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.
I visited the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education in Toronto. It has an exciting research portfolio in small drone systems. My invited talk discussed wireless communications for drones and novel results for job selection.
We highlight research issues for wireless networking in aerial systems consisting of multiple small autonomous drones. Among these challenges are video streaming, synchronization, security and safety, and interference management.
“One of my first memories relating to the word ‘drones’ is that of an online video of a man. He was angry and revengeful [and] told the story of how he lost his whole family,” Samira Hayat began her talk at the 2016 TEDx event Ripples of Curiosity at the European research center CERN near Geneva on November 5.
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) …
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:
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.
Infineon’s CTO, Reinhard Petschacher, and the two professors Mario Huemer and Christian Bettstetter discussed about the topic of cooperation between industry and universities. How does cooperation start? How are win-win situations achieved? What are sensitive issues in such collaborations?
Technologies for ad hoc networking will enable car companies to include new safety and communication features into their cars. For example, efficient accident warnings are possible: Cars involved in an accident can send warning messages back over a number of other vehicles, thus avoiding motorway pileups. We could also envision person-to-person applications using ad hoc communication between vehicles (e.g., simple text messaging, game communities, or even hop-by-hop telephony). The goal of a panel at the 2005 MINEMA Summer School in Klagenfurt, Austria (July 11-15), was to discuss potential and feasible applications, technology and research challenges, visions, roadmaps, and risks of such scenarios. Each of the panelists gave a 5-10 minute statement, followed by a 20-minute discussion with questions from the audience. Panelists Moderator and Organizer: Christian Bettstetter (DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Munich, Germany) Hannes Hartenstein (University of Karlsruhe, Germany) Jean-Pierre Hubaux (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) Timo Kosch (BMW Research and Technology, Munich, Germany) Kirsten Matheus (CarMeq, Berlin, Germany) Charles E. Perkins (Nokia Research, Mountain View, USA)