Bimonthly Newsletter

Volume 2  Issue 1



Dear fellow researchers,

Thanks to your participation and support, the ISSNIP 2007 conference has been a successful event. The reports for the conference as well as the annual ARC ISSNIP annual report are already out. In this issue, we are announcing a new ARC project called ISORT. Also, there is some new info on the DIISR National Innovation System Review. Last but not least, watch out for upcoming events, including this year's ISSNIP 2008.

Best regards,

A pdf copy of this neweletter is available here.

New ARC project commenced: Intelligent Self-Organizing Transport

ISORT aims to develop smart transport solutions for modern sprawling cities with their complex challenges to provide mobility and equitable access and their susceptibility to failure in cases of disasters. Its significance lies in a major shift of paradigm that permits the fusion of two areas of research: social networks and mobile sensor networks. For the first time mobile sensor networks are considered as networks of social nodes, thus introducing beliefs, desires and intentions. This paradigm shift enables an ad-hoc transport management design that is inherently ubiquitous, real-time, and independent from any external infrastructure. The design will be tested in simulations, and demonstrated in a mobile sensor network. ISORT commenced in January 2008 and collaborates with ISSNIP.

For more information contact A/Prof Stephan Winter (

BigNet - A Distributed Wireless Sensor Network Testbed

ISSNIP CIs have been successful in obtaining ARC LIEF funding for BigNet - A Distributed Wireless Sensor Network Testbed. This integrated test facility, BigNet, will be the first of its kind in Australia and will provide a platform for testing and validation of advanced algorithms and tools developed in the area of sensor networks. The Testbed conditions will be closely linked with two key monitoring applications (the Great Barrier Reef and timber plantations) to demonstrate practical realizations. BigNet consolidates the national/international research and industry collaborations of the ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing.

The infrastructure developed will be of national/ international significance, given the rapid emergence of wireless sensor networks. This integrated facility will ensure that Australia is a world leading player in the research and technology development as well as the socially responsible deployment of sensor networks. The facility has the explicit aim to ensure that Australia is a technology leader rather than mere technology user in sensor networks. The test facility will mirror practical requirements for WSN implementation in the Great Barrier Reef and in timber plantation, which would offer substantial economic benefits to Australia. The BigNet testbed is to be configured into five subnets distributed between The University of Melbourne (Electrical, Computer Science and Civil Engineering), James Cook University and Deakin University.

The CIs from across the three institutions include: Palaniswami, Kotagiri, Tucker, Atkinson, Pathirana, Leckie, Mendis, Buyya, Duckham, Halgamuge, Woods, Kulik, Tanin, Dey, Vo, Smith-Miles and Zukerman.


ISSNIP 2007 Conference Report

ISSNIP 2007, the Third conference in the ISSNIP series and flagship event of the Research Network was once again a great success attracting a large number of high profile international speakers and quality papers from around the world. It was organised as a collection of Symposiums encompassing the priority research themes of ISSNIP together with tutorials and a selection of workshops, with the main technical program split into oral and poster presentations.

The overall quality of paper submissions continues to reach new standards with each conference. Receiving 203 valid submissions, the technical program committee accepted 128 papers for publication, following the peer review process. The event attracted more than 300 attendees.

In addition to delivering high quality International keynote speakers and quality technical program, the conference provided a foundation for a number of high level meetings around the time of the conference, taking advantage of the presence of a large number of international visitors at the conference. As result, a significant number of new collaborative links have been established. Other direct outcomes include the planning for new events (workshops/meetings) in 2008, as well as new research proposals and corresponding funding applications. Significant industry links were also a direct outcome of the successful RFID Symposium.

Sponsorship for the conference (in addition to that from ARC RN on ISSNIP) was successfully sourced from AOARD, CSIRO, DSTO, Victorian Government and University of Melbourne, as well as technical co-sponsorship from IEEE Victoria Section and IEEE-EMBS, together with media partner Journal of Sensors.

The efforts of the Organising Committee, Symposium Chairs and Technical Program Committees have set high standard for the conference, which is aiming to be surpassed at the ISSNIP 2008 conference hosted in Sydney. We would like to thank all who participated and especially those who contributed in the many organisation roles, from Chairs through to paper reviewers, for making ISSNIP 2007 a highly successful event.

The extended report is available on the Network website.

ARC Research Network on ISSNIP 2007 Annual Report

The ARC Research Network on ISSNIP 2007 Annual Report is now available from the Research Network website. The report highlights the many achievements of ISSNIP members, the outcomes of ISSNIP initiatives and details of the numerous ISSNIP supported events.

In summary, the ARC Research Network on ISSNIP has once again made significant progress in advancing the interests of Australian research in sensor networks and related areas. The progress achieved under each of the strategic themes demonstrates the effectiveness of the ISSNIP framework. Some of those achievements are described here.

Significant progress has been made in each of the five strategic priority areas:

(1) The international profile of the Research Network continues to grow, evidenced by the success of the third international conference in the ISSNIP series and the number and quality of the international keynote speakers. The number of ISSNIP supported workshops and conferences increased. The involvement of ISSNIP members in a number of successful funding proposals is also testimony to effective collaboration being fostered by the Network and profile now established by ISSNIP. The ISSNIP CIs meeting also successfully met the objectives of this theme in facilitating new national and international collaborative links (Strategic Priority 1).

(2) ISSNIP has continued to create new industry linkages through various projects that are being established, notably through ISSNIPs participation in various Great Barrier Reef projects such as the SEMAT project (with partners including Milan Polytechnic University, Torino Wireless Foundation, James Cook University, the Danish Hydraulics Group and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation). Interest is already being expressed in the soon to be launched ISSNIP Industry Affiliates program. (Strategic Priority 2).

(3) ISSNIP has established a successful network of international collaborators. This program has continued to grow with new linkages being formed including new links to EU 7thFP project partners, with a joint workshop to be held in mid-2008, as well as new US links with a joint ISSNIP-US workshop also proposed. Additional international project links have been formed through GBR work mentioned above. The number of international visitors and joint publications also demonstrate progress in the area. (Strategic Priority 3).

(4) ISSNIP has continued to run successful post-graduate and early career researcher workshops and related events. The ISSNIP Awards program was successfully been established, with 12 awards distributed and significant outcomes achieved by the recipients as result of this support, with presentations by recipients given at the ISSNIP CIs meeting. (Strategic Priority 4).

(5) ISSNIP has successfully utilised the collaborative framework of the Research Network to attract new research funding, leveraging the expertise and profile of the Research Network and its members. This evident in growing number of nationally and internationally funded research projects. (Strategic Priority 5).

We would like to thank to all those who contributed to the compilation of the report, in submitting items and related information on the progress of Network supported activities.

The full report is available on the website and also hardcopy (contact Georgi Cahill).

ISSNIP Chief Investigators' Meeting

In December 2007, the Research Network hosted the ISSNIP CIs meeting. Held at the Langham Hotel on the day following the conclusion of the ISSNIP 2007 conference, all ISSNIP CIs were invited to participate in an event which sought to showcase the diverse and multi-disciplinary projects being undertaken within the Network. Attended by a large number of ISSNIP members and international visitors, the meeting offered a unique opportunity for researchers to not only review progress of current projects but also identify future needs. Many presentations thus served as an open call for future collaboration and new links to be established. The speakers included:

  • M. Palaniswami (University of Melbourne)
  • Raj Buyya (University of Melbourne)
  • Gamini Dissanayake (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Pubudu Pathirana (Deakin University)
  • Ian Atkinson (James Cook University)
  • Scott Bainbridge (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
  • Ron Johnstone (University of Queensland)
  • Stuart Kininmonth (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
  • Rezaul Begg (Victoria University)
  • Doug Gray (University of Adelaide)
  • Arcot Sowmya (University of New South Wales)
  • Dinesh Kant Kumar (RMIT University)
  • Bijan Samali (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • M. Srinivasan (University of Queensland)
  • Paul Havinga (University of Twente)
  • Ian Marshall (University of Lancaster)
  • Mohan Kumar (University of Texas, Arlington)
  • Ganesh Kumar Venayagamorthy (University of Missouri-Rolla)
  • Chris Leckie (University of Melbourne)
  • Adil Bagirov (University of Ballarat)
  • Stuart Milner (University of Maryland)
  • Salim Bouzerdoum (University of Wollongong)

The program also included a poster session where approximately 50 poster presentations were made by various groups within ISSNIP as well as by the recipients of ISSNIP awards. This was well received and provided a valuable opportunity for in-depth discussions as well the formation of new links by students and early career researchers alike.

ISSNIP Collaborations: Research Linkage Report 2007

Launched at the ISSNIP CIs meeting the ISSNIP Collaborations: Research Linkage Report 2007 and also available on the Research Network website, this 60 page booklet was prepared to serve as a guidebook for ISSNIP researchers and other interested parties both academic and industry based, in describing the ISSNIP framework and the current collaborative projects being undertaken. Other features included a full listing of ISSNIP chief investigators, affiliate investigators and student members with email contact details, as well as a listing of sensor networks resources. It will become a useful resource tool in presenting an overview of the diverse capabilities encompassed by the Network as well as access to relevant areas of expertise. A PDF version of the Linkage Report is available on the Network website.

DIISR National Innovation System Review

A wide ranging review of Australia's national innovation system to be conducted by an expert panel, was announced earlier this year by The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. In response to the call for public submissions, the convenors of all ARC Research Networks combined their efforts in producing a submission highlighting the significant achievements made as a result of the Research Network program. Particular emphasis was placed on the unique outcomes of Network supported programs, that are would not otherwise be achievable without this program. To complement this submission, the ARC Research Network on ISSNIP also made an individual submission, presenting a selection of case studies demonstrating the success of the Network in successfully leveraging international expertise and resources through its endeavours in creating a national identity, interdisciplinary collaboration, international linkages, industry linkages and attracting new funding.

Upcoming Events

ISPAN 2008: 7th to 9th May

The International Symposium on Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN) ( is an interesting and engaging forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners from across the globe to exchange ideas and research results related to the design, use, analysis, and application of parallel architectures, algorithms, networks, and internet technology.

This is the ninth conference for I-SPAN conference and it will be held in Sydney, Australia, on 7th 9th May 2008. I-SPAN 2008 will include keynote addresses, invited/contributed papers, workshops, and special sessions on on-going projects on high-performance computing and/or communications.

As co-sponsor, ISSNIP has a limited number of complimentary registrations to allocate to ISSNIP members and students. Expressions of interest should be to immediately, noting the relationship of the conference to your research work and the name of your ISSNIP supervisor.

Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network Research on Opposite Sides of the Globe - Europe/SENSEI and Australia/ISSNIP Call for Posters

A joint SENSEI-ISSNIP workshop is taking place in Stockholm on May 9th 2008, as a pre-conference event for the ICT-MobileSummit 2008, 10 - 12 June 2008, Stockholm, Sweden. Arising from meetings held during ISSNIP 2007, this joint workshop was developed to strengthen links between Australian and EU sensor networks researchers. The workshop on "Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network Research on Opposite Sides of the Globe" will give a unique insight into research topics of two large research consortia, the ISSNIP consortium and the SENSEI consortium on the topic of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks. As such, we are inviting submissions of poster abstracts from ISSNIP members and students. Selected authors will be invited to present their posters during the workshop poster sessions. Partial travel support for selected participants is available.

Workshop details are available at:

Posters abstracts (no more that one page) should be submitted to by Friday May 9th.


The Fourth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing ISSNIP 2008 will be held in Sydney in the week beginning December 15th. More details will be announced shortly along with the first Call for Papers. We look forward your continuing participation in the successful event.

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 Melbourne, Australia

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