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Research Positions at CISTER

Two research positions in the fields of Cooperating Objects, Cyber-Physical Systems & Sensor Networks are available at the Research Centre on Real-Time Computing Systems (CISTER). The Centre is currently looking to strengthen its research team in the CONET NoE research clusters and SENODs project on all levels: Senior Scientists, Invited Scientists and Post-Docs.

The candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields. Particular expertise in Cyber-Physical Systems is a plus. She/he should also have an international publication record and ability to do independent research. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Detailed info about the respective calls can be found here and here.

Networked Embedded Systems: Humans in the Loop

The Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence (CONET) is organising another Summer School this year. Like the 2009 edition, the school goes back to Bertinoro International Center for Informatics (BiCi), (Forlì-Cesena), Italy and will be held on 24 – 30 July, 2011.

Sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and cooperating objects are becoming an important part of our daily life. Humans build, deploy, use, and maintain these systems that can sense our activities and influence our behaviour. We will increasingly rely on these networked embedded systems, therefore also requiring a secure and privacy-preserving treatment of sensitive human-centric data. Novel paradigms and solutions are also needed to allow humans to interact with these systems.

The goal of the summer school is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of networked embedded systems and their relationship to humans, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in these areas through a series of lectures by international experts. Participants will also experience the relevant technologies during hands-on courses and be given a chance to present their own work during a participants’ workshop. The school will provide a great opportunity to know other people working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future. We expect about 60 participants. The intended audience are postgraduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world.

More information available here.

CONET MSc/PhD Thesis Award at EWSN 2011

The Chairs of the 8th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2011) and the CONET Consortium are pleased to announce the Master and PhD Thesis Award Competitions in the area of Cooperating Objects. The prize is donated by CONET, the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence.

Cooperating Objects combine the strong functional aspects of embedded systems, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks. Cooperating objects entities federate themselves into dynamic and loose networks in order to reach a common goal. This common goal will typically be related to sensing or control.

Theses eligible for the competition have to be written in English, have to be supervised to a major part by an official European university (EU and EFTA), and have to be completed between Dec 1st, 2009 and Nov 30th, 2010. Requirements: 1) Application letter, including the name of the student, the title of the thesis, its duration, and its date of completion, the date of the defence, the overall grade and a report on the outstanding contributions of the thesis. 2.) Letter of recommendation from Advisor. 3.) The thesis itself.

The award will be assessed by CONET members. Criteria for selecting the winner are scientific originality, scientific significance for the field of  Cooperating Objects, quality of the presentation and potential for practical application. Each category of thesis (MSc or PhD) will have separate  prizes assigned by separate academic and industrial juries. The jury can decide not to award some of the prizes if the quality or significance of the submitted works is not relevant. The jury will decide on which track the thesis will be evaluated. The winners of each category will be awarded during EWSN 2011.

Submission of a single document file in PDF format must be done thru EDAS here.

EWSN 2010/CONET Scientific Awards

The CONET Master and PhD Thesis Awards were handed over last month during the conference dinner at EWSN 2010, orginized by the University of Coimbra.

Results are as follows:

Academic Master Thesis Award: Matthias Wilhelm for his work: “Implementation and Analysis of a Key Generation Protocol for Wireless Sensor Network“.

Industry Master Thesis Award: Carlo Alberto Boano for his Thesis: “Application Support Design for Wireless Sensor Networks“.

Academic PhD Thesis Award: Olga Saukh for his Thesis: “Efficient Algorithms for Structuring Wireless Sensor Networks“.

Industrial PhD Thesis Award: Antidio Viguria for his work: “Market-based distributed task allocation methodologies applied to multi-robot exploration

Our warm congratulations to all awardees!

More info with photos at the ceremony could be found here.

CONET 2010

The First International Workshop on Networks of Cooperating Objects will be held on April 12th, 2010 – Stockholm, Sweden, collocated with the CPS Week 2010.

During the last decade, the continuous improvement and miniaturization of integrated circuits has led to new types of computing systems. An emerging trend is the collaboration of miniature devices to achieve a common goal. Representative examples include wireless sensor networks, pervasive computing and embedded systems.

Along this trend, the notion of Cooperating Objects collectively refers to embedded computing devices equipped with communication as well as sensing or actuation capabilities, able to cooperate and organize themselves autonomously into networks to achieve a common task. As such, Cooperating Objects envision a single, coherent system formed by a wide range of devices, including those from the areas mentioned above. The complexity germane to the interaction inside and across networks of Cooperating Objects presents a rich set of research questions, and entails a wide range of scientific disciplines, such as networking, software engineering, and control theory.

CONET 2010 will provide a discussion forum for researchers, aimed at fostering synergy and convergence of complementary areas towards the vision of networks of Cooperating Objects. Work-in-progress systems, provocative ideas, and position papers paving the road towards such synergy and convergence are particularly welcome.

Full list of topics of interest available here

Important dates
Submission deadline: Monday, March 1, 2010
Acceptance Notification: Monday, March 22, 2010
Camera Ready: Monday, March 29, 2010

CONET Roadmap Goes Public

The CONET Consortium just released their Research Roadmap (2009 ver) to the public domain. The book contains an introduction to the topic of cooperating objects, state of the art review in the field and a compendium of research gaps and trends. It serves well as an overview of hot research topics to be pursued by their members and the community at large in the near future.

You may download the Rodmap here (6 Mb pdf file).

Contiki Crash Course

Contiki Crash Course

Participants to the CONET SENIOT Summer School held in Bertinoro, Italy, this summer had the opportunity to attend an interesting hands-on session with basic exercises with the Contiki Operating System for WSN. Material from the course is available online, you could download the slides from the presentation and session notes. The material is self consistent so you could try it out too!

Contiki, developed mostly at SICS since 2003, has reached a level of stability that is interesting to explore further and it also has a growing community of users. Earlier this month, two new ports were made avaialbe: Crosbow MicaZ and Sensinode, besides other platforms already supported.

Everything Contiki available here

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.

CONET Newsletter

The First issue of the CONET Newsletter is now available. Admittedly, a bit delayed? But yes, it has several cool articles on Sensor Nets.

A short guest column, by Prof. John Stankovic, entitled “when sensor and actuator networks cover the world.” addresses two specific challenges for sensor networks: the extraction of knowledge from the raw sensor data and the necessary openness to increase cooperation and interconnection of different sensor networks.

Moreover, and not all, the “member profile” section highlights CISTER, a top-ranked Portuguese Research Unit based at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, with an overview of their research projects and contributions.

CONET is the EU FP7 network of excellence on Cooperating Objects, merging the fields of embedded systems for robotics and control, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks. CONET will focus on establishing the field of Cooperating Objects within the research and industrial community, thus strengthening the position of Europe in this research landscape.

More info at their website