Seminar in Networked Embedded Systems

Quick facts


This seminar is about cutting-edge research 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 prepares a 2-page abstract and a poster that summarize the original research paper.


The seminar will be held in a hybrid fashion. In particular, the initial kick-off meeting will take place in a physical classroom and streamed live, but not recorded. All following meetings with student presentations will take place virtually. None of these meetings will be recorded, and attendance is strongly recommended to allow for lively discussions. Regulations permitting, the meeting where all students get to present their posters will take place only in a physical classroom.


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

Date / Time Event
April 27 / 10:00am Kick-off meeting
Slides: Organization and overview, pTunes
May 10 / 11:59pm Deadline for choosing papers
May 11 / 11:59pm Paper assignments
June 1 / 10:00am Student talks:
Antonia Hinkerohe (paper 7)
Victor Marchat (paper 15)
Aly Mohsen (paper 5)
June 15 / 10:00am Student talks:
Sakshi Kasture (paper 4)
Birk Ramin (paper 3)
Niklas Tittjung (paper 9)
June 15 / 11:59pm Deadline for abstracts and posters
June 22 / 10:00am Poster presentations
June 29 / 10:00am Student talks:
Bastian Harder (paper 11)
Henrike Köhler (paper 8)
Leon Läufer (paper 12)
July 6 / 10:00am Student talks:
Julika Feldbusch (paper 13)
Christoph Moser (paper 10)
Anna Rothenhäuser (paper 16)

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. Jonas Beuchert and Alex Rogers. SnapperGPS: Algorithms for Energy-Efficient Low-Cost Location Estimation Using GNSS Signal Snapshots. In SenSys, 2021.
  4. Mohamad Katanbaf, Ali Saffari, and Joshua R. Smith. MultiScatter: Multistatic Backscatter Networking for Battery-Free Sensors. In SenSys, 2021.
  5. Andrea Maioli and Luca Mottola. ALFRED: Virtual Memory for Intermittent Computing. In SenSys, 2021.
  6. Andreas Biri, Reto Da Forno, Tonio Gsell, Tobias Gatschet, Jan Beutel, and Lothar Thiele. STeC: Exploiting Spatial and Temporal Correlation for Event-based Communication in WSNs. In SenSys, 2021.
  7. Mikhail Afanasov, Naveed Anwar Bhatti, Dennis Campagna, Giacomo Caslini, Fabio Massimo Centonze, Koustabh Dolui, Andrea Maioli, Erica Barone, Muhammad Hamad Alizai, Junaid Haroon Siddiqui, and Luca Mottola. Battery-less Zero-maintenance Embedded Sensing at the Mithræum of Circus Maximus. In SenSys, 2020.
  8. Fulvio Bambusi, Francesco Cerizzi, Yamin Lee, and Luca Mottola. The Case for Approximate Intermittent Computing. In IPSN, 2022.
  9. Sachin Katti, Hariharan Rahul, Wenjun Hu, Dina Katabi, Muriel Médard, and Jon Crowcroft. XORs in The Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding. In SIGCOMM, 2006.
  10. Yiran Shen, Reza Arablouei, Frank de Hoog, Jaques Malan, James Sharp, Sara Shouri, Timothy D. Clark, Carine Lefevre, Frederieke Kroon, Andrea Severati, and Brano Kusy. Estimating Heart Rate and Detecting Feeding Events of Fish Using an Implantable Biologger. In IPSN, 2020.
  11. Dhananjay Jagtap and Pat Pannuto. Repurposing Cathodic Protection Systems as Reliable, in-situ, Ambient Batteries for Sensor Networks. In IPSN, 2021
  12. Felix Xiaozhu Lin, Zhen Wang, and Lin Zhong. K2: A Mobile Operating System for Heterogeneous Coherence Domains. In ASPLOS, 2014.
  13. Tusher Chakraborty, Heping Shi, Zerina Kapetanovic, Bodhi Priyantha, Deepak Vasisht, Binh Vu, Parag Pandit, Prasad Pillai, Yaswant Chabria, Andrew Nelson, Michael Daum, and Ranveer Chandra. Whisper: IoT in the TV White Space Spectrum. In NSDI, 2022.
  14. Talia Xu, Miguel Chávez Tapia, and Marco Zúñiga. Exploiting Digital Micro-Mirror Devices for Ambient Light Communication. In NSDI, 2022.
  15. Bradley Denby and Brandon Lucia. Orbital Edge Computing: Nanosatellite Constellations as a New Class of Computer System. In ASPLOS, 2020.
  16. Vikram Iyer, Hans Gaensbauer, Thomas L. Daniel, and Shyamnath Gollakota. Wind Dispersal of Battery-free Wireless Devices. In Nature, 2022.

Templates for abstract and poster

Please use this LaTeX template for writing your abstract. The page limit is 2 pages (strict), including figures and tables. You may use as many additional pages as necessary for references.

You may use this PowerPoint template for preparing your poster in A0 format, or any other tool (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, LaTeX beamerposter). Make sure to leave sufficient margins (about 3cm) on all sides.

Abstract and poster should be submitted as separate PDF files.