ETH Zurich :
Computer Science :
Pervasive Computing :
Distributed Systems :
WSN Summer School
Summer School on Wireless Sensor Networks and Smart Objects
August 29 - September 3, 2005, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany
Grounded in the belief that processors, sensors, and wireless radios
are becoming extremely small and inexpensive, we can foresee a world
where many everyday objects and physical environments are enriched
by computational power. Wireless sensor networks and smart objects
are two particular instances of such networked embedded sensing
systems, which can perceive and control many aspects of the real
world, and which may interact with humans. These technologies are
currently receiving significant attention by researchers, potential
users, and by people interested in the implications of the induced
paradigm shift in the way we use computers.
Goals and Audience
The goal of the summer school is to provide a basic survey of the most
relevant subfields, to present the perspectives and the underlying
technologies, but also to identify the pertinent issues that form the
field of wireless sensor networks and smart objects, as well as to
identify important research themes. Furthermore, the
school will provide a good opportunity to get to know other people
working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish
contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future.
The intended audience are post-graduate students, PhD students, and
young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around
the world. We expect about 60 participants.
List of Topics
- Living in a smart world: visions of a world full of smart objects
- Applications of wireless sensor networks and smart objects
- Hardware aspects of sensor nodes, smart labels, and embedded computers
- Wireless networking and communication issues
- Operating systems, programming abstractions and tools, middleware
- Fundamental services (localization, time synchronization, ...)
- Information processing (querying, fusion, classification,
- Deployment, debugging, testing
- Interaction with human users
The summer school lasts for 6 days and features a number of
different activities. A detailed schedule is available here.
- Lectures. Usually, each day will feature lectures
and discussions around a broad theme. Three to four lectures will be
presented per day (morning and late afternoon).
- TinyOS hands-on tutorial. Participants can learn
to program sensor nodes using TinyOS. This tutorial will be
given by experienced TinyOS experts.
Further information is available here.
- Participants workshop. Some time will be reserved
for a workshop where participants can present their own work and
involvement in the field.
- Application competition. Participants can submit
their ideas about application scenarios involving sensor networks
and smart objects. The best contributions will be awarded with
Apple iPods. Further information is available
- Excursion. One day is scheduled for an excursion
and other social activities which should help to form a community
among the young researchers.
Lecturers and Contributors
Organization and Venue
Photo © AKA Werbe-Studio, Saarlouis
The summer school is jointly organized by ETH Zurich and the International
Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl on
behalf of the European consortium
Embedded WiSeNts, which also provides funding.
It will take
place in the relaxed and inspiring atmosphere of Schloss Dagstuhl
(Dagstuhl manor house), Germany, close to
the border of Luxembourg and France. Schloss Dagstuhl was built
in 1760 and is used for seminars and conferences since 1990. Besides
providing accommodation, a comprehensive computer science research
library, and computer facilities, it offers a unique setting for inspiring
discussions, informal exchange of ideas, and socializing. The rural
surroundings provide good opportunities for relaxed walks.
Registration, Costs, and Travelling
Participation is open to all qualified applicants, but the number of
participants is limited to a maximum of 60. If we receive more
applications, we will select participants based on their work area and
background, geographic distribution, and date of registration.
The registration fee
of EUR 650 includes accommodation at Schloss Dagstuhl
and all meals. Based on funding
provided by Embedded Wisents, we
can support about 15 European students with grants
of EUR 400 each.
Participants are expected to arrive in the afternoon or
evening of Sunday, August 28. The school itself will begin on Monday
morning and end by lunch on Saturday, September 3.
information can be found at the Web site of Schloss Dagstuhl.
The online application page is closed. We received about 180
applications and selected 60 participants. The list of
participants is available here.
Application deadline: June 9, 2005
Notification of admittance: June 24, 2005
Related Web Pages
The school is organized by
Friedemann Mattern and
If you have any questions regarding the summer school, feel free to
send inquiries to Kay Römer at <email@example.com>.
Department of Computer Science
Institute for Pervasive Computing
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The school is sponsored by ETH Zurich and
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