[unrev-II] CITRIS Update: Large-Scale Demonstration of Self-Organizing Wireless Sensor Networks

From: John J. Deneen (jjdeneen@netzero.net)
Date: Thu Sep 06 2001 - 11:58:45 PDT

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    "Tackle the grand-challenge social problems of today. Create the
    architectures, the vision, and the fundamental technologies. Build
    prototype solutions and prove the value and importance of your work.
    Then industry will find a way to fill in the gaps and deliver the
    commercial versions of the technology.” - James Demmel, professor of
    computer science at UC Berkeley and chief scientist and associate
    director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the
    Interest of Society)

    On Aug. 27, 2001 researchers from the University of California,
    Berkeley and the Intel Berkeley Research Lab demonstrated a
    self-organzing wireless sensor network consisting of over 800 tiny
    low-power sensor nodes. The demonstration was live, involving most of
    the audience attending the kickoff keynote of the Intel Developers Forum
    given by Dr. David Tennenhouse, Intel VP and Director of Research. <
    http://www.intel94.com/idf/fall2001/p_bio_tennenhouse.asp >
    < http://webs.cs.berkeley.edu/800demo/ >

    Webcast of the presentation
    Dr. Tennenhouse´s presentation highlights research being conducted at
    Intel and key universities with the goal of moving computing from the
    "Interactive" present to a "proactive" future in which computers,
    including networked embedded devices that out-number people a hundred or
    thousand-fold, act on our behalf, anticipating our needs, transparently
    processing data into information and delivering it in a way that best
    meets those needs.
    < http://www.intel94.com/idf/fall2001/keynotes/p_webcast.asp >

    Embedded projects take a share of Intel's research dollars
    < http://webs.cs.berkeley.edu/800demo/eetimes.html >

    ... "$20 million this fiscal year with a $100 million commitment for the
    overall CITRIS project, promises major energy savings for the state and
    nation. Among the innovative ideas already emerging from CITRIS is that
    of outfitting buildings with wireless sensor networks to monitor energy
    use - technology that could save as much as $8 billion in California's
    energy costs and 5 million metric tons of carbon each year. ...

    ... In addition to state funding, CITRIS has garnered $250 million in
    additional support from business and industrial partners and federal and
    state research grants. Many of the corporate sponsors played a key role
    in convincing the governor and legislature that CITRIS has broad support
    in Silicon Valley and would have a major impact on the information
    technology industry.
    < http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2001/07/27_citrs.html >

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