Proseminar in Networked Embedded Systems

Quick facts


This proseminar is about current topics in networked embedded systems, with a particular focus on wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Things. We will discuss research papers that present novel ideas and results on the design, development, deployment, application, and fundamental limits of these systems. The papers will cover a broad range of topics, from mobile sensing and embedded machine learning to wireless networking and energy harvesting.

After the kick-off meeting, each student is assigned a full-length research paper, while taking into account the students’ preferences as best as possible. Each student presents the assigned paper in a 15-minute talk, followed by a discussion with the other seminar participants. Moreover, each student writes a 5-page term paper that summarizes the original research paper.


The proseminar will be classroom-first, that is, to the extent possible, all seminar sessions will take place in a physical classroom. In exceptional circumstances, a session may also be streamed live via Zoom from the classroom (hybrid) or take place fully virtually. None of the sessions will be recorded, and attendance is strongly recommended to allow for lively discussions after the presentations.


Below is a preliminary schedule that is still subject to change.

Date / Time Event
October 19 / 12:00pm Kick-off meeting
Slides: Organization and overview
November 2 / 11:59pm Deadline for choosing papers
November 3 / 11:59pm Paper assignments
November 23 / 11:59pm Deadline for draft of term papers
November 29 / 11:59pm Feedback on draft of term papers
December 7 / 11:59pm Deadline for final term papers
January 11 / 12:00pm Student talks:
Jan Michael Ruth (paper 6)
Abigail Durst (paper 1)
Luis Menendez Kury (paper 16)
January 18 / 12:00pm Student talks:
Paul Krüger (paper 4)
Jaime De la Cal Medina (paper 3)
Simon Hudelmaier (paper 13)
February 1 / 12:00pm Student talks:
Simon Hettich (paper 12)
Sven Beyer (paper 17)
Silke Hock (paper 15)

Available papers

The following papers are available for discussion. Use Google Scholar to find a copy of a paper. After sending your preferences to Marco Zimmerling, each student gets assigned one paper for presentation.

  1. Graham Gobieski, Brandon Lucia, and Nathan Beckmann. Intelligence Beyond the Edge: Inference on Intermittent Embedded Systems. In ASPLOS, 2019.
  2. Shuochao Yao, Yiran Zhao, Huajie Shao, ShengZhong Liu, Dongxin Liu, Lu Su, and Tarek Abdelzaher. FastDeepIoT: Towards Understanding and Optimizing Neural Network Execution Time on Mobile and Embedded Devices. In SenSys, 2018.
  3. Tim Daulby, Anand Savanth, Geoff Merrett, and Alex Weddell. Improving the Forward Progress of Transient Systems. In IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Volume 40, Number 3, March 2021.
  4. Ben Lampert, Riad Wahby, Shane Leonard, and Philip Levis. Robust, Low-cost, Auditable Random Number Generation for Embedded System Security. In SenSys, 2016.
  5. Li Lyna Zhang, Shihao Han, Jianyu Wei, Ningxin Zheng, Ting Cao, Yuqing Yang, and Yunxin Liu. nn-Meter: Towards Accurate Latency Prediction of Deep-Learning Model Inference on Diverse Edge Devices. In MobiSys 2021.
  6. Jasper de Winkel, Vito Kortbeek, Josiah Hester, and Przemyslaw Pawelczak. Battery-Free Game Boy. In Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2020.
  7. Amit Levy, Bradford Campbell, Branden Ghena, Daniel B Giffin, Pat Pannuto, Prabal Dutta, and Philip Levis. Multiprogramming a 64 kB Computer Safely and Efficiently. In SOSP, 2017.
  8. Ambuj Varshney, Wenqing Yan, and Prabal Dutta. Judo: Addressing the Energy Asymmetry of Wireless Embedded Systems through Tunnel Diode based Wireless Transmitters. In MobiSys, 2022.
  9. Roman Trüb, Reto Da Forno, Lukas Daschinger, Andreas Biri, Jan Beutel, and Lothar Thiele. Non-Intrusive Distributed Tracing of Wireless IoT Devices with the FlockLab 2 Testbed. In ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2022.
  10. Amjad Yousef Majid, Patrick Schilder, and Koen Langendoen. Continuous Sensing on Intermittent Power. In IPSN, 2020.
  11. Omprakash Gnawali, Rodrigo Fonseca, Kyle Jamieson, David Moss, and Philip Levis. Collection Tree Protocol. In SenSys, 2009.
  12. Vincent Liu, Aaron Parks, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota, David Wetherall, and Joshua R. Smith. Ambient Backscatter: Wireless Communication Out of Thin Air. In SIGCOMM, 2013.
  13. Weizheng Wang, Qing Wang, and Marco Zuniga. CardioID: Mitigating the Effects of Irregular Cardiac Signals for Biometric Identification. In EWSN, 2022.
  14. Thomas Zachariah, Neal Jackson, Branden Ghena, and Prabal Dutta. ReliaBLE: Towards Reliable Communication via Bluetooth Low Energy Advertisement Networks. In EWSN, 2022.
  15. Tuan Dang, Trung Tran, Khang Nguyen, Tien Pham, Nhat Pham, Tam Vu, and Phuc Nguyen. IoTree: A Battery-free Wearable System with Biocompatible Sensors for Continuous Tree Health Monitoring. In MobiCom, 2022.
  16. Talia Xu, Miguel Chávez Tapia, and Marco Zúñiga. Exploiting Digital Micro-Mirror Devices for Ambient Light Communication. In NSDI, 2022.
  17. Thomas Schmid, Prabal Dutta, and Mani Srivastava. High-Resolution, Low-Power Time Synchronization an Oxymoron No More. In IPSN, 2010.

Template for term paper

Please use this LaTeX template for writing your term paper. The page limit is 5 pages (strict), including figures and tables. You may use as many additional pages as necessary for references.

The term paper should be submitted as a PDF file.