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Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Transforming infrastructure through smarter information

The Cambridge Conference on Wireless Sensor Network for Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Monitoring


Future monitoring systems will undoubtedly comprise Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) as part of the ‘internet of things’ and will be designed around the capabilities of autonomous nodes. Each node in the network will integrate specific sensing capabilities with communication, data processing and power supply. The use of wireless sensor technology has significant potential benefits for infrastructure monitoring, allowing a rapid deployment due to elimination of cabling. Combined with low power Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors, there is an opportunity for substantial overall cost savings for large scale monitoring.

Conference Programme

The conference programme will commence on Monday 29 June and close on the afternoon on Tuesday 30 June.

The CSIC Annual Lecture will take place on the afternoon of Monday 29 June followed by the conference dinner on the evening of Monday 29 June at Jesus College, providing an opportunity for informal networking and discussion. 

On Tuesday 30 June, there will be a group discussion on WSN guidance document for civil engineering application – CSIC is currently developing a guidance document, which will be published by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) later this year. 

It is also planned to have a working group discussion on research needs on WSN for infrastructure monitoring, and the development of potential collaborative research projects.

The abstracts are now available to download here.

Monday 29 June

8.00 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.20 Welcome
                   Professor Robert Mair – Principal Investigator of CSIC
                   Dr Jennifer Schooling – Director of CSIC
                   Professor Kenichi Soga – Conference Chair

9.20 – 10.00 Professor Bill Spencer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Next Generation Wireless Sensors for Monitoring Civil Infrastructure”

10.00 – 10.20 Professor Shirley Dyke, Purdue University
“Benchmark problem in active structural control with wireless sensor network”

10.20 – 10.40 Professor Branko Kerkez, University of Michigan
“An ultra-low power wireless platform for the measure of environmental systems”

10.40 – 11.10 Refreshments – Exhibitor presentations

11.10 – 11.30 Professor James Brownjohn, University of Exeter
“Wireless sensor network for structural condition assessment: laboratory and field trials”

11.30 – 11.50 Professor Songye Zhu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“Towards novel integration of vibration damping, energy harvesting and wireless sensing”

11.50 – 12.10 Professor Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Development and large-scale validation of martlet - a next-generation wireless sensing platform”

12.10 – 12.30 Professor Jeong-Tae Kim, Pukyong National University
“Wireless monitoring of cable-stayed bridge under back-to-back typhoons via imote2-platformed sensor networks”

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch – Exhibitor presentations

13.15 – 13.35 Professor Gul Agha, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
“A service oriented architecture for structural health monitoring software”

13.35 – 13.55 Professor Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Structural health monitoring using Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges and opportunities

13.55 – 14.15 Professor Elena Gaura, Coventry University
“ReStructure: adding new value to monitoring of civil engineering structures with WSNs”

14.15 – 14.35 Dr Orfeas Kypris, University of Oxford
“Magneto inductive sensor networks for structural and ground health monitoring”

14.35 – 14.55 Refreshments – Exhibitor presentations

14.55 – 15.15 Professor Gui Yun Tian, Newcastle University
“Electromagnetic NDE-based structural health monitoring”

15.15 – 15.35 Professor Hui Li, Harbin Institute of Technology
“Movable wireless sensors and data packet loss recovery algorithms”

15.35 – 15.55 Dr Ivan Stoianov, Imperial College

15.55 – 16.15 Dr Nemanja Popovic, EMPA
“Event driven monitoring with wireless sensor networks”

16.15 – 16.35 Professor Tomonori Nagayama, University of Tokyo
“Dynamic response intelligent monitoring of infrastructure”

18.00 – 19.00 CSIC Annual Lecture by Dr Keith Bowers, London Underground Ltd

20.00 – 22.00 Dinner at Jesus College (pre-dinner drinks at 19.30)

Tuesday 30 June

8.50 – 9.10 Professor Yozo Fujino, Yokohama National University
“Infrastructure condition in Japan and a new R&D program - Infrastructure maintenance, renovation and management”

9.10 – 9.30 Professor Kerop Janoyan, Clarkson University
Development of a Sensor Network to Monitor, Maintain and Control Critical Civil Infrastructure

9.30 – 9.50 Professor Tomás Fernandez-Steeger, RWTH Aachen University
“Challenges in remote construction site monitoring using WSN”

9.50 – 10.10 Professor Hongki Jo, University of Arizona
“Real-time image processing for non-contact dynamic displacement monitoring using smartphone technologies”

10.10 – 10.30 Dr Elena Barton, NPL
“Keep London ground stable”

10.30 – 11.00 Refreshments

11.00 – 11.20 Professor Daniele Zonta, Trento University
“Wireless technology for seismic protection of buildings”

11.20 – 11.40 Professor Jian Li, University of Kansas
“Fatigue crack monitoring of steel bridges using wireless soft elastomeric capacitor sensor networks”

11.40 – 12.00 Professor Yasunori Miyamori, Kitami Institute of Technology
“Vibration characteristics of a damaged pedestrian overpass measured by dense wireless sensor array”

12.00 – 12.20 Professor Yan Yu, Dalian University of Technology
“Research on wireless distributed monitoring and adaptive control integration systems for Cable-stayed bridges”

12.20 – 12.40 Professor Neil Hoult, Queens University
“Wireless monitoring to assess civil infrastructure assets: a challenging undertaking”

12.40 - 13.10 Closure
Professor Kenichi Soga, University of Cambridge
“Recent progress in WSN monitoring technologies at CSIC”

13.10 – 14.00 Lunch

CSIC Workshop on Monitoring of civil engineering infrastructure with wireless sensor network technology – Best Practice Guide

14.00 – 15.00 Introduction and Reading time
15.00 – 16.00 Workshop 1 - Review
16.00 – 16.30 Workshop 2 – Case Studies

The following companies will be exhibiting at the conference.  It is also planned to provide an opportunity for a short presentation from each company in the refreshment breaks.








Wurth UK Ltd


Exhibitor information

Geosense Ltd

Geosense will be exhibiting the Wi-SOS 480 (Wireless Sensor Observation System) which provides a system to transmit, receive and data-log remotely signals from any sensor with a vibrating wire, voltage, 4-20mA, SDI12 or resistance output over long ranges up to 10 km. The user can configure, diagnose and download from a mobile phone using android technology.

With the Wi-SOS 480, monitoring just got smarter.

Features include:

Long-range 868MHz radio

No system planning required

No repeaters

Instant data access

Android technology

Saves on installation costs

The Wi-SOS 480 is a star network consisting of a series of wireless nodes and a gateway. The gateway collects the data from the long-range star network, stores it locally and it is available to view and/or download via GPRS, wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi. No system planning is required and repeaters are not required, saving on installation costs.

Software is embedded in the gateway, which allows it to be fully configurable over air or Ethernet and a fast mode allows full diagnostics to ensure correct operation of the system.

The Wi-SOS 480 Web Centre provides a platform to view and download data plus upload images for each project and view on PC, tablet or mobile phone.

The Wi-SOS 480 offers a highly flexible and cost effective solution for projects where a cabled solution is not possible due to physical barriers and/or access restrictions and where real-time monitoring is required.

GeoSense Ltd is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of monitoring instrumentation to the geotechnical, civil engineering, mining and environmental industries.

GeoSense specialises in the manufacture of a range of vibrating wire sensors which are used to measure strain, load, force, pressure and temperature, together with a full range of other instrumentation including MEMS and wireless monitoring systems.

Products are used in the following applications: Dam, tunnel and bridge instrumentation, deep excavation & pile testing, diaphragm & retaining walls, slope stability and pile testing.


Senceive is the de-facto global standard for Wireless Condition Monitoring as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary and launches new products.

Senceive’s 10 years of deploying 1000’s of units in its proven, reliable wireless remote condition monitoring solution for Rail and Construction demonstrates an unrivalled level of practical experience. FlatMesh provides real time, stable and accurate data and minimises or eliminates site visits and dramatically reduces safety risks.

FlatMesh is:

* NR accepted/ LU type approved

* 1000's of units deployed/10 years of success

* Precise/Stable tilt data @ 0.053mm/m

* Highly Cost effective and re-deployable

* Unprecedented 15 years of battery life

* Wire and mains power Free

* Simple alerts/triggers

Organising Committee

The Conference is organised and hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Professor Kenichi Soga, CamWSN organiserProfessor Kenichi Soga, University of Cambridge

Professor Bill SpencerProfessor Bill Spencer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Yozo FujinoProfessor Yozo FujinoUniversity of Tokyo

Venue and Travel information

The Conference will be held at the Møller Centre at Churchill College which is a dedicated residential management training and conference centre located within the historic city of Cambridge.

Accommodation is provided for the night of Monday 29 June at the Moller Centre and all rooms are ensuite.  There is a free wifi service throughout the Moller Centre and a business centre.  

Monday, 29 June, 2015 - 09:00 to Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 - 18:00
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