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Introduction

From saving energy to saving lives, the applications will change our world.  The goal of our research is to unify several levels of network information technology into a coherent and easily used software system, ensuring that those applications can be written easily by developers.   Despite the apparent simplicity of the process, developers will have a robust and efficient network communications infrastructure, one that can evolve to unify community-wide research results.

Application development environments for sensor/actuator-based systems are in an early state of standardization, and they have not yet reached the maturity of embedded systems environments.  In the area of networking, while distributed computing and computational grids are making great strides in the Internet environment, they rely on a complex infrastructure that is not available to smaller, targeted sensor networks.  The inherent complexity, unreliability and uncertainty of sensor-based pervasive environments breaks down current system architectures and application development paradigms, which are based on strong guarantees, static behaviors and pre-orchestrated compositions.  These assumptions would render both the infrastructure and the applications on a wireless sensor network brittle and insecure.  We intend to define network and system architectures and programming models that will ease the creation and deployment of intelligent sensor and actuator based applications.  


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