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Call for Papers: CONET 2011

The Second International Workshop on Networks of Cooperating Objects

CONET 2011
April 11th, 2011 – Chicago, USA
Co-located with the CPSWeek 2011

NEW: Deadline extended to March 2


NEW: accepted papers will be published as part of electronic proceedings in a CD/DVD of the CPSWeek.

Prel. Program:

 09:00 - 10:00:
Session 1: Welcome and Keynote

Welcome (CONET 2011 organizers)

* Pedro Marron, Univ. of Duisburg-Essen

Cooperating Objects for Environmental Monitoring Applications
10:00 - 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00:
Session 2: Sensor Data Handling
* Luis Merino (Pablo de Olavide University, Spain); Jesus Capitan, Aníbal Ollero (AICIA-University of Seville, Spain):
 Data Fusion in Cooperating Robots and Sensor Networks for Urban Surveillance

* Adrian Jimenez-Gonzalez, J. Ramiro Martinez-de Dios, Alberto de San Bernabe, Aníbal Ollero (AICIA-University of Seville, Spain):
 WSN-based visual object tracking using Extended Information Filters

* Krasimira Kapitanova, Enamul Hoque, Jingyuan Li, Sang H Son, John Stankovic, Kamin Whitehouse (University of Virginia, USA):
Repair Assessment of Sensor Node Failures for Activity Detection (position paper)

* Wilhelm Kleiminger, Silvia Santini, Markus Weiss (ETH Zurich, Switzerland):
Opportunistic Sensing for Smart Heating Control in Private Households (position paper)

12:00 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00:
Session 3: Efficiency and Low Power Issues

* Thomas Menzel, Daniel Willkomm, Adam M Wolisz (Technical University of Berlin, Germany):
Improving Battery-Efficiency of Embedded Devices by Favorably Discharging only  towards End-of-life

* Daniele Puccinelli; Silvia Giordano (SUPSI, Switzerland):
On the Interplay of Low-Power Wireless Connectivity and Energy Consumption

* Yian Qin, Zhitao He, Thiemo Voigt (SICS, Sweden):
Link Quality Estimation for Future Cooperating Objects (position paper)

* Girts Strazdins, Artis Mednis, Georgijs Kanonirs (Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Latvia); Reinholds Zviedris, Leo Selavo (University of Latvia, Latvia):
Towards Vehicular Sensor Networks with Android Smartphones for Road Surface Monitoring (position paper)

15:00 - 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00:
Session 4: Cooperation

* William Etter, Paul Martin, Rahul Mangharam (University of Pennsylvania, USA):
Cooperative Flight Guidance of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles    

* Jose Cobano, Roberto Conde, David Alejo (University of Seville, Spain); Antidio Viguria (Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies, Spain); Aníbal Ollero (AICIA-University of Seville, Spain):
Collision Avoidance in Multi-object Tracking with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Dense Spaces

* Theodore Pavlic, Kevin Passino (The Ohio State University, USA):
Cooperative Task-Processing Networks

* Praveen Khethavath, Nhat Nguyen, Johnson Thomas (Oklahoma State University, USA):
A Virtual Robot Sensor Network (VRSN) (position paper)




During the last decade, the continuous improvement and miniaturization of integrated circuits has led to new types of computing systems. An emerging trend is the collaboration of miniature devices to achieve a common goal. Representative examples include wireless sensor networks, pervasive computing and embedded systems.

Along this trend, the notion of Cooperating Objects collectively refers to embedded computing devices equipped with communication as well as sensing or actuation capabilities, able to cooperate and organize themselves autonomously into networks to achieve a common task. As such, Cooperating Objects envision a single, coherent system formed by a wide range of devices, including those from the areas mentioned above. The complexity germane to the interaction inside and across networks of Cooperating Objects presents a rich set of research questions, and entails a wide range of scientific disciplines, such as networking, software engineering, and control theory.


CONET 2011 will provide a discussion forum for researchers, aimed at fostering synergy and convergence of complementary areas towards the vision of networks of Cooperating Objects. Work-in-progress systems, provocative ideas, and position papers paving the road towards such synergy and convergence are particularly welcome.


Topics of Interest


Authors are invited to submit papers for presentation at the workshop. The topics of interest include theoretical and empirical work in, but not limited to:


- Resource management of Cooperating Objects

- Quality-of-Service in networks of Cooperating Objects

- Hardware platforms for Cooperating Objects

- Mobile and distributed sensing

- Hybrid cooperation of static and mobile nodes

- Communication and control of mobile Cooperating Objects

- Distributed control and estimation over networks

- Decentralized algorithms for control over wireless sensor networks

- Decentralized, distributed, and cooperative optimization

- Applications of control of Cooperating Objects

- Real-time aspects of Cooperation Objects

- System software for Cooperating Objects

- Communication support for Cooperating Objects

- Real-world deployments of Cooperating Objects

- Applications of Cooperating Objects to Body Area Networks

- Cooperating Objects in Complex Systems

- Security and Privacy in Cooperating Objects

- Enterprise Integration of Cooperating Objects

- Application of wireless sensor networks on Pervasive computing

- Closed-loop applications of pervasive computing


Paper Submission

Note that we do not take (C) for any papers.

Also note that we explicitly encourage the submissions of short position papers (4 pages Springer) as the workshop intended to be interactive with a lot of discussions.


A paper must be original material that has neither been previously published nor is currently under review by another conference or journal. Full research papers (max. 16 pages) as well as work-in-progress and position papers (max. 4 pages) are both welcome. Submissions should be formatted according the Springer LNCS style. The submissions will be handled by EDAS.

The papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be made available to participants in electronic form, via a USB key. 

Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 2, extended from (February 28, 2011)

Acceptance Notification: Friday, March 18, 2011

Camera Ready: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workshop: Monday, April 11, 2011




General Co-Chairs:

Pedro José Marrón, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Anibal Ollero, University of Seville, Spain

TPC Co-Chairs:

José Ramiro Martínez de Dios, University of Sevilla, Spain

Thiemo Voigt, SICS, Sweden


Local Chair: TBD


Technical Program Committee (under construction):

Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Mario Alves, ISEP, Portugal

Fernando Caballero, University of Sevilla, Spain

Peter Corke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Simon Duquennoy, SICS, Sweden

Jesus Fernandez, Univ. of Málaga, Spain

Raja Jurdak, CSIRO, Australia

Mohamed Jamshidi, University of Texas San Antonio, USA

Pedro Lima, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

Chenyang Lu, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA

Edith Ngai, Uppsala University, Sweden

Gregory O´Hare, University College Dublin, Ireland

Kay Römer, U. of Lubeck, Germany

Lucia Pallottino, Univ. of Pisa, Italy

Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento, Italy

Silvia Santini, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Sanjiv Singh, Carnegie Mellon, USA

Salah Sukkarieh, University of Sydney, Australia

Kamin Whitehouse, Univ. of Virgina, USA

Marco Zuniga, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany