Basser Seminar Series

Challenges in Wireless Sensor Networks

Speaker: Associate Professor Flávia C. Delicato
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte / Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Time: Friday 19 November 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are distributed systems whose main goal is to collect data about physical phenomena and deliver them to client applications. A WSN consists of wireless devices that are small, often battery-powered, and equipped with a radio transceiver, sensors and a micro-controller. WSNs monitor the physical world, collect useful information from the sensed area and eventually process the retrieved data, before delivering them for client applications. There is a wide range of applications that can potentially benefit of using WSNs. However, the development and execution of applications for WSNs is a challenging task, which needs to be overcome to allow the wide use of such networks. In this talk we will initially present the most relevant challenges and open issues involved in building applications for WSNs. Then, we will discuss solutions for these issues in two main streams: the use of middleware platforms tailored for WSNs and the adoption of the Model-based development approach to develop WSN applications.

Speaker's biography

Flávia C. Delicato received her BS degree from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in 1989 and her PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2005. Since 2006 she is an Associate Professor of the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil where she teaches for undergraduate and post-graduate courses, and integrates the Distributed Systems and the Software Engineering Research Groups as a researcher. She is a Researcher Fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). She is currently at the University of Sydney, Australia as a visiting academic, on a sabbatical leave from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Her primary research focus is on middleware systems, wireless sensor networks and on the application of Software Engineering techniques in the development of ubiquitous and pervasive systems.