A new ERCIM Working Group on the "Sensor Web" was recently established. Representatives from seven ERCIM members (IUA, ICS-FORTH, ISTI-CNR, CRCIM, VTT, SARIT and NTNU), participated in the kick-off meeting on 19 May 2008, or expressed their interest in joining the Working Group.
The objectives of the Sensor Web Working Group is to promote and facilitate interactions between various R&D groups inside and outside ERCIM, in multidisciplinary themes relevant to the Sensor Web. The Working Group members cover a wide range of ICT skills (software engineers, information management and databases including information retrieval, wireless applications, networks, security and e-mobility, ambient and ubiquitous computing), and through their collaborators have a broad multidisciplinary base. Areas of interest to the group include both applied and basic research. Examples of deployment areas include personal health, environmental analysis, ambient intelligence, locomotive and large vehicle monitoring, military applications, deployment of personnel in toxic environments, and traffic analysis.
The group intends to establish an ERCIM International Conference on the Sensor Web. This should be of a high quality, with the intention of raising the group's profile, providing a forum for discussing the meaning and scope of the Sensor Web, and attracting new people for future collaborations. The launch of a journal on Sensor Web has also been considered for the longer term. The Working Group is preparing for the next round of FP7 calls and intends to participate fully with ERCIM's Fellowship Programme.
ERCIM Working Groups are open to any researcher in the specific scientific field. Scientists interested in participating in the ERCIM Sensor Web Working Group should contact the coordinator.
Gregory M. P. O'Hare
Sensor Web Working Group chair
The CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, University College Dublin, Ireland