Seed Funding Report

Network Description

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 respective interdisciplinary areas with the best overseas scientific teams.

The network convener, Marimuthu Palaniswami (The University of Melbourne), will lead a high level executive committee of leading Australian researchers, with extensive experience in running research centres and exposure to international programs, to establish and run the network. The executive committee will direct the broad research agenda of the network through nominated coordinators of each research theme.

Status of Research (Current and Future)

The following research programs represent the scope of activities to be undertaken by various participants in the Network:

  1. Intelligent Sensors
    1. Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensors
    2. Biosensors
  2. Sensor Networks
    1. Sensor Scheduling and optimisation
    2. Data Fusion & Tracking
  3. Information Processing
    1. Surveillance and Monitoring
    2. Machine Learning
  4. Biomimetics
    1. Biologically Inspirred Sensor Fusion
    2. Biomimetics for Tracking and vision systems

Australian Research Capacity

The Australian research capacity in the areas represented by the network is delivered in terms of the research expertise of Network participants. These researchers are all leaders in the respective fields and offer a broad cross-section of the skill required to solve the interdisciplinary problems encountered by the Network research applications.

Related Web-Links

In addition to the links provided under each key research area, further links to participants web-sites (and related research groups and centres) are provided.

Research Directions and infrastructure

The proposed research directions and network configurations are described within the research programs.

The infrastructure and facilities available to the Network is described in terms of the different research centres and groups to whom these participants are affiliated. The interaction of these groups is one of the key elements in providing the opportunity for utilization and further development of Australian expertise and effective research into long standing problems through new perspectives.

National Benefit

The national benefits of the Research Network activities are many. 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. This initiative facilitates to bring these isolated efforts of world class researchers to fulfill the vision of the network.

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