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COOJA and Testbed Federation/TWIST growing together

Two COOJA plugins and manuals have been published to integrate the TWIST testbed in COOJA and to take checkpoints and perform rollbacks both in TWIST and COOJA.


Call for Papers: CONET/UBICITEC 2013

The 4th International Workshop on Networks of Cooperating Objects for Smart Cities 2013 (CONET/UBICITEC 2013), colocated with CPSWeek 2013, accepts submissions until January 28th, 2013.


Newsletter issue #19

The 19th CONET newsletter has been published. You can read on Virtual Organizations for Multi-Model Based Embedded Systems and on the UvA Bird Tracking System.


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University of Calabria (UNICAL)

University of Calabria is the biggest university of Calabria (Italy) with more than 30000 students, 6 faculties, and 25 departments. In particular, the Department of Electronics, Informatics and Systems (DEIS), which was founded at the beginning of ’90, currently includes more than 60 professors and 15 technical/administrative staff units. DEIS promotes and coordinates research activities in the following areas: Control Systems, Computer Science and Engineering, Microwave Fields, Electronics, Operating Research and Optimization, Telecommunications and Management Engineering. DEIS is involved in many international, national and regional projects. Among the many research areas in which the DEIS is active, the research area on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) is emerging and focused on three main research lines:

  • Electronics. Design and realization of wireless sensor devices.
  • Telecommunications. Design and implementation of communication protocols at physical, datalink and network level.
  • Computer science and engineering. Development of methodologies and frameworks for the rapid prototyping of WSN applications, with particular reference to Smart Wireless Body Sensor Networks.

In particular, the Computer science and engineering research line on WSN is led by Prof. Giancarlo Fortino who is one of the promoter and responsible of the open-source SPINE project. SPINE (Signal Processing in Node Environment) is a software framework for the design of Wireless Body Sensor Network applications. SPINE enables efficient implementations of signal processing algorithms for analysis and classification of sensor data through libraries of processing and utility functions and protocols. SPINE currently includes:

  • a library of features computing parameters of the sensor data such as variance, mean or range of the sensor data
  • an over-the-air protocol that allows the coordinator of a WSN to dynamically request the computation of specific features to the sensor nodes and obtain the result
  • a set of utility functions such as a circular buffer and a sorting algorithm

The node side of the framework is developed in TinyOS environment, while the server side is in Java language. SPINE is a free software and is distributed by Telecom Italia, the copyright holder, in open source software under the terms of the LGPL (Lesser General Public Licence Version 2). The latest version of SPINE is SPINE 1.2 released on September 22nd 2008 and downloadable from http://spine.tilab.com/. The SPINE project is being jointly developed with Telecom Italia Lab, the WSN Lab located in Berkeley and sponsored by Pirelli and Telecom Italia, ASVES Group (Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli), EECS Department, University of California at Berkeley, ESSP Lab (Prof. Roozbeh Jafari), University of Texas at Dallas.

 

Giancarlo Fortino is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems of the University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy. He received a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2000. He has been a visiting researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley (CA), USA, in 1997 and 1999. His research interests include distributed computing and networks, agent systems, agent oriented software engineering, streaming content distribution networks, distributed multimedia systems, GRID computing, wireless sensor networks. He is currently involved in research and development projects for the application of intelligent and mobile agents, GRID and content delivery networks, and Wireless Sensor Networks (the SPINE project). He is author of more than 100 papers in international journals, conferences and books. He currently serves in the editorial board of JNCA (Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, Elsevier) and ITSE (Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Emerald). He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer and Communications Society, and ACM, and is involved in the organization of several international workshop (e.g. UPGRADE-CN workshops ’06-’09) and conferences as chair and IPC member, and is guest-editor of several special issues on Content Networks, Multimedia and Agents in the following int’l journals: JNCA, FGCS, MAGS, ITSE, IJAOSE, and SIMPAT. For more information, please visit: http://wwwinfo.deis.unical.it/~fortino.