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, considering 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 summarizing the original research paper. A poster session at the end of the term will conclude the seminar.


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 16 / 1:30pm Kick-off meeting
Slides: Organization and overview
April 23 / 11:59pm Deadline for choosing papers
April 24 / 11:59pm Paper assignments
June 11 / 11:59pm Deadline for abstracts and posters
June 13 / 3:20pm Poster presentations
June 18 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Jonas Riemann (paper 8)
Christian Förster (paper 1)
June 25 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Michal Rzepka (paper 23)
Tim Sandner (paper 2)

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. Hannah Brunner, Jasper de Winkel, Carlo Alberto Boano, Przemysław Pawełczak, and Kai Römer. Simba: A Unified Framework to Explore and Facilitate the Design of Battery-Free Systems. In IPSN 2024.
  2. Yimiao Sun, Yuan He, Jiacheng Zhang, Xin Na, Yande Chen, Weiguo Wang, and Xiuzhen Guo. Bifrost: Reinventing WiFi Signals Based on Dispersion Effect for Accurate Indoor Localization. In SenSys 2023.
  3. Sayed Saad Afzal, Atsutse Kludze, Subhajit Karmakar, Ranveer Chandra, and Yasaman Ghasempour. AgriTera: Accurate Non-Invasive Fruit Ripeness Sensing via Sub-Terahertz Wireless Signals. In MobiCom 2023.
  4. Xiyuan Zhang, Xiaohan Fu, Diyan Teng, Chengyu Dong, Keerthivasan Vijayakumar, Jiayun Zhang, Ranak Roy Chowdhury, Junsheng Han, Dezhi Hong, Rashmi Kulkarni, Jingbo Shang, and Rajesh K. Gupta. Physics-Informed Data Denoising for Real-Life Sensing Systems. In SenSys 2023.
  5. Shuai Tong, Jiliang Wang, Jing Yang, Yunhao Liu, and Jun Zhang. Citywide LoRa Network Deployment and Operation: Measurements, Analysis, and Implications. In SenSys 2023.
  6. Sijie Ji, Xuanye Zhang, Yuanqing Zheng, and Mo Li. Construct 3D Hand Skeleton with Commercial WiFi. In SenSys 2023.
  7. Jike Wang, Shanmu Wang, Yasha Iravantchi, Mingke Wang, Alanson Sample, Kang G. Shin, Xinbing Wang, Chenghu Zhou, and Dongyao Chen. METRO: Magnetic Road Markings for All-weather, Smart Roads. In SenSys 2023
  8. Jiaming Wang, Sevda Öğüt, Haitham Al Hassanieh, and Bhuvana Krishnaswamy. Towards Practical and Scalable Molecular Networks. In SIGCOMM 2023.
  9. Jingxian Wang, Yiwen Song, Mason Zadan, Yuyi Shen, Vanessa Chen, Carmel Majidi, and Swarun Kumar. Wireless Actuation for Soft Electronics-free Robots. In MobiCom 2023.
  10. Laura Dodds, Isaac Perper, Aline Eid, and Fadel Adib. A Handheld Fine-Grained RFID Localization System with Complex-Controlled Polarization. In MobiCom 2023.
  11. Hsun-Wei Cho, and Kang G. Shin. Unify: Turning BLE/FSK SoC into WiFi SoC. In MobiCom 2023.
  12. Xianjin Xia, Qianwu Chen, Ningning Hou, Yuanqing Zheng, and Mo Li. XCopy: Boosting Weak Links for Reliable LoRa Communication. In MobiCom 2023.
  13. Emerson Sie, Zikun Liu, and Deepak Vasisht. BatMobility: Towards Flying Without Seeing for Autonomous Drones. In MobiCom 2023.
  14. Yuanjie Li, Hewu Li, Wei Liu, Lixin Liu, Wei Zhao, Yimei Chen, Jianping Wu, Qian Wu, Jun Liu, Zeqi Lai, and Han Qiu. A Networking Perspective on Starlink’s Self-Driving LEO Mega-Constellation. In MobiCom 2023.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Amjad Yousef Majid, Patrick Schilder, and Koen Langendoen. Continuous Sensing on Intermittent Power. In IPSN 2020.
  18. Nam Cao, Matthias Meyer, Lothar Thiele, and Olga Saukh. Automated Pollen Detection with an Affordable Technology. In EWSN 2020.
  19. Talia Xu, Miguel Chávez Tapia, and Marco Zúñiga. Exploiting Digital Micro-Mirror Devices for Ambient Light Communication. In NSDI 2022.
  20. 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.
  21. Huixin Dong, Yirong Xie, Xianan Zhang, Wei Wang, Xinyu Zhang, Jianhua He. GPSMirror: Expanding Accurate GPS Positioning to Shadowed and Indoor Regions with Backscatter. In MobiCom 2023.
  22. Jagdeep Singh, Michael Baddeley, Carlo Alberto Boano, Aleksandar Stanoev, Zijian Chai, Tim Farnham, Qing Wang, and Usman Raza. BLoB: Beating-based Localization for Single-antenna BLE Devices. In EWSN 2023.
  23. Bradley Denby, Krishna Chintalapudi, Ranveer Chandra, Brandon Lucia, and Shadi Noghabi. Kodan: Addressing the Computational Bottleneck in Space. In ASPLOS 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 via email to your assigned mentor as separate PDF files.