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Enabling Technologies for Large-Scale Sensor and Control Networks

Final Report Summary - TEASCONE (Enabling Technologies for Large-Scale Sensor and Control Networks)

The TEASCONE Project
The main objective of the TEASCONE project was to provide research training for early-stage researchers (ESRs), in terms of engaging into secondments at TEASCONE partner universities (KTH, TU München, University of Cambridge, and University of South Australia), presenting at technical workshops, attending tutorials, and presenting tutorials. To focus the work in the above directions, we also defined a common technical objective of developing a detailed plan for how to design and implement a large-scale sensor network. The tasks were divided into three main technical work packages:
• WP1 Compressive Sensing and Data Compression;
• WP2 Communication for Control Applications;
• WP3 Systems Design and Implementation.
In the four years of the programme, the programme partners have made significant contributions to the areas of compressive sensing, data compression, anytime communication, and communications for networked control, where the involved ESRs have published, or submitted for publication, 32 scientific papers (9 journal papers and 23 conference papers).
Also, Dr. Roy Timo, a seconded early-stage researcher from UniSA, was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship in Germany, and was a successful Research Fellow at TUM for 3 years. He is now employed as an Experienced Researcher at Ericsson Research in Stockholm.
In our original plan for secondments, we proposed to have a total of 18 exchanges, totaling 39 months over 3 years, with 6 exchanges per year. The planned exchanges involved 9 secondments of early-stage researchers (ESR) and 9 secondments of experienced researchers (ER). However, our execution of secondments has not been able to meet our targets. Over 4 years, we have completed 4 ESR secondments of a total of 11.69 months, and 4 ER secondments of a total of 2.88 months.
The TEASCONE personnel are a relatively small group, where the main reasons for falling behind schedule are migration of staff (students graduating), and family establishment (Building a family has affected a relatively large number of the involved researchers). As a consequence we were not able to complete all scheduled exchanges before the end of the project period.
As technical highlights of the TEASCONE project, we report on a continuing success on academic research among both ESRs and ERs with, respectively, 38 and 81 published high-quality journal and conference papers. The main technical output objective of the TEASCONE project was defined as a detailed plan for how to design and implement a large-scale sensor network. However, based on significant financial support from the Australian Space Research Program, UniSA has been able to successfully designing, prototyping, and testing a micro-satellite based global sensor network. This is a remarkable achievement by UniSA, which, to a large extend, makes the projected main outcome of the TEASCONE project obsolete. UniSA has now already commercialized the technology, and a start-up company, Myriota Pty Ltd, was formed in November 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. For further information, please consult the websites listed below.

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