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IPSN 2016 PhD Forum

The Ph.D. Forum at the 15th ACM/IEEE Int. Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Network (IPSN, co-located with CPSWEEK) provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present their work in progress to the scientific community and obtain individual feedback from leading researchers in the field.
The Forum will be structured as a series of short presentations by the students, followed by collective discussions. The student presentations will be interleaved with speeches by leading researchers, who will provide their perspectives on current and future research in the field, as well as on how to best pursue a Ph.D. in this context. A “speed mentoring” session will conclude the Forum to let the students obtain individual feedback and advice.
Participating students will also have the opportunity to present a poster during the main conference to leverage further interaction with CPSWEEK attendees.
Current Ph.D. students in the early stages of their career are encouraged to submit a 2-page abstract about their on-going research to be considered for the Ph.D. Forum. The abstract shall also include a one-paragraph bio, along with brief information on how long the student has been in Ph.D. school and the expected time until graduation. The student should be the *sole* author although contributions of the adviser and others should be acknowledged. The presentation at the Forum and the poster at the conference will be considered for a “Best Research Proposal” award. The Ph.D. Forum abstracts will also be part of the official IPSN proceedings.
Submissions will be reviewed by the Ph.D. Forum committee to ensure quality, relevance, and potential benefit from attendance to the Forum. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person in the Forum – to be held on April 11th, 2016 – and to present a poster both at the Forum and at the main conference. There will be no separate registration fee for the Forum. Participating students will only need to register to the main IPSN conference.
For any questions, please contact Luca Mottola <luca.mottola -AT- polimi -dot- it> or refer to the IPSN PhD Forum group on Facebook.
IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract deadline (extended): February 15th (AOE), 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 21th, 2016
Camera-ready: February 25th, 2016
Ph.D. Forum: April 11th, 2016
Detailed submission information and more is available on the conference website.

Low-Power Wireless Bus (LWB)

We are happy to announce the open-source release of the Low-power Wireless Bus (LWB), a communication protocol for low-power wireless embedded systems. By mapping all communication onto network-wide Glossy floods, LWB lets low-power wireless nodes communicate as if they were connected to a shared bus, thus hiding the complexity of the underlying multi-hop topology from upper layers.

You may find the LWB and Glossy code on https://github.com/ETHZ-TEC/LWB including instructions on running an LWB demo application. We also outline the current code status and layout and provide references for further reading.

The system includes a revised implementation of LWB as described in the original SenSys’12 paper, based on a minimal subset of Contiki. While LWB itself is mostly platform-independent, the underlying Glossy code is platform-specific. There is a new port of Glossy for the CC430 SoC platform, which features an 868/915 MHz radio and an MSP430 microcontroller on one chip. In the future, we intend to incorporate also the first Glossy port for the TelosB platform. In the meantime, you may find this port at http://sourceforge.net/p/contikiprojects/code/HEAD/tree/ethz.ch/glossy/

We would like to invite the community to check out the code and to get in touch with us if you have comments, suggestions, bug reports, or would like to get involved and submit your code contributions to LWB and Glossy. We particularly welcome the contribution of Glossy ports to other state-of-the-art platforms.

Accurate indoor localization has the potential to transform the way people navigate indoors in a similar way that GPS transformed the way people navigate outdoors. Over the last 15 years, several indoor localization technologies have been proposed and experimented by both academia and industry, but we have yet to see large scale deployments.

Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition as part of IPSN 2016 aims to bring together real-time or near real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance in the same space.

A poster session dedicated to all competition participants will be organized during the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to explain their system to conference attendees.

More information regarding participation, eligibility and evaluation is available here.

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) recently established an Excellence Research Center entitled “Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments”. The mission of this long-term center is to foster a highly interdisciplinary research team spanning the computer science and electrical engineering faculties to lay the scientific foundations for an Internet of Things that is highly reliable, safe, and secure in order to enable critical applications that require guaranteed performance even in adverse environments.

The center is seeking to fill 10 PhD positions with excellent candidates, who will work closely together in four subprojects that focus on the following topics:

1. Dependable Wireless Communication and Localization (three positions in wireless networking, physical layer signal processing, and tunable microwave frontends)
2. Dependable Embedded Computing (two positions in embedded hardware and software with a focus on security and real-time operating systems)
3. Dependable Composition of Smart Things (three positions in model checking, model-based testing, and machine learning)
4. Dependable Networked Control (two positions in control theory and information theory)

Applicants must hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in computer engineering, computer science, or electrical engineering before they can take on the position. Proficiency in the English language (spoken and written) is required. Applicants should be highly motivated, have initiative and responsibility, be able to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team, should have interest in scientific research, should have commitment to publish research results and to obtain a doctoral degree.

The positions are to be filled from January 1, 2016 with an initial appointment for three years. The position is remunerated according to the collective contract (Kollektivvertrag) for Austrian Universities, i.e., the salary amounts to at least 37.280€/year before taxes and may increase depending on prior experience.

TU Graz aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore specifically invites qualified women to apply.

TU Graz is a leading technical university in Austria (ranking 151-200 in the world in engineering in the Shanghai Ranking) in a medium-sized city with a very high quality of life, located at the south-eastern foot of the Alps, offering plentiful recreation opportunities.

Applicants should fill in the application form available here and upload it together with a transcript of records, a copy of the master’s degree, a recent certificate of the level of proficiency of the English language, and a copy of the master’s thesis at the Easychair conference management system using this link.
For further information please contact the center coordinator Prof. Kay Römer (roemer aT tugraz dot at).

The application deadline is November 30, 2015.

CFP IPSN 2016

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) is a leading annual forum on research in networked sensing and control, broadly defined. IPSN brings together researchers from academia, industry, and government to present and discuss recent advances in both theoretical and experimental research. Its scope includes signal and image processing, information and coding theory, databases and information management, distributed algorithms, networks and protocols, wireless communications, collaborative objects and the Internet of Things, machine learning, mobile and social sensing, and embedded systems design. Of special interest are contributions at the confluence of a multiple of these areas.

New: In addition to IPSN’s traditional focus areas, IPSN 2016 is inaugurating a new track on the Internet of Things (IoT). The entire program committee is eligible to review any submitted paper, but in order to aid in reviewer selection, authors are encouraged to indicate in the submission site whether their submissions are related to the IoT track.

Like previous years, IPSN 2016 will continue its focus on algorithms, theory, and systems for information processing using networks of embedded, human-in-the-loop, or social sensors, as well as new hardware and software architectures, modelling, evaluation, deployment experiences, design methods, implementations, and tools for networked embedded sensor systems.

Important Dates:

Abstract registration:     Thursday, October 8, 2015
Submission deadline:     Thursday, October 15, 2015
Acceptance notification:   January 19, 2016
Conference dates:     April 12, 2016

More information in the conference site here

Jr. Assistant Professor

The University of Trento, Italy seeks candidates with significant accomplishments in any field related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), who are committed to applying their research to the energy domain (e.g., smart buildings, smart grids, green computing, etc.).

The successful candidate for the position will be expected to have a strong publication record and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. A proven record of participation in research projects and experience in teaching in English in graduate institutions is desirable. Knowledge of Italian is not a requirement. The University of Trento particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

The Department offers two graduate courses (Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering) and a Ph.D. school—all taught exclusively in English and designed for an international student audience—besides a double degree Master of Science program in ICT Innovation within the European Institute of Technology ICTLabs, of which Trento is a core partner.

The Department also offers three undergraduate courses, including a recently approved strategic initiative in cooperation with the Economics and Management Department to start a B.Sc. degree taught in English.

The successful candidate is expected to teach a course in one of these programs, based on previous expertise and background, and conduct research in the context of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI)

More information available here.

Contiki 3.0 Released

Today the Contiki team announced the release of Contiki 3.0, the latest version of the open source IoT operating system! The 3.0 release is a huge step up from the 2.x branch and brings support for new and exciting hardware, a set of new network protocols, a bunch of improvements in the low-power mesh networking protocols, along with a large number of general stability improvements. This is, by far, the best Contiki release ever!

Contiki is the open source operating system for the Internet of Things, used by developers to bring low-power wireless connectivity to their products and projects. Read more about Contiki here.

Since the the previous 2.7 release, which came out in November 2013, the Contiki team has merged some 500 pull requests with new code, bug fixes, and improvements.

As the wireless world evolves, so does its hardware. Recently, many new Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) have been released, which makes hardware design much easier, as you only need a single chip for both radio communication and control.

Contiki 3.0 adds support for two new interesting hardware platforms: the Texas Instruments Sensortag and the Zolertia ReMote.

More info here.

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