Samira Hayat and I attended re:publica 2017 in Berlin. It was an exciting event not least because Samira gave a very personal talk about drones and their application in disaster response.
The Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems and Lakeside Labs opened their laboratories to the public on March 11. About 120 visitors informed themselves and discussed about ongoing research in the domains of mobile systems, pervasive computing, self-organizing systems, multimedia systems, and smart energy grids.
Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster response. For some applications, it is beneficial if a team of coordinated UAVs rather than a single UAV is employed. Multiple UAVs can cover a given area faster or take photos from different perspectives at the same time. This emerging technology is still at an early stage and, consequently, profound research and development efforts are needed.
A scientific colloquium in honor of Jörg Eberspächer was held at Technische Universität München on December 7, 2012. Eberspächer founded the Institute of Communication Networks in 1990 and retired as professor emeritus some weeks ago. The responsibilities were handed over to his successor, Wolfgang Kellerer, a PhD graduate of Eberspächer and then senior manager at DOCOMO Euro-Labs. In appreciation of their work, they were both named an honorary member of the institute’s alumni association. About 200 invited guests from academia and industry attended the ceremonial act. Besides a number of addresses given by the university president, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, the dean, Markus-Christian Amann, and former colleagues, the program included six invited keynote talks. Adam Wolisz (Berlin, Berkeley) talked about new, innovative business models for mobile communications. Christian Bettstetter (Klagenfurt) gave an introduction to autonomous networked microdrones, and Andreas Kirstädter (Stuttgart) talked about “the network for the cloud.” Hartmut Raffler (formely Siemens) and Heinrich Arnold (Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs) both gave an industry perspective on technological and social trends in communication networks. Hans-Joachim Grallert (Fraunhofer HHI) …
The Austrian federal minister for science and research, Karlheinz Töchterle, visited Lakeside Labs in Klagenfurt. He and his delegation received an overview of research activities and a short demonstration of aerial robots. A press conference concluded the meeting. Professor Töchterle also participated in a plenary discussion in the afternoon and gave a talk titled “Mass university versus excellence in science: a dilemma in Austria’s university politics” at the Federation of Austrian Industries in the evening.
Computers processors have been leaving offices and become more and more embedded into everyday objects. Enhanced with sensors and networked via wireless connections, these computerized objects allow new fields of application, such as smart homes and remote health monitoring. The IEEE/ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems features research-oriented lectures on selected topics in this emerging area. Being part of the Erasmus Mundus PhD program Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE), it takes place in Klagenfurt from September 3-7 and is open to the public upon registration. Speakers include, among others, Ian F. Akyildiz (Georgia Tech) on nano networks, Andrea Cavallaro (QMUL) on camera networks, Carlo Regazzoni (Genova) on data fusion, and Kay Römer (Lübeck) on sensor networks. A dinner talk is given by Infineon Austria CTO Reinhard Petschacher. The event is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE. The social event includes a hiking tour. (Photos by W. Schriebl, University of Klagenfurt) Download slides:
About 50 participants from 16 countries attended the Fifth International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems hosted by Martina Zitterbart and her team in Karlsruhe (Germany). The two-day event started with an exciting keynote address of Hermann Haken, a pioneer in the field of self-organizing systems. He outlined his work ranging from laser theory to information theory and pattern recognition to nano robots. The workshop featured ten paper presentations in four sessions on the design and analysis of self-organizing systems, wireless networks, and peer-to-peer networks. Topics included evolutionary design, distributed clustering, self-localization, self-repair, and routing. All papers have been published in the book „Self-Organizing Systems” edited by the program chairs Christian Bettstetter and Carlos Gershenson. The best paper award was conferred on François Cantin and Guy Leduc from the University of Liège (Belgium). In two poster sessions, 17 PhD students and PostDocs presented their work and discussed their ideas with fellow researchers. The award for the best poster was given to Helmut Lindner, who is a PhD student at Klagenfurt’s NES institute. Cornell professor Hod Lipson concluded …
The University of Klagenfurt and the Lakeside Park will host the 2010 Science Night (Lange Nacht der Forschung) on November 5. At over 100 stations, scientists and engineers will introduce and demonstrate their research topics to the public.
The annual ITG symposium on future perspectives of communication networks will this year focus on Self-Organization: Opportunities and Challenges. To be held in Stuttgart on October 7, it will cover a broad variety of topics and a well-balanced set of speakers, not only from academia but also from industry. The keynote speech will be given by the perspective of Deutsche Telekom. The strong industry participation highlights the timeliness and importance of the topic self-organization in industry. Bettstetter will give a talk Self-Organizing Synchronization: From Fireflies to Wireless Systems, which will include a live synchronization experiment.
A full week of discussions, talks, and group work on self-organizing networked systems is the concept of Research Days, organized for the second year by Lakeside Labs. Speakers included the experts Alain Barrat, Francis Heylighen, Hermann de Meer, Raissa D’Souza, and Marc Timme, along with other guests, Lakeside Labs professors, and researchers. Major discussion topics included robustness in self-organizing systems, modeling of self-organizing systems, and courses for university education in the area of self-organizing networked systems. Interviews with Francis Heylighen and Raissa D’Souza