GEOSS Sensor Web Workshop 2011

GEOSS Forum XLIV: Sensor Web and Rural Communications

Use of Sensor Networks  and Communications Technologies in Earth Observations and Rural Communities: From Wireless Sensor Networks to Sensor Web


After the successfull Sensor Web workshops in the past years, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 2011 GEOSS Sensor Web and Rural Communications forum; the fourth in our series of annual workshops, starting in 2007 in South Africa, followed by Switzerland 2008, Japan 2009, and Australia 2010.

This one-day forum will be held prior to IEEE GLOBECOM 2011 on December 5th, 2011, in Houston, Texas, USA. It will bring together the Earth Observation community with IEEE Communications experts, and include discussions on the Sensor Web, sensor networks, modeling, signal processing, earth observations, and use of communications technologies in rural areas.  

The forum will consist of a series of presentations, breakout sessions and discussions. A report will be written with recommendations for GEOSS.

The primary objective of this forum is to share and discuss the latest research and developments in the context of the Sensor Web, Earth Observation, (wireless) sensor networks (applications), citizen observations, and communication technologies. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about GEOSS and the Sensor Web and provides a platform to discuss a international solutions to make all sorts of sensor data available in an interoperable manner. Numerous data bases and real time sensing systems are operational globally on a daily basis, but little information is directly accessible through Internet technologies. This forum offers solutions to improve data flow from sensor and system operators towards a broad range of users in industry, research and public administration.

Structure: The forum shall run as a full day forum with a selection of invited speakers noted for their expertise in WSN, the Sensor Web and GEOSS societal benefit area including various aspects of earth observation and advanced communications. All participants have the opportunity to present shortly their own positions. Ample time will be allocated to breakout sessions, where small groups will exchange views and provide proposed approaches to answer selected forum objectives. A summary of the break-out group discussions will be presented to the reconvened audience. Forum presentations and break-out sessions summaries will be collected as part of the forum proceedings and made available to attendees and others on the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (ICEO) website at

Place: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, USA. 

Time: December 5, 2011, 8:30am-6:00pm, one day prior to GLOBECOM2011.

For more information and registration, please consult our website at: or send an email to ingo.simonis @


The agenda is online, and the workshop  flyer can get accessed here, the long description here.


You can find the report of the workshop last year online.

Agenda.pdf75.72 KB
Flyer.pdf738.15 KB
Description.pdf80.28 KB
Sensor Web Final Report.pdf8.57 MB