Bimonthly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 3

August 2007


Dear fellow researchers

This September sees COMS 2007 to be held in Melbourne. COMS 2007 is the leading international conference on the commercialisation of micro and nano technologies. In this issue, we will cover some of the event's highlights.

To review some past activities, we will look at what Supriyo Chatterjea from the University of Twente (ISSNIP member) has achieved, together with the University of Melbourne and Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), at Davies Reef (part of the Great Barrier Reef).

In this issue, we have some good news on funding, one from Microsoft and the other from the Rowden White Foundation.

The deadline for ISSNIP 2007 has been extended to 15 August. While we already have a few hundred submitted papers, we are looking forward to your submission.

Best regards,

A Pdf of this newsletter can be downloaded from here.

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COMS 2007, to be held on 2-5 September in Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne, is the leading international conference on the commercialisation of micro and nano technologies.

This is a commercial event focused on the science of using molecular scale manufacturing to produce commercial products. Its about funding of research, IPOs, export and import of information, technology exchange, incorporating emerging technologies and about understanding the potential for this practical science.

The event comprises of the following major streams:

?         Bio and Life Sciences : technical and business approaches, applications and ethics and regulatory issues

?         Business Strategies : innovation methods, business models including clusters, start-ups, foundries, commercialising off the shelf technology (COTS), investment methods, barriers to commercialisation, case studies

?         Applications and Transformations : emerging and novel applications e.g. automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, sport and leisure

?         Nano in water, energy, agriculture and food

The event will feature the following plenary speakers (among others):

Professor Yoshinobu Baba Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University

Clive Davenport President MANCEF, CEO Small Technologies Cluster, Managing Director MNT Innovations, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Kees Eijkel CEO Kennispark, Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, an organization that is responsible for commercialization and related area development

Professor Masayoshi Esashi Director of Micro/Nanomachining Research and Education Center in Tohoku University, Japan

Dr Erol Harvey CEO, miniFAB (Australia) and Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia


miniFAB, headed by Prof Erol Harvey, offers customised manufacturing and advanced product development, exploiting leading edge polymer microfabrication.  Recently, miniFAB has launched their new product miniChemLAB. The miniChemLAB system is a fully integrated and automated micro-reactor workstation dedicated to performing chemistry-on-a-chip operations, such as synthesis, screening, purity optimisation and various analytical applications.

Dr Abid Khan Director, Monash Institute for Nanosciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

More detail of the event can be found at


Instrumenting the Coral Reef

Supriyo Chatterjea from the University of Twente (ISSNIP member) is currently working together with the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to set up a large-scale wireless sensor network to monitor various environmental parameters on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Scientists at AIMS are using the collected data to study coral bleaching, reef-wide temperature fluctuations, impact of temperature on aquatic life and pollution. One of the reefs under study is the Davies Reef which is approximately 80km north-east of the city of Townsville in North Queensland, Australia. Originally, AIMS has a couple of data loggers situated on the reef that records temperature at two separate depths once every thirty minutes. Scientists from AIMS need to visit the reef periodically to download the data from the loggers. The drawback of this system is that it only allows single-point measurements. Thus it is impossible to get a true representation of the temperature gradients spanning the entire reef which is around 7km in length. Also, the practice of collecting the data once every few weeks makes it impossible to study the trends of various parameters in real-time. Deploying a sensor network would not only allow high-resolution monitoring in both the spatial and temporal dimensions but would also enable scientists to improve their understanding of the complex environmental processes by studying data streaming in from the reef in real-time. The new data collection system that is being deploying at Davies Reef can be broken down into three main components (Figure 1):

1.      Ambient ᄐNodes. These are the sensor nodes from Ambient Systems that will be placed in water and shock-proof canisters and then placed in buoys around the reef.

2.      Embedded PC. An embedded PC will be placed on a communication tower and will act as the sink node collecting data from all the sensors in the reef.

3.      Microwave link. This will allow data to be transmitted from the Embedded PC to the AIMS base station 80 km away using microwave transmissions trapped inside humidity ducts that form directly above the surface of the sea.

More information can be found in the technical report : A Distributed and Self-Organizing Scheduling Algorithm for Energy-Efficient Data Aggregation in Wireless Sensor Networks by Chatterjea et al. (


 Figure 1. Overview of data collection system at Davies Reef (Courtesy of Supriyo Chatterjea)

SensorMap for the Great Barrier Reef

As part of Microsoft Research request for proposals (RFP) entitled 'SensorMap: Browsing the Physical World in Real-Time', A/Prof M. Palaniswami, A/Prof I. Atkinson, S. Kininmonth and Dr. S. Marusic were successful in obtaining a grant for the project entitled "SensorMap for The Great Barrier Reef". Utilising the core infrastructure associated with a sensor network deployment currently in progress on the Great Barrier Reef, this project will aid in the collection and dissemination of a diverse range of unique sensor data.

Rowden White Sensor Networking Laboratory

The laboratory has been set up using an E. Rowden White Foundation Grant of $100,000, by J. Ellershaw, M. Duckham, A. Kealy, S. Winter, R. Tucker, J. Papandriopoulos, A. Overmars, R. Kotagiri, R. Buyya, Lars Kulik, E. Tanin, P. Mendis, H. Malano, D. Smith. The lab will be used for teaching as well as research purposes. The main equipments so far in the lab consist of 100 Imote2 nodes from Crossbow.

Figure 2. Rowden White Sensor Networking Laboratory is to be equipped with 100 Imote2 nodes from Crossbow. Imote2 features a PXA271 XScale? Processor at 13416MHz, 256kB SRAM, 32MB FLASH, 32MB SDRAM and ZigBee radio.

Visiting Researchers

Johan Kuperus, a Master stduent from the University of Twente, will visit the University of Melbourne and AIMS (Great Barrier Reef) in August, September, October and November. He has been working on wave characterization using accelerometers (the waves in the water, with sensor nodes in buoys).

Event Announcements

The submission deadline for ISSNIP 2007 has been exended to 15 Aug due to popular demand. The important dates for all symposia are now:

Submission deadline: August 15, 2007 (except for the workshop on optimization)
Notification of acceptance
: September 17, 2007
Camera ready manuscript: October 8, 2007

List of Symposia

For completeness, the following is a list of symposia to be held as part of ISSNIP 2007:

?         Symposium on Middleware for Sensor Networks (MiSS'07)

?         Symposium on Autonomous Configurability and Control in Dynamic Wireless Networks

?         Symposium on Machine Learning and Applications

?         Symposium on Environmental Sensor Networks

?         Symposium on Sensor Fusion, Intelligent Sensors and Applications

?         Symposium on Bio-signal Processing and Networked Sensors in Healthcare

?         Symposium on Sensor Networks

?         Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

?         Second International Workshop on Scientific Instruments and Sensors on the Grid

?         Workshop on Optimization in Sensor Networks

?         Symposium on Sensor Network Security

?         Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Sensor Networks

?         ISSNIP International Workshop on Biomedical Informatics - BI2007


The honorary speakers at the conference include:

?         Hugh Durrant-Whytesdf
University of Sydney The title of his talk is Autonomous mobile sensor networks.

?         Mohan Trivedi from the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles, University of California at San Diego. The title of his talk is Holistic perception and dynamic displays for active safety.

?         Ronald Mahler from Lockheed Martin. The title of his talk is Random sets.

?         Alex Zelinsky from CSIRO ICT center. The title of his talk is Real world problems driving a multi-disciplinary approach to sensor network solutions.

Workshop on Optimization in Sensor Networks

This one day workshop will be held in conjunction with the ISSNIP 2007 conference (3-6 December 2007) and aims to bring together Australian and international researchers to discuss recent optimization problems in sensor networks that require further attention and scrutiny. It is hoped that this event will bridge the gap between engineers

and mathematicians in the field, encourage collaboration efforts among researchers and students, foster better international research ties and generate more awareness of the problem diversity in this field. The workshop will cover optimization problems in the following sensor network areas (but not limited to):

?         Localization in sensor networks.

?         Energy efficiency schemes in wireless sensor networks.

?         Optimal sensor placement for tracking.

?         Scheduling for optimal sensor coverage.

Important dates for this workshop:
Submission deadline: 31st August 2007
Notification of acceptance: 1st October 2007
Camera ready: 15th October 2007

More info at

Editorial Board:  Yee Wei LAW, Paul HAVINGA, Slaven MARUSIC, Marimuthu PALANISWAMI


ISSNIP Bimonthly Newsletter, ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing

Contact Details: M Palaniswami, Convener, ARC RN ISSNIP,,

Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbouren, Australia

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