Welcome Message from the Chairs
The Third International ICST Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-cube 2012) will be held on 4-5 June 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 diferent applications including environmental monitoring, disaster prevention, building automation, object tracking, nuclear reactor control, re-detection, agriculture, healthcare and track 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 elds of expertise such as, embedded systems, dis- tributed systems, data management, system security, machine learning. The emphasis is, thus, on layers well above the traditional MAC, routing, and transport layer protocols.
This year's technical program included 4 invited talks/papers, 7 regular papers and 3 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 pictoresque restaurant downtown Lisbon, where the attendees had the opportunity to listen to "fado", a music style that is endemic to Portugal and that has recently been classified as part of the World Cultural Heritage.