The Third International ICST Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-cube 2012) was held during June 4–5, in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference focuses on the research challenges arising from the development of software systems for wireless sensor networks (WSNs). WSNs introduce innovative and interesting application scenarios that may support a large amount of different applications including environmental monitoring, disaster prevention, building automation, object tracking, nuclear reactor control, fire detection, agriculture, healthcare, and traffic monitoring. The widespread acceptance of these new services can be improved by the development of novel programming paradigms, middleware, and technologies that have the potential to radically simplify the development and deployment of WSN applications. Such improvements require contributions from many fields of expertise such as embedded systems, distributed systems, data management, system security, and machine learning. The emphasis is, thus, on layers well above the traditional MAC, routing, and transport layer protocols.
This year’s technical program included four invited talks/papers, seven regular papers, and three demos. Overall we received 18 submissions corresponding to an acceptance rate of 38%. The papers make quite diverse contributions with an emphasis on: middleware, frameworks, learning from sensor data streams, stock management, e-health, and Web of Things.
There were around 25 registrants for the conference. The social program included a dinner at “A Severa,” a picturesque restaurant in downtown Lisbon, where the attendees had the opportunity to listen to “fado,” a music style that is characterstic of Portugal and that has recently been classified as part of the World Cultural Heritage.