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Archive for June, 2009

EWSN 2010

EWSN 2010, the European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks, is the seventh of a series of annual meetings focusing on the latest research in the area of wireless sensor networks. This year it will be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, on 17-19 February, 2010. The CFP is already available.

Important Dates

Paper registration: Oct. 5, 2009
Paper submission: Oct. 12, 2009
Paper notification: Nov. 30, 2009

Posters and demos submission: Dec. 15, 2009
Posters and demos notification: Jan. 5, 2010

UM-OSU University Challenge

In a recent contest between University of Michigan College of Engineering and Ohio State University undergrad students came up with a WSN proposal claimed to detect suicide bombers. The News Site from UM has the article.

Contiki 2.3

Contiki 2.3 is now available. It brings a new IPv6 routing layer, IPv6/6lowpan for the Tmote Sky platform, the Cooja TimeLine, a set of new shell commands, improvements to the LPP and X-MAC power-saving radio protocols, a new port to the MSB430 platform, and a Twitter client.

The release also includes an updated version of Instant Contiki, the Contiki development environment.

Check their the web site for downloads

EnerPak harvesting power management for wireless sensors


EnerPak from TPL Inc is a sophisticated power management and energy storage system for energy harvesting-powered wireless sensors that have moderate power needs due to high data rate, the need to support a mesh network topology, or complex data measurement requirements. It features dynamic peak power tracking, a broad operating temperature range (-20°C to 60°C), and a broad dynamic range of delivered power (from microWatts to hundreds of milliWatts). It accommodates the low, variable and intermittent nature of energy harvesting sources, while providing reliable, regulated power necessary for critical sensing applications. Built around an ultra-low power microcontroller, EnerPak can consume as little as 5-8µA, enabling efficient use of the harvested energy for the application load. The system uses low impedance supercapacitors at the output to enable efficient delivery of high power burst loads while a lithium-polymer battery provides back-up in the event of a failure of the ambient energy.

More info here.

Semantic Sensor Networks 2009

The 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks 2009 (SSN09) to be collocated with the 8th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC 2009 which be held on 25-29 October 2009, Washington DC, USA

The goal of this workshop is to develop an understanding of the ways semantic web technologies, including ontologies, agent architectures and semantic web services, can contribute to the growth, application and deployment of large-scale sensor networks and their applications. The workshop provides an inter-disciplinary forum to explore and promote these concepts.

The Call for Papers is available here

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:  7th August, 2009
Notification of Acceptance:  31st August, 2009
Final Manuscript Deadline: 2nd October, 2009


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Soon after joining Twitter, @WSNBlog has 100+ followers. Seems like Twitter is catching on with the readers of WSNBlog.

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SeNAml 2009

In conjunction with PDCAT’09

December 8-11, 2009, Hiroshima, Japan

Following the success of the first SeNAmI at PDCAT 2008 in Dunedin, New Zealand, this workshop once again aims to bring together researchers from academia and industry to present and discuss recent trends and advances in sensor networks and ambient intelligence, and from such engagement foster innovations towards technology maturity of sensor-based ambient intelligence systems.

Paper submission due: July 1, 2009
Acceptance notification: August 10, 2009
Camera-ready version due: September 1, 2009
Workshop date: TBA

More info here.

Second Life Seminar on the "Internet of Things"

Ever wished attending seminars and conferences was less of a hassle and cheaper? Well it can be with Second Life. Cisco recently announced a seminar on the “Internet of Things” that will be held in the Second Life virtual world. More information here.

IBM Zürich Research on Mote Runner

MRIBM’s Zürich Research Laboratory is working in the Mote Runner runtime and development platform for heterogeneous wireless networks. It’s meant to overcome some of the challenge of programming a WSN application. Although currently, it runs exclusively on Crossbow Iris motes, the runtime environment creates a virtual machine which shields applications from hardware heterogeneity, and is supposed to support a diversity of platforms. Developers are working to have the platform available in a near future.

This article on EE Times has the story. You would also visit the project website for a deailed look.

New Eyes on the World: Advanced Sensors for Ecology


Innovative uses of advanced sensors and sensor networks are starting to be translated into new ecological knowledge. These sensors are providing a new set of “eyes” through which researchers may observe the world in new ways, extend spatial and temporal scales of observation, more accurately estimate what cannot be observed, and, most important, obtain unexpected results or develop new paradigms. Automated sensors are widely deployed by members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, yet some needs—particularly for chemical and biological sensors—are not currently being met. There are additional opportunities for developing sensor networks at synoptic, regional, continental, and global scales. Although we are seeing more uses of sensor systems and, in particular, sensor networks, the opportunities for these systems are just beginning to be realized, with much more work to be done, including formulation of new questions, development of new sensors, better software, and new ways for researchers to work together across large distances.

From a paper in BioScience, May 2009, by American Institute of Biological Sciences

Full text available here (campus/library subscription required)