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Andrew P. Sage Best Paper Award for 2014
The Andrew P. Sage award for best paper published in the Transactions of the SMC Society for
2014 is "Enabling effective programming and flexible management of efficient body sensor
network applications" by Giancarlo Fortino, Roberta Giannantonio, Raffaele Gravina, Philip
Kuryloski, Roozbeh Jafari, published in the Transactions on Human Machine Systems 43(1):115-

Winning Paper:

Enabling Effective Programming and Flexible Management of Efficient
Body Sensor Network Applications

Giancarlo Fortino, Roberta Giannantonio, Raffaele Gravina, Philip Kuryloski,
and Roozbeh Jafari

Abstract: The paper [1] addressed and solved challenging issues that limited the wide
diffusion of wireless body sensor networks (BSNs) in real life contexts by providing novel
methodological and technological solutions that are both effective and efficient. In particular, the
tackled issues primarily concern the programming complexity of BSN systems due to the lack of
domain-specific high-level software abstractions. After analyzing and comparing the state-of-the-
art solutions for BSN programming, and after eliciting the most important requirements for an
effective BSN-specific software framework, which enable efficient signal-processing-intensive
applications, we presented the SPINE (Signal Processing In-Node Enviroment) middleware, an
open-source domain-specific programming framework designed to support rapid prototyping and
flexible management of BSN applications. We notably described how SPINE efficiently
addresses the elicited requirements while providing performance analysis on the most common
BSN-oriented hardware/software sensor platforms. Effectiveness of SPINE was demonstrated
through practical examples related to high-impact BSN applications (e.g. activity monitoring,
physical rehabilitation, gait analysis, emotion and gesture detection) that were entirely developed
using SPINE. Finally, the paper presented a novel development methodology for BSN
applications that reuses the well-known Platform Based Design concepts and the SPINE

Keywords - Design methods for wearable computing, human-centered applications, sensor-
programming frameworks, signal processing in node environment (SPINE), wireless body sensor
networks (BSNs).

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Award Ceremony Giancarlo Fortino Philip Kuryloski
Award Ceremony Giancarlo Fortino Philip Kuryloski
Raffaele Gravina Roberta Giannantonio Roozbeh Jafari
Raffaele Gravina Roberta Giannantonio Roozbeh Jafari
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