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Archive for July, 2010

S-CUBE 2010

S-CUBE 2010 (13-15 December 2010, Miami, United States of America)  provides an ideal venue to address the research challenges facing system development and software support for wireless sensor network-based systems that have the potential to impact society in many ways. Currently, wireless sensor networks enable innovative and interesting application scenarios that may support a large amount of different applications including environmental monitoring, seismic sensing, smart-homes, disaster prevention, building automation, object tracking, nuclear reactor control, fire detection, agriculture, health care, utility infrastructure monitoring, and traffic monitoring.

Technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, are solicited.


Paper submission deadline: 31 July 2010
Notification of paper acceptance: 1 September 2010
Camera-ready submission deadline: 15 October 2010


Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (LNICST) series.
More info here.

ACM BuildSys paper deadline extended

The submission deadline of ACM BuildSys 2010: 2nd ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings has been extended to Aug 12th, 2010

Workshop Location:
In conjunction with ACM SenSys, Zurich, Switzerland – November 2, 2010.

Papers will be published and archived by ACM.

Important dates:
* Submission deadline: 12 August 2010 (Extended)
* Notification of acceptance: 7 September 2010
* Camera Ready Due: 25 September 2010
* Workshop date: 2 November 2010

More information are available in the workshop website.

Web of things, Opensource and WI-FI

The OpenPicus project officially has the first Wi-Fi module released. It’s small and integrates the Microchip PIC24F  (256K Flash, 16K Ram) and the new Microchip Wi-Fi certified module.

FlyPort (name of the module) runs the Wireless Stack (TCP/IP version 5.25 from Microchip) and the Application layer. It’s provided with a comfortable 26 ways Male Pinheader connector to let you prototype and test easily.

Programmer has full control of the Wi-Fi module, Low power modes are available. Flyport act as powerful webserver (you can run even Ajax apps like graphic libraries) or it may send you email or send data to a remote server.

Claudio Carnevali, founder of the OpenPicus project, says: “We believe FlyPort is a revolutionary device and we’ll be able to achieve a price under 30 Euro soon.  Wi-Fi is the natural wireless platform for the Internet of Things, because it doesn’t need any gateway and expecially when your application can control the RF transceiver to save energy”

More info here.

MidSens paper deadline extension

The fifth international workshop on Middleware Tools, Services and Run-Time Support for Sensor Networks (MidSens’10) will be co-located with Middleware 2010 (November 29th – December 3rd, 2010) in Bangalore, India.
The paper submission deadline has been extended to August 15th 2010.

See the submission page for details.

PhD Studentship in Pervasive Computing

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD position with the Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University. PhD studentship in Pervasive Computing: Wireless sensing and HVAC comfort control in vehicle cabins.

More info available here

Important Dates

Starts: 28th September 2010 or January 2011
Closing date for applications: 1st September 2010

Opportunities at CBU

The Cape Breton University (CBU) Center for Technology Development, Wireless Systems Group (CTD-WSG), is calling for expressions-of-interest in a new, international collaborative research and development program titled ?Wireless Network Control Systems? (WNCS). The total proposal is estimated at $4.2 million CDN over three years. Several opportunities remain for projects with budgets in the range of $25,000-75,000.

The due date for expression of interest is July 30th, 2010. Get complete information here.

DASH7 Alliance Announces Standard Update

The DASH7 Alliance, a non-profit industry consortium that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, today announced the release of an updated specification for the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking that enables tag-to-tag communications, improved location precision, over-the-air configuration, and higher data rates. The Mode 2 specification was submitted as a new work item to the ISO 18000-7 standards committee following approval by the DASH7 Alliance, which today includes more than 50 participants from 23 countries.  The full Mode 2 spec is available today to DASH7 Alliance members and will be available to the public in ISO in mid-2011.


The Wireless Sensor Network Technology Trends Q2 2010

Bluetooth Low Energy Forecast to Dominate Wireless Sensor Network Market

A new report evaluates the opportunity for 802.15.4, EnOcean, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wavenis, Low Power Wi-Fi, and ZigBee chipsets. The report includes a five-year forecast of dominant technologies.

The newly updated study, “WTRS Wireless Sensor Network Technology Trends, Q2 2010”, reviews and analyzes the available and proposed technology solutions competing for dominance in the wireless sensor network segment.

This report covers emerging Wireless Sensor and Control Network technologies and protocols including IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee, Bluetooth Low Energy, EnOcean, Z-Wave, and Low Power WiFi.

More information available here

Wireless Sensing Demonstrator Showcase, 28 Sept 2010

Building on the two previous annual successful events, the Wireless Sensing Interest subGroup (WiSIG) of the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) is organising a Demonstrator Showcase in conjunction with the Sensing Technology 2010 Exhibition to provide an opportunity for industry and academia to display technology, platforms, and realistic applications of wireless sensing. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the current state of the art and encourage future collaborations among the exhibitors and attendees.

Innovative demonstrations from industry and academia, classified into two categories:  a) R&D systems and b) Commercial products are invited. We welcome both wireless sensing systems developed as ‘instruments to enable scientific investigation’ and also ‘as solutions to known problems’. Demonstrators need to be end-to-end systems with achievements beyond the state of the art at one or more of the following levels: physical level, sensing level, data fusion, middleware, communications, information extraction, and user interfaces. Alternatively, the novelty may lie in the application itself, the business model, the integration of technologies (e.g. interfacing mobile broadband infrastructure) and deployment issues (e.g. encapsulation, environmental regulations). We are particularly encouraging demonstrators in the areas of body sensor networks, environmental monitoring, industrial monitoring and control, security and surveillance as well as assisted living.

The demo proposals will be reviewed by a committee and voted by the delegates of the Sensing Technology 2010 Exhibition. The ‘Best Demo Award’ will be awarded in each of the two categories based upon the levels of technical and innovation contribution.

Demo proposals to be received by 1 Sept 2010. For further details visit

ACM Sensys 2010 Doctoral Colloquium

The ACM Sensys 2010 Doctoral Colloquium will be held on November 2, 2010, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The purpose of the doctoral colloquium (DC) is to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive atmosphere where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion, guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Applicants should be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Applicants should not be planning to submit their PhD thesis or dissertation for at least six months after the DC, so that any advice or input may still be incorporated into the doctoral work.

The DC will be a one-day, seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by roundtable discussion. Time will be allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and DC participants. In order to provide such individual attention, the number of accepted DC participants will be limited to twelve.


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