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IoTech 2012

IoTech is intended to fostering the discussion on Internet of Things (IoT) related issues, in particular focusing on technical enablers for the IoTs, such as practical architectures, software, communication protocols, schemes for interoperability and hardware. Our aim is that of starting up a reference event to promote scientific discussion and spur joint initiatives.

The workshop will be held on October 11, 2012 and is co-located with IEEE MASS 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2012, 23:59 CET

Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2012

Camera Ready Due: September 30, 2012

You can find the complete Call for Papers at

Wireless tooth tattoo can detect bad bacteria

Some tech just sounds too good to be true. A removable, wireless sensor that adheres to dental enamel and can detect trace amounts of harmful bacteria just might fall into the too-much-information category for the squeamish among us.

But the silk, gold, and graphene-based sensor that looks a bit like a temporary tattoo could play a key role in detecting and treating various diseases and conditions, the developers at Princeton University say.

“This is a real-time, wireless response from a sensor that can be directly interfaced with a variety of biomaterials,” principal investigatorMichael McAlpine, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, said in a school news release. “In principle, the graphene can be…configured to detect DNA or certain viruses.”

For the team’s study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the sensor was affixed to a cow’s tooth and tailored to detect a sample of bacteria described as causing surgical infections and leading to stomach ulcers.

The major advance, the researchers say, is using graphene with a biocompatible base — in this instance silk — instead of silicon. Not only is silk easier to interface on a body part, and thus more comfortable for the user, but it is also soluble, so it can wash away with water or be dissolved by enzymes and leave the graphene and antenna in place.

More info here.

Summer School on Cooperation of Robots and Sensor Networks

Heterogeneous networks of sensors and unmanned vehicles open avenues for a class of novel applications. Tasks ranging from environmental monitoring to user support within emergency-response scenarios require fundamental and multidisciplinary research, typically spanning Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering topics in robotics, control, communication, and middleware. While the first two summer schools of this series concentrated on research problems within these different domains, this year the focus is on the combination of all involved areas in the context of real-world scenarios. This is tackled by an array of devices ranging from inexpensive, tiny, low power sensor nodes, through unmanned autonomous vehicles to resource rich and powerful command stations. Such a heterogeneity in communication mechanisms, processing capabilities, and inherent mobility of the different devices constitutes a so-called Mixed-Mode Environment.


This international summer school surveys research areas in the domain of Mixed-Mode Environments and targets to identify novel opportunities and research directions. The lectures will be held by renowned speakers from academia and industry.

The summer school will also provide an excellent opportunity to get in contact with known researchers working in this field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future.

As a special novelty, this year’s program will include a “Mixed-Mode-Challenge” across the school attendees. During the week, all participants will have the opportunity to work together in small groups and develop solutions for an interdisciplinary task involving mobile robots and stationary sensors nodes. First, the groups will validate their approaches in simulation and finally transfer them to real hardware. It is intended to use TurtleBots for the evaluation. The group with the best performing approach will be awarded a special prize.


The intended audience are young researchers and PhD students from universities and industrial laboratories around the world. As the number of attendees is limited, prospective participants should apply online providing a brief description of their research.

The summer school registration fee is 450 Euro. All rooms are shared between two people.

The summer school will take place in the historical Castle Ebernburg. The registration fee includes accommodation at Castle Ebernburg, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks), several social events and all study materials.


The summer school is organized by the Research Training Group Cooperative, Adaptive and Responsive Monitoring in Mixed Mode Environments, funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG, under grant GRK 1362.

Important Dates

Application deadline: June 25, 2012

Summer school: July 22-27, 2012

More info here.

Cisco’s new, smarter network for the Internet of things

By 2015, more people will access the Internet from mobile devices than from conventional PCs. A year later, in 2016, 19 billion devices and gizmos will be connected to the mobile Internet — not just your smartphone and tablet, but your washing machine, cars and clothes will be connected too.

That’s a giant problem for wireless carriers, which are already struggling to keep up with surging data demand. Trying to innovate their way out of the crunch, the industry is using new tools and tricks to optimize every bit of infrastructure.

Cisco added a key piece to the puzzle on Tuesday, releasing a new tool that will let carriers sift through and prioritize the traffic flooding their networks.

It sounds pretty geeky — “mobile packet core” product launches don’t inspire iPhone-like frenzies — but this back-end upgrade has some significant implications for everyday users.

The problem: Everyone has experienced the frustrating effects of wireless network congestion. Your video buffers forever, a website takes minutes to launch, or you can’t get Google Maps to load when you’re late to a meeting and don’t know where to go.

Much of that pain comes from the way that today’s networks give more or less the same priority to all kinds of traffic. Ads running on Angry Birds are treated the same as a Netflix video — not a good thing, if a bunch of ads on other people’s phones are causing your movie to stall.

More info here.

6 paid internships in WSN at KU Leuven

Fall 2012 | 3–6 months research visit | Leuven high-tech region with world-class research institutes

Research internships

1. Benchmarking sensor middleware: you will develop reusable benchmarks to evaluate the energy  consumption of typical sensor middleware operations (e.g. install a component, configure a component, start/stop a component, interpret a policy, transmit/receive data). You will use these benchmarks to evaluate  the LooCI component model (
2. Energy-aware software engineering for WSN: you will investigate trade-offs and thresholds in the creation energy-efficient sensor applications. You will asses typical middleware operations (Where to deploy application software? What to deploy: a powerful component or a lightweight policy? When to execute a  reconfiguration?).
3. WSN operating systems: you will investigate how the Contiki sensor OS ( should  be re-imagined to support adaptable multi-application WSN infrastructures, in which energy, processing and memory resources are shared by multiple actors in a safe and controllable manner.
4. WSN software modeling: you will investigate how to interpret the run-time behavior of a WSN in the presence of continuous change (both within the system, and externally in the network); you will provide a domain-specific language to express application requirements and system reconfigurations (i.e. external
change) as well as of self-adaptive behaviour (i.e. internal change).

Engineering internships

5. A graphical management tool for sensor networks: you will design and develop a management dashboard that visualizes the current status of the sensor network (failed nodes, installed applications, network load); the tool must enable network administrators to monitor and configure a large-scale sensor network. You will
leverage on the LooCI component model (for easy software deployment and introspection) and the FAMOS monitoring tool (
6. LooCI on state-of-the-art robots: you will apply LooCI middleware to manage networks of robots. LooCI will be used to exchange management requests between robots, for example to install a new application, configure a software component, or redistribute tasks in case of overload. You will build a prototype that integrates LooCI with Orocos (, the widely-used open-source tool chain for robot control software.

Interested? Contact Prof. Danny Hughes: before June 15, 2012

More info here.

International Cooperation Unites IEEE and CCSA for New “Internet of Things” Workshop

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) today announced it is collaborating with the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) on a new “Internet of Things” (IoT) standards workshop. Scheduled for June 5, 2012 at the China World Hotel in Beijing, China, the CCSA/IEEE-SA Internet of Things Standards Workshop, co-hosted by IEEE-SA and CCSA, brings together leading global industry experts to begin exploring how to achieve a common IoT architecture.

“The IoT offers vast untapped potential for innovation, but there’s an inherent need for a common, extensible architecture to take full advantage of those opportunities,” said Mary Lynne Nielsen, director of corporate programs, IEEE-SA. “Standardizing on a common architecture will help ensure interoperability, compatibility, and reliability, enabling the IoT to truly become a change agent for continued technology advancement. By facilitating an open dialog among key stakeholders, this workshop will move the process forward, putting us that much closer to making the IoT a reality.”

Representing the next iteration of the Internet where objects and systems will be connected, communicating and exchanging data without human intervention, the IoT spans a diverse array of applications. Smart Grid, home and industrial automation, transportation, robotics, and automotive are among the many settings ideally suited to IoT applications. The half-day workshop will address these possible applications, as well as a broad variety of topics such as current standards work and convergent networks and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The agenda features a cross-section of speakers and panelists from CCSA and IEEE-SA, as well as the transportation and coal mining sectors, IT, integrated service providers, telecom operators, institutes, and other leading global organizations and enterprises such as IBM, Siemens, and STMicroelectronics.

More info here.

MEMS sensors fitted to tennis racquet at the Roland-Garros French Open

Babolat has demonstrated a racquet prototype at the Roland-Garros French Open last week with MEMS (micro electromechanical system) sensors technology to measure elements of a player’s technique.
The racquet uses a motion control system developed by French firm Movea. It is expected to be launched as a commercial product next year.
Movea was selected as technology partner by the tennis equipment manufacturer to develop “the racquet of the future”.
“The racquet will be the first instance where sensor integration has ever occurred in commercially available tennis equipment,” said Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea.
“This innovation will enhance the player’s experience by providing a new and fun way to interact with the game through new tools that analyse and help improve performance,” said Guilaumé.

The ‘Babolat Play & Connect’ racquet will be the first-ever MEMS technology enabled racquet with the ability to gather and analyse game data and provide information that could only be manually estimated.

“Our goal has been to develop and provide our customers with cutting equipment that will enhance their tennis performance whether they are at the professional or enthusiast level,” said Eric Babolat, Babolat chairman and CEO.

More info here.

Meshlium Xtreme gives 3G connectivity to ZigBee, Wifi and Bluetooth Sensors

Meshlium Xtreme is the new multiprotocol router for wireless sensor networks designed to connect ZigBee, Wifi and Bluetooth sensors to the Internet through 3G connectivity. The new line launched today allows to send the information gathered by hundreds of sensor nodes at the same time, as it counts with an unprecedented “upload to the Cloud” bandwidth of 5.5 Mb/s -more than 10 times faster than compared with traditional GPRS gateways-. Read more.