CSIRO ICT has signed up for a four year European project to design an open platform that will help the masses of sensor networks forming around the world to communicate through the internet and eventually be sold as services.
Called the Open Internet of Things, the project is being run in conjunction with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, as well as Ireland’s Deri Galway University, and Switzerland’s EPFL under the EU’s Framework research funding scheme.
Other participants in the 4.2 million euro ($5.23m) project which got underway two weeks ago are Greece’s Research and Education Laboratory and software outfit P. Dimitropoulos and Britain’s IT Association.
The idea, according to CSIRO ICT deputy director Darrell Williamson, is to build a platform that will allow sensor networks — everything from radio-frequency identification chips to soil moisture sensors — to communicate through the cloud (internet).
“Everything in the cloud is virtual and you don’t care where things are located, but when you have real things like sensors and you are trying to do real experiments you have challenges.
“You don’t want the platform to be proprietary,” Mr Williamson said at CeBIT Hannover.
“Any core infrastructure should be open source. You build commercial solutions on top, around water, power or whatever, but you want the railroad tracks to be open source.”
The project will develop an open source middleware stack for internet connected objects.
We are seeking a talented and dedicated recent PhD graduate to be part of the rapidly growing research program being undertaken by the CSIRO ICT Centre in Wireless Sensor Networks and Pervasive Computing.
* Develop novel, innovative solutions to key research problems as driven by the project goals for the sensor networks team.
* Implement algorithms in software to run on our embedded hardware platforms.
* Conduct indoor and outdoor field experiments to verify and demonstrate research outcomes.
* Write high quality journal and conference papers on key research outcomes.
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Salary: AU$73K – $80K per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation, Ref No: 2011/51
To be successful you’ll have:
* A PhD in computer science or relevant engineering discipline.
* Publication track record in the field of wireless sensor networks or a related and relevant field.
* Demonstrated ability to program in C or C++.
More information on this position is available here:
Are you a highly experienced scientist in wireless sensor networks seeking your next career challenge? Join us in this key role leading an exciting team of researchers in wireless sensor networks and identifying new scientific directions. Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science and technology research
We are seeking to appoint a Senior Principal Research Scientist of international standing as Science Leader of Wireless Sensor Networks within our ICT Centre. Our focus in this research field is on distributed sensing systems and the augmentation with actuation and intelligence. You will have a record for
innovation and generation of new ideas. The Science Leader will work closely with the Chief Scientist in shaping the future of the core research activities
within the ICT Centre. Your role is to provide leadership in developing and nurturing professional skills in the science area, as well as the pursuit of excellence in this field. You are passionate about the science of sensor networks and more broadly distributed systems and cyber-physical systems and you aim at international recognition and impact through your and your team’s science. You will be honest, ethical and a team player, meticulous in your science, and creative in your ideas.
The successful applicant will be appointed to an indefinite position within the CSIRO ICT Centre and upon appointment, also to the role of Science Leader for a (renewable) period of 3 years.
More info here.
THE answer was simply blowing in the wind for researchers at Mayfield’s CSIRO Energy Centre who wanted to harvest electricity from trees.
The deceptively simple solution to their problem involved using string to connect tree branches to a small electricity generator. As the branches sway, they drive the generator, which is connected to a small battery transmitter. With an average daily output of 1 milliwatt, the generator can power a range of wireless monitoring equipment used in remote locations.
The tree harvester was created in response to a request to create a remote sensor network to monitor the microclimate of a forest regeneration project in south-east Queensland.
“Currently this technology mostly relies on batteries to provide the energy to power the networks,” Energy Harvesting Research Project team leader Chris Knight said. ”Most wireless sensor nodes last months in the field before batteries need to be replaced.”
The technology could also be used to power networks used in the early detection of bushfires or to monitor the movement of cane toads through farmland. ”One of its real strengths is that it can be used in dark locations where you can’t use solar power, like a forest floor or beside a building,” Mr Knight said. ”Its applications are limited only by the imagination.”
More info here.
At last night’s Australian Information Industry Association’s annual awards in Melbourne, CSIRO was named winner of the 2010 iAward for research and development.
CSIRO and Seqwater have developed Australia’s largest integrated intelligent wireless sensor network, which is monitoring Lake Wivenhoe and its catchment. This supplies the majority of the region’s drinking water as part of the SEQ Water Grid.
The network consists of 120 nodes, 45 of them floating, and measures water temperature through the water column. Another 70 are land-based and collect stock movement and weather data, spread across the catchment.
An autonomous solar-powered catamaran, also developed by CSIRO, travels between the floating nodes gathering data and performing maintenance.
More info here.
Australia’s CSIRO and Queensland Univeristy of Technology (QUT) are seeking expressions of interest for Phd Studentships in the field of Wireless Sensor Networks. A selected candidate will be supported by both organizations for applying for an Endeavour Postgraduate Award, offered by the Australian Government.
Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for international students from specific countries to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The total award amount is up to AU$201,000 (tax free) for 3.5 years.The successful applicant may also be eligible to approximately AU$8,000 per annum CSIRO ICT Centre top-up scholarship and other benefits such as travel-support.
Interested applicants should send their CV’s and an expression of interest clearly outlining their motivation for applying to:
Prof. Peter Corke (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Raja Jurdak (email@example.com)
The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing ISSNIP 2009, held under the umbrella of the ARCResearch Network on ISSNIP, is an annual forum for sensor network research.
Leading researchers in the field will present recent advances in both theory and applications of intelligent sensors and smart systems in diverse areas ranging from manufacturing and defense, to medical science and environmental monitoring. The conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia during the 7th-10th of December 2009.
More details in the updated CFP
Notice deadlines have been extended!
Paper Submission (Extended): 7 August 2009
Notification of Acceptance (Extended): 14 September 2009
Final Paper Submission (Extended): 5 October 2009
Conference Dates: 7-10 December 2009
CSIRO has partnered with SEQWater to monitor the Lake Wivenhoe catchment in Queensland using 120 nodes powered by CSIRO’s FLECK smart wireless sensor network technology.
According to CSIRO, the FLECK sensors could be the platform for the next generation of water quality monitoring systems, providing real-time data collection with unprecedented detail and speed. The FLECK sensor nodes operate in a meshed network, setting up ad hoc networks to wireless transfer environmental data they have collected.
Using the technology, SEQWater and CSIRO will be able to monitor high rainfall, droughts and contaminants in real-time. An autonomous solar-powered catamaran is also part of the solution, and it can be instructed by the network to carry out more detailed sampling as needed.
Seventy of the 120 nodes are land-based and spread across the catchment area, while 45 are floating and measure water temperature. The sensor system is manually controlled through a PDA, web interface, or web-enabled mobile phones.
More info here and here.
W3C Launched the Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Group, sponsored by its Members CSIRO, Wright State University and OGC.
The group’s mission is to begin the formal process of producing ontologies that define the capabilities of sensors and sensor networks, and to develop semantic annotations of a key language used by services based sensor networks.
Read more here.
From Freaklabs blog:
AUSTRALIAN and Chinese scientists have pledged to develop natural disaster early warning systems that could help prevent the devastating death tolls in Victoria’s bushfires last month.
The remote sensing systems would be developed as part of a wider agreement between the CSIRO and Beijing University to develop next-generation wireless communication technology, formally signed yesterday.
China’s vice-minister for Science and Technology Dr Cao Jianlin and ALP Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Maxine McKew, opened a new wireless centre of excellence at the CSIRO’s radio physics research labs in Sydney to facilitate the agreement.