Master Seminar [MS]

Master Seminar on Selected Topics in Wireless Networking

L.079.08014, Winter 2014/2015


This seminar is being offered as part of the "Master Seminar" series, each issue of which treats current topics in the context of active research domains.

In general, the seminar is focused on two major research areas in wireless networking:

    • Vehicular networks - we are mainly interested in information dissemination techniques and protocol design covering both real-time safety applications as well as large-scale traffic information systems.
    • Sensor networks - we investigate ultra low-power wireless communications as well as robust and scalable data collection and management techniques.

Depending on the specific interest (and the number) of the participants, we organize the seminar either in the classic form, i.e., focusing on a set of research papers outlining some of the most recent findings in the general scope of wireless networking, or in a more hands-on fashion allowing the participants to work on a small project, experimenting with bleeding edge prototypes.

Learning Outcome

In the course of the seminar, attendants will refine their skills of quickly familiarizing themselves with new material, extracting relevant details, and presenting their results orally as well as in writing.

Course details

This master course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English.

  • 4 ECTS (Seminar: 2 SWS)




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Seminar Schedule

  • Wednesday, 16:15 - 17:45, F1.406
  • October 15, 2014: Topic assignment and scheduling
  • October 29, 2014: Initial talk
  • November 19, 2014: Intermediate talks (1): topics 1 through 4
  • November 26, 2014: Intermediate talks (2): remaining topics
  • January 21, 2015: Final talks (1): topics 3 and 4
  • January 28, 2015: Final talks (2): topics 7 and 11
  • February 4, 2015: Final talks (3): topics 9 and 12


  1. Virtual vs. geo-coordinates
    • Sylvia Ratnasamy, Brad Karp, Scott Shenker, Deborah Estrin, Ramesh Govindan, Li Yin and Fang Yu, "Data-Centric Storage in Sensornets with GHT, a Geographic Hash Table," ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET), Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks, vol. 8 (4), pp. 427-442, August 2003. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Guang Tan, Marin Bertier and Anne-Marie Kermarrec, "Convex Partition of Sensor Networks and Its Use in Virtual Coordinate Geographic Routing," Proceedings of 28th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2009), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 2009. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Ming-Jer Tsai, Fang-Ru Wang, Hong-Yen Yang and Yuan-Po Cheng, "VirtualFace: An Algorithm to Guarantee Packet Delivery of Virtual-Coordinate-Based Routing Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 28th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2009), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 2009. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Abdalkarim Awad, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "Exploiting Virtual Coordinates for Improved Routing Performance in Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 10 (9), pp. 1214-1226, September 2011. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  2. Sensor platform OS
    • A. Dunkels, B. Gronvall and T. Voigt, "Contiki - a lightweight and flexible operating system for tiny networked sensors," Proceedings of 29th IEEE International Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2004), Tampa, FL, November 2004, pp. 455-462. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Philip Levis, Sam Madden, David Gay, Joe Polastre, Robert Szewczyk, Alec Woo, Eric Brewer and David Culler, "The Emergence of Networking Abstractions and Techniques in TinyOS," Proceedings of 1st USENIX/ACM Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 2004), San Francisco, CA, March 2004. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Vlado Handziski, Joseph Polastrey, Jan-Hinrich Hauer, Cory Sharpy, Adam Wolisz and David Culler, "Flexible Hardware Abstraction for Wireless Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 2nd European Workshop on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2005), Istanbul, Turkey, February 2005. [BibTeX, Details...]
  3. Microcontroller
    • Dave Smith, "An introduction to MSP430 microcontroller-based temperature-sensing solutions," Texas Instruments, White Paper, 2013. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Odd Jostein, "Atmel’s Self-Programming Flash Microcontrollers," Atmel Corporation, White Paper, October 2003. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • David Lee and Ben Froemming, "Single Cycle 8051 Core-AT89LP Family of High Performance & Low Power Flash Microcontrollers," Atmel Corporation, White Paper, May 2011. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • ARM Cortex-M0+ Family
  4. Multi-stage wake-up transceiver
    • I. Demirkol, C. Ersoy and E. Onur, "Wake-up receivers for wireless sensor networks: benefits and challenges," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 16 (4), pp. 88-96, August 2009. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Lei Tang, Yanjun Sun, O. Gurewitz and D.B. Johnson, "PW-MAC: An energy-efficient predictive-wakeup MAC protocol for wireless sensor networks," Proceedings of 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2011), Shanghai, China, April 2011, pp. 1305-1313. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • S. von der Mark, R. Kamp, M. Huber and G. Boeck, "Three stage wakeup scheme for sensor networks," Proceedings of SBMO/IEEE MTT-S International Conference on Microwave and Optoelectronics, Brasilia, Brazil, July 2005, pp. 205-208. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • N.M. Pletcher, S. Gambini and J. Rabaey, "A 2GHz 52 μW Wake-Up Receiver with -72dBm Sensitivity Using Uncertain-IF Architecture," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 44 (1), pp. 269-280, January 2009. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • J. Ansari, D. Pankin and P. Mahonen, "Radio-Triggered Wake-ups with Addressing Capabilities for extremely low power sensor network applications," Proceedings of 19th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2008), Cannes, France, September 2008, pp. 1-5. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  5. GeoNetworking in vehicular environments
    • Brad Karp and H. T. Kung, "GPSR: Greedy Perimeter Stateless Routing for Wireless Networks," Proceedings of 6th ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2000), Boston, MA, August 2000, pp. 243-254. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Kevin C. Lee, Uichin Lee and Mario Gerla, "TO-GO: TOpology-assist Geo-Opportunistic Routing in Urban Vehicular Grids," Proceedings of 6th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2009), Snowbird, UT, February 2009, pp. 11-18. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • European Telecommunications Standards Institute, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Vehicular Communications; GeoNetworking; Part 1: Requirements," ETSI, TS, 102 636-1 V1.1.1, March 2010. [BibTeX, Details...]
  6. Simulation tools
    • Andras Varga and Rudolf Hornig, "An overview of the OMNeT++ simulation environment," Proceedings of 1st ACM/ICST International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems (SIMUTools 2008), Marseille, France, March 2008. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • J.L. Font, P. Iñigo, M. Domínguez, J. L. Sevillano and C. Amaya, "Architecture, design and source code comparison of ns-2 and ns-3 network simulators," Proceedings of 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim 2010), Orlando, FL, April 2010. [BibTeX, Details...]
    • Rimon Barr, Zygmunt J. Haas and Robbert van Renesse, "JiST: an efficient approach to simulation using virtual machines," Software: Practice and Experience, vol. 35 (6), pp. 539-576, 2005. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  7. Wireless in-car networks: non-WiFi solutions and security
    • G. Leen and D. Heffernan, "Vehicles Without Wires," Computing Control Engineering Journal, vol. 12 (5), pp. 205-211, 2001. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • R. Matischek, T. Herndl, C. Grimm and J. Haase, "Real-time wireless communication in automotive applications," Proceedings of IEEE/ACM Conference on Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE 2011), Grenoble, France, March 2011. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Hsin-Mu Tsai, O.K. Tonguz, C. Saraydar, T. Talty, M. Ames and A. Macdonald, "Zigbee-based intra-car wireless sensor networks: a case study," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 14 (6), pp. 67-77, 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • R. Nakamura and A. Kajiwara, "Empirical study on 60GHz in-vehicle radio channel," Proceedings of 2012 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS 2012), Santa Clara, CA, January 2012, pp. 327-330. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Ishtiaq Rouf, Rob Miller, Hossen Mustafa, Travis Taylor, Sangho Oh, Wenyuan Xu, Marco Gruteser, Wade Trappe and Ivan Seskar, "Security and Privacy Vulnerabilities of In-car Wireless Networks: A Tire Pressure Monitoring System Case Study," Proceedings of 19th USENIX Security Symposium, Washington, D.C., August 2010. [BibTeX, Details...]
  8. Clustering in vehicular networks
    • Yohei Kanemaru, Satoshi Matsuura, Masatoshi Kakiuchi, Satoru Noguchi, Atsuo Inomata and Kazutoshi Fujikawa, "Vehicle clustering algorithm for sharing information on traffic congestion," Proceedings of 13th International Conference on ITS Telecommunications (ITST 2013), Tampere, Finland, November 2013, pp. 38-43. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Stefan Dietzel, Mihail Balanici and Frank Kargl, "Towards Data-similarity-based Clustering for Inter-vehicle Communication," Proceedings of 5th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2013), Boston, MA, December 2013, pp. 238-241. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Hamid Reza Arkian, Reza Ebrahimi Atani, Atefe Pourkhalili and Saman Kamali, "Cluster-based traffic information generalization in Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks," Elsevier Vehicular Communications, vol. 1 (4), pp. 197-207, October 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  9. The dark side of vehicular networks
    • David Eckhoff and Christoph Sommer, "Driving for Big Data? Privacy Concerns in Vehicular Networking," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 12 (1), pp. 77-79, February 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
    • Falko Dressler, Tobias Gansen, Christoph Sommer and Lars Wischhof, "Requirements and Objectives for Secure Traffic Information Systems," Proceedings of 5th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2008): 4th IEEE International Workshop on Wireless and Sensor Networks Security (WSNS 2008), Atlanta, GA, September 2008, pp. 808-814. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
    • Alex Wright, "Hacking Cars," Communications of the ACM, vol. 54 (11), pp. 18-19, November 2011. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  10. Matching 11p simulation and experiments
    • Tetiana Zinchenko, Hugues Tchouankem, Lars Wolf and Andr'e Leschke, "Reliability Analysis of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Applications Based on Real World Measurements," Proceedings of 10th ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Internetworking (VANET 2013), Taipei, Taiwan, June 2013, pp. 11-20. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Michele Segata, Bastian Bloessl, Stefan Joerer, Christoph Sommer, Renato Lo Cigno and Falko Dressler, "Vehicle Shadowing Distribution Depends on Vehicle Type: Results of an Experimental Study," Proceedings of 5th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2013), Boston, MA, December 2013, pp. 242-245. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
    • Lothar Stibor, Yunpeng Zang and Hans-Juergen Reumerman, "Evaluation of communication distance of broadcast messages in a vehicular ad-hoc network using IEEE 802.11p," Proceedings of Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Hong Kong, China, March 2007, pp. 254-257. [BibTeX, Details...]
  11. Wireless in-car networks: WiFi solutions and entertainment
    • M. Rahmani, M. Pfannenstein, E. Steinbach, G. Giordano and E. Biersack, "Wireless Media Streaming Over IP-Based In-Vehicle Networks," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops 2009), Dresden, Germany, June 2009, pp. 1-6. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Hyung-Taek Lim, D. Herrscher, L. Volker and M.J. Waltl, "IEEE 802.1AS time synchronization in a switched Ethernet based in-car network," Proceedings of 3rd IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2011), 2011, pp. 147-154. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • K. Maraslis, P. Chatzimisios and A. Boucouvalas, "IEEE 802.11aa: Improvements on video transmission over wireless LANs," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), Ottawa, Canada, June 2012, pp. 115-119. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  12. Software development for ECUs
    • Jörg Schäuffele and Thomas Zurawka, Automotive Software Engineering: Principles, Processes, Methods, and Tools, SAE International, 2005. [BibTeX, Details...]