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Prototyping Wireless Sensor Networks; when theory meets practice

Koen Langendoen ( Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands )

Many researchers have learned the hard way that studying wireless sensor networks in simulation (theory) is a lot easier than effectively operating a prototype in the real world (practice). In this talk, I will reflect on the experiences gained with prototyping a WSN application in the domain of precision agriculture (i.e. monitoring temperature and humidity in a potato field). In particular, I will highlight some of the short comings commonly found in simulation models for WSN research, and the implications for effective engineering of communication protocols.

Speaker bio

Koen Langendoen (1965) was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

He received an M.Sc. in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in 1988 and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 1993. Subsequently, he participated as a post-doctorate researcher in two large projects: 1) the ORCA project (1993-1997) targeting parallel computing on large workstation clusters, and 2) the Ubicom project (1998-2002), a multidisciplinary research program specifying and developing wearable systems for mobile multimedia communications.

In 2001 Koen Langendoen joined the Parallel and Distributed Systems group at Delft University of Technology as an assistant professor of computer science. Since then he has established a research group in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks working on localization algorithms, MAC protocols, and various pilot applications. In 2004, Koen Langendoen was promoted to associate professor, and in 2008 he was appointed as full professor of the Embedded Software chair with the Software Technology department.

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