Special Session I: Wireless Sensor Networks

Paulo T. de Sousa
European Commission
Head of Sector
Information Society and Media Directorate General, Unit D1
Phone: +32 2 296 35 50 Fax: +32 2 296 39 10
E-mail: paulo.desousa@cec.eu.int
Mailing address:
Bureau : BU29, 3/04 - Commission Européenne - B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

Special Session Topics:

  • 4G Systems
  • Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Body and Personal Area Networks
  • Mobile Network Protocols and Packet Services
  • Adaptive Wireless Network Protocols
  • Network Management and Control
  • Mobile IP
  • Network Design, Optimisation, and Management
  • Radio Coverage and Planning
  • Performance Analysis of Wireless Networks
  • QoS in Wireless Networks
  • Wireless Propagation Channel Analysis and Modelling
  • Radio Resource Management
  • Implementation Architectures
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Software for Wireless Location Systems
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Personal Communication Systems

Relevance to WINSYS 2006

The field of sensor networking research has been attracting tremendous interest particularly since it has been demonstrated that concepts for multi-hop self-organizing networks with energy-efficiency as a primary constraint are feasible, and that high levels of the miniaturization of network nodes, under the guiding vision of smart dust, are just a matter of time.

In the USA, which is home to many of the recent important advances in this research field, including progress in the design of novel protocols, operating systems, embedded software and innovative hardware, sensor networking enabling technologies, developed within the top Universities, are realising their exploitation potential through spin-off companies. This has opened the field for many new applications.

Indeed, the potential for innovative user-centric applications is one of the most exciting aspects of sensor networking, which creates a high motivation for working on the variety of challenging research topics. Wireless Sensor Networks are a critical step towards the vision of ubiquitous intelligent sensing environments and very necessary, taking into account the benefits that sensor networks have to offer to European society.

The session will focus its research toward the solution of specific theoretical and technological problems that will enable the building of sensor network applications that can significantly affect European society.


- Creating Ubiquitous Intelligent Sensing Environments
Ramjee Prasad (Aalborg Univ., DK).

The recent developments in the research and the technology have brought visibility for the wireless sensor networks as one of the key enabling technologies in the next 10 years. Ubiquitous Intelligent Sensing Environments have promising future in supporting the everyday life of the European citizens, bringing important social benefits for each person and for the society as a whole. Taking into account the current fragmentation in the research in this field, CRUISE NoE intends to be a focal point in the planning and coordination of research on communication and application aspects of wireless sensor networking in Europe. To make a significant contribution to coordination and effectiveness of research, the consortium will evaluate, update and communicate the State-of-the-Art in wireless sensor networking to the technical community. It will distil a path from current technological status to a long term vision by defining the intermediate steps in a vision-based roadmap. In the joint research work CRUISE partners will establish a framework of common tools and methodologies to accelerate the research process and build sustainable collaboration links. The project will organize and participate in events which create awareness of the immense benefits of WSN, promote research on sensor networking and the integration of different European research initiatives.

- Capturing Ambient Intelligence for Mobile Communications through Wireless Sensor Networks
Laurent Herault (CEA-LETI, FR)

This talk will introduce a new integrated project: e-SENSE. Its main objective is to contribute to the evolution and definition of the future Ambient Intelligent Mobile Systems beyond 3G by integrating ubiquitous Wireless Sensor Networks in B3G mobile systems. WSN will capture the ambient intelligence surrounding mobile users. Capturing, classifying, filtering and sensing situation and context through phenomena and signals from the physical environment will support and significantly enhance and enrich personal, family and community-focused mobile applications and services as well as wireless communication systems. e-SENSE develops a system concept and architecture to collaboratively capture a user's context, pre-process it into meaningful data to be input to a user's (individual, family, community) profile to enable context-enabled applications and services to a user at the right time.

- MObile Terminal Information Value addEd Functionality (MOTIVE)
Michael E. Theologou(ICCS/NTUA, Greece)

In a mobile telecommunications environment, the mobile terminal collects a variety of network performance data that are subsequently used in order to perform basic networking functions, such as cell selection, handover or power control. Terminal collected data constitute a valuable, but untapped yet, source of information. Taking advantage of the evolving mobile terminal capabilities, MOTIVE project intends to demonstrate the potential stemming from the exploitation of such information. The MOTIVE system comprises of a terminal monitoring module (which operates in a user transparent mode) and a network module that collects the appropriate set of data and performs the proper processing. The project will investigate the application of this concept in three key areas related to integrated end-to-end user experience monitoring, ubiquitous terminal assisted positioning and anonymous mobile community services which are described in the following paragraphs, taking into account the terminal functionality evolution as well as the network evolution towards a multi-access composite IP based network. Wireless grids, a new type of resource-sharing network, connect sensors, mobile phones, and other edge devices with each other and with wired grids. Ad hoc distributed resource sharing allows these devices to offer new resources and locations of use for grid computing. MOTIVE enabled terminals will turn up into ubiquitous super-sensors providing information about end-to-end user experience. The MOTIVE concept also addresses the issue of sensor information processing both at the terminal and network level giving new possibilities for mobile grid computing applications.

- RESOLUTION (Reconfigurable Systems for Mobile Local Communication and Positioning)
Frank Ellinger (ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and Dresden University of Technology, Germany)

The talk gives an overview of the EU project RESOLUTION started in Feb. 2006. RESOLUTION aims at developing of a wireless three-dimensional (3-D) local positioning system with measurement accuracy in the centimetre regime and real-time ability. A novel frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar principle with active sensors is employed. This advanced local position radar will be implemented on basis of common WLAN systems. Because of the high positioning accuracy, real-time ability, and robustness against multipath effects and fading, novel applications are feasible including smart factories, robotics, interactive guiding, object tracking and augmented reality.

Submmit a paper to this Special Session

Submissions should be made to the following e-mail: secretariat@winsys.org and using "WINSYS 2006 Special Session Paper" as the e-mail subject.


Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project.

The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. Each prospective organizer is invited to submit a proposal explaining the targeted topic's novelty/importance and listing the contributing authors and their contributions.

Guidelines for submitting a Special Session proposal

Submission should be made by e-mail (ASCII/PS/PDF/DOC format are accepted) using "WINSYS 2006 Special Session Proposal" as the e-mail subject.

Please include the following information in the proposal:

1. The Special Session title.
2. The organizer(s), contact information and affiliations.
3. The Special Session topics specified in terms of keywords (at least 1 of the keywords should be from the list of WINSYS 2006 topics).
4. The relevance of the proposed Special Session to WINSYS 2006 and the significance of the related contributions (max 1000 words).
5. The participants' contact information, affiliations, presentation/paper titles and short abstracts (max 100 words per abstract). This list should contain at least 4 people who have confirmed their participation and who have firmly accepted to present their work at WINSYS 2006.

All contributions should be written in English. International Special Sessions (i.e.; in which participants come from different universities and countries) are strongly encouraged. The Special Sessions Proposals will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers who will specifically take into consideration the following criteria:

1. Relevance of the Special Session: Is the topic of the proposed Special Session related to the main themes of the WINSYS 2006 conference?
2. Significance of the Special Session: Is the topic of the proposed Special Session a major, minor, or a trivial scientific problem? Has the problem been solved before? Do the papers cover the problem domain well? Are there many research communities that will care about the solutions proposed in the Special Session papers?
3. Originality and Significance of the Special Session papers: Are there any new ideas proposed? Are there any significant results presented?
4. Overall rating