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Archive for March, 2009

NSDR 2009 (with SOSP'09)

Following on two successful workshops hosted with ACM SIGCOMM in 2007 and 2008, the 3rd Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR ’09) will provide a venue for researchers to present ideas and results concerning the design, implementation and evaluation of new computing and communications technologies serving developing regions.

NSDR 2009 will be held with SOSP 2009 at the Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana on October 11th, 2009. More information here.

CONET Newsletter

The First issue of the CONET Newsletter is now available. Admittedly, a bit delayed? But yes, it has several cool articles on Sensor Nets.

A short guest column, by Prof. John Stankovic, entitled “when sensor and actuator networks cover the world.” addresses two specific challenges for sensor networks: the extraction of knowledge from the raw sensor data and the necessary openness to increase cooperation and interconnection of different sensor networks.

Moreover, and not all, the “member profile” section highlights CISTER, a top-ranked Portuguese Research Unit based at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, with an overview of their research projects and contributions.

CONET is the EU FP7 network of excellence on Cooperating Objects, merging the fields of embedded systems for robotics and control, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks. CONET will focus on establishing the field of Cooperating Objects within the research and industrial community, thus strengthening the position of Europe in this research landscape.

More info at their website

BodyNets 2009 Student Registration

There is an announcement at the BodyNets 2009 website about a reduced student registration fee of $50 (out of $299 usd) for the first 30 students who register.

Good luck!

More registration details here

A Simulator and Integrated Development Platform for Sensor Networks Applications

SIDnet is an exploratory-design environment for various aspects of applications of wireless sensor networks. It was made to provide a simulation and proof-of-concept platform in which the end-users, the application/protocol developers and various phenomena monitored by that network interact in a seamless manner. SIDnet is a Java-based visual tool designed to promote run-time interactions with the network. End-users can observe the behavior of newly designed algorithms in the presence of various phenomena fluctuations like, for example, a sudden loss of service both at an individual node, as well as a collection of nodes in a certain area of the network; unexpected increase/decrease in the measurement values; changes in the (network) load/traffic; etc. User can pose queries using graphical tools that are synchronized with with the textual ones providing a TinySQL-like primitives. In addition, at run-time (through built-in terminals) the simulation can be fast-forwarded or paused, as needed. SIDnet incorporates a complete graphical user interface package built on top of the JiST-SWANS simulator which, in turn, guarantees the validity of the performance and other observations of a particular simulation. It is an extensible tool with a well defined and easy to learn API, that the developers can use to integrate their novel implementations and, together with the end-users of the application, perform various hypothetical reasoning in any pre-deployment stage.

More info here.

ETSI M2M Standardization

From On the Internet of Things blog:

A very interesting new standardization effort is now taking off in ETSI. Recently the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Technical Committee was launched, and is aiming to fill a serious gap in today’s standardization of M2M systems and sensor networks (Internet of Things!). Most ETSI information is available to the public, go to the Committee Portal and click on M2M. Recently Sensinode has joined this ETSI group to help with sensor network integration and to help as a laison to IETF 6lowpan and roll. In the EU SENSEI Project we are designing sensor networking as an integral part of the Internet, and we hope to transfer knowledge into the ETSI effort as well.

M2M is loosely defined as the autonomous monitoring and control of machines, usually across the Internet, and mainly for enterprise applications.  This is very much a driving force behind the Internet of Things. Today there is very little standardization for M2M in particular. Instead M2M solutions make use of standard Internet, Cellular and Web technologies. Solutions however today are very verticalized, with a major lack of end-to-end application protocols and data representations, standardized interfaces and horizontalization. With the increased demand for remote monitoring, large smart metering deployments and the popularity of wireless embedded and sensor networks – this is a great time for standardizing an end-to-end approach.

One and a Half Million Seconds Off the Grid

A previous post described Vipul’s initial experiment on collecting data from a solar-powered Sun SPOT. That experiment helped uncover and fix several bugs that caused disruptions in data collection. He repeated the experiment again last month using the red-090113 release of the Sun SPOT SDK to test those fixes.

This time around, the SPOT stayed off the power grid from Feb 12 until Mar 3 — slightly over 19 days (that’s more than 1.6 million seconds) — reporting light, temperature and other readings every 10 minutes. Unlike last time, there were no occasions when the SPOT failed to enter deep sleep. There was just one disruption and it was caused by a mySQL table crash, but the SPOT stayed up throughout. Its reported up time as well as the time spent in deep and shallow sleep kept rising at a regular clip throughout the experiment. Overall, the SPOT spent nearly 95% of the total time in deep sleep, around 4.5% in shallow sleep and about 0.5% in active computation.

More info on his blog.


The 8th IEEE Sensor Conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, 25-28 October 2009.

Among the keynote presentations:

Smart Configurable Wireless Sensors and Actuators for Industrial Monitoring and Control by Dr. Asad M. Madni (USA)  Executive Managing Director & CTO of Crocker Capital and Former President & Chief Operating Office of BEI Technologies

Topics covered and more here

Important Dates
Abstract Submission 31 March 2009
Tutorial Submission 30 April 2009
Author Notification 22 May 2009
Extended Papers Due 14 July 2009