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Archive for March, 2008

Wireless Sensor Networks Blog Rated 8.3 on Blogged!

The editors of Blogged recently reviewed your blog and have given it an 8.3 score out
of (10) in the Technology category.

They evaluated our blog based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style. After carefully reviewing each of these criteria, our site was given its 8.3 score.

This is quite an achievement!

Opening: PhD. Student position (University of Valencia)

As part of the strategic expansion of research in Communications at University of Valencia, the recently created Group of Information & Communication Systems (GSIC) is growing rapidly, with the key objective of becoming an internationally recognized and transnational research group. The mission of this group is: a) to perform both theoretical and applied research, b) to provide education and training in both undergraduate and graduate level and c) to perform technology transfer to both established and start-up companies.

A position as PhD student is now available at GSIC through an European Project from the 7th Framework Programme. The research work to be carried out will concentrate on the area of “Sensor Networks for Dynamic and Cognitive Radio Access”. Cognitive radio is an emerging wireless communications concept in which a network or a wireless node is able to sense its environment, and especially spectrum holes, and change its transmission and reception chains to communicate efficiently without interfering with licensed users. Cognitive radio thus aims to improve the way the radio spectrum is utilized. This project will cover theoretical work, algorithms, as well as selected applications.

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CFP: The First International Workshop on Sensor Networks (SN 2008)

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers limited to 6 pages. Please see the Author Information page for submission guidelines in the ICCCN 2008 website.

Important Dates:
Manuscript Submission: March 30, 2008
Acceptance Notification: May 12, 2008
Paper registration: May 20, 2008
Camera ready papers due: May 22, 2008
Early non-author registration: June 30, 2008

More info here.

Free Education / Scholarship for Master Students in Computer Science at Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Korea University embraces the challenges of the 21st Century by building new bridges across old boundaries.

They are now recruiting Master students (with IITA Korean Government scholarship) who will be active in research projects of both theoretical and practical character. The main focus will be on wireless sensor networks, Ubiquitous Computing Networks and s.

The main application areas are object tracking in wireless sensor networks, RFID middleware, and security issues in WSN, depending on the interest of the student. Students who have experience in programming and especially have hand on experience in simulation will be preferred.

More info here.

Summer Internship Opportunity

Summer is quickly approaching and the SunSPOTs team has a small window of opportunity to hire a graduate student intern to work on network and security solutions for the SunSPOTs platform.

Interested candidates MUST:
- be currently enrolled in a graduate student program
- have practical experience in network protocol development
- have a solid understanding of network security concepts
- have a passion for developing platform solutions others can build upon

This is a hands-on, development position with the SunLabs SunSPOTs project. More info here.

Not just a pipe dream!

From Crossbow’s blog:

US water facilities and those around the world are faced with mounting operational and maintenance costs as a result of aging pipeline infrastructures. The ability to monitor and control the infrastructure is no longer a pipe dream but is on its way to becoming reality thanks to wireless sensor networks. PipeNet, is a system designed by researchers at Imperial College in London and CSAIL at MIT in conjunction with Intel Research, to collect hydraulic and acoustic/vibration data at high sampling rates as well as use algorithms for analyzing this data to detect and locate leaks. A study by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that water utilities will need $277 billion over the next 20 years (2003-2023) to install, upgrade, and replace infrastructure. Unfortunately, identifying the high priority areas is a non-trivial task because of the scale and age of the pipeline infrastructures. Failures of large diameter bulk-water transmission pipelines are of greatest concern as these are supply critical systems. When these failures do occur, there are dire consequences including loss of life, severe interruptions in service, degraded fire fighting ability, damage to adjacent infrastructure and buildings, and of course the multi-million dollar repair bills.

Rainforest Climate Change Sensor Station Goes Wi-Fi

For more than half a century, the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica has provided researchers with the data needed to study everything from local amphibian and reptile populations to global warming. To meet a growing demand for La Selva’s treasure trove of biological and environmental data, the main facilities are getting a $785,000 high-tech makeover that includes wireless access to measurement systems that collect and transmit data and provide a dynamic 3-D analysis of the rainforest canopy.

The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles, plans to develop and expand its mobile sensor platforms and sensor arrays as well as the information technology and infrastructure used to store and share the collected information. The upgrade—funded by the National Science Foundation—will enable researchers to take core microclimate measurements and precise wind measurements as well as measure carbon dioxide (CO2) differences up through the rainforest’s canopy. It will also be used to set up networks of video and acoustic monitoring capabilities for animal and plant studies.

More info here.

SNEE for Sensor NEtwork Engine

The SNEEql (SNEE for Sensor NEtwork Engine) query optimizer, developed at the University of Manchester, is a novel query optimizer for sensor networks which combines a rich, expressive query language with a software architecture based traditional distributed query processing techniques. The optimization steps cover all the query optimization phases that are required to map a declarative query to executable code.

Ixent Galpin will be presenting the query optimization architecture at the International Conference on Data Engineering ’08, in Cancún, Mexco on 10 April 2008. If you are unable to attend the presentation, or are interested in knowing more details, you can view the information on this website.

Wireless sensor networks over IPv6

Radiocrafts, a supplier of wireless RF modules for communication in the licence-free frequency bands, and Sensinode, a supplier of solutions for IPv6 over wireless mesh networks, have launched a new platform for integrating the Internet with sensor networks.

The IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radio modules from Radiocrafts combined with the 6LoWPAN compliant NanoStack from Sensinode offers integrators super compressed IPv6 over low power radios in a compact module solution. The use of end-to-end open source IP technology over a proven radio platform provides an excellent and scalable solution for IP-based monitoring and control systems like AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) and WSN (wireless sensor networks).

The Sensinode NanoStack meets the 6LoWPAN (IPv6 over Low power WPAN) specifications released in 2007 and offers a scalable and robust architecture for a wireless mesh network where all nodes cooperate to transport information almost like the Internet. By using many small radio modems, a low-power wireless network can cover large geographical areas using the licence-free frequency band at 2,45 GHz. The self-configuring and self-healing properties of the 6LoWPAN network offer redundancy and low maintenance cost.

More info here.

Heated up about your Energy Bill? Motes to the Rescue!

From Crossbow’s blog:

When I opened up my Gas and Electric bill from our local utility (PG&E here in Northern California) I was shocked: it was over $100 more than I expected. Some further checking confirmed that it was also substantially higher than during the same time last year, by about that amount. So what happened? Sure, energy prices likely have increased since last year and maybe it was a bit colder here the last month. But it still didn’t add up…

A few years ago I had installed a shiny new programmable digital thermostat to replace an old mechanical gizmo that must have been around since the house was built in the 1950s. And I actually did read the manual (well, some of it anyways) and spent quite a bit of time programming it with different cycles for days and nights and weekends and so on. And, though I was very proud of that accomplishment at the time, the promised energy savings that I had hoped for actually never really materialized. My utility bills stayed pretty much the same before and after the thermostat installation.

Read how, using a WSN, the author was able to gather a lot of valuable data and hopefully significantly reduce his heating bill here.

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