Additional Participants

Senior Personnel

Gregory Bonito

Dennis Egan

Rich Holm

Dave Hughes

Tim Kratz

William Lane

David Nagel

Robert Nowak

Leslie Owens

Larry Smarr

Jim Wilson

George Brett

Michael Chritton

Kevin Fall

David Franz

Kevin Gamble

James Gilmore

Richard Morley

Michael Chepponis

Gordon Cook

Robert Gao

Dewayne Hendricks

Roberto Lopez-Anido

Janet Thot-Thompson

Project Period

January 2002-August 2005

Level of Access

Open-Access Report

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Several recent meetings have highlighted the growing interest in the biological, ecological, environmental, and other research communities in the development and deployment of large distributed systems for information collection, aggregation, analysis, simulation, predictive modeling and realtime analysis within their respective disciplines. Likewise, recent events have caused concern and raised interest in the need for similar systems in the context of homeland security. It seems apparent that a structured discussion of the needs for these systems could create opportunities for synergistic efficiencies between the various user communities. To date, however, no such discussions have been held among these differing user communities, nor among these communities and the groups providing and developing technologies to support their needs.

It is with the possibility of identifying such potential synergies that the Multi-Sector Crisis Management Consortium (MSCMC) is organizing a series of workshops to discuss the design, development and deployment of such systems "From Sensor to Supercomputer and Back: Systems for Information Collection, Aggregation, Analysis, Assessment and Realtime Simulation." To begin exploring these synergies, MSCMC is proposing the following workshop.

The purpose of this workshop is to summarize the current and projected states of sensor, communication and power technologies for collection and communication of information from distributed sensor systems with large numbers of nodes, and to survey the present and expected needs for such systems in environmental, facility, medical, crisis management, public safety and national security arenas. A succinct summary of the current and projected technologies mapped to current and projected user requirements is envisioned to result from this workshop.

This workshop will bring together experts in field sensor, processing, wireless, field power source technologies, to structure solutions for the common problem of collecting and communicating data, including from remote field locations, by cost-effective, scalable, integrated devices and networks.

The workshop will examine the user needs and technologies involved in field deployable systems for information gathering including sensors, wireless communications and power supplies, up to the local aggregation point. While the integration of "locally" gathered information into larger infrastructures for purposes of analysis is also required, such integration is beyond the specific focus of this workshop.

It is intended that this two day workshop will produce:

(1) understanding by participants of the current state of the art and availability of technologies of sensors, power, integrated circuits, and wireless, and how they may be employed in our society.

(2) determination of current and future needs for better capabilities

(3) suggested courses of action to integrate available technologies into scalable, reliable, cost-effective devices and networks of value to meet those needs, including for both the general scientific and research community and to government agencies seeking better ways to protect the public from chemical and biological incidents

(4) proposed design and production of devices not now available or suitable for the above purposes

(5) recommendations for regulatory relief, especially for design, manufacture, and use of workshop-proposed wireless technologies for the above purposes

(6) recommendation for further work in these ares, and identification of potential collaborations and partners.