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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Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) will participate in the project with a research group of its Department of Computer Science, the Distributed Systems Group. The Distributed Systems Group conducts research in sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, distributed systems, middleware, and concepts to enhance reliability, security, and privacy in distributed systems.

One particular research field is wireless sensor networks, where wireless networks of small sensor-equipped computers are deployed in the environment to monitor real-world phenomena in online and in real time. Our particular focus has been on the development of a hardware platform called BTnodes and the provision of adequate software infrastructures for programming collections of these devices. The latter include basic operating systems as well as high-level programming abstractions to shield the programmer from low-level system details. Recently, we are also working on the integration of sensor networks with back-end communication infrastructures. In addition, we have developed basic communication protocols to support ad-hoc networking, as well as algorithms for time synchronization and localization.

Our group has been involved in numerous projects in this area, namely in the European Smart-Its project (concerned with development of a hardware platform and operating system for sensor nodes), the Swiss National Competence Center on Research in Mobile Communication and Information Systems (NCCR-MICS), a national effort to integrate research on self-organizing ad hoc and sensor networks across Switzerland which is funded by the Swiss National Science foundation (in the context of this research center we are leading a project which is concerned with programming abstractions and the deployment of sensor networks), the European Coordination Action Embedded Wisents (concerned with fostering and strengthening European research on wireless sensor networks and smart cooperating objects), as well as industry projects with DoCoMo Eurolabs (concerned with the use of mobile phones as a gateway between sensor networks and the Internet). Besides technical research, the Distributed Systems Group also investigates the impact of pervasive computing technology on our society and its impact on business applications. In a joint initiative with the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and several leading companies such as SAP and SwissRe, business concepts for ubiquitous computing technology are evaluated. A project with the Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz-Foundation analyzes the impact of omnipresent information technology on our society.


Prof. Friedemann Mattern obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 with a thesis on distributed algorithms. From 1991-1994 he was Professor of practical computer science at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, and from 1994-1999 Professor of practical computer science and distributed systems at Darmstadt University of Technology where he initiated a graduate program "Enabling Technologies for Electronic Commerce." He was appointed full Professor at the ETH Zurich in July 1999. In 2002 he became director of the newly founded Institute for Pervasive Computing at ETH Zurich.


Dr. Kay Römer obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 with a thesis on sensor networks. Currently, he is a senior researcher, leading the sensor network-related activities of the distributed systems group. He has been doing research on sensor networks for many years, with a current focus on programming models and software infrastructures. Besides his research contributions, he has organized several scientific events on the topic. Kay has also worked on middleware for distributed systems. In particular, he co-founded and led the MICO open source project and has co-authored two books on the topic.