ETH ZurichD-ITETTIKComputer Engineering Group
Advanced Topics in NES

Seminar: Advanced Topics in Networked Embedded Systems (FS 2018)

General Information

Title Advanced Topics in Networked Embedded Systems
Id 227-0126-00L
Semester Spring Semester 2018 (FS 2018)
ECTS credits 2 credits
Organization Dr. Zimu Zhou, ETZ G85, 044 632 7037,
Dr. Jan Beutel, ETZ G84, 044 632 7032,
Prof. Lothar Thiele, ETZ G87, 044 632 7031,
Language English
Biweekly on Thursday, 10:15-12:00
Seminar starts on 22.02.2018 (Thu)
Dates: 22.02 (Thu); 08.03 (Thu); 22.03 (Thu); 12.04 (Thu); 26.04 (Thu); 17.05 (Thu); 31.05 (Thu)
Location ETZ G71.2
max. 12, see details below
Contact If you have a question, please send an email to


The seminar covers advanced topics in networked embedded systems. A particular focus are cyber-physical systems and sensor networks in various application domains. The goal is to get a deeper understanding on leading edge technologies in the discipline, on classes of applications, and on current as well as future research directions.

The seminar enables master students, PhDs and postdocs to learn about latest breakthroughs in wireless sensor networks, networked embedded systems and devices, and energy-harvesting in several application domains, including environmental monitoring, tracking, smart buildings and control. Participants are requested to actively participate in the organization and preparation of the seminar.

Topics and Schedule

Suggested papers to choose from (papers in red are already taken):
W: Wireless Communication and Networking
B: Backscatter Communication
N: Novel Communication Media
D: Deep Learning on Mobiles
E: Energy Management
S: Sensing Theories and Applications
R: Real-time Embedded Systems
#W1 Z. Li, T. He
WEBee: Physical-Layer Cross-Technology Communication via Emulation
MobiCom 2017, Best Paper Award
#W2 B. Nahas, S. Duquennoy, O. Landsiedel
Network-wide Consensus Utilizing the Capture Effect in Low-power Wireless Networks
SenSys 2017
#W3 M. Spork, C. A. Boano, M. Zimmerling, K. Romer
BLEach: Exploiting the Full Potential of IPv6 over BLE in Constrained Embedded IoT Devices
SenSys 2017
#B1 Y. Ma, N. Selby, F. Adib
Drone Relays for Battery-Free Networks
#B2 V. Talla, M. Hessar, B. Kellogg, A. Najafi, J. R. Smith, S. Gollakota
LoRa Backscatter: Enabling the Vision of Ubiquitous Connectivity
UbiComp 2017
#B3 A. Varshney, O. Harms, C. P¨Śrez-Penichet, C. Rohner, F. Hermans, T. Voigt
LoRea: A Backscatter Architecture that Achieves Long Communication Range
SenSys 2017
#N1 X. Xu, Y. Shen, J. Yang, C. Xu, G. Shen, G. Chen, Y. Ni
PassiveVLC: Enabling Practical Visible Light Backscatter Communication for Battery-free IoT Applications
MobiCom 2017
#N2 S. Sur, I. Pefkianakis, X. Zhang, K.-H. Kim
WiFi-Assisted 60 GHz Wireless Networks
MobiCom 2017
#D1 Y. Kang, J. Hauswald, C. Gao, A. Rovinski, T. Mudge, J. Mars, L. Tang
Neurosurgeon: Collaborative Intelligence Between the Cloud and Mobile Edge
#D2 S. Yao, Y. Zhao, A. Zhang, L. Su, T. Abdelzaher
DeepIoT: Compressing Deep Neural Network Structures for Sensing Systems with a Compressor-Critic Framework
SenSys 2017
#E1 J. Hester, K. Storer, J. Sorber
Timely Execution on Intermittently Powered Batteryless Sensors
SenSys 2017
#E2 J. Hester, J. Sorber
Flicker: Rapid Prototyping for the Batteryless Internet-of-Things
SenSys 2017
#E3 S. Baek, M. Go, S. Lee, H. Cha
Exploiting Multi-Cell Battery for Mobile Devices: Design, Management, and Performance
SenSys 2017
#S1 Xiaohong Hao, Liwen Xu, N. D. Lane, Xin Liu, Thomas Moscibroda
Density-Aware Compressive CrowdSensing
IPSN 2017, Best Paper Award
#S2 S. Liu, T. He
SmartLight: Light-weight 3D Indoor Localization Using a Single LED Lamp
SenSys 2017, Best Paper Award
#S3 S. Naderiparizi, P. Zhang, M. Philipose, B. Priyantha, J. Liu, D. Ganesan
Glimpse: A Programmable Early-Discard Camera Architecture for Continuous Mobile Vision
MobiSys 2017, Best Paper Nominee
#R1 A. Hamann, D. Dasari, S. Kramer, M. Pressler, F. Wurst
Communication Centric Design in Complex Automotive Embedded Systems
ECRTS 2017
#R2 T. Zhang, T. Gong, C. Gu, H. Ji, S. Han, Q. Deng, X. S. Hu
Distributed Dynamic Packet Scheduling for Handling Disturbances in Real-Time Wireless Networks
RTAS 2017


Due to a limited number of presentation slots within the semester, the number of participants in the seminar is limited to 12 students (deadline for a waiting list is 01.03.2018). PhD students and postdocs interested in seminar topics (even if they do not need credit points) are very welcome to join as listeners and participate in discussions.

Above you can find a list of suggested papers to choose from on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once you decide on 1 to 2 papers you wish to present at the seminar, please email your choice to Papers marked with red have already been taken. When preparing for the seminar, please respect the guidelines below.

To get credit points for the seminar, you must read and review all papers we discuss at the semester. The deadline for a paper review is always on Tuesday (end of the day) before the seminar when the paper is being presented and discussed. The reviews must be submitted to our review submission system. You need a user account to submit your reviews and to read reviews of others after you have submitted yours. A user account will be created after you sign up for the seminar by sending us the titles of the papers you wish to present.

While reading and reviewing scientific papers, you develop and train your skills at critical thinking and scientific writing. Try to be as critical as you can when reading a paper and take notes. Use your notes to summarize the critical points in a review. When writing a review: be constructive, structure your thoughts, suggest how to improve the paper. You might want to check the tutorials how to review and how NOT to review a paper before you start.

We expect you to give a conference style presentation of papers (15 minutes). You may want to contact paper authors and ask them for slides. If the slides are not available, you can copy relevant parts of the paper from a PDF and present the paper with your own words and pictures. You can decide on the presentation style yourself, but consider using the seminar as an opportunity to improve your presentation skills.

Assume that the seminar participants know nothing about the paper, but are experts in networked embedded systems. We do not expect you to present the whole paper in every detail, but the motivation and the main contribution of the paper must be covered in your presentation. Please spend some time rehearsing your talk before the seminar and stay within the time limit. Your slides and talk should be in English. Your presentation should last 15 minutes plus 5 minutes reviews' summary plus about 20 minutes for discussion.

Your presentation should motivate a lively discussion. Go through all submitted reviews and summarize them using 2-3 extra slides. On two slides present paper strengths and weaknesses. List several open questions on the paper to trigger a discussion.


Performance is assessed based on oral presentations and paper reviews. Students' attendance of all seminar sessions and active participation in the discussion is expected. To successfully pass the seminar and get credit points, you must read and review all papers discussed in the seminar and present 1 or 2 papers.