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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Schneider Electric Automation GmbH (SCHNEIDER), Germany

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green across multiple market segments. The Group has leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.

The Schneider Electric Automation GmbH with its main offices Marktheidenfeld and Seligenstadt, Germany, is part of the Schneider Electric Group. The company develops and manufactures in its activities Machine Solutions and System Consistency within the Industry Business organization particular hardware and software products for automation solutions in machine and plant construction.

In the Industry market, the products and services solutions cover:

  • Processes automation
  • Machine control and monitoring
  • Power supply & distribution
  • Energy monitoring and control
  • Utility management (lighting, ventilation, elevators, intruder alert, etc.)
  • Single site or multi-site production data management
  • Critical power

Main customers are engineering firms, systems integrators, OEMs, large industrial companies, panel builders and electrical equipment distributors, end users.

During the last years Schneider Electric had a strong participation and leadership in European R&D projects, including EU FP6 NoE IPROMS, EU FP6 STREP Inlife, EU FP6 STREP RI-MACS and EU FP6 SOCRADES. This R&D-activity will currently be reinforced by the active participation in the EU FP6 NoE CONET and EU FP7 IMC-AESOP.

In the context of CONET, Schneider Electric works on the application of service-oriented architectures and associated Web Service technology to the communications between cooperative objects. Schneider Electric has also substantial experience in the application of collaborative agent-based technology in industrial automation for implementing real-time decision-making mechanisms. This expertise will be instrumental in the development of test and simulation platforms, as well as in the blending of agent technology with Web Services.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armando Walter Colombo. Armando Walter Colombo is Collaborative Program Manager and Edison Level 2 Group Senior Expert at Schneider Electric. He also joined the Department of Electrotechnical and Industrial Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer, Germany, and became Full Professor in August 2010.

He received the MSc. on Control System Engineering from the National University of San Juan, Argentina, in 1994, and the Doctor degree in Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1998. From 1999 to 2000 was Adjunct Professor in the Group of Robotic Systems and CIM, Faculty of Technical Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal. Since 2001 Prof. Colombo has been working as Research/Collaborative Program Manager at Schneider Electric. He has extensive experience in managing multi-cultural research teams in multi-regional projects. Prof. Colombo has participated in leading positions in many international projects, e.g. he was co-leader of the RTD-Cluster on Production Automation and Control (PAC) of the EU FP6 NoE IPROMS” (, 2004-2009), technical manger of the EU FP6 STREP RI-MACS (2005-2008), the co-ordinator of the EU FP6 Integrated Project “SOCRADES” (, 2006-2009), with the participation of all major European Stakeholders of the Automation value chain, i.e., Schneider Electric, Siemens, ABB, but also ARM, SAP, Jaguar/Ford, etc., and is now coordinating the EU FP7 IP IMC-AESOP (with the participation of 17 European partners: Honeywell, Microsoft, SAP, Schneider Electric, Politecnico di Milano, Tampere Univ. of Technology, Loughborough University, etc., see Prof. Colombo works also as Invited Lecturer at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, and is co-supervisor of PhD-Students at the Loughborough University (UK), Porto University (Portugal), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and New University of Lisbon (Portugal).

His research interests are in the fields of cyber-physical systems, system-of-systems engineering (SoS), service-oriented architecture (SoA), collaborative automation, intelligent supervisory control, formal specification of flexible automation systems, Petri nets and Flexible Production Systems.

Prof. Colombo has more than 180 publications (per-review) in journals, books, and chapters of books and conference proceedings. He has 21 industrial patent applications.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. He also served as General Co-Chair in the last issues of the IEEE Conferences on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 2009, 2010, 2011). Prof. Colombo is the Schneider Electric representative in the European Embedded Systems Platform “ARTEMISIA” and he is co-leader of the ARTEMISIA Strategic Research Agenda - Sub-Program ASP4.

Prof. Colombo served/serves as Associated Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Systems Engineering (IEEE T-ASE) and Associated Editor of the IFAC Associated Journal ATP-International. He is member of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom), Co-Chairman of the IEEE IES Committee on Industrial Informatics.

Prof. Colombo served/s as advisor/expert for the definition of the R&D priorities within the Framework Programs FP6, FP7 and FP8 (HORIZON 2020) of the Research Executive Agency (REA) in the European Union.

Prof. Colombo is listed in Who’s Who in the World /Engineering 99-00/01 and in Outstanding People of the XX Century (Bibliographic Centre Cambridge, UK).


Dr. Marco Mendes. Dr. Marco Mendes joined Schneider Electric Automation GmbH in 2011 as a Collaborative Project Manager and System Architect. He received his Doctor degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Porto in 2011 with the subject “Engineering Framework for Service-oriented Automation Systems”. He was previously a Researcher of the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory (LIACC) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, in collaboration with Schneider Electric. During that time he participated in the EU funded SOCRADES project, where he was an active researcher and developer for service engineering methods and solutions. He has special experiences and expertise in the field of device communication networks, service-oriented architectures, networked collaborative systems, software engineering and system modelling. Marco Mendes has several industrial patent applications and has authored more then 20 articles in Proceedings, Journals and books.