The 2009 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2009)

May 18-22, 2009

The Westin Baltimore Washington International Airport Hotel

Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Workshop on Sensor Web Enablement (SWE2009)

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2009

Paper Submission Deadline: January 26, 2009


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc’s Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards enable developers to make all types of sensors, transducers, and sensor data repositories discoverable, accessible, and useable via the Web. The SWE effort involves OGC members in developing the global framework of standards and best practices that make linking diverse sensor related technologies fast and practical. Standards make it possible for users to assemble sensor systems and components together efficiently; protect investments; reduce likelihood of dead-end technologies, products or approaches; allow for future expansion and encourage collaboration between Sensor Web components and users.

The first elements of the standards began to appear about four years ago in 2005. While the standards have continued to evolve and mature as they make their way through the OGC process, various user communities have applied the standards with and without open source implementations. The purpose of this special session is to take a broad review of the SWE standards, as well as exchange experiences, present results and concepts on how the standards might be utilized to develop robust, collaborative systems of sensor systems.

Topics include: SWE applications; environments; sensor types; usage techniques; implementations including private, commercial, and open source; goals; results; use of newer technologies (e.g., semantic SOA, semantic web); enhancements and extensions (including use of ontologies, support for semantic annotations, Semantic Sensor Web or Semantic Sensor Networks) experiences and potential future directions for this exciting collaboration standard.

Submission Instructions

Authors should submit abstracts (title, authors, abstract of upto 350 words, up to 6 keywords) for their original papers to the workshop via the EasyChair submission system by January 16, 2009, and upload the full paper by the extended/hard deadline of January 26, 2009. Electronic (pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be submitted at EasyChair SWE2009 page. Papers submitted for review should not exceed 10 pages in IEEE single-spaced, double-column format. Submissions should also include the title, authors name, affiliation, e-mail address, fax number and postal address. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence should also be included. For details on submitting via the EasyChair system please look at the detailed submission instructions. If accepted, the final manuscript will be uploaded by March 6 via the conference Web site.  If it is impossible to use electronic submission system, send information by email [include in Subject: SWE2009] to Ken Allen [] with a copy to Tonya Davis [].

Consistent with standard practice, each submitted paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation. Initial selection will be based on full papers. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, once accepted. All accepted papers are required to be presented and will be included in the conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2009 Symposium web site later. Proceedings and its papers will be cataloged in IEEE Digital Library.

Workshop Organizers:

Kenneth Ray Allen


4031 Col Glenn Hwy Beavercreek, OH 45431

(937) 431-2259

Luis Bermudez

Southeastern Universities Research Association

1201 New York Ave. NW Suite 430 Washington DC 20005
(202) 408-8211

Amit Sheth

Knoesis Center

Wright State University,

3640 Col Glenn Highway Dayton, OH 45435

(937) 775 5203

Technical Program Committee:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members. <To be Completed >

Important Dates :

Abstract Submission Deadline* January 16, 2009
Paper Submission Deadline*# January 26, 2009
Notification of Acceptance February 13, 2009
Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due # March 6, 2009

*Note: Workshop submission deadline is later than conference submission deadline.

#Note: Firm Deadlines

For information or questions about the workshop and the paper submission procedure, please contact any organizer.

For information or questions about the full Symposium's program, tutorials, exhibits, demos, panel and special sessions organization, please consult the conference web site at URL: or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB ( or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (