ESF COST Action IC0906: Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO)

WINEMO My fondness for ESF COST Actions should be widely known, I hope. It was also documented during an interview back in 2007 (download), in which reflections about my participation in COST290 resulted in this summary:
Why would you recommend other early stage researchers to become involved in COST?

  • The complete experience gathered by directly interacting with one and the same community over an
    extended period of time.
  • A combination of invaluable technical feedback received, more frequent and to a much larger extent than by attending conferences, and social aspects that bring young scientists forward
  • An ideal framework to establish teams. Work in science includes multiple disciplines and requires teamwork. Teamwork depends on a social network. Meeting regularly is a central element to gain credibility, establish trust and invaluable interpersonal links, the foundation of any teamwork.
  • I do not know any other programme where seniors and juniors are so vividly interacting and where, as a result of that, great ideas naturally become projects which in turn provide the vital means for scientific contributions.
  • It is therefore even more delightful to be given the chance to join the Management Committee of COST IC0906 WiNeMO with my new affiliation at ZHAW (and after repeated failures to convince SAP to do so). Thanks goes to the chair of the action, Yevgeni, and Torsten for keeping this seat free and arranging my late registration. Special thanks also to the Swiss COST office; This appointment means to act as official Swiss representative.

    About WiNeMO
    The Internet of the Future will incorporate a large number of autonomous wireless objects moving with diverse patterns and speeds while communicating via several radio interfaces. Examples of such objects may include humans, cars or unmanned aerial vehicles, with every object acting as a networking device generating, relaying and/or absorbing data. Achieving the Internet of the Future, will require global interoperability amongst objects/devices, not typically commonplace due to inherent features of today’s Internet. To overcome current shortcomings, a number of research challenges have to be addressed in the area of networking, including protocol engineering, development of applications and services, as well as realistic use-cases. The Action will increase the knowledge and coordinate research efforts of national and international projects in the area of Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO). Its activity will foster wide dissemination of research results, serving as an internationally recognized reference point. This will be achieved through capacity building of WiNeMO stakeholders offering appropriate networking opportunities to Early Stage Researchers. Results will also be demonstrated through joint living labs and showcases for researchers, decision makers and public exhibitions.

    Objectives
    The main objective of WiNeMo is to advance the state-of-the-art concerning networking aspects of scenarios integrating moving objects of the most varied kinds, ranging from personal use devices to sensors, into the Internet of the Future. In particular, the Action will coordinate the development of new algorithms, techniques, protocols models and tools that will facilitate the integration of moving objects into pervasive and ambient communications. The Action will foster cooperation among researchers at European and global level by contributing to the coordination and defragmentation of research efforts across Europe in the area by creating an open forum for academia and industry. As a consequence, the Action will play a supporting role to European industry – including SMEs – and will enhance cooperation between industry and academia in the area of networking support for moving objects. The Action will seek active cooperation with existing COST Actions and foster relationships with external bodies such as Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); Open Mobile Alliance (OMA); the Standardization and Radiocommunication Sectors of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The establishment of links with international (e.g. FP7 programmes) and national research projects is deemed as an essential goal which will be proactively pursued throughout the Action’s lifetime.

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