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ISSNIP Description

Why this Network?

Recent emergence of very large number of diverse sensors and sensor networks has the potential to impact on the quality of all areas of life. Scientific challenges in realizing this potential is significant because of the multidisciplinary nature and complexities involved. This research network builds on the best scientific talent available in the interdisciplinary areas (biology, mathematics, statistics, computing, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering) with the best overseas scientific teams to solve the underlying scientific problems to enable the Australian industry to exploit and apply this technology in areas of defence, health care and environment.

Focus of the Network

Countries involved in the International Collaboration
USA, UK, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, India, Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong.

Background

New sensing technologies and sensor networks is one of five technologies that will shape the future of human kind. Significant understanding of biological sensor processing and artificial smart information processing (AI) is available in isolated single sensor systems; however, not much is known about multi-sensor interlinked systems. Recognizing its significance, several billion dollars are currently being invested to overcome the challenges associated the development of this revolutionary interdisciplinary technology. This ARC network initiative will enable Australian academic institutions and researchers to not only establish local expertise in this multidisciplinary area but also participate in similar global initiatives.

Significance

A unique feature of sensor networks is the cooperative effort of sensor nodes fitted with onboard processors. Monitoring of activities overseas, bush fires, health, homes, streets, airports, ports and the internet will be revolutionized using multiple interlinked cooperative sensors enabling coordinated and timely response systems. Researchers of this initiative are recipients of ARC special research centers, international grants, federation fellowships and other major international initiatives focusing on aspects of the central theme of this Network. This initiative facilitates to bring these isolated efforts to fulfill the vision of the network.

Aim

The new initiative will address the constrained multi-sensor problems to develop intelligent, economically viable solutions of value to defence, homeland security, health sciences and environment. By drawing inspiration from biological multi-sensor systems and practical insights from their artificial counterparts, this initiative will address the fundamental problems relevant to the central theme of the network with an interdisciplinary approach.

Expected Outcomes

By drawing inspiration from biological multi-sensor systems and practical insights from their artificial counterparts, this initiative addresses the fundamental problems relevant to the central theme of the network to develop intelligent, economically viable solutions of value to defence, home land security, health sciences and environment. Specifically, a unique, leading research network with distributed resources leveraging off high priority research initiatives in the field of intelligent sensors, networks and information processing will be established. By enabling a closer interaction between graduate students, post doctoral fellows, leading researchers, and industry representatives, it produces a new generation of entrepreneurs creating wealth for the nation.

It will enable Australia to be the leading country in emerging field of intelligent sensor networks. This has a huge potential for spin-off serving both local and global markets in the business of defence, homeland security, bio-medical and environmental protection. Development of cost-effective, scalable surveillance solutions using unmanned aerial vehicles with ad hoc sensor networks for defence and home land security enhances the security capabilities of Australia.
Development of Revolutionary networked bio/nano sensors integrated with living organisms for breakthrough applications in medicine further advancing the Australia's leading position in health care industry. Early disaster monitoring e.g., bush fires and other sensitive environments of immense value to Australia, using large number of cheap, geographically distributed sensors with limited communication capabilities saving billions of dollars in damages. It will position Australia as one of the sought after destinations for world class students.

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