SenseDev 2017

The 3rd Summer School on Practical Wireless Sensor Networks Development

20-24 March 2017, University of San Carlos, Cebu, Philippines


We are pleased to announce a call for participation to the 3rd Summer School on Practical Wireless Sensor Networks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and their precursor Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) is the next technological revolution. IoT will produce vast amount of data and knowledge of the world around us which will change the way we live and work, and create a significant economic impact on society. 

The SenseDev’17 summer school aims to provide post-graduate students, PhD students, ECR’s, and engineers from industry with hands-on knowledge in Wireless Sensor Network’s (WSNs) and the Internet of Things (IoT) domains. The summer school will provide many examples of successful IoT applications to solve real-world problems, which has a social-impact. A focus will be on the first wirelessly instrumented factory in the Philippines which aims to improve worker safety, and improve production times.

The program of the school is delivered over five days from 20th March to 24th March 2017 The school will combine lectures on fundamental and applied aspects of WSNs with hands-on tutorials, providing the participants with a solid understanding and experience to anchor their research in this field. At the end of the five days’ participants will have built their first fully-fledged WSN.

The school is hosted by the University of San Carlos, Philippines, delivered by Coventry University, UK, and sponsored by the British Council.


Participants are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in computer science, or electrical/electronic engineering, or have relevant practical industrial knowledge. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of programing, desirably in C.

Registration and costs

Participation is open to interested MSC and PhD students as well as industry professionals new to the field. It is expected that the school will host a total of 60 participants from all over the world.

For Philippine students: The registration fee is 7500 Philippines pesos.

For International students: The registration fee is 9000 Philippines pesos (£125; €178; $190).

The course fees include participation at all school activities, school material, and refreshments during the course. The price also includes admission to the welcome dinner, and transportation for the field trip on Day 4. A city tour can be arranged during the week at an additional cost.

Accommodation can be sourced by the hosts (participants will self-pay) situated at the University of San Carlos, or hotels in the nearby area can be suggested.

Application process

To apply for a position at the summer school, send your CV along with a cover letter stating your motivation for attendance to the relevant contact: 

International applicants please contact: Ross Wilkins (

Philippines applicants please contact: Isabelo Rabuya (

Important dates

Application deadline: 20 January 2017

Notification of admittance: 25 January 2017

Registration Deadline: 1 February 2017


The summer school has a 5-day programme held at the University of San Carlos and will feature activities involving both keynote talks, lectures and hands on tutorials. The taught program is as follows:

Day 1: WSN overview, SenseDev Alumni Presentations, and Simulation using OMNET++,

AM: Prof. Elena Gaura will describe the current state of WSN research, relevant applications for WSNs. You will also hear the experience of Sensedev’15 and ’16 Alumni.

PM: Dr. James Brusey will provide a hands-on tutorial on how to simulate WSNs using OMNET++.

Day 2: Factory visit and TinyOS tutorials

AM: field trip will take place to the GEMs Inc. Here you will receive a tour of the facilities and Dr. Ross Wilkins will present the results of the research project. Prof. Elena Gaura will also speak about the importance of academia-industry links in research.

PM: Dr James Brusey, and Dr Ross Wilkins deliver tutorials on developing applications with TelosB nodes and TinyOS.

Day 3: Edge-mining and TinyOS tutorials

A keynote talk will be delivered by Dr.James Brusey on the concept of Edge-Mining. The rest of the day will continue with the TinyOS tutorial.

Day 4: Structual health monitoring and TinyOS tutorials

First, Dr. Ross Wilkins will provide an interactive keynote talk on IoT for structural health monitoring. The rest of the day will conclude the TinyOS tutorial.

Day 5: Demo day

In groups students will put into practice the skills and techniques learned throughout the course to build their own WSN demos. The day culminating in an afternoon session where you will be showcasing your work

For Philippine students, SenseDev'17 can be credited for 3 units in Philippine universities with graduate engineering degrees upon submission of assessment requirements. The course needs to be enrolled in the University of San Carlos with matriculation fees on top of registration. Please contact Isabelo Rabuya for information.

British Council Sponsorship

This workshop is being delivered as part of a Newton Fund Institutional Links project between Coventry University and the University of San Carlos. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance programme. The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for five years.  Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.  By working together on research and innovation projects, the UK will build strong and sustainable relationships with partner countries. This will support the continued excellence of UK research and innovation to unlock opportunities for wider collaboration and trade.