The 2009 International Workshop on Pervasive Multimedia Sensor Networks (PMSN’09) will be held in conjunction with the 7th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC-09), August 29th-31st, 2009, Vancouver, Canada.

Having the development of low-cost imaging sensors, CMOS cameras, sensitive microphones, PMSN have been proposed and drawn lots of attention from the research community. PMSN are a new and emerging type of sensor network that contains sensor nodes equipped with cameras, microphones, and other sensors producing multimedia content. These networks have the potential to enable a large class of applications ranging from assisting elderly in public spaces to border protection that benefit from the use of numerous sensor nodes that deliver multimedia content, e.g., multimedia surveillance networks, target tracking, environmental monitoring, and traffic management systems. PMSNs require effective harvesting and communication of event features in the form of multimedia such as audio, image, and video.

Comparing with traditional wireless sensor networks, a lot of new challenges are faced by PMSNs, e.g., energy efficient multimedia processing and communication, heterogeneous multimedia reliability definitions, tight QoS expectations, and high bandwidth demands. 

This workshop is intended to provide a forum for presenting, exchanging and discussing the most recent advances in different aspects of pervasive multimedia sensor networks and applications. In particular, this workshop will bring together leading researchers, industry professionals, and research students to study the special problems and challenges of multimedia mobile and wireless environments.