A wireless sensor network for structural monitoring (2004)
Ning Xu (University of Southern California, USA), Sumit Rangwala (USC, USA), Krishna Chintalapudi (University of Southern California, USA), Deepak Ganesan (UCLA, USA), Alan Broad (Crossbow, USA), Ramesh Govindan (University of Southern California, USA), Deborah Estrin (UCLA, USA)
Motivation: For its impact on early sensor networks and its broader impact in the area of structural health monitoring in the civil engineering domain.

Protothreads: simplifying event-driven programming of memory-constrained embedded systems (2006)
Adam Dunkels, Oliver Schmidt, Thiemo Voigt (Swedish Institute of Computer Science), Muneeb Ali (TU Delft)
Motivation: For providing, through ContikiOS, a long-standing foundation to countless academic and industrial low-power networked embedded systems.

Collection tree protocol (2009)
Omprakash Gnawali (USC), Rodrigo Fonseca (Yahoo/Brown), Kyle Jamieson (University College London), David Moss (Rincon Research), Philip Levis (Stanford)
Motivation: For its impact on low-power networked embedded systems, including enabling real-world deployments, inspiring standards, and serving as the state-of-the-art baseline for many years.

Reliable Clinical Monitoring using Wireless Sensor Networks: Experience in a Step-down Hospital Unit (2010)
Octav Chipara (Washington Univesity in St. Louis), Chenyang Lu (Washington Univesity in St. Louis), Thomas C. Bailey (Washington University School of Medicine), Gruia-Catalin Roman (Washington University in St. Louis)
Motivation: For expanding sensing network systems into the medical setting and showing their challenges and promises in this domain.

Design and Evaluation of a Versatile and Efficient Receiver-Initiated Link Layer for Low-Power Wireless (2010)
Prabal Dutta (University of Michigan), Stephen Dawson-Haggerty (University of California, Berkeley), Yin Chen (Johns Hopkins University), Chieh-Jan (Mike) Liang (Johns Hopkins University), Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University)
Motivation: For pioneering the use of synchronous transmissions in low-power protocols by exploiting their benefits at the MAC layer and pushing the limits of radio operation.

IODetector: A Generic Service for Indoor Outdoor Detection (2012)
Pengfei Zhou (Nanyang Technological University), Yuanqing Zheng (Nanyang Technological University), Zhenjiang Li (Nanyang Technological University), Mo Li (Nanyang Technological University), Guobin Shen (Microsoft Research Asia)
Motivation: For contributions to intelligent mobile location services with enduring commercial adoption and successful widespread technology transfer.

Low-Power Wireless Bus (2012)
Federico Ferrari (ETH Zurich), Marco Zimmerling (ETH Zurich), Luca Mottola (Politecnico di Milano and Swedish Institute of Computer Science), Lothar Thiele (ETH Zurich)
Motivation: For rethinking the networking architecture of low-power wireless systems and offering a simpler and more efficient flooding-based alternative to mainstream network stacks.

Call for Nominations: ACM SenSys 2022 - Test of Time Award

Deadline: September 15th, 2022

The ACM SenSys Test of Time Award (ToTA) Committee calls for nominations and self-nominations of the 2022 version of the award. The ToTA was established by the SenSys Steering Committee in 2014 to recognize papers that are at least 10 years old and have had long lasting impact on networked embedded sensing system science and engineering.

Since the ToTA award selection did not take place in the last two years, in 2022, three separate awards will be given for papers that were published in SenSys 2010, 2011, and 2012. Papers published before SenSys 2010 and that have not already received a SenSys ToTA, are also eligible for consideration. The award committee and awardees over the years can be found on the Test of Time Award page:

The award will be determined based on academic, industry, and/or societal impacts of the paper(s), and nominations should highlight them:

  • Academic Impact, such as papers that discovered or derived significantly new scientific and human knowledge, that opened or closed research problems or areas, that motivated substantial follow on research, that generated growing interest over time, or that influenced the education of young researchers and practitioners.

  • Industrial Impact, such as papers that changed how practical systems are architected or implemented, influenced industrial standards, transferred to novel engineering practice, or contributed to the success and adoption of real products.

  • Societal Impact, such as papers that described novel applications or prototypes that delivered significant social value, changed how people interact with each other or with their surroundings, or contributed to the sustainability of humans and environments.

Please send nominations via the form at by including: (1) paper title, (2) author list, (3) year published, and (4) a short paragraph justifying the nomination.

The nomination deadline is September 15th, 2022. The three Test of Time Awards will be announced at SenSys 2022 in Boston, USA.

Test of Time Award (ToTA) Committee:

  • Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento, Italy (Chair)
  • Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Pei Zhang, University of Michigan, USA