P09: Very large wireless sensor networks for well-being
(duration: 10/2011 – 10/2015 /// funding: COMMIT, FES-subsidy for ICT)
The EWiDS project will develop and test large-scale wireless (sensor/actuator) networks to be used in practical applications such as crowd control or assisted living. The system is meant for scenarios in which (large groups of) people need to be monitored and managed, for instances in busy areas such as museums and train stations, or simply at home.The aim is to improve safety and confort of individuals. First, the system must collect and interpret social interactions and physical movements. Second, it must be able to influence people's behaviour, in order to help avoid problems and manage flows of people.
The central research question for the project is how to devise a large-scale collaborative network of small, highly mobile, wireless devices. These devices must collect, disseminate, aggregate, and process information within the network, in order to take independent, informed decsions and to provide instant feedback to its users.
Challenges are scaling up solutions for the deployment of wireless distributed sensor/actuator systems. Issues to be addressed include: ease of installation, (self-)configuration and maintenance; ease of application development and deployment, hiding complexities of the network; and harnessing the behavior of a large network of relatively primitive nodes (constraining the emergent behavior).
About the COMMIT program
COMMIT is a massive consortium of 10 Dutch universities, and over 80 small and large businesses, research companies and non-profit organizations. The program consists of 16 projects in different areas in ICT, such as search engines, parallel computing, embedded systems and databases. The projects focus on pressing socio-economic issues, such as health and well-being, public safety and science.
Almende Part of COMMIT Program
Late last year the Dutch government definitively granted an FES-subsidy of 50 million euros to the ICT research program COMMIT, of which Almende is part.
COMMIT is a massive consortium of Dutch universities, small and large businesses, research companies and non-profit organizations. The program consists of 16 projects in different areas such as search engines, parallel computing, embedded systems and databases.
Interaction for Universal Access
Almende is part of P2: Interaction for Universal Access. Project leader is the Technical University of Twente's computer science department.
The project aims to develop virtual and mixed reality environments to improve interaction between humans and computers. Almende will contribute its expertise in sensing and interpreting sensor data, and will make its CommonSense platform available to the project partners.
On the COMMIT website you can find the original project proposal, which has been downsized somewhat since its original submission in 2009.
Go to the IUA project page.