Master Seminar [MS]

Master Seminar on Selected Topics in Wireless Networking

L.079.08006, Summer 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
  • April 8, 2015: Topic assignment and scheduling
  • 22 April, 2015: Initial Presentations (all)
  • 20 May, 2015: Intermediate Presentations
    • Vehicular Cloud (Christian Grote)
    • GeoNetworking in vehicular environments (Max Schettler)
    • Virtual vs. geo-coordinates (Timo Rath)
    • Multi-stage wake-up transceiver (Andre Mueß)
  • 27 May, 2015: Intermediate Presentations
    • Forward error correction in sensor networks (Kai Schinköthe)
    • Smart Cities: Meters (Oliver Schwede)
    • Matching vehicular network simulation and experiments (Andre Paixao)
    • Wireless in-car networks (Stefan Schneider)
    • The dark side of vehicular networks (Vihar Bozadzhiev)
  • 1 July, 2015: Final Presentations
    • The dark side of vehicular networks (Vihar Bozadzhiev)
    • Wireless in-car networks (Stefan Schneider)
    • Matching vehicular network simulation and experiments (Andre Paixao)
  • 8 July, 2015: Final Presentations
    • Smart Cities: Meters (Oliver Schwede)
    • Forward error correction in sensor networks (Kai Schinköthe)
    • Multi-stage wake-up transceiver (Andre Mueß)
  • 15 July, 2015: Final Presentations
    • Virtual vs. geo-coordinates (Timo Rath)
    • GeoNetworking in vehicular environments (Max Schettler)
    • Vehicular Cloud (Christian Grote)

Topics and Reading

  1. Smart Cities (Cars)
    • Falko Dressler, Philipp Handle and Christoph Sommer, "Towards a Vehicular Cloud - Using Parked Vehicles as a Temporary Network and Storage Infrastructure," Proceedings of 15th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc 2014), ACM International Workshop on Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Smart Cities (WiMobCity 2014), Philadelphia, PA, August 2014, pp. 11–18. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
    • Michael Jaekel and Karsten Bronnert, "Smart City-Initiativen in Action – Vernetzte urbane Mobilität," in Die digitale Evolution moderner Großstädte, Springer, 2013, pp. 113–139. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • C.T. Barba, M.A. Mateos, P.R. Soto, A.M. Mezher and M.A. Igartua, "Smart city for VANETs using warning messages, traffic statistics and intelligent traffic lights," Proceedings of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV 2012), Alcalá de Henares, Spain, June 2012, pp. 902–907. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Onur Altintas, Falko Dressler, Florian Hagenauer, Makiko Matsumoto, Miguel Sepulcre and Christoph Sommer, "Making Cars a Main ICT Resource in Smart Cities," Proceedings of 34th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2015), International Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Informatics (SmartCity 2015), Hong Kong, China, April 2015, pp. 654–659. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  2. Vehicular Cloud
    • Euisin Lee, Eun-Kyu Lee, Mario Gerla and S.Y. Oh, "Vehicular Cloud Networking: Architecture and Design Principles," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 52 (2), pp. 148–155, February 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Falko Dressler, Philipp Handle and Christoph Sommer, "Towards a Vehicular Cloud - Using Parked Vehicles as a Temporary Network and Storage Infrastructure," Proceedings of 15th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc 2014), ACM International Workshop on Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Smart Cities (WiMobCity 2014), Philadelphia, PA, August 2014, pp. 11–18. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
    • Yu-Ting Yu, T. Punihaole, Mario Gerla and M.Y. Sanadidi, "Content routing in the Vehicle Cloud," Proceedings of IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM 2012), Orlando, FL, October 2012, pp. 1–6. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Stephan Olariu, Tihomir Hristov and Gongjun Yan, "The Next Paradigm Shift: From Vehicular Networks to Vehicular Clouds," in Mobile Ad Hoc Networking, John Wiley & Sons, 2013, pp. 645–700. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  3. 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. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • ETSI, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Vehicular Communications; GeoNetworking; Part 1: Requirements," ETSI, TS, 102 636-1 V1.1.1, March 2010. [BibTeX, Details...]
  4. 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...]
  5. Multi-stage wake-up transceiver
    • Ilker Demirkol, Cem Ersoy and Ertan 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, Brasília, Brazil, July 2005, pp. 205–208. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • N.M. Pletcher, S. Gambini and J. Rabaey, "A 2GHz 52 $μ$W 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...]
    • Junaid Ansari, Dmitry Pankin and Petri Mähönen, "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. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  6. Forward error correction in sensor networks
    • D.J.C. MacKay, "Fountain codes," IEE Proceedings - Communications, vol. 152 (6), pp. 1062–1068(6), December 2005. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • E. Soijanin, N. Varnica and P. Whiting, "Punctured vs Rateless Codes for Hybrid ARQ," Proceedings of IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW 2006), Punta del Este, Uruguay, March 2006, pp. 155–159. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Amin Shokrollahi, "Raptor Codes," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 52 (6), pp. 2551–2567, June 2006. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • C. Lott, O. Milenkovic and E. Soljanin, "Hybrid ARQ: Theory, State of the Art and Future Directions," Proceedings of IEEE Information Theory Workshop on Information Theory for Wireless Networks, Solstrand, July 2007, pp. 1-5. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  7. Smart Cities (Meters)
    • Lalitha Sankar, S.R. Rajagopalan, Soheil Mohajer and H.V. Poor, "Smart Meter Privacy: A Theoretical Framework," Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 4 (2), pp. 837–846, 2013. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • S. Barker, S. Kalra, D. Irwin and P. Shenoy, "Empirical Characterization, Modeling, and Analysis of Smart Meter Data," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 32 (7), pp. 1312–1327, July 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Sabine Erlinghagen, Bill Lichtensteiger and Jochen Markard, "Smart meter communication standards in Europe - a comparison," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 43, pp. 1249–1262, 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  8. 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. [DOI, 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...]
  9. Matching vehicular network 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 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC 2007), Hong Kong, China, March 2007, pp. 254–257. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  10. 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...]
  11. Wireless in-car networks
    • 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, December 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, DC, August 2010. [BibTeX, Details...]
  12. 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...]