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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 Oxford (UOX)

The Computing Laboratory - Oxford University's Computer Science department - is at the heart of computing and related interdisciplinary activity at Oxford. It is a centre for research in computer science and software engineering, with research strengths crossing conventional disciplinary boundaries into areas such as computational biology, linguistics, medicine, and quantum physics. The research into sensor networks, led by Dr Niki Trigoni, focuses on systems for traffic monitoring, emergency detection, wildlife sensing, UAV coordination and acoustic underwater sensing. The Spatial Reasoning Group at Oxford in which Dr. Stephen Cameron is involved studies problems whose solution is highly dependent on the exact shape of objects. Examples of spatial reasoning problems include: Collision detection (telling whether two simulated objects occupy the same space at the same time and Path planning (working out how to move objects whilst avoiding collisions).

 

Niki Trigoni is a lecturer at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory, and the director of the Sensor Networks Group. She earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Cambridge in 2001, and then moved to Cornell University to do postdoctoral research in the area of sensor networks for two years. In 2004, she became a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. Three years later, she joined the University of Oxford, where she founded the Sensor Networks Group. Her interests lie in distributed algorithms for data management in wireless sensor networks. She has several ongoing projects on various applications of wireless sensor networks, including traffic monitoring, wildlife sensing, search-and-rescue by multiple UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and acoustic sensor networks for industrial processes. In the context of these applications, she is investigating energy-efficient techniques for collecting, aggregating and disseminating data through a wireless sensor network. She is also working on distributed algorithms for the autonomous coordination of mobile sensors to achieve collaborative sensing tasks.

 

Sonia Waharte joined the Computing Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 2009. She obtained her PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2008, in the area of resource management in wireless mesh networks. Her research is now focused on the design of high-level control algorithms for Unmanned Area Vehicles (UAVs). In particular, her interest is in assessing how uncertainty in sensing operations can impact the control algorithms that decide the trajectory that a UAV should follow.

 

Stephen Cameron gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1984, working on the collision detection problem for robotic systems; he has been working in the general areas of robotics and geometric computing ever since. After a brief spell with McDonnell-Douglas he has been in Oxford since 1986, working firstly in Mike Brady's robotics group before gaining a Lectureship in 1988 and a Readership in 1998. Highlights of his work in geometric computing include the EGJK routine for fast colliion detection, and general work on the path planning problem. His practical robotics work has included industrial vehicles, the Robot Sheepdog Project, and (most recently) robot soccer and flying helicopters. On the algorithmic side he has worked on topics ranging from sensor fusion, computational chemistry, image analysis, and mission planning. He is currently a PI on the EPSRC-funded project SUAAVE, which is looking at the issues of flying and coordinating a number of quad-rotor UAVs, and he has just been awarded an EPSRC-funded grant for Public Engagement in Science to take robotic systems into schools.