Bimonthly Newsletter

Volume 3  Issue 1

July 2009



Dear fellow researchers,

It is the time of the year again. The ISSNIP Annual Report 2008 is now available online. Hard copies are available on request. Thanks to all those who contributed material and of course for everyone’s efforts in contributing to the many successful activities that produce the content for such a report.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the readers that the submission deadline for ISSNIP 2009 is just a few days away (7 Aug 2009). We look forward to receiving for your submissions. The internationally renowned keynote speakers scheduled for the conference will be progressively announced over coming weeks. We have also more closely integrated the ISSNIP collaboration day with this year’s conference to aid your participation in both events. We hope to see you in Melbourne in December.

Best regards,

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ISSNIP extended its education outreach efforts through the setup of a section on the NOVA: Science in the news web site, run by the Australian Academy of Science.


The Nova web site ( is a trusted source of independent and unbiased information for an interested general audience.   Nova is aimed at Australian secondary teachers and students, parents, librarians, journalists and the general public, covering a broad range of topics.

The website aims to encourage students to study science and technology by including new, interesting and sometimes controversial topics.  Nova overcomes the curriculum gap between news material and text books, source the most relevant websites and accessible magazine articles and keeping them up-to-date.
The ISSNIP sponsored entry is located at:

Journal Special Issue

ISSNIP researchers from the University of Melbourne Patrick Laube and Matt Duckham were editors for the Elsevier journal: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (, producing the Special issue: Distributed and mobile spatial computing.


The following is an extract from the editorial:
“This special issue of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems reports on progress in distributed and mobile spatial computing. The papers collected in this special issue were selected from an open call, prompted by the workshop on Distributed Geoinformatics and Sensing, Ubiquity, and Mobility (DGSUM’071) held on 19 September 2007 at Mount Eliza, Melbourne, Australia. DGSUM’07 was held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT’072) and was a joint activity of the ARC Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP3) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS4). In a true interdisciplinary spirit, the workshop brought researchers in spatial information theory together with researchers from specific spatial problem domains, such as ecology, natural resource management, marine science, transportation and human navigation, and emergency management and logistics. The delegates presented papers, reported on progress in the field and discussed a research agenda and funding opportunities.”


 A/Prof. Raj Buyya (CSSE, The University of Melbourne) has been awarded the 2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing. The award was a result of pioneering work in the economic paradigm for utility-oriented distributed computing platforms, and distinguished service to the scalable computing community as the foundation Chair of the Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. Congratulations to A/Prof. Raj Buyya.


Prof. Pasi Franti (Professor in Computer Science, University of Joensuu, Finland) gave a seminar entitled Developing Speaker Recognition System: from Prototype to Practical Application.

Prof. K. Gopalan (Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University Calumet) gave a talk on Information Hiding in Audio and Image Signals for Watermarking, Steganography and Covert Communication Applications.

Prof. Sajal K. Das (University Distinguished Professor and Director Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking / CReWMaN, The University of Texas at Arlington and Program Director, National Science Foundation) delivered a lecture on Multimedia Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges and Solutions.

A seminar with the title From Wireless Sensor Networks to Pervasive Systems was given by Dr Raluca & Dr Mihai Marin-Perianu, visiting researchers from the University of Twente, Netherlands.


ISSNIP supported events

International Symposium on Wireless and Pervasive Computing 2009: Novotel on Collins, Melbourne, Australia 11-13th FEB 2009
Dr. Naveen Chilamkurti, Dept. of Comp. Science and Comp. Eng, La Trobe University
The aim of this symposium is to provide a platform for researchers in the area of wireless pervasive computing and related areas to showcase their results, launch new ideas, as well as to interact with other researchers. The event featured a keynote talk by Prof. Sajal Das from The University of Texas.

Workshop: "Intelligence, Context-awareness and Autonomy in Wireless Networks" (ICA-IN-WIRELESS 2009): 7-10 July, 2009, The University of Queensland, Brisbane
Ubiquitous sensors, devices, networks and information are paving the way towards a smart world in which computational intelligence is distributed throughout the physical environment to provide reliable and relevant services to people. This ubiquitous intelligence will change the computing landscape because it will enable new breeds of applications and systems to be developed and the realm of computing possibilities will be significantly extended. By enhancing everyday objects with intelligence, many tasks and processes could be simplified, the physical spaces where people interact like the workplaces and homes, could become more efficient, safer and more enjoyable. Ubiquitous computing, or pervasive computing, uses these many “smart things/u-things” to create smart environments. UIC-09 offered a forum for researchers to exchange ideas and experiences in developing intelligent/smart objects, environments and systems. 

Upcoming Events

Entrepreneurs week 2009, August 7-14

Entrepreneurs Week ( is an initiative of Student Entrepreneurs, a student-run organisation based at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with other organisations committed to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation on university campuses around Melbourne. The event aims to raise awareness of innovation and entrepreneurship to students, providing them with a platform to interact with industry and broader entrepreneurial community.

Kicking off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday 7 August, the events include presentations by prestigious speakers, panel discussions, workshops, mini-competitions and the signature event of the week, the Innovators’ Challenge in which teams are asked to create as much "value" as possible from an assigned everyday object and implement it in only six days.

ISSNIP is once again supporting this endeavour and is hosting the ISSNIP Innovation Panel on Wednesday August 12, at 5.15pm in Brown theatre, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. The panel session, titled “Commercializing Your Invention” will feature panellist sharing their insights and experiences the varied paths from idea to product and beyond. The panel will feature: Subhash Challa (CTO and co-founder - SenSen Networks), Robert Slaviero (Managing Director, Analog Devices Australia), Rahgu Iyer (Director and Founder, Source Dynamix) and Byron Bowman (Senior Associate & patent attorney, Griffith Hack).

EuroSSC 2009

The 4th European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context (EuroSSC) will be held on September 16-18, 2009 at the University of Surrey in Guildford, United Kingdom. (

Smart Sensing and Context are the key enablers for smarter autonomous systems, providing transparent technologies to realise the vision of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligent networks. (Wireless) sensor and actuator networks, tightly integrated into the fabric of the Internet – a Real World Internet – provide the underlying manifestation of the real world in the digital world. The realisation of this Real World Internet leads to emergence of smart surroundings, covered with objects and persons wearing clothing that provide networked sensing and feedback elements (through actuation) to infer user's needs and provide relevant context aware assistance. Networked smart sensors recognise context from raw data and utilise context to optimise sensing. Higher-level context is inferred locally or within a distributed network by combining and abstracting information from smart sensors.

Conference themes include:
•    Distributed smart sensing and context recognition
•    Context processing and categorisation
•    Context-altering actuators, interaction methods, and human aspects
•    Service environment , applications, deployment, test beds and case studies

A keynote talk on Large Scale Sensor Networks Deployment: Research Challenges and Opportunities will be given by Marimuthu Palaniswami, The University of Melbourne.

ISSNIP Biosignals and Biorobotics Conference 2010

Theme: Biosignals and Robotics for Better and Safer Living
Vitoria, Brazil, 4-6 January 2010, (
General Chairs:
Dinesh Kant Kumar, RMIT University; M Palaniswami, University of Melbourne

This aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity for scientists from around the world to exchange notes and discuss research that is related to applying electronics and computers for helping the disabled, the elderly, and people in special circumstances to protect humanity and the environment. It will provide the electronic, Biomedical and Biosignal engineers to interact with clinicians, rehabilitation engineers, rehabilitation nurses and paramedics and Defence researchers and personnel. The conference will consist of four related streams:

•    Biomedical for assistive technologies
•    Advances in Biosignals
•    Biometrics
•    Robots and actuators for better and safer living

Technical Co-Sponsorship: IEEE EMBS.
Last date for Submission of papers: 30th August, 2009

The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing – ISSNIP 2009
December 7-10, Langham Hotel, Melbourne

Technical Co-sponsors: IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Victoria Section
Sponsors: ARC, Victorian Government, CSIRO

The flagship conference of the ISSNIP research network is once again being hosted in Melbourne. The ISSNIP 2009 conference technical program will be framed by a number of symposia encompassing the key research areas of ISSNIP. Details are included on the attached CFP.
The respective Symposium Chairs have been drawn from local and international leaders in the respective fields. They have in turn assembled TPCs drawing on worldwide expertise, reflecting the international standing of the conference.

Paper submission: The paper submission deadline has been extended to August 7. So we encourage all ISSNIP researchers and students to submit papers and participate in international event that will feature, as always, a selection of internationally renowned keynote speakers.

ISSNIP PhD forum: The event will also feature a PhD forum. This will include a panel session and poster-session for students and researchers to display and discuss emerging work, providing a valuable opportunity to gain feedback in the early stages of their research. A call for posters/abstracts will be issued in coming weeks.

ISSNIP Collaboration Day
December 7, Langham Hotel, Melbourne

Following the successes of the ISSNIP investigators meetings in 2007 and 2008, the research network is once again running the ISSNIP Collaboration. This unique event offers the opportunity for ISSNIP researchers from around the country to showcase the research programs being undertaken within their respective groups. This has proven to be a highly successful venture in generating new collaborations between fellow ISSNIP researchers as well as visiting international researchers and industry partners. This year the ISSNIP Collaboration day is being to run on the opening day of the conference, thereby guaranteeing participating researchers international exposure for their work. Program details will be released in coming months, so please consider this advanced notice for the preparation of posters and reserving the date for your attendance. We expect the already strong representation of ISSNIP research groups to continue to grow in taking advantage of this opportunity to raise the international profile of your work.

Editorial Board:  Yee Wei LAW, Slaven MARUSIC

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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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