Doctoral Colloquium

Wednesday, November 13
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch in the room with panel members
14:00 - 15:30
The Application of Sparse Representation for Classification Problems on Wireless Sensor Networks
Bo Wei (University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia)
A reinforcement learning based, service wise optimization of cognitive, heterogeneous wireless sensor networks
Milos Rovcanin (University of Ghent, Belgium)
Clean Slate System for Minimum-Power Maximum-Reliability Low-Rate Multi-Hop Wireless Sensor Networks
Eoin O'Connell (University College Cork, Ireland)
Terra: Flexibility and safety in WSNs
Adriano Branco (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30
Energy-awareness in Large-scale Internet of Things Networks
Vilen Looga (Aalto University, Finland)
A Smartphone System for Unobstrusive Personal Living Routine Monitoring
Tian Hao (Michigan State University, USA)
Collaborative Communication and Sensing for Mobile Systems
Aaron Yi Ding (University of Helsinki, Finland)
SWEEB: Semantic Web-enabled Energy Efficient Buildings
Niccolo' De Caro (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
17:30 - 18:30 Faculty Career Panel Q&A

The Doctoral Colloquium (DC) of SenSys'13 is to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive environment where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Applicants should be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Applicants should not be planning to submit their PhD thesis or dissertation for at least four months after the DC, so that any advice or input may still be incorporated into the doctoral work.

The DC will be a half-day, seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by roundtable discussion. Time will be allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and DC participants.

In addition to the DC presentation, the participants will be given a chance to present a poster at the poster session during the main conference.


Topic scope is the same as that listed in the SenSys call for papers. DC submissions should consist of a single PDF document using the SenSys paper template. The document should contain the following:

Research summary (3 pages) describing the work in progress and including a 100-word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research summary might be: the expected contribution to the field of sensor networking; the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach; research carried out and results so far.

Student biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), and expected date of dissertation submission.

The submission site is:

Research summaries will be reviewed by the chairs and panel members. If the work is accepted, a student may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to the research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Note that the research summaries will not be formally published, but hardcopies will be made available to colloquium delegates.

A prize for best student presentation will be awarded by the panel.


Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium shall register with the SenSys workshop registration rate (if applicable at the student rate). The registration is free if the student also attends and has registered for the SenSys conference. Participants can also apply for SenSys travel grants.

Important Dates

(all at 11:59pm PDT)

Submission Deadline   September 6, 2013
Notification of Acceptance   October 6, 2013
Camera Ready   October 27, 2013
Colloquium   November 13, 2013


Cecilia Mascolo (University of Cambridge)

Polly Huang (National Taiwan University)
Nic Lane (Microsoft Research Asia)
Andrew Markham (University of Oxford)
Emiliano Miluzzo (AT&T)
Luca Mottola (Politecnico di Milano & SICS)
Anthony Rowe (CMU)
Silvia Santini (Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt)
Sasu Tarkoma (University of Helsinki)