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Archive for November, 2009

PhD Student Position Available

The CISTER/IPP-HURRAY Research Unit has a PhD call open to work in the area of Sensor Networks, Cyber Physical Systems, Multicore Systems, Adaptive RT Systems, and RT Software.

The candidates should have a Bachelor, Licenciate, or MSc degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields. GRE and TOEFL are welcome. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Candidates holding a Bachelor/Licenciate degree with a GPA (Grade Point Average) greater or equal to 75% are preferred.

The CISTER Research Unit focuses its activity in the analysis, design and implementation of real-time and embedded computing systems. The unit  was created in 1997, and has since grown to become one of the leading European research groups in the area of real-time and embedded computing systems. CISTER is not only an internationally recognized group but also a literally international group, with people hailing from all continents bar Antarctica.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2009
Starting Date: February 15, 2010

More info available here

University Research Concludes Real Time Location Systems Can Transform Hospitals

Results from the first multidisciplinary university study examining the impact of a Real Time Location System (RTLS) deployed throughout a hospital show that the technology for tracking mobile medical equipment is driving increased operational efficiency and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, while also enabling nurses to spend more time with patients and improve staff morale.

A thorough evaluation of the impact of implementing the RadarFind RTLS at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Lumberton, N.C. analyzed the system’s influence on the management of equipment support, nursing and patient care, as well as hospital finances. The study results, soon to be published in the Journal of Clinical Engineering, revealed that the technology allowed staff to reduce time spent searching for tagged equipment by 96 percent, saved the hospital $750,000 in indirect costs, and illuminated potential future benefits as the new technology is further integrated into the hospital’s operations and culture.

More info here.

NASA turns iPhone into chemical sensor, can an App Store rejection be far away?

nasa-iphone-sensor-20091113-314From Engadget:

People have been trying to turn cellphones into medical and atmospheric scanners for some time now, but when it’s NASA stepping up to the plate with a little device to monitor trace amounts of chemicals in the air, it’s hard to not start thinking we might finally have a use for all those tricorder ringtones. Developed by a team of researchers at the Ames Research Center led by Jing Li, the device is a small chip that plugs into the bottom of an iPhone and uses 16 nanosensors to detect the concentration of gasses like ammonia, chlorine, and methane. To what purpose exactly this device will serve and why the relatively closed iPhone was chosen as a development platform are mysteries we’re simply not capable of answering. Damn it, man, we’re bloggers not scientists!

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Paper: "Four Billion Little Brothers?: Privacy, Mobile Phones, and Ubiquitous Data Collection"

They place phone calls, surf the Internet, and there are close to four billion of them in the world. Their built-in microphones, cameras, and location awareness can collect images, sound, and GPS data. Beyond chatting and texting, these features could make phones ubiquitous, familiar tools for quantifying personal patterns and habits. They could also be platforms for thousands to document a neighborhood, gather evidence to make a case, or study mobility and health. This data could help you understand your daily carbon footprint, exposure to air pollution, exercise habits, and frequency of interactions with family and friends.

More info here.


ACM SenSys 2010

Dear all,

The SenSys 2010 conference will be held in Zurich, Switzerland. A preliminary call for paper can be fond following clicking here.

For the preliminary conference website, click here

'Road trains' get ready to roll

Road trains that link vehicles together using wireless sensors could soon be on European roads.

An EU-financed research project is looking at inexpensive ways of getting vehicles to travel in a ‘platoon’ on Europe’s motorways. Each road train could include up to eight separate vehicles – cars, buses and trucks will be mixed in each one.

The EU hopes to cut fuel consumption, journey times and congestion by linking vehicles together. Early work on the idea suggests that fuel consumption could be cut by 20% among those cars and trucks travelling behind the lead vehicle.

More info here.