Real-Time Systems Journal

Special Issue on Real-Time Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless sensor networks represent a new generation of distributed embedded systems with a broad range of real-time applications. Examples include fire monitoring, border surveillance, medical care, and highway traffic coordination. Such systems must meet new kinds of timing constraints under severe resource limitations in highly dynamic environments. Wireless sensor networks challenge many classical approaches to real-time computing. Wireless networking protocols, operating systems, middleware services, data management, programming models, and theoretical analysis all fundamentally change when confronted with such new systems and environment.

This special issue of the Real-Time Systems Journal seeks papers describing significant research contributions on real-time issues of wireless sensor networks. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies and experiences of real-time applications on wireless sensor networks

  • Real-time operating systems, middleware, and data services for wireless sensor networks

  • Real-time and QoS-aware wireless sensor network protocols

  • Programming models and tools for real-time applications of wireless sensor networks

  • Analysis of timing properties and performance bounds of wireless sensor networks

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline     July 7th, 2006

  • Feedback to Authors     September 25th, 2006

  • Final Manuscript           October 15th, 2006

  • Publication                   January 2007

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to submit high quality, original works which have not appeared, nor are under consideration, in other journals. Papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages. Paper submissions must be made electronically, in PDF format by e-mail to

Guest Editors

Insup Lee (University of Pennsylvania)

Chenyang Lu (Washington University in St. Louis)

Technical Review Committee

Tian He (University of Minnesota)

Qingfeng Huang (Palo Alto Research Center)

Vana Kalogeraki (University of California Riverside)

Xenofon Koutsoukos (Vanderbilt University)

Bhaskar Krishnamachari (University of Southern California)

Chang-Gun Lee (Ohio State University)

Baochun Li (University of Toronto)

Raj Rajkumar (Carnegie Mellon University)

Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Jack Stankovic (University of Virginia)

Eduardo Tovar (Polytechnic Institute of Porto)

Nalini Venkatasubramanian (University of California Irvine)

Thiemo Voigt (Swedish Computer Science Institute)

Dong Xuan (Ohio State University)

Ying Zhang (Palo Alto Research Center)