DEST-ISL Project on Distributed Sensor Networks


M. Palaniswami, Chris Leckie, Stuart Kininmonth, Subhash Challa, Rao Kotagiri, Iven Mareels, Bill Moran;
Post Doctoral Research Fellow: Alistair Shilton, Yee Wei Law, Slaven Marusic, Jayavardhana Gubbi.

Student: Bharat Sundaram, Sutharshan Rajasegarar, Jiong Jin.

Anthony Finn, DSTO;
Bijan Samali, University of Technology Sydney;
Pramod Varshney,Syracuse University;
SS Iyengar, Louisiana State University;
Paul Havinga, University of Twente;
Ian Marshall, University of Kent;
Erkki Oja, Helsinki University;
Bhaskar Krishnamachari, USC.

Industry Collaborations:
Bernard Pailthorpe, QPSF Ltd;
Harry Schmitt, Raytheon;
Rustom Kanga, iOmniscient Ltd;
Stella Wei Wang, Decisioneering Pty Ltd;
Road Traffic Authority, Sydney.

Introduction: Distributed Sensor Networks, consisting of a potentially very large number of diverse sensors interconnected via a low data-rate communication network, have the potential to make an unimaginable impact on many areas of human activity. The area of sensing technologies and sensor networks is now recognised by international funding agencies such as the European Commission, DARPA and NSF to be among the top five emerging technologies that will shape the future of human kind and have a major impact on the quality of life over the next 20 years.
Significance: This project will provide an urgently needed national focus and identity for Australian research in the rapidly emerging and highly significant area of sensor networks. It will build a national collaborative framework to grow and support the essential industry/research cooperation needed to fully exploit advances in sensor network science and technology to address major national social challenges in the areas of environment and security. It will provide Australian researchers with strong linkages and exchange opportunities with the major international sensor networks research efforts in the USA and Europe.
Applications: In the National Research Priority areas of Defence, Environment, Security and Frontier Technologies, this project addresses three focussed themes of applications: Security in Sensor Networks, Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance & Geo-Location.
Challenges: In the area of environment, the project develops algorithms for modelling the effects of pollution in the Great Barrier Reef to protect this national asset. In the area of defence, it will concentrate on advanced algorithms for deployment in Unmanned aerial Vehicles to safeguard border security. In the area of critical infrastructure security, we plan to develop robust intrusion detection algorithm that are integrated in the SCADA systems for controlling energy and water supply networks.
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