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Archive for July, 2008

Open research positions at CISTER/IPP-HURRAY Research Unit

The CISTER/IPP-HURRAY Research Unit ( invites applications for Research Scientist positions to develop research in the area of Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems. This/These research positions will correspond to a 5-years research contract.

Area: Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems
Application Deadline: 10, Sep, 2008
Send Application To:
Contact Person: Eduardo Tovar
Salary: at least 45000 EUR / year (before taxes)
Duration: 5-years research contract
Requirements: PhD in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields, with particular expertise in real-time computing systems or embedded systems. The candidates should also have had at least 3 years of post-doctoral experience (although this can be relaxed in some very specific cases) with an international-level publication record and demonstrated ability to do independent research. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Prof. Sanjoy Baruah, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Prof. Alan Burns, University of York, UK
Prof. Luis Miguel Pinho, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Prof. Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Prof. Eduardo Tovar, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Further information is available at:

Release of MAC Layer Architecture for TinyOS 2.0.2

Washington University’s Wireless Sensor Network group has released a version of the MAC Layer Architecture (MLA) for TinyOS 2.0.2. MLA defines a component-based architecture for MAC protocols in wireless sensor networks. MLA consists of hardware-independent interfaces required by timing sensitive MAC protocols, and platform-independent reusable components that implement MAC layer logic on top of them. The MLA architecture can be used to develop a large number of platform-independent MAC implementations, with little or no further effort required to adapt these implementations to new hardware platforms.

More info here.

Call For papers: Special Issue on "Data Quality Management in Wireless Sensor Networks"

As new fabrication and integration technologies reduce the cost and size of wireless sensors, the observation and control of our physical world will expand dramatically using the temporally and spatially dense monitoring afforded by wireless sensor networks technology. Several applications such as habitat monitoring, counter-sniper system, environment sampling, and structure monitoring, have been launched, showing the promising future of wide range of applications of networked sensor systems.

Their success is nonetheless determined by whether the sensor networks can provide a high quality stream of data over a long period. The inherent feature of unattended and untethered deployment of networked sensors in a malicious environment, however, imposes challenges to the underlying systems. These challenges are further complicated by the fact that sensor systems are usually seriously energy-constrained. Most previous efforts focus on devising techniques to save the sensor node energy and thus extend the lifetime of the whole sensor network. However, with more deployments of real sensor systems, in which the main function is to collect interesting data and to share with peers, data quality has been becoming a more important issue in the design of sensor systems. Consistency, accuracy, reliability, and survivability concerns have to be addressed in sensor data collection, storage, and processing.

The goal of the special issue is to publish the most recent results in the data quality management aspects of wireless sensor networks research. Researchers and practitioners working in this area are expected to take this opportunity to discuss and express their views on the current trends, challenges, and state of the art solutions addressing various issues in sensor networks.

The full call for papers is here.

You are a Sensor

From 7.5th floor:

This week’s podcast “You are a Sensor” discusses volunteer geographic information and “taking advantage of people doing what they do” to detect diseases, natural disasters, traffic jams, and zones of social activities.

Researchers have determined that you, even without a portable device can be an effective geographic sensor. This week we explore examples of how individuals, sometimes along with their electronic gadgets, can act as effective sensors for disease or natural disaster. Our editors share some proven techniques and explore how this type of data collection might play out in the future.

NSDR 2008 Program is Online

NSDR 2008 program is now online. You can read papers (PDF) and leave comments as well. This year Kenneth Kenniston (MIT) is the keynote speaker. acm-sigcomm.jpg

The 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR) will be held with SIGCOMM 2008 on 18th August in Seattle, WA. Early registration is now open. Looking forward to your participation.

Check out the program here.

Last day for senZations'08!

Today is the last day to register to senZations’08, Third International Summer School on Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks and Wireless Sensing in the Future Internet.

More info here.

Can’t Find a Parking Spot? Check Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — The secret to finding the perfect parking spot in congested cities is usually just a matter of luck. But drivers here will get some help from an innocuous tab of plastic that will soon be glued to the streets.

This fall, San Francisco will test 6,000 of its 24,000 metered parking spaces in the nation’s most ambitious trial of a wireless sensor network that will announce which of the spaces are free at any moment.

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