Opening Ceremony of the Research Training Group on February 2, 2007

How can large numbers of communicating sensors with vastly different computing and communication resources, ranging from simple temperature sensors to complex vision systems, cooperate to monitor their environment? How can multiple land, water and airborne autonomous vehicles navigate and coordinate with each other and with stationary sensors and humans? How can these teams of autonomous mobile sensor platforms be used in cooperative search and rescue missions in a disaster situation?

To answer these questions a variety of scientific and technological challenges must be solved ranging from dynamic terrain recognition to the automatic recognition of human shapes, from basic questions about dependability and quality of service in the communication and middleware platforms to the coordination of teams of autonomous vehicles.

These are just some of the issues being addressed by the new Research Program at Technische Universität Darmstadt. You are invited to the opening of the


The DFG () is initially funding this program with 1.7 Million Euro. This funding allows faculty from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering to form an interdisciplinary team and cooperate with researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, USA.

For further information please contact the speaker of the research training group Prof. Dr. Oskar von Stryk, Department of Computer Science, TU Darmstadt (06151/16-2513, e-mail: stryk"at" or visit our homepage .