Sensor Networks: Theoretical Challenges and Practical Applications
Professor Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)

The emergence of sensor networks at the beginning of this decade opened the door for significant research opportunities and challenging new problem formulations in the areas of distributed computing, networking, and embedded systems, to name a few. This talk presents an applied perspective on the current state of the art in sensor network research and its relation to practical application needs. While a significant amount of early work addressed problems and models that resulted in little practical impact, an equally significant amount of problems, driven by current and prospective application needs, remain unsolved. A perspective is presented on a few misconceptions to rectify and several significant research challenges to address in the next decade of sensor network research to promote both theoretical impact and field deployment. Preliminary results are presented on analytical foundations for key sensor network problems, and initial practical experiences are reported that apply such foundations in the context of recently deployed applications.

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