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Call For Papers: Workshop on Sensor Web Enablement 2011 (SWE 2011)

As part of The 2011 Cybera Summit on Data For All - Opening up the Cloud

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The Banff Centre

October 6th and 7th, 2011

Banff, Alberta, Canada

You are invited to participate in the SWE 2011 Workshop as part of the Cybera Summit 2011 for two days of presentations, discussion and networking to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The SWE 2011 workshop will host 4 sessions exclusively to sensor web topics such as best practices, demos, platform applications, and the future of sensor web. Participants are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on the above and other topics related to sensor web platforms and open data topics.

In addition, this year SWE 2011 joins the Cybera Summit 2011 conference. The Summit Program will cover the evolution of the cloud and open data applications, and how those developments are driving technological and cultural change in both business and academia. Participants and speakers will explore how open, shared and cloud technologies are helping to connect people and resources like never before.

Accepted Paper Titles

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Registration and Travel Information

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Workshop Publications

The programme of the two-day conference will include fully refereed paper presentations, short paper presentations, panels, and demos. Accepted refereed papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) published by Taylor & Francis.

Important Dates

Abstract due: July 15th 2011 July 29th 2011
Full Paper due: July 30th 2011 August 12th 2011
Notification and Acceptance: August 22nd 2011 August 25th 2011
Registration and Camera Ready due: September 9th 2011

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jie Liu
Senior Researcher - Sensing and Energy Research Group, Microsoft Research

Jie Liu is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, USA, and a Research Manager of the Sensing and Energy Research Group (SERG), which conducts fundamental and applied research on sensor networks, mobile context awareness, and energy-efficient computing. He has published more than 60 papers in areas covering sensor networks, embedded systems, and ubiquitous computing. Liu is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, the General Chair for SenSys 2011, and a TPC co-chair for PerCom 2012. In 1996 he received the Extraordinary Student Award from Tsinghua University, the Leon Chua Award from UC Berkeley in 2001, and the Gold Star Award from Microsoft in 2008. Liu received his PhD degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley, in 2001.

Dr. Nigel Quinn
Group Leader - HydroEcological Engineering Advanced Decision Support (HEADS) at Berkeley Lab

Nigel Quinn leads the HydroEcological Engineering Advanced Decision Support research group (HEADS) at Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. His group specializes in the development of environmental decision support systems to improve understanding and find solutions to complex water resources and water quality problems in California and world-wide. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he spent his early years in Zimbabwe before returning to the United Kingdom for college. Quinn helped build irrigation systems in England and in Africa before continuing his career in the United States as a research and teaching assistant then instructor at Iowa State University. After gaining his PhD, Nigel became a Research Associate at Cornell. He was recruited to the Berkeley National Laboratory in 1990, and currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at California State University Fresno and the University of California, Merced.


Distributed sensor networks are attracting more and more interest in applications for large-scale monitoring of the environment, civil structures, roadways, natural landscapes, and wildlife habitats, etc. With the rapidly increasing number of large-scale sensor network deployments, the vision of a World-Wide Sensor Web (WSW) is becoming a reality. Similar to the World-Wide Web (WWW), which acts essentially as a "World-Wide Computer", the Sensor Web can be considered as a "World-Wide Sensor" or a "cyberinfrastructure" that instruments and monitors the physical world at temporal and spatial scales that was previously impossible. The WSW will generate tremendous volumes of priceless data, enabling scientists to observe previously unobservable phenomena.

Sensor web examples include US’s National Ecological Observatory Networks (NEON), Canada’s NEPTUNE and GeoCENS, Korea’s Ubiquitous City (uCity), EU’s EuroGEOSS, etc. In addition, we are also seeing the emergence of citizen sensing systems that use the ubiquitous and location-enabled nature of mobile phones to build large-scale urban sensing systems that using the phones as mobile sensor nodes. Such citizen sensing systems include the Mobile Millennium project, the CycleSense project, and TrafficPulse, etc.

Scope and Objectives

Similar to the W3C Web standards enabling the WWW, the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards enable researchers and developers to make sensing resources (including both observations made by sensors and sensors’ remote control capabilities) discoverable, accessible, and re-useable via the Web. The first version of the SWE standards was made available by OGC in 2005, and the second version was released in 2011. While the standards continue to evolve, it is evidenced that government agencies, industry and academia are realizing the World-Wide Sensor Web vision by adopting the SWE standards. The SWE workshop aims to bring together sensor web experts to present and discuss the latest ideas about the Sensor Web, its infrastructure, relevant algorithms and new innovative applications. The SWE workshop also aims to serve as a forum for Sensor Web users, developers and researchers to debate and discuss the current state-of-the-art and to shape the future of the Sensor Web. We especially welcome real world results and deployments of the sensor web system.

Workshop topics include (but not limited to):
    • Sensor Web platforms and tools
    • Sensor Web applications, deployments, and best practices
    • Sensor Web standards and standard implementations
    • Convergence of GeoWeb, sensor web, social web, and semantic web
    • SWE Applications
    • SWE Environments
    • Usage Techniques
    • SWE Standards and Implementations including Private, Commercial, and Open Source
    • Sensor Web Data Visualization
    • Sensor Web Data Uncertainty Management
    • Sensor Web Data Management (e.g., Indexing, Caching, Query Processing)
    • Sensor Web Data Discovery and Search
    • SWE Deployment and Real-world Applications
    • SWE Implementations Benchmarks
    • SWE Enhancements and Extensions (including use of ontologies, support for semantic annotations, semantic sensor Web or semantic sensor networks, smart sensing, peer-to-peer computing, virtual sensors and cloud computing for SWE)
    • Workflow Integration and Provenance Management with SWE
    • Interoperable Middleware Architectures for heterogeneous Sensor Networks/Sensor Web
    • Programming Abstraction of Sensor Network Mapping to Complex Scientific Modeling Domains
    • Experiences and Potential Future Directions for this Collaboration Standard
    • Sensor Web security

Submission Instructions

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to sensor web. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 10 pages using the two-column IEEE format. (WORD template, LaTex template). Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. Please submit your abstract via the Easychair system before the deadline, and upload the full paper by the full paper deadline. Electronic (pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be submitted at Easychair SWE2011 page. If it is impossible to use electronic submission system, send information by email [include in Subject: SWE2010] and

Consistent with standard practice, each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

SWE2011 will publish a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) published by Taylor & Francis.  Accepted papers will be invited to submit to the special issue of IJDE.

Workshop Organizers

Steve Liang, University of Calgary
Yong Liu, NCSA
Yan Xu, Microsoft Research

Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Ed Johnson, University of Calgary
Dr. Cathy Valeo, University of Calgary

Technical Programme Committee

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special workshop technical program committee members.
  • Payam M. Barnaghi, University of Surrey, UK
  • Rajkumar Buyya, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Yong Chen, University of Iowa, USA
  • Kenneth Chiu, SUNY Binghamton, USA
  • Joe Futrelle, WHOI, USA
  • Jason O. Hallstrom, Clemson University, USA
  • Xinrong Li, University of North Texas, USA
  • Steve Liang, University of Calgary, CAN
  • Yong Liu, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Christian Michl, KISTERS, Australia
  • George Percivall, Open Geospatial Consortium, USA
  • Alejandro Rodriguez, Amazon, USA
  • Bernd Resch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Arjmand Samuel, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Ingo Simonis, GSRS, Germany
  • Lei Shu, Osaka University, Japan
  • Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Yan Xu, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Yang Yue, Wuhan University, China
  • Chenyang Zhang, TeraData Corporation, USA

  • For information or questions about the workshop and the paper submission procedure, please contact the Workshop organizers.

    For information or questions about the full Symposium's program, travel, accommodations and registration please consult the Summit 2011 website at

    Meeting Location: Banff Centre