Cooperating Objects Network of ExcellenceCooperating Objects Network of Excellence

A number of different system concepts have gained a lot of relevance in the area of embedded systems over the past couple of years: embedded systems for robotics and control, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks. These three types of quite diverse systems share a lot of commonalities but also have some complementary aspects in common that make a combination into a coherent system vision promising.

The term “Cooperating Objects” was coined explicitly for the purpose of describing such systems. The vision of Cooperating Objects is, therefore, quite new and needs to be extended with inputs from the relevant individual communities that compose it. This enables us to better understand the impact on the research landscape and to properly manage the available resources.

CONET will focus on enabling the further establishment of the field of Cooperating Objects within the research and industrial community, thus strengthening the position of Europe in the research landscape.

Cooperating Objects

The main goal of CONET is to build a strong community in the area of Cooperating Objects capable of conducting the needed research to achieve the vision of Mark Weiser. Therefore, the objectives of CONET are the following:

  • Create a visible and integrated community of researchers on the topics related to Cooperating Objects capable of driving the domain in the coming years.
  • Identify, arise awareness and steer academic research efforts towards industry-relevant issues without forgetting fundamental scientific issues.
  • Stimulate cooperation between researchers in order to achieve a lasting and sustainable architecture that is able to cope with the vision of Cooperating Objects.


NameCooperating Objects Network of Excellence
Duration31.05.2008 - 30.05.2012
FundingEuropean Commission, FP-7
ContactProf. Dr. Pedro José Marrón