QoISN 2008

Workshop Program


Session 1 (8:30am-10am): Welcome to QoISN


Welcome Message from the QoISN Chairs

Chatschik Bisdikian (IBM Research), James P. Richardson (Honeywell Labs), and Vicraj Thomas (BBN Technologies)


Quality of Information: the vital ground in understanding information and uncertainty

Keynote speaker: Gavin Pearson (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl))

Abstract: This talk will first address why understanding the quality of the information (inc. intelligence) provided by information systems, particularly those which gather uncertain information from sensors and other systems and then transform (inc. fusion processes) and transport it to decision makers, is vital. It will then set out the scope of the challenge (across the JDL Fusion Model), paying particular attention to some of its complexities. Finally it will outline the current research within the Network Information Science programme undertaken by the US/UK International Technology Alliance.

Bio: Mr Pearson is a Capability Advisor to the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Surveillance (ISTAR) Capability Planning Groups (CPGs) within the UK Ministry of Defence. He is involved with technical side of planning, directing and assessing research & (some) development in this area. In the past, his focus was on systems that gather data and information (from radar to humans), but currently he concentrates in the process of managing ISTAR and the conversion of gathered information to intelligence (and associated information management). His interests range from future camera systems to the training of all-source analysts, and all points in between, with a particular focus on what future capability is required and how to develop that capability.



Session 2 (10:30am-12pm): QoI Characterization & Frameworks

Chair: Dr. Lance M. Kaplan, ARL


Quality of Information: an Empirical Approach

Erol Gelenbe and Laurence Hey (Imperial College London)


Context-aware QoI Computation in Multi-Sensor Systems

Anwar Hossain (SITE, University of Ottawa), Pradeep K. Atrey (The University of Winnipeg), and Abdulmotaleb El Saddik (SITE, University of Ottawa)


A Quality-of-Information-Aware Framework for Data Models in Wireless Sensor Networks

Urs Hunkeler and Paolo Scotton (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)


Securing Information Flows: A Metadata Model

Mudhakar Srivatsa, Pankaj Rohatgi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Shane Balfe, and Steffen Reidt (Royal Holloway, University of London)



Session 3 (1:30pm-3pm): Evaluation of QoI-driven Applications & Systems

Chair: Dr. Mudhakar Srivatsa, IBM Research


QoI for Passive Acoustic Gunfire Localization

Lance M. Kaplan, Thyagaraju Damarla, and Tien Pham (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)


Adaptive Sampling for Transient Signal Detection in the Presence of Missing Samples

Ting He and Murtaza Zafer (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)


Quality-Driven Congestion Control for Target Tracking in Wireless Sensor Networks

Lei Chen, Boleslaw K. Szymanski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Joel W. Branch (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)


Data Quality Driven Sensor Reporting

Doug Hakkarinen and Qi Han (Colorado School of Mines)