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 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
April 18 / 1:30pm Kick-off meeting
Slides: Organization and overview
April 25 / 11:59pm Deadline for choosing papers
April 26 / 11:59pm Paper assignments
June 6 / 11:59pm Deadline for abstracts and posters
June 13 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Ludwig Georg Friedrich (paper 13)
Luis Dreher (paper 18)
Jan Stiefel (paper 4)
June 27 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Leon Martin (paper 9)
Frederic Horbach (paper 2)
Eray Dogan (paper 7)
Maximilian Majchrzyk (paper 16)
July 4 / 1:30pm Poster presentations

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. Minhao Cui, Qing Wang, and Jie Xiong. Bracelet+: Harvesting the Leaked RF Energy in VLC with Wearable Bracelet Antenna. In SenSys, 2022.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Amjad Yousef Majid, Patrick Schilder, and Koen Langendoen. Continuous Sensing on Intermittent Power. In IPSN, 2020.
  8. Omprakash Gnawali, Rodrigo Fonseca, Kyle Jamieson, David Moss, and Philip Levis. Collection Tree Protocol. In SenSys, 2009.
  9. Charles J. Carver, Zhao Tian, Hongyong Zhang, Kofi M. Odame, Alberto Quattrini Li, and Xia Zhou. AmphiLight: Direct Air-Water Communication with Laser Light. In NSDI, 2020.
  10. Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Shyamnath Gollakota, and Joshua R. Smith. Battery-Free Cellphone. In Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2017.
  11. Tuochao Chen, Justin Chan, and Shyamnath Gollakota. Underwater Messaging Using Mobile Devices. In SIGCOMM, 2022.
  12. Peter Oppermann and Christian Renner. Higher-order Modulation for Acoustic Backscatter Communication in Metals. In SIGCOMM, 2022.
  13. Young D. Kwon, Jagmohan Chauhan, and Cecilia Mascolo. YONO: Modeling Multiple Heterogeneous Neural Networks on Microcontrollers. In IPSN, 2022.
  14. Michel Rottleuthner, Thomas C. Schmidt, and Matthias Wählisch. Dynamic Clock Reconfiguration for the Constrained IoT and its Application to Energy-efficient Networking. In EWSN, 2022.
  15. Carsten Herrmann and Marco Zimmerling. RSSISPY: Inspecting Concurrent Transmissions in the Wild. In EWSN, 2022.
  16. Sayed Saad Afzal, Waleed Akbar, Osvy Rodriguez, Mario Doumet, Unsoo Ha, Reza Ghaffarivardavagh, and Fadel Adib. Battery-free Wireless Imaging of Underwater Environments. In Nature Communications, 2022.
  17. Tejas Kannan and Henry Hoffmann. Protecting Adaptive Sampling from Information Leakage on Low-Power Sensors. In ASPLOS, 2022.
  18. Jonas Beuchert and Alex Rogers. SnapperGPS: Algorithms for Energy-Efficient Low-Cost Location Estimation Using GNSS Signal Snapshots. In SenSys, 2021.
  19. Luca Mottola, Arslan Hameed, and Thiemo Voigt. Energy Attacks in the Battery-less Internet of Things. arxiv:2304.08225, 2023.

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.