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Welcome to SenseDev19

SenseDev19 is a one-week summer school for research capacity-building in wireless sensor networks (WSN) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Learn from the Experts

Learn from leading researchers in wireless sensor networks and design your own IoT-enabled systems.

SenseDev19 and CHED CPE

SenseDev19 is funded by a CHED Continuing Professional Education (CPE) grant and is free for faculty researchers in Philippine HEIs.

Summer School on Practical Wireless Sensor Networks Development
22-26 July 2019, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

SenseDev19 offers the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and the Internet of Things (IoT) domains. The summer school will combine lectures in 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. It is aimed at faculty researchers in Philippine Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), with this year’s summer school funded by a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (DEEE) of USC has hosted past SenseDev's in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The course provides a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field from Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre, a world-leading applied research group based at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. Upon completion of the course, participants shall have the ability to:

  1. Discuss the latest results, trends, activities and applications in the WSN and IoT domains.
  2. Explain the development of sensing systems from concept through to deployment.
  3. Discuss the importance of deployments and field-work, along with associated challenges.
  4. Explain why simulation is important, and be able to implement simulations of IoT applications in Cooja.
  5. Demonstrate the techniques and hands-on skills required to implement and deploy IoT systems, using the Contiki operating system and Firefly motes.
  6. Produce and showcase an IoT demonstrator using the skills taught throughout the course.
  7. Network with established researchers and make new contacts with their peer group.


Day 1 - IoT Trends and Research
Discussion on the current state of WSN research, relevant applications for WSNs, and the process and challenges of going from system concept through to real-life WSN deployment.

Day 2 - IoT Simulation Using Cooja
Hands on tutorials on how to simulate WSNs using Cooja.

Day 3 - Practical Development Using Contiki
Tutorials on system development using Firefly motes and Contiki operating system. At the end of the session participants will know how to develop a full-fledged WSN.

Day 4 - Contiki Networking
Hands on tutorial work. Participants will prepare for their project demonstration for the following day.

Day 5 - SenseDev19 Project Demonstration
Working in groups, participants will have the chance to put into practice the skills and techniques learned throughout the course to build their own WSN demos. The day culminates in an afternoon session where participants showcase their work.

Speakers and Facilitators

Coventry University, UK
Prof. Elena Gaura, Prof. James Brusey, Dr. Kriti Bhargava, Gene Palencia

University of San Carlos, Philippines
Isabelo Rabuya, Mark Anthony Cabilo


Participation in SenseDev19 is by a team of two faculty researchers from a Philippine higher educational institution (HEI). One member must be proficient in software (preferably C programming) and the other in electronic hardware. Each applicant in the team must meet the following requirements:

  1. A current faculty member in a CHED-recognized Philippine HEI.
  2. Has a good working knowledge of programming, preferably in the C language.
  3. Preferably has an undergraduate degree in any of the following programs: Electronics Engineering (EcE), Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CpE) and Electrical Engineering (EE). Graduates from other fields of science and engineering will be considered if they possess strong programming skills. The two participants in each HEI team must not have the same undergraduate degrees (typical team-up: CS-EcE, CpE-EcE, CS-EE, or any other software-hardware proficiency combination).
  4. Commits to work on pre-workshop assignments: WSN/IoT project proposal, C programming review, and other activities in preparation for the summer school.
  5. Has the drive to work during the summer school week on a team project employing WSN/IoT.
  6. Has a laptop for use during the summer school week.
  7. Has their HEI’s support for travel funding if coming from outside Cebu.
  8. Commits to a return service in their home HEI according to CHED guidelines.
  9. Commits to submit a report within six months after SenseDev19 on a post-summer school WSN/IoT project done in the home HEI.


SenseDev19 is funded by a CHED Continuing Professional Education (CPE) grant. The CHED scholarship covers the registration fee of twenty (20) HEI teams (total of 40 faculty researchers), inclusive of:

  1. Workshop materials including WSN hardware and sensors that are brought back to the home HEI to start up research
  2. Accommodation for five days
  3. Welcome dinner and networking
  4. Lunch and snacks for five days

SenseDev19 does not cover airfare and airport transfers. Participants must secure funding for these and other expenses from their home HEI.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following via email:

  1. Filled-out team application form
  2. Letter of intent endorsed by the college dean and approved by the HEI president
  3. WSN/IoT demonstration project proposal
  4. Scanned copy of transcript of records (TOR)

Send to iarabuya@usc.edu.ph with the subject line [SenseDev19] (My_HEI_acronym) Application. For example, an application from the University of San Carlos will have the subject line [SenseDev19] USC Application

Due to the limited availability of slots (40 only), admission to SenseDev19 is highly competitive. The call for applications has been disseminated nationwide to as many HEI's as possible. Applicants shall undergo a vetting process based on information provided in the application form and in the project proposal. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

For Inquiries

Please send your email to Isabelo Rabuya at iarabuya@usc.edu.ph with the subject line [SenseDev19] (My_HEI_acronym) Inquiry

Important Dates

Application Opens:   22 February 2019

Application Deadline:   29 March 2019

Notice of Acceptance:   3 May 2019

SenseDev19:   22-26 July 2019