Seminar: Advanced Topics in Networked Embedded Systems (FS 2018)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers marked with red have already been taken. When preparing for the seminar, please respect the guidelines below.
ReviewsTo 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.
PresentationsWe 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.
DiscussionYour 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.