Advanced Seminar in Networked Embedded Systems

Quick facts


This advanced 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 writes a 5-page term paper that summarizes the original paper. Afterward, each student reviews 2-3 other term papers, and uses the feedback provided to revise the own term paper. Moreover, each student presents the assigned research paper in a 15-minute talk, followed by a discussion with the other seminar participants.


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
October 18, 2023 / 1:30pm Kick-off meeting
Slides: Organization and overview
October 25, 2023 / 11:59pm Deadline for choosing papers
October 26, 2023 / 11:59pm Paper assignments
November 22, 2023 / 11:59pm Deadline for term papers
December 6, 2023 / 11:59pm Deadline for reviews
December 20, 2023 / 11:59pm Deadline for final term papers
January 17, 2024 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Henning Klagemann (paper 10)
Philipp Macher (paper 1)
January 24, 2024 / 1:30pm Student talks:
Leon Martin (paper 8)
Isabelle Sauer (paper 6)

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. Suryansh Sharma, Ashutosh Simha, Venkatesha Prasad, Luca Mottola, Shubham Deshmukh, Kavin Balaji Saravanan, and Ravi Ramesh. BEAVIS: Balloon Enabled Aerial Vehicle for IoT and Sensing. In MobiCom 2023.
  2. 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. 
  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. 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.
  5. Amjad Yousef Majid, Patrick Schilder, and Koen Langendoen. Continuous Sensing on Intermittent Power. In IPSN, 2020.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Tuochao Chen, Justin Chan, and Shyamnath Gollakota. Underwater Messaging Using Mobile Devices. In SIGCOMM, 2022.
  9. Nam Cao, Matthias Meyer, Lothar Thiele, and Olga Saukh. Automated Pollen Detection with an Affordable Technology. In EWSN 2020.
  10. Peter Oppermann and Christian Renner. Higher-order Modulation for Acoustic Backscatter Communication in Metals. In SIGCOMM, 2022.
  11. Talia Xu, Miguel Chávez Tapia, and Marco Zúñiga. Exploiting Digital Micro-Mirror Devices for Ambient Light Communication. In NSDI 2022.
  12. 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.
  13. Tejas Kannan and Henry Hoffmann. Protecting Adaptive Sampling from Information Leakage on Low-Power Sensors. In ASPLOS, 2022.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Markus Gallacher, Michael Stocker, Michael Baddeley, Kay Römer, and Carlo Alberto Boano. InSight: Enabling NLOS Classification, Error Correction, and Anchor Selection on Resource-Constrained UWB Devices. In EWSN 2023.
  17. Graham Gobieski, Brandon Lucia, and Nathan Beckmann. Intelligence Beyond the Edge: Inference on Intermittent Embedded Systems. In ASPLOS 2019.
  18. Bradley Denby, Krishna Chintalapudi, Ranveer Chandra, Brandon Lucia, and Shadi Noghabi. Kodan: Addressing the Computational Bottleneck in Space. In ASPLOS 2023.

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 single PDF file on HotCRP.