Wireless Sensor Networks (Seminar)

Embedded everywhere, hundreds of tiny nodes detect activities in the real world, generating data that is used to feed different systems, keeping the users informed about the current system state and supporting them in the decision of how to actuate next. Sensor networking technology is being applied in many environments and with multiple purposes: transportation and logistics, for structural health monitoring, habitat monitoring, precision agriculture, tourism, smart ambients, sports and entertainment, amongst others. These networks are composed of low-cost, low-power miniaturized sensor and actuator nodes that communicate untethered across short distances to carry out their collective tasks. For these sensor networks to work, sophisticated architectures and efficient communication protocols must be developed to allow large amount of nodes collect, process and disseminate data.

In this seminar the current state and future deployment of WSNs and familiar technologies and applications will be explored.


Get to know WSN technologies in general and a particular topic in depth. Additionally, you will enhance your skills to work in a small group, do bibliography research, evaluate technical articles, elaborate a final document, do a peer review and perform a final oral presentation.


  Lecture Topic Slides
1 Introduction to WSNs, incl. Topics and Organization Slides (pdf, 15,5 MB)

Assignment's Formal Requirements

The work modality will vary, with groups of either 2 or 3 people.

Document Format

The seminar will only accept submissions in Adobe PDF format. We require that submissions conform to the IEEE conference paper as given in this LaTeX template. We have included a template file (sem_template.tex) as a starting point for the document, and a bibliography file (sem_template.bib) for the bibliographic entries. See sample manuscript as a visual aid for formatting and styles. Note that the use of LaTeX for typesetting and BibTex for bibliography management is enforced.

The length of the manuscript will be precised by the corresponding supervisor. It should be, however, between 4 and 6 pages per student, including text, figures and references.

Review Process

After submitting the documents, each group will receive around 2~3 other students' documents to perform a peer review. Reviews should include:

  • a summary of the reviewed paper
  • comments for the authors
  • a list of positive and negative aspects.

Reviews must contain constructive critiques.


For the final grades we will consider: your effort on bibliography research, elaboration of the preliminary and final document, team cooperation, quality of your reviews and your oral presentation.

Groups and Topics

Group Nr. Topic Supervisor
1 Realistic, Real-World Experimentation using WSN Testbeds Iliya Gurov
2 Environmental Factors Impact on Wireless Sensor Networks Iliya Gurov
3 Sensor node selection using mobility prediction and location-awareness techniques Tao Li



Below, we list the important dates of this seminar.

When What Where
28.04.2014, 15:00 Kick-Off meeting S2|02 A126
23.06.2014 Delivery of the document's preliminary version via email (before midnight)  
24.06.2014 Start of review process  
07.07.2014 End of review process. Delivery of the filled Review Forms. Begin adaptation of final document.  
21.07.2014 (!) Delivery of the document's final version and the slides  
11.08.2014, 09.00-13.00 Oral presentations (every group) A 126

General Bibliography

In addition to the material provided by your supervisor, the university and/or the participating groups have the following related books available:

Wireless Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach link
Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks link
Wireless Sensor Networks: Architectures and Protocols link
Topology Control in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks link


Course Information

TUCaN-Link 20-00-0313-se
Meeting 28. Apr., 15:00-17:00
in S2 02 | A126
CP (SWS) 4 (2)
Language German/English
Exam Seminar Paper
Office hours t.b.d. with each supervisor


Prof. Alejandro Buchmann

Prof. Dr. Silvia Santini Prof. Dr. Silvia Santini

Dr. Kristof Van Laerhoven Dr. Kristof Van Laerhoven

Iliya Gurov Iliya Gurov

Tao LiTao Li

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