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4th International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software

June 11–12, 2013 | Lucca, Italy

The mote is dead, long live the mote!

Prof. Luca Mottola
Professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
and a senior researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.

Many are currently feeling that research around staple sensor network mechanisms for mote-class devices such as MAC protocols and routing mechanisms is coming to an end, in that the low-hanging fruits are taken. Meanwhile, the sensor network community is expanding to embrace newly arrived topics such as community sensing using smartphone-class devices and cloud integration. Is the research for mote-class devices really exhausted? Does the dichotomy between mote-class and other kinds of devices really matter? In this talk, I will argue that what we are experiencing rests upon the natural evolution of the field, and discuss what it entails for future research. Crucially, while interesting "old" problems remain open, new exciting challenges in less conventional domains are now within reach, where the results of past and current sensor network research may serve as a stepping stone.


Luca Mottola is an assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a senior researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Previously, he was a research scholar at the University of Southern California (USA). He completed his Ph.D. at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2008, after obtaining a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) and a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy). His research interests focus on modern networked embedded systems, with the current focus on the ``Internet of Things'' and Cyberphysical Systems. Out of his research, he has received several prestigious awards, including the 2011 Cor Baayen Award for the most promising young researcher in computer science, the 2009 EWSN/CONET European Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, the Best Paper Award at ACM/IEEE IPSN 2011, the Best Paper Award at ACM/IEEE IPSN 2009, the Best Demo Award at ACM SenSys 2007, the 2013 Young Innovator Award given by MIT Technology Review Italia, as well as being listed amongst Postscapes' ``Internet of Things Top 100 Thinkers''.


Perception Systems for Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring

Prof. José Ramiro Martínez de Dios
Associate Professor at the University of Seville, Spain

This presentation reviews different distributed sensor systems for forest fire detection and monitoring that have been developed by the presenter. One of the main difficulties in current fire fighting is the lack of suitable sensors capable of providing in real time accurate estimations on the fire status. Automatic real-time measuring and monitoring of forest fires is a complex problem that requires advanced perception systems involving different sensors and platforms as well as elaborated sensor fusion techniques capable of exploiting synergies from measurements of complementary sensors.

The presentation is structured as a trip starting with the first solutions based on centralized processing of visual and infrared images taken by cameras on towers. Motivated by experimental feedback different schemes based on different technologies and platforms are incorporated and experimented. The current stop in this trip is decentralized statistical schemes based on cooperation between WSN and multi-UAS systems.


PhD in Telecommunication Engineering, since 2007 he is Associate Professor at the University of Seville, Spain. His main research topics are cooperative sensing, multi-robot systems and image processing. In these topics he has he coordinated 5 R&D projects and has participated in other 40 projects, including 13 EU-funded in different Frame Programs. He has also coordinated and participated in other 15 technology transfer projects to companies such as IBERDROLA, FAASA, ITURRI and BOEING, among others. He is author or co-author of over 100 publications and has obtained 4 international awards. More details here.