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CPS Week 2015

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are complex engineering systems that rely on the integration of physical, computation, and communication processes to function. Theories, algorithms, systems and methodologies developed for CPS are the foundations for applications like Internet of Things, industrial internet and automation, smart transportations, smart grids, smart cities, buildings and homes, data centers, health care, wellbeing and so on. Such systems must be operated safely, dependably, securely, efficiently and in real-time. Advances in this field will have great technical, economic and societal impacts in the near future. Since 2008, CPS Week is the premier forum for academic, industry, and governmental researchers to present latest research results and exchange ideas on all aspects of CPS.

CPS Week 2015 will be held in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington, USA.

The event features four major collocated conferences:

HSCC: The 18th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

ICCPS: The 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

IPSN: The 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

RTAS: The 21st IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium

In additional to major conferences, CPS Week 2015 will host workshops, tutorials, poster and demo sessions, competition, and PhD forums.

Important Dates:
Abstract Registration: October 13th, 2014
Submission Deadline:   October 20th, 2014
Notification Dates: vary by individual conferences
Workshop Date: April 13th, 2015
Main Conference: April 14th – April 16th, 2015

More information available here

Call for Papers: IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue – Building Internet of Things Software –

As we equip people, places, and commodities with Internet-connected embedded devices that can sense information about the environment and subsequently take action, we will create the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will improve society and quality of life, but making this vision a reality requires interdisciplinary efforts in a range of scientific domains. Specifically, enabling the design, implementation, validation, and real-world use of IoT software requires that we embrace diverse contributions in coherent and practical development frameworks, possibly based on current and future standards. 

This special issue seeks contributions about recent or ongoing research efforts, experience reports, and success stories in enabling an effective development of IoT software out of the individual building blocks available in different communities. Topics of interest include: 

– design and modeling approaches and methodologies for IoT software; 
– programming abstractions and languages expressly conceived for the IoT; 
– development techniques for IoT software appropriate for different hardware; 
– platforms, from tiny sensors to the enterprise level; 
– approaches for composing and interoperating existing IoT functionality; 
– cross-layer IoT software architectures; 
– standards for developing IoT software; and 
– real-world deployments and experiences in building IoT systems. 

Important Dates:

Submissions due: 1 July 2014  
Publication issue: March/April 2015 

Please email the guest editors at ic2-2015@computer.org a brief 
description of the article you plan to submit by 15 June 2014 

Guest Editors: 

Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 
Luca Mottola, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and SICS Swedish ICT 
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology (Austria) 

More information is available here.

Exploring the Impact of the Internet of Things

10wtiFeatureInternetofThings-1380725054454From IEEE’s The Institute:

The “next big thing” is the Internet of Things, a world of networked devices equipped with sensors and radio-frequency identification aimed at interconnecting all things electronic to make them more intelligent and programmable. About 50 billion machines and devices could be linked by 2020, according to Cisco Systems, a leader in the IoT movement. Such smart devices are already being used, for example, to check soil moisture in vineyards, control the carbon emission of factories, alert drivers to traffic jams, and monitor patients’ blood pressure—all without human intervention. But people will have a major role to play as they generate and use the data coming from these myriad devices.

While the IoT offers plenty of business opportunities, it also, naturally, presents challenges for engineers, who must build ever more complex systems, deal with a lack of standards, and figure out ways to analyze the deluge of data. Societal issues also intrude, such as the need to keep personal information private while regulating who uses it and for what purpose. These and other issues are why the IEEE Future Directions Committee, the organization’s R&D arm, recently launched its IoT initiative.

“IoT offers the possibility for IEEE members and its societies to integrate their knowledge and skills to create value and impact industry,” says IEEE Member Roberto Minerva, chair of the initiative’s working group. “Applications of IoT are wide-ranging; specialists are needed to develop and improve specific technologies while others work with a more general system view. In addition, the interdisciplinary challenges posed by IoT could be a means to creating larger synergies within IEEE, especially in the areas of education, conferences, and publications.” Minerva is head of innovative architectures in the strategy department of Telecom Italia, in Turin, Italy.

“The idea behind the initiative is to develop ‘thought leadership’ in the marketplace,” adds Harold Tepper, senior program manager for IEEE Future Directions, in Piscataway, N.J. “Then, when people want to know more about IoT, they think of IEEE as the place to go for information, whether it’s papers in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library or its videos and conferences.”

To that end, the group has developed a website, organized a conference, and is about to launch a journal.

More info here.

IEEE Tutorial: Recent Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks

TechFocus2010This presentation covers various characteristics of a wireless sensor network in monitoring an unattended area. Results of how wireless sensor network topologies can be effectively used for physically accessible areas are presented. Minimizing packet traffic by collecting data using a mobile Base Station is discussed, along with energy consumption. An innovative technique of distributing keys for shared secret key based communications is described, and various characteristics including resiliency, and monitoring a battle-field using wireless sensor networks are outlined. Analytical model is introduced and compared with simulation results. The need for layered sensing in secured communications is investigated.

Free access compliments of: Academic Press

Free access for a limited time only!

More info here.

 

First IEEE Workshop on the Internet of Things: Smart Objects and Services

Want to go to San Francisco? There is a new call for papers on a corresponding IoT conference. Topics of interest include:

  • System architectures for the IoT/M2M
  • Communication protocols for the IoT/M2M
  • Service platforms for the IoT/M2M
  • Enabling technologies and standards for the IoT/M2M
  • Mobility management
  • Context awareness
  • Sustainable design
  • Location-based services and geographic information systems
  • Experimental prototypes and large-scale testbed infrastructures
  • Performance evaluation of IoT/M2M solutions
  • Convergence with the Internet of Services
  • Applications, including: eHealth/mHealth; Smart Grid/Smart Metering; connected consumer; fleet management; surveillance; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Smart House/Neighborhood/City
  • Business development and processes
  • Industrial use cases showing gaps to be filled by future research

IMPORTANT DATES
Manuscripts Due:           February 17, 2012.
Acceptance Notification:      April  6, 2012.
Camera-ready Submission: 2nd half April 2012.

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.

IEEE Special issue on "Sensor Network Applications"

It’s now out! After more than 18 months in planning, writing, and editing, the Special Issue on “Sensor Network Applications” of the Proceedings of the IEEE is out and available on IEEExplore. There are eleven articles on the current state of the art in sensor network research, including articles on technologies that are enabling sensor networks, and articles on the applications of sensor networks.
We hope you find it a good read!
More info here.