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Second Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks

Santa Clara, California, USA

26-29 September 2005

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IEEE SECON 2005 Keynote Speaker

Making Sense out of Sensor Networks

We take a look at sensor networks from a perspective of wireless networking and attempt to distill the "essence" of what is different about them. We argue that they indeed introduce a unique new feature that is imposed by the application layer. And when coupled with the paramount need for energy efficiency, sensor networks become the ultimate catalysts for cross-layer network design. In addition, they exemplify how the cross-layer approach must not be limited to the protocol stack but include the hardware as well.

Anthony Ephremides is the Cynthia Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland where he is also a founfing member of the Institute for Systems Research and of the Center for Hybrid and Satellite Communication Networks at the University of Maryland. He was educated at the National Technical University of Athens and Princeton University (Ph D 1971) and has been performing research on wireless networking for the last twenty-five years. He has served in many capacities in the IEEE where he has been a Fellow since 1984 and has won numerous awards and distinctions. His current interests include all aspects of communication theory, networking, optimization, and related , as well as unrelated, subjects.

The slides are available.