Research at Cisco

IP Based Wired/Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks

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IP Based Wired/Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks


This RFP aims to stimulate and support research in the area of End-to-End IP based sensor/actuator networks (IPSN). IP has the potential to become a compelling technology for realizing planetary scale sensor networks. There is a need for new architectures, protocols, and management infrastructure for IPSN. This proposal solicits research proposals with an emphasis on both theory and real-world deployment experiments.

Full Description:

Most of the ongoing research in sensor networks is focused on developing application specific proprietary solutions for resource constrained sensor networks. There is need to support IP based solution for sensor networks. IPSN has the potential to hasten the development of applications such as planetary scale sensing services. There is limited work that has been done in the research community in the use of IP in sensor networks. More recently, emergence of uIPv6 for sensor networks has found acceptance in the industry and research community which aligns with the vision of IPSN. These are still initial days of IP in the world of sensor networks. With this RFP we like to seek answers to many fundamental questions such as but not limited to:

  • Architecture Framework for the deployment of end-to-end IPSN
  • Innovative applications that will require IPSN
  • Challenges for IPv6 based sensor network
  • QoS/Scalability in IPSN
  • Congestion Control in IPSN
  • Security of Sensor Networks applications in a shared infrastructure for IPSN
  • Performance Monitoring and Management of IPSN
  • Energy Efficiency of IPSN
  • In-network processing in the context of IPSN that include query processing, application-aware processing of data within the network.

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

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RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied. Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible. The deadline for Submissions is the Friday of the first week of each calendar quarter (the months of January, April, July, October). Funding decisions and communication will occur within 90 days from the quarterly submission deadline. The usage of funding is expected within 12 months of funding decision. Please plan your requests accordingly.

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