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Archive for May, 2008

Wireless Sensor Networks for Ecology on SciVee

The interesting paper on Wireless Sensor Networks for Ecology, by John Porter, Peter Arzberger, Hans-Werner Braun, Pablo Bryant, Stuart Gage, Todd Hansen, Paul Hanson, Chau-Chin Lin, Fang-Pang Lin, Timothy Kratz, William Michener, Sedra Shapiro and Thomas Williams is now available on with a video from the author commenting the paper.

Buses as mobile sensing platforms?

According to European researchers, modern buses could be used as mobile sensing platforms,, sending out live information to be used to control traffic and detect road hazards. The 3.83 million euro EU-funded MORYNE project was completed in March 2008 with a test in Berlin, Germany. During this test, the researchers ‘equipped city buses with environmental sensors and cameras, allowing the vehicles to become transmitters of measurements, warnings and live or recorded videos to anyone allowed to access the data.

More information can be found here

IWSOS 2008

IWSOS 2008, the third International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems, will be held in Vienna, Austria, December 10-12, 2008.

Building on the success of previous workshops in this series held in  Lancaster (September 2007) and in Passau (September 2006), IWSOS 2008 aims to provide a visionary forum for self-organization in networks and networked systems.

IWSOS 2008 is the third workshop in a series of annual workshops dedicated to self-organization in networks and networked systems. The necessity for and expected benefit of self-organization is
caused by the growing scale, complexity, and heterogeneity of future networked systems, like the future Internet. For example, these networks will consist of interconnected infrastructure-based, mobile ad-hoc, and sensor networks that could be spontaneously deployed in hostile environments, have a dynamic population and a potentially short life time. In spite of this, there will be stringent user
requirements, such as resilience and real-time guarantees. Although self-organization is desirable for these kinds of networks, it is not yet clear to what extent self-organization can be exploited.

More information can be found here

Bird calls reveal population secrets

Queensland University of Technology Sensor networks developed by QUT researchers are tracking rare birds without disturbing the population. Remote-controlled sensor networks developed by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are helping scientists track rare bird populations living at Brisbane Airport.

Acoustic signals captured by a network of smart phones track the location and population of different bird species, including the elusive Lewin’s Rail, said Richard Mason, from the Microsoft QUT eResearch Centre in the Faculty of IT.

“Sound provides the heartbeat of the environment,” Mr Mason said. “Like listening to someone’s heartbeat, it reveals a lot of information about health.”

More info here.

EuroSSC 2008

The 3rd European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context (EuroSSC) will be held on October 29-31, 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This annual conference explores techniques, algorithms, architectures, protocols, and user aspects, underlying context-aware smart surroundings, and cooperating intelligent objects, and their applications to provide context-aware smart assistance.

EuroSSC was held before in Enschede (NL) and Kendal (UK). Building on the success of the last years, EuroSSC 2008 will include a highly selective single-track program for technical papers, accompanied by posters, demonstrations, invited speakers, and an industrial panel.

The topics include (but are not limited to):
Distributed smart sensing and context recognition
Context processing
Context-aware actuators, interaction methods, and human aspects
Applications, deployment, test beds and case studies

More information can be found here

PhD Studentship (NEMBES) – 3 positions

The holder of the studentship will be expected to pursue research
within the overall scope of the NEMBES project. Applicants should hold
a good honours undergraduate degree in computer science/engineering,
and be able to demonstrate an aptitude for either constraint
programming or networking. The successful applicant will receive total
funding of approximately €24K per annum for four years and is
responsible for paying fees. The 2008/09 fee for an EU student will be
€5620 per annum. This position is available from September/October
2008 and is open to applicants of any nationality.


The reSENSE Project is Looking for a Post-doc Researcher

The School of Electrical Engineering of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, invites applications for a research associate (postdoctoral) position in wireless sensor networking to join the KTH-SICS research project reSENSE: ultra-reliable high-throughput wireless sensor networks.

The successful candidate will join a research group that is focusing on new design methodologies for networked and embedded systems. A suitable background for the position is a PhD in control or communication theory, wireless communications, sensor networking, real-time middleware or a related area. Current applications and industrial collaborations for the group are found in information and communication technologies, vehicular systems, and factory automation.


Postdoc Job Offer

A new joint project at SICS and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is starting in June called reSENSE: ultra-reliable high-throughput wireless sensor networks. The project intends to make sensor networks both more reliable and have higher throughput than today. The Contiki team has already started pushing the limits of sensor network throughput. The Royal Institute of Technology is now looking for highly skilled post-doc researchers for the project. More information here.

Daintree Networks helps to bring ZigBee Smart Energy products to market

FREMONT, Calif. – (Business Wire) Daintree Networks, Inc. announced today that the latest release of its Sensor Network Analyzer (SNA) software provides full support for ZigBee Smart Energy, including full decodes for the Smart Energy application profile and support for ZigBee PRO Smart Energy Security (Key Establishment).

More information can be found here

WINSOC Project Advances: The Promise Of Wireless Sensor Networks

WINSOC (Wireless Sensor Networks with Self-Organization Capabilities for Critical and Emergency Applications), a project funded by the FP6 Information Society Technologies programme of the European Union is already delivering results. WINSOC started in September 2006 and will run till the end of February 2009. The project goal is to improve the performance of sensor networks by using a biologically inspired design –inscribed in the frame of the so called bioinspired science that basically consists of looking at nature to solve problems, that is, using living organisms as a model to study and conceptualize problems in a variety of fields as engineering and design, materials or sociology for example.

More information can be found here