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Archive for May, 2009

Scalable Wireless Networks

With the explosive proliferation of mobile communication and wireless computing devices, the scalability property is becoming an increasingly popular and important issue in wireless communication research, as it has been recognized as one of the key features for supporting pervasive networking scenarios.

The International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems (IJCNDS)  has a call for papers for a special issue on “Scalable Wireless Neworks”.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together the state-of-the-art research contributions that address the major opportunities and challenges of scalable wireless communication and networking, with emphasis on the design, analysis and evaluation of new techniques and novel application scenarios.

Specific topics of interest and CFP are available here

Important Dates
Paper submission due: 1 October, 2009
Notification of acceptance: 15 January, 2010
Camera-ready version due: 1 March, 2010

Best Paper Awards at IPSN'09

ISPN’09 was held last month in San Francisco.  The conference featured two interleaved tracks, the Information Processing (IP) track, and the Sensor Platforms, Tools and Design Methods (SPOTS) track. Each of which selected best paper awards.

The former one had two nominations: one best paper award and a best student paper award, which correponded to: Secure and Highly-Available Aggregation Queries in Large-Scale Sensor Networks via Set Sampling by Haifeng Yu (National University of Singapore) and On Hierarchical Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks by Konrad Iwanicki et al (VU Amsterdam), respectively.

On the SPOTS track the award corresponds to Monitoring Heritage Buildings with Wireless Sensor Networks: The Torre Aquila Deployment by M. Ceriotti et al (Bruno Kessler Foundation / University of Trento / TRETEC)

Check out our previous post from EWSN’09 and go figure who made two awards in a row this year!

Congrats to all the authors for the good work.

Happy birthday!

birthday-cakeWe are happy to share with all our readers worldwide… wsnblog has turned 3 years old today! With 814 posts covering papers, conferences, job offers, products and other developments from the WSN scientific community and the industry. Probably turning it the most complete source of news in this topic on the web today?

Cheers to all!

The WSNBlog team.

Senior Research Position at CISTER

The CISTER/ISEP Research Unit has a Research Position available for a Senior Researcher to work in WSN. The successful candidate is expected to coordinate and primarily execute the activities of CISTER in the ARTEMIS funded project EMMON. The scope of the project is large scale wireless sensor networks’ communication protocols and data aggregation methods.

This position is for a three year contract. Salary will be 2.650,00€ per month (after taxes). CISTER research facilities and expertise offer an excellent research environment for leveraging research skills. The unit is located in the Polo Universitario in the nice city of Porto, Portugal.

See responsibilities, other benefits and application procedure here.

CLARITY monitors energy usage and people activity

Within the context of the Karbon footprinting demonstrator and in an effort with Episensor and Tyndall, CLARITY have started monitoring the energy consumption and people activity of several parts of its premises at UCD and DCU.

Data streaming in real time is available online in XML format (data rate is about 1 packet per minute and needs to be refreshed to see updates)
The overall aim of the Karbon Footprinting demonstrator is to provide a opportunity for small to medium scale carbon footprinting. In brief, a wide range of sensor technologies will be used to measure and analyse the energy consumption, activity, and waste management profiles of individuals and groups of individuals in both home and small-office environments.
The Karbon Footprinting Demonstrator will provide a platform collaboration across a number of different groups within the core CLARITY CSET, as well as providing an opportunity for existing and new partners to participate in a substantial development opportunity.

For more info about the Karbon Footprinting, send an email to
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ZIGBEE Alliance plans further integration of Internet Protocol standards

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating standardized wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it will incorporate global IT standards from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) into its specification portfolio of low-power wireless networking standards. This move will expand the growing portfolio of successful ZigBee specifications and should further advance the rapid growth of Smart Grid applications that have widely adopted the proven ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile.

By incorporating IETF standards, ZigBee Smart Energy products will enhance their application capabilities with native IP support, allowing seamless integration of Internet connectivity into each product.  ZigBee members will also benefit from the knowledge and experience contained in IETF standards for large scale network addressability, security and IT integration, further building on existing expertise from developing the world’s leading technologies in the area of reliable, low-cost wireless sensor and control networks.

More info here.

The Internet of Things: Reality or Hype?

From A day in the life as the director of IBM’s Zurich Research Lab:

Last week I had the privilege to attend SAP Research’s International Research Forum(IRF) in Dresden. The IRF, which took place for the fourth time, is an annual  global brain-storming event where SAP bring together industrial and academic partners from all over the world to discuss and debate (in a friendly way) topics of interest to SAP (Research) and their clients (which pretty much are all businesses big enough to care about automating their back- and

This years event was dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). We were asked to define what this might mean, when and if it would happen, who needs to do what to make it happen and how we knew it had happened.

We tried to identify potential “killer applications” – I hate that word – that would justify the investments and make somebody really rich. I don’t believe we came up with a single answer here, however we agreed that the energy business (and environment) would be first be impacted by IoT as government and private enterprise are most likely to invest there.

More info here.