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CFP RoboSense 2012

The International Workshop on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks  (RoboSense 2012) will be collocated with the 3rd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT 2012), 27-29 August, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia, and industry working in to both robotics and sensor networks areas to present and discuss recent advances and innovative ideas pertaining to these fields. Papers dealing with the coupling between robots and sensor networks are particularly sought. The workshop also seeks contributions covering cyber-physical applications based on robotics and sensor networks, such as intelligent transportation systems, healthcare monitoring, industrial automation, etc.

The workshop is seeking original research and position papers dealing with hot topics in mobile robots and sensor networks. Innovative and/or controversial ideas are specially sought. Papers presenting integration between sensor networks and robotics fields will be particularly appreciated.
The workshop welcomes papers in three main tracks:

Wireless Sensor Networks Track
Communication and Network Protocols (MAC and Network Layers issues)
Wireless Technologies (IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, RPL, WiMax, UWB)
Localization and Tracking
Link Quality Estimation
Fundamental Theoretical Limits and Algorithms
Performance Evaluation, Simulation and Modelling Tools
Measurement and Experimental Tools
Security and Privacy
Programming Models and Languages
Operating Systems
Service-Oriented Architecture
Hardware Design and Implementation

Mobile Robots Track
Path Planning
Multi-Robot Task Allocation
Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM)
Coordination and Cooperation
Autonomous Navigation
Robot Localisation
Swarm Intelligence
Multi-robot systems
Unmanned vehicle systems
Learning for control
Bio-inspired robotic
Probabilistic Exploration and Coverage
Object Detection & Collision Avoidance
Motion estimation

Cyber-Physical Applications Track
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Vehicular Networks
Health-Care Monitoring
Smart Home
Industrial Automation
Case Studies

Important Dates

Paper Submission: February 20, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: April 20, 2012
Authors Registration Due: May 10, 2012
Final Manuscript Due: May 10, 2012

More info available here

Software Engineering for Sensor Network Applications

The 2nd International Workshop on SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FOR SENSOR NETWORK APPLICATIONS will be held on May 22, 2011, in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. In conjunction with ACM/IEEE Int. Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).

The aim of SESENA 2011 is to attract researchers belonging to both the SE and  WSN  communities,  not only to exchange their recent research results on the topic, but also to stimulate discussion  about  the  core open  problems  and  to  define a shared research agenda. The workshop welcomes both research contributions and position statements. The former will allow discussing in technical depth novel results with an audience composed of both SE and WSN researchers. The latter  will  provide  the opportunity for presenting open problems, provocative views, or previously-unexplored ideas in an informal fashion.  SESENA11  will also  include  a “speakers’ corner” session composed by impromptu presentations where any of the attendees (including those without an  accepted  paper)  will  be  given a chance to present their own views in very short statements (e.g., 2-4 minutes). Call for Paper available here [pdf]


Paper submission:    January 21, 2011
Author notification: February 26, 2011
Camera-ready:        March 10, 2011
Workshop:            May 22, 2011

More info available here

IBM Zürich Research on Mote Runner

MRIBM’s Zürich Research Laboratory is working in the Mote Runner runtime and development platform for heterogeneous wireless networks. It’s meant to overcome some of the challenge of programming a WSN application. Although currently, it runs exclusively on Crossbow Iris motes, the runtime environment creates a virtual machine which shields applications from hardware heterogeneity, and is supposed to support a diversity of platforms. Developers are working to have the platform available in a near future.

This article on EE Times has the story. You would also visit the project website for a deailed look.

No more than 10% for the next 10 years?

IDTechEx has released a new report “Wireless Sensor Networks 2009-2019”. While WSN can assist with many of the big issues of this century including security, safety, protecting the environment, animal and plant conservation, healthcare and efficient food production, among many others, 99% of sensors installed in the world nowadays are still wired. Over the next ten years, they argue, WSN will constitute no more than ten percent of the wireless sensors that are sold, mainly because of technical challenges.

There is much to go for, though. WSN already beats the wired alternative with 90% reduction in cost, even at current prices, and often WSN enables things to be done that are otherwise impossible. Little wonder that hundreds of research centers are pursuing the subject and there are already well over 100 suppliers of this or that part of the jigsaw puzzle. An early objective for most schemes is wireless replacing all or almost all wiring, not just power and not just control.

More of the insights from the report can be read on this article.