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Introduction to AdHoc Sensor Networking

Duration: 3 Days

Course Background

This 3 day workshop aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to smart sensors their concepts and technologies and their deployment in AdHoc networks. The key features of AdHoc networks are their self-organising, self-adapting and self-repairing capabilities. Through suitable gateways they can be integrated into larget networks and ultimately into the cloud. This workshop is particularly relevant to those planning to design and deploy such networks e.g. for the structural monitoring of roads, bridges and buildings, or for environmental monitoring purposes or for monitoring applications connected to urban environments - so called smart cities.

Course Prerequisites and Target Audience

No particular programming or systems skills are assumed. However a background or interest in science and technology and in computer networking is expected.

Course Outline

  • Principles of computer networks
  • Overview of wired and wireless network architectures
  • Embedded sensor based systems - an overview
  • Smart sensors - Embedded sensors with wireless network interfaces
  • What if the smart sensors are attached to mobile objects
    • Problems introduced by mobility
    • Wireless techologies suitable for mobile systems
    • Mobile telephony network paradigms
    • Satellite communication network paradigms
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Joining small adhoc networks together via gateways and routers
    • AdHoc networks as a distributed database of information
    • Querying a wireless sensor network database
    • Updating the firmware for nodes in a wireless sensor network
    • Localisation
  • Ad Hoc Networks - and the Internet of Things
    • Connecting AdHoc networks to the cloud
    • Operational data vs. historical data
    • Distributed storage of data vs. centralised storage
  • Practical Case Studies
    • Forest fire control
    • Deployment in disaster and war situations
    • Ecosystem monitoring and research
    • Monitoring buildings, bridges and transportation systems