to be solved in this space of minimum infrastructure connectivity. For the latest updates on the development activities in LifeNet, please visit the GitHub page here.

Core development team consists of the following people:

Hrushikesh Mehendale
Hrushikesh brings four years of development-to-deployment experience in the field of wireless networking to the team. As a part of his graduate thesis research advised by Santosh, Hrushi was instrumental in converting the early prototype of LifeNet (MyMANET) into a usable product. Work included several technological enhancements, porting LifeNet across various hardware and OS platforms, building partnerships and conducting field trials, etc. Before becoming a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Hrushi has worked with the TeNeT group at IIT Madras as a Research Associate for two years. Hrushi is passionate about the process of applying innovative technological interventions to solve problems at the grass-roots level and is enjoying dealing with similar challenges as a full-time contributor to LifeNet.

Ashwin Paranjpe
Ashwin brings around four years of leading edge, hands-on product development and research experience in wireless networks and security. As a part of his graduate research Ashwin was instrumental in the conception, design and implementation of the first prototype of LifeNet, called MyMANET. He co-authored a paper on MyMANET with Santosh that was presented at ACM NSDR 09. Currently he is working as a Software Developer in the computer networking and security industry and contributes to LifeNet in his spare time. Previously, he has served as a Sr. Member of Technical Staff, Product Development at AirTight Networks in Pune, India. Ashwin holds a Masters in Information Security from Georgia Tech, USA.

Dr. Santosh Vempala
Santosh is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He helped found the Algorithms and Randomness Center and ThinkTank at Georgia Tech, and served as its first director from 2006 until 2011. Santosh's research interests include algorithms, randomness and geometry. He also works on several Computer for Good projects that focus on applying computing ideas and techniques to address fundamental societal problems. LifeNet was one such C4G project. Santosh continues to serve as the primary technical advisor of LifeNet. More information is available on his webpage.
We are in the field-trials phase and are actively looking for field partner organizations who are willing to use LifeNet in their disaster relief operations. Please see this page for more information on why LifeNet is useful for disaster relief operations. We are currently actively working with the following organizations to deploy LifeNet on field.

I. Telecommunications and Computer Networking Group (TeNeT group), IIT Madras, India
The TeNeT Group is today a coalition of 14 faculty from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering Departments of IIT-Madras who work together towards a few common goals in research and product development. The focus is to address pressing needs of India and other developing countries by market-driven product development, strengthening of Indian telecom and networking industry, technical training and education, and driving telecom/IT policy. With its vast experience and expertise in the Indian telecom sector and a long history of successful business ventures, TeNeT group remains our invaluable partner, both in the business and technical advisory capacity.

Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Professor, ECE Dept, IIT Madras) leads the TeNeT group and has been our mentor from the early days of LifeNet. His timely inputs and advice have been critical in shaping our research and deployment ideas.

II. Jamshetji Tata Center for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
After having obtained positive results in preliminary field tests, we have partnered with the Center for Disaster Management at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (TISS) for a pilot deployment. Guhagar, a village on the West coast of India has been selected for the deployment. Guhagar is a cyclone-prone zone. Recently (November 2009), a cyclonic storm Phyan crossed the West coast of India over Guhagar causing massive destruction. Infrastructure (communication and transport) was severely damaged and many lives were lost. Failure of telecommunication as a result of damaged infrastructure was the identified to be the root cause of the high casualty count. We are creating a LifeNet testbed in Guhagar, which would cover Guhagar, some villages nearby and a few hundred meters inside the sea. Currently we are establishing ties with stakeholders on and off the field. After a few refinements to LifeNet (based on site visits), the field deployment in collaboration with the TISS team, ready for the next emergency, is expected to commence soon.

We are thankful for the efforts of Dr. Shibu Mani (Professor, JTCDM, TISS) and Dr. Janki Andharia (Director, JCTDM, TISS) and their students.
I. Computing for Good, College of Computing, Georgia Tech
Computing for Good effort centers on the concept of applying computing to social causes and improving quality of life. It draws on the self-focused and altruistic sides of students by presenting computer science as a cutting-edge discipline that empowers them to solve problems of personal interest as well as problems important to society at large. Some computing faculty created an informal working group to find ways the college might practice the concept and reach out to traditionally under-served groups. The most logical first step, the group believed, was to create a class in which students could work toward answers to significant real-world problems. LifeNet began as a Computing for Good project. Since the beginning of LifeNet, we have received tremendous support and encouragement from the C4G effort.

II. National Collegiate Inventor's and Innovator's Alliance (NCIIA)
In Dec 09, LifeNet was awarded the Sustainable Vision Grant from NCIIA. NCIIA funds the early development of breakthrough technologies created and commercialized for social benefit. Sustainable Vision grants support the creation of sustainable and scalable businesses (non-profit or for-profit) developed by university innovators and their partners as an outcome of curricular & extra-curricular educational programs that engage students in experiential learning. The support and initial training provided by NCIIA to us has been an important factor in our drive towards getting our technology out of our research lab onto the field.
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