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BioDivGrid 2008 - Distributed Sensing and Collective Intelligence in Biodiversity Monitoring

Location: CWI, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2008-12-03    
End Date: 2008-12-05

Event Description:
Global biodiversity is profoundly affected by both natural and man-made changes. Monitoring the resulting impact on the environment requires gathering and analysing large collection of data. The confluence of three technological trends promises to have a profound influence on this process: (i) Modern sensor and computer technology is furnishing researchers with increasingly sophisticated equipment to set up radiolinked sensor networks, tailor-made for the unsupervised monitoring of large and distributed biotopes. (ii) The ubiquity of internet access provides experts with efficient means to tap into the combined contributions and expertise of large crowds of web-connected people, thus creating an enormous pool of resources ready to be harnessed. (iii) Last but not least, emerging semantic web technologies are forging standards and tools that facilitate aggregation and analysis of, and access to, heterogeneous web-based databases. As a result, it has become feasible to link up sensors, databases, human expertise, and even machine intelligence in large scale monitoring projects. This three day workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges that result from these new developments.

Willem Bouten (Univ of Amsterdam, NL) Daan Goense (LOFAR-Agro, NL)
Pat Halpin (Duke, USA) Brad Norman (, Australia)
Nigel Raine (QMU London, UK) Judy Shamoun-Baranes (Univ of Amsterdam,NL)
Johathan Giddy (Cardiff Univ, UK) Dezhen Song (Texas A&M, USA)

We invite papers addressing methodologies, technologies and case studies of collective intelligence, distributed computing and pervasive sensing in biodiversity monitoring, including (but not restricted to) the topics listed below. In addition to technical papers, we are also inviting position papers outlining visions for future developments and challenges. Camera and sensor networks for ecosystem monitoring Animal telemetry

Applications of sensor networks in field research RFID-based sensing and tracking
Computer-assisted photo-identification Crowd-sourcing and citizens science
GRID technologies for bio-monitoring Semantic Web technologies
Network infrastructure and technologies Querying distributed databases
Fusion of remote and in-situ sensor data Visualization and intuitive interfaces

ORGANIZERS: Eric Pauwels (CWI, NL), Ruben Huele (Leiden University, NL), Wouter Los (UVA, NL)

Abstract due 24 October 2008
Decision 30 October 2008
Camera ready 10 November 2008

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Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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