Work Packages

Work Package 1: Environmental and Platform Models.
The goal of this WP is to develop environmental models that capture the temporal and spatial distribution of environmental properties (e.g., external interference, temperature); to develop platform models that capture how those environmental properties affect the operation of a WSAN hardware platform (e.g., packet loss, clock drift); to automatically learn the parameters of these models for a given target environment and WSAN platform; and to ensure that the learned parameters are valid throughout the lifetime of the deployed WSAN system. Environmental and platform models inform the design and optimization of environment-aware protocols in WP2. Learned model instances are used to automatically select protocols and their parameters in WP3 such that user-defined dependability requirements are met.

Work Package 2: Environment-aware Protocols.
The objective of this WP is to optimize existing and design new protocols that provide dependable performance by exploiting knowledge about the environment and hardware platforms from WP1. We focus on the link, network, and transport layers and investigate the integration of these protocols with IP. Models of the performance of those protocols as a function of the environment and platform are developed. Using the experimental facilities from WP4, the correctness of these models is verified by comparing performance predictions from the model against actual executions of the protocols in the testbed. The resulting protocols and models form the input of WP3, where models and their parameters are selected such that user-defined dependability requirements are met.

Work Package 3: Configuration and Runtime Support for Dependable Applications.
The goal of this WP is to provide a specification language to express dependability requirements and mechanisms to automatically select a set of protocols from WP3 and their parameters such that dependability requirements are met for a given environmental and platform model from WP1. Further, a mechanism is provided to dynamically adapt protocol parameters if runtime assurance described in WP1 detects violations of modeling assumptions.

Work Package 4: Experimentation and Applications.
This WP will ensure that the different technologies newly developed in WP1, WP2, and WP3 are not only functional and ready to face real-world applications, but are well-integrated and ready to support new business models. To achieve these goals, we will iteratively develop a sample application that makes use of the so far developed technologies. The work in the project in general, and the sample application in particular are driven by a real-world use case, from which requirements and evaluation metrics will be derived. The use case is selected from a set of candidate use cases provided by industry partners ACCIONA and WOS. Lessons learned during the continuous integration and evaluations process will be fed back into the development process. Experiments will be performed on an extended FIRE experimental facility that allows recording and playback of environmental effects.

Work Package 5: Dissemination and Joint Activities.
The WP will work towards dissemination and exploitation of the project results both in European and International contexts. The second objective is the cooperation within the overall Objective 1.6 of this call under the umbrella of FIREStation.

Work Package 6: Management, Review and Self-Assessment.
The first goal of this WP is to guarantee the successful completion of the project within agreed time, cost and quality, compliance with EC standards and procedures for project management and tracking, effective communication among the subproject partners, as well as the effective management of intellectual property and patent applications (wherever applicable). Another goal is to review the progress of the project and monitor the self-assessment procedure. Other goals include tracking of reports and quality management, administration of committees and financial management. This work package will also manage intellectual property issues and increase awareness on such issues for students and young researchers involved in the project.