SenSys 2012 Doctoral Colloquium

November 6-9, 2012 Toronto, Canada

The Doctoral Colloquium (DC) of SenSys'12 is to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive environment where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Applicants should be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Applicants should not be planning to submit their PhD thesis or dissertation for at least four months after the DC, so that any advice or input may still be incorporated into the doctoral work.

The DC will be a one-day, seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by roundtable discussion. Time will be allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and DC participants.


The DC is a one-day event. A timeslot of 45 minutes is allocated for each student. During the first 20 minutes, the student gives a presentation of his Ph.D. thesis, the remaining 25 minutes are reserved for a discussion with the advisors (session chair is indicated in bold font) and the other participants. Most of the sessions are open to all the DC participants (panel members and the students with accepted work in the DC). For guests who are not participants of the DC (e.g., a student who does not present in any sessions of the DC), permission from the session chair must be acquired to attend a session.

9:30-10:20 Registration (Hallway)
10:20-10:30 Welcome
10:30-11:15 Pandarasamy Arjunan (IIIT Delhi, India): Occupant-Centric Federated Cyber-Physical System for Building Management
Advisors: Wen Hu, Polly Huang, Tian He
11:15-12:00 Yi-Hsuan Chiang (NTU, Taiwan): Light-weight Sensor Network Monitoring Using Asynchronous Protocol Events
Advisors: Tian He, Luca Mottola, Geoffrey Challen
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Amin Ali (University of Memphis, US): Detection of Cigarette Smoking Episodes in the Natural Environment
Advisors: Junehwa Song, Geoffrey Challen, Raghu Ganti, Polly Huang
14:15-15:00 Qiao Xiang (Wayne State University, US): QoS-Aware In-Network Processing for Mission-Critical Wireless Cyber-Physical Systems
Advisors: Mike Liang, Jan Beutel, Polly Huang
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:15 Shubham Jain (DAIICT, India): A Communication Paradigm For Minimum Energy Consumption In Non Real-Time Multimedia Sensor Networks
Advisors: Luca Mottola, Mike Liang, Polly Huang


In affiliation with the SenSys 2012, the Doctoral Colloquium will take place in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Most of the DC activities will be in the York Room. The address of the hotel is:

100 Front Street W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5J 1E3
Toll-free Calls : +1 (866) 540-4489
International Calls: +1 (416) 368-2511

Please refer to the SenSys'12 Venue web page for transportation information.


Topic scope is the same as that listed in the SenSys call for papers. DC submissions should consist of a single PDF document using the SenSys paper template. The document should contain the following:

  1. Research summary (3 pages) describing the work in progress and including a 100-word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research summary might be: the expected contribution to the field of sensor networking; the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach; research carried out and results so far.

  2. Student biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), and expected date of dissertation submission.

The submission site is open

Research summaries will be reviewed by the chairs and panel members. If the work is accepted, a student may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to the research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Note that the research summaries will not be formally published, but hardcopies will be made available to colloquium delegates.


Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium shall register for the SenSys workshop registration (if applicable at the student rate). The registration is free if the student also attends and has registered for the SenSys conference. Participants can also apply for SenSys travel grants.

Important Dates

(all at 11:59pm PDT)

Submission Deadline September 25, 2012 (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance October 6, 2012
Camera-Ready October 27, 2012
Colloquium November 6, 2012


  Polly Huang, National Taiwan University

Jan Beutel ETH Zurich
Geoffrey Challen SUNY Buffalo
Raghu K. Ganti IBM Research
Tian He University of Minnesota
Chieh-Jan Mike Liang Microsoft Research Asia
Amy Murphy FBK
Luca Mottola Politecnico di Milano & SICS
Junehwa Song KAIST

Last updated Oct. 31, 2012.