NSF Workshop Draws Leaders from Across the Continent


On May 25–26, leaders in the field of sensor networks will converge on Boston University for the National Science Foundation Workshop: Future Directions in Systems Research for Networked Sensing in the Photonics Building, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 906.

The workshop brings together the most renowned scholars in the field of distributed sensing and control and will draw over 140 academic and industry leaders from across North America and Europe. The workshop includes a panel of industry and government experts.

“Research in this area continues to grow exponentially, in part because the issues of scalability, reliability, security, power, and performance create an optimal playground for systems researchers, and in part because of the enormous potential to revolutionize the globe in areas such as healthcare, industry, the environment and defense,” says Venkatesh Saligrama, workshop chair and professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University.

Attendees hail from pre-eminent research institutions including University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, McGill University, Université Catholique de Louvain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University.

Government leaders from the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory will highlight the impact of sensor networking on issues of national importance.

Industry leaders, including Sensor Network Consortium (SNC) members Honeywell, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Millennial Net and the Mitre Corporation, will be participating. The workshop was organized in coordination with the semi-annual SNC member meeting taking place on May 24.

The workshop is sponsored by the NSF Division of Electrical and Communications Systems and hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center for Information and Systems Engineering at Boston University.

Panelists will include corporate and industry members as well as representatives from NSF and the Department of Defense.

Invited speakers include:
Venkatesh Saligrama, ECE, Boston University, Program Chair
John Baillieul, AME & MFG, Boston University
Richard Baraniuk, ECE, Rice University
Francesco Bullo, ME, University of California, Santa Barbara
David Castañon, ECE, Boston University
Abbas El Gamal, EE, Stanford University
Michael C. Gastpar, EECS, University of California, Berkeley
Alfred Hero, Professor, EECS, University of Michigan
Sanjeev Kulkarni, EE, Princeton University
P.R. Kumar, ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Naomi Ehrich Leonard, MAE, Princeton University
David L. Neuhoff, EECS, University of Michigan
H. Vincent Poor, EE, Princeton University
Balaji Prabhakar, EE/CS, Stanford University
Kannan Ramachandran, EECS, University of California, Berkeley
R. Srikant, ECE/CSL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John N. Tsitsiklis, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Venugopal V. Veeravalli, ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alan S. Willsky, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For more information, please see www.bu.edu/systems/industry/consortium/events.html#