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Cattle research with no strings (or wires) attached

CQUNIVERSITY is trying to combine new wireless sensor network technology with animal behaviour research to boost the reproductive efficiency of northern Australia’s beef cattle production.

Project leader Dr Dave Swain says there is a PhD student opportunity in this field, thanks to a new scholarship open for applications and underpinned by a partnership between Telstra and the university.

The Telstra-funded PhD student will work with Dr Swain to extend work that has been done to explore how remote, automated measures of social behaviour can be used as indicators of reproductive performance.

“The challenge for cattle producers is to be able to measure data that can be used improve cattle reproductive performance,” Dr Swain said.

“This PhD project will address a significant industry problem.”

CQUniversity spokeswoman Suzi Blair said Telstra had selected the university as a partner because it understood the enormous impact of research focused on specific regional problems, challenges and opportunities.

“Telstra is being visionary in backing our region through the provision of this scholarship, as research is a key to our future prosperity in CQ,” Ms Blair said.

“The establishment of the Telstra research scholarship represents a significant investment in the potential of the CQ region.

“It is great to see a major corporate backing our region in this way and providing financial support for the pursuit of new knowledge.”

Telstra representatives Lydia van Niekerk and John Llorente recently met CQUniversity deputy vice-chancellor Professor Hilary Winchester to hand over the first of three payments for the scholarship.

Prof Winchester thanked Telstra for the ongoing support and interest in CQUniversity.

“CQUniversity greatly values the deepening of our mutual relationship for the benefit of our region,” Prof Winchester said.

Anyone interested in applying for the PhD scholarship can contact Dr Swain at d.swain@cqu.edu.au.

Sensor nets PhD in Brisbane

Australia’s CSIRO and Queensland Univeristy of Technology (QUT) are seeking expressions of interest for Phd Studentships in the field of Wireless Sensor Networks. A selected candidate will be supported by both organizations for applying for an Endeavour Postgraduate Award, offered by the Australian Government.

Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for international students from specific countries to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The total award amount is up to AU$201,000 (tax free) for 3.5 years.The successful applicant may also be eligible to approximately AU$8,000 per annum CSIRO ICT Centre top-up scholarship and other benefits such as travel-support.

Interested applicants should send their CV’s and an expression of interest clearly outlining their motivation for applying to:

Prof. Peter Corke (peter.corke@ieee.org) or Dr. Raja Jurdak (rjurdak@ieee.org)

ISSNIP 2009 Program

The International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) will be held December 7-10, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

Topics to be discussed include: visual sensor networks for elderly care, tele-collaboration opportunities of sensor-based networks, bio-inspired motion detection, remote monitoring of land deformation, and the mobile phone as gateway in a body sensor network.

The updated program is now available here

ISSNIP'09 deadlines extended!

The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing ISSNIP 2009, held under the umbrella of the ARCResearch Network on ISSNIP, is an annual forum for sensor network research.

Leading researchers in the field will present recent advances in both theory and applications of intelligent sensors and smart systems in diverse areas ranging from manufacturing and defense, to medical science and environmental monitoring. The conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia during the 7th-10th of December 2009.

More details in the updated CFP
Notice deadlines have been extended!

Important Dates:
Paper Submission (Extended): 7 August 2009
Notification of Acceptance (Extended): 14 September 2009
Final Paper Submission (Extended): 5 October 2009
Conference Dates: 7-10 December 2009

CSIRO deploys wireless FLECK sensor nodes to monitor water catchment

CSIRO has partnered with SEQWater to monitor the Lake Wivenhoe catchment in Queensland using 120 nodes powered by CSIRO’s FLECK smart wireless sensor network technology.

According to CSIRO, the FLECK sensors could be the platform for the next generation of water quality monitoring systems, providing real-time data collection with unprecedented detail and speed. The FLECK sensor nodes operate in a meshed network, setting up ad hoc networks to wireless transfer environmental data they have collected.

Using the technology, SEQWater and CSIRO will be able to monitor high rainfall, droughts and contaminants in real-time.  An autonomous solar-powered catamaran is also part of the solution, and it can be instructed by the network to carry out more detailed sampling as needed.

Seventy of the 120 nodes are land-based and spread across the catchment area, while 45 are floating and measure water temperature. The sensor system is manually controlled through a PDA, web interface, or web-enabled mobile phones.

More info here and here.

No boring bits as animals' wild life tracked

A network of solar powered mini-computers that ”talk” to each other is tracking the return of rare frogs to Australia’s rainforests and will record the antics of Santa’s reindeer at a zoo in Lappland.

The world’s biggest outdoor wireless sensor network, developed by CSIRO, will be installed by Ume University at Sweden’s northernmost zoo at Lycksele.

”It’s not just a webcam in a tree. This is a complex system of cameras and microphones that monitor the animals’ behaviour, and save energy and time by filtering out the boring bits,” CSIRO wireless sensor research leader, Dr Michael Bruenig said.

The remote sensing system, developed to track cattle in Queensland’s outback rangelands, is revolutionising the way environmental scientists are gathering data.

At Lycksele, the network (called a Fleck system) will analyse video and audio data collected by 100 solar-powered sensor nodes which typically contain a mini-computer, radio transceiver, tiny camera and light and temperature sensors.

More info here.