Friday 16th Mar 2012 – Prof Simon Dobson

Prof Simon Dobson – University of St Andrews

Mission maybe possible: improving the programming model for wireless
sensor networks

Wireless sensor networks aren’t like other platforms. Programming them effectively requires that we re-think the many of the abstractions we’re used to: computationally neutral networks, functionality specified at the end-points, and a common set of abstractions. In this talk we try to tear-down the ways we think about sensor network programming, and to re-build them in a way that better reflects the challenges we face in
building complex scientific sensor systems.

Simon Dob­son is Pro­fessor of Com­puter Sci­ence in the School of Com­puter Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of St Andrews. His research interests centre around the design, ana­lysis and con­struc­tion of highly adapt­ive, highly sen­sor­ised com­put­ing sys­tems. Simon pre­vi­ously worked at the UK STFC’s Ruther­ford Appleton Labor­at­ory; at Trin­ity Col­lege Dub­lin and UCD Dublin in Ire­land; and was also the founder and CEO of a research-led Dublin-based start-up com­pany. He holds a BSc from the Uni­ver­sity of New­castle upon Tyne and DPhil from the Uni­ver­sity of York, both in computer sci­ence, is a Chartered Fel­low of the Brit­ish Com­puter Society, a Chartered Engin­eer and Senior Mem­ber of the IEEE and ACM.

http://www.simondobson.org

School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, Lecture Room C48, 14:15 – 15:15.

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