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Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence. (CONET)

CONET, the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence, is an EU-funded project under ICT, European Framework Programme 7. The CONET project started on June 1st, 2008 and has a duration of 4 years, with a total EC funding of 4 Mio. EUR.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

The CONET Consortium is working on building a strong Community in the area of Cooperating Objects including research, public sector and industry partners from the areas of embedded systems, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks.

The budget for the group at UPO is assigned yearly and the amount depends on funds available. The research group is involved in the development of cooperative perception algorithms for Cooperating Objects. The objective is to design techniques to allow a set of Cooperating Objects to obtain better information about the environment, by using data fusion techniques and taking adequate actions (like activating a set of sensors, moving a mobile sensor, etc). The main issues are scalability, robustness and mobility.

- Creation of a visible and integrated community of researchers on the topics related to Cooperating Objects capable of driving the domain in the coming years.

- Identification of academic research in order to arise awareness and steer efforts towards industry-relevant issues without forgetting fundamental scientific issues.

- Stimulation of cooperation between researchers in order to achieve a lasting and sustainable architecture that is able to cope with the vision of Cooperating Objects There is an initial published Roadmap on the field of Cooperating Objects, that can be accessed at:

The expected impact of the establishment of a network of excellence in the area of Cooperating Objects is immense, given the importance of the topic as repeatedly mentioned in several of the most recent IST Advisory Group Reports. More specifically, CONET contributes to the establishment of new services and applications by leveraging existing areas of research and focusing on the development of solutions that are both application-driven and context-based. CONET also defines a new area of research (that of Cooperating Objects) which, by definition, creates new market opportunities. In fact, there are already first estimations of the markets that will experience a major growth (and, therefore, have a bigger impact on the market) in the areas of Cooperating Objects. Wireless Sensor Networks are at the heart of the Cooperating Object concept and have had a tremendous impact as an enabling technology for the development of applications to monitor the environment in a low-cost fashion. CONET contributes to the further development of such solutions, as well as to the study of the fundamental problems associated with this challenge. An integrated approach to looking into Wireless Sensor Networks that are better integrated in their environment will contribute to enabling the low-cost monitoring of the environment and of natural resources.

Robotics, Vision and Control Research Group

Code PAIDI: TEP-151

Luis Merino Cabañas. Socio. 

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Budget of Andalusian group: € 0.00

  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • AICIA (Spain)
  • ISEP-IPP (Portugal)
  • ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
  • National University of Ireland (Ireland)
  • Technical University Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Technical University Delft (Netherlands)
  • University College London (United Kingdom)
  • SELEX (United Kingdom)
  • Boeing Research and Technology Europe (Spain)
  • Schneider Electric GmbH (Germany)
  • Telecom Italia (Italy)
  • SICS (Sweden)
  • SAP AG (Germany)
Keywords: Cooperating objects, wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, cooperative robotics, pervasive and ubiquitous computing
Duration: 48 months. June, 1th 2008 to May, 31th 2012
Project cost: € 10,406,827.00