Master Seminar [MS]

Master Seminar on Selected Topics in Wireless Networking

L.079.08002, Summer 2018


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)




  • See slides: PDF

Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, 16-18h (c.t.), F1.406

  • April 11, 2018: Topic assignment and scheduling
  • May 9, 2018: Inital talk
  • May 30 + June 6, 2018: Intermediate talk
  • July 11 + 18, 2018: Final talk
  • July 20, 2018: Seminar thesis


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!

Topics and Reading

  1. Diversity Combining and Cooperative Relaying
    • S.M. Alamouti, "A Simple Transmit Diversity Technique for Wireless Communications," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 16 (8), pp. 1451–1458, October 1998. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • J.N. Laneman, D.N.C. Tse and G.W. Wornell, "Cooperative Diversity in Wireless Networks: Efficient Protocols and Outage Behavior," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 50 (12), pp. 3062–3080, December 2004. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Aggelos Bletsas, Hyundong Shin and Moe Z. Win, "Cooperative Communications with Outage-Optimal Opportunistic Relaying," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 6 (9), pp. 3450 –3460, September 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  2. Software Defined Radio Architectures
    • George Sklivanitis, Adam Gannon, Stella N. Batalama and Dimitris A. Pados, "Addressing Next-Generation Wireless Challenges with Commercial Software-Defined Radio Platforms," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 54 (1), pp. 59–67, January 2016. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Joseph Mitola, "The Software Radio Architecture," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 33 (5), pp. 26–38, May 1995. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  3. Multi-Stage Wake-Up Receiver
    • 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...]
    • Joaquim Oller, Ilker Demirkol, Jordi Casademont, Josep Paradells, Gerd Ulrich Gamm and Leonhard Reindl, "Has Time Come to Switch From Duty-Cycled MAC Protocols to Wake-Up Radio for Wireless Sensor Networks?," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 24 (2), pp. 674-687, April 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Joaquim Oller, Ilker Demirkol, Josep Paradells, Jordi Casademont and Wendi Heinzelman, "Time-Knocking: A novel addressing mechanism for wake-up receivers," Proceedings of 8th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2012), Barcelona, Spain, October 2012, pp. 268–275. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  4. Fountain Codes and Forward Error Correction
    • 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...]
  5. Tactile Internet
    • Gerhard P. Fettweis, "The Tactile Internet: Applications and Challenges," IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, vol. 9 (1), pp. 64–70, March 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Toni Levanen, Juho Pirskanen and Mikko Valkama, "Radio interface design for ultra-low latency millimeter-wave communications in 5G Era," Proceedings of IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2014), Austin, TX, December 2014, pp. 1420–1426. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Stefania Santini, Alessandro Salvi, Antonio Saverio Valente, Antonio Pescapè, Michele Segata and Renato Lo Cigno, "A Consensus-based Approach for Platooning with Inter-Vehicular Communications," Proceedings of 34th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2015), Hong Kong, China, April 2015, pp. 1158–1166. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  6. Visible Light Communication
    • Cen B. Liu, Bahareh Sadeghi and Edward W. Knightly, "Enabling Vehicular Visible Light Communication (V2LC) Networks," Proceedings of 8th ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Internetworking (VANET 2011), Las Vegas, NV, September 2011, pp. 41–50. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Boris Tomas, Hsin-Mu Tsai and Mate Boban, "Simulating Vehicular Visible Light Communication: Physical Radio and MAC Modeling," Proceedings of 6th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2014), Paderborn, Germany, December 2014, pp. 222–225. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • H. Burchardt, N. Serafimovski, D. Tsonev, S. Videv and Harald Haas, "VLC: Beyond point-to-point communication," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 52 (7), pp. 98–105, July 2014. [BibTeX, Details...]
  7. Device to Device Communication in Cellular Networks
    • Lei Lei, Zhangdui Zhong, Chuang Lin and Xuemin Shen, "Operator Controlled Device-to-Device Communications in LTE-Advanced Networks," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 19 (3), pp. 96–104, June 2012. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Xingqin Lin, Jeffrey G. Andrews, Amitabha Ghosh and Rapeepat Ratasuk, "An Overview of 3GPP Device-to-Device Proximity Services," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 52 (4), pp. 40–48, April 2014. [DOI, 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. Multi-Radio and Multi-Channel Wireless Networks
    • Wei Cheng, Xiuzhen Cheng, T. Znati, Xicheng Lu and Zexin Lu, "The Complexity of Channel Scheduling in Multi-Radio Multi-Channel Wireless Networks," Proceedings of 28th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2009), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 2009, pp. 1512 –1520. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Jorge Crichigno, Min-You Wu and Wei Shu, "Protocols and architectures for channel assignment in wireless mesh networks," Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, vol. 6 (7), pp. 1051–1077, 2008. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  10. Low Energy MAC for Wireless Sensor Networks
    • 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...]
    • Gang Lu, Narayanan Sadagopan, Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Ashish Goel, "Delay Efficient Sleep Scheduling in Wireless Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 24th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2005), Miami, FL, March 2005, pp. 2470–2481. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Wei Ye, John Heidemann and Deborah Estrin, "An Energy-Efficient MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 21st IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2002), New York City, NY, June 2002, pp. 1567–1576. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  11. 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...]
    • Clayson Celes, Reinaldo B. Braga, Carina T. De Oliveira, Rossana M.C. Andrade and Antonio A.F. Loureiro, "GeoSPIN: An Approach for Geocast Routing Based on SPatial INformation in VANETs," Proceedings of 78th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall (VTC2013-Fall), Las Vegas, NV, September 2013. [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...]
    • ETSI, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Vehicular Communications; GeoNetworking; Part 4: Geographical addressing and forwarding for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications; Sub-part 2: Media-dependent functionalities for ITS-G5," ETSI, TS, 102 636-4-2 V1.1.1, October 2013. [BibTeX, Details...]
  12. Intersection Collision Avoidance using Vehicular Networks
    • L. Le, A. Festag, R. Baldessari and W. Zhang, "Vehicular Wireless Short-Range Communication for Improving Intersection Safety," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 47 (11), pp. 104–110, November 2009. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • M.R. Hafner, D. Cunningham, L. Caminiti and D. Del Vecchio, "Cooperative Collision Avoidance at Intersections: Algorithms and Experiments," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 14 (3), pp. 1162–1175, September 2013. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  13. 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...]
    • 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...]
    • 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...]
  14. Lower Layer Attacks in Wireless Networks
    • Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, "Advanced Wi-Fi Attacks Using Commodity Hardware," Proceedings of 30th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2014), New Orleans, LA, December 2014, pp. 256–265. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, "Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2," Proceedings of ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, November 2017, pp. 1313–1328. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Bastian Bloessl, Christoph Sommer, Falko Dressler and David Eckhoff, "The Scrambler Attack: A Robust Physical Layer Attack on Location Privacy in Vehicular Networks," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC 2015), CNC Workshop, Anaheim, CA, February 2015, pp. 395–400. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  15. Standards for Vehicular Communication
    • Roberto A. Uzcátegui and Guillermo Acosta-Marum, "WAVE: A Tutorial," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 47 (5), pp. 126–133, May 2009. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • David Eckhoff, Nikoletta Sofra and Reinhard German, "A Performance Study of Cooperative Awareness in ETSI ITS G5 and IEEE WAVE," Proceedings of 10th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2013), Banff, Canada, March 2013, pp. 196–200. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Julian Heinovski, Florian Klingler, Falko Dressler and Christoph Sommer, "A Simulative Analysis of the Performance of IEEE 802.11p and ARIB STD-T109," Elsevier Computer Communications, vol. 122, pp. 84–92, June 2018. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  16. Real-time Wireless Communication
    • Anna N. Kim, Fredrik Hekland, Stig Petersen and Paula Doyle, "When HART goes wireless: Understanding and implementing the WirelessHART standard.," Proceedings of 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2008), Hamburg, Germany, September 2008, pp. 899–907. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Jianping Song, Song Han, Al Mok, Deji Chen, Mike Lucas, Mark Nixon and Wally Pratt, "WirelessHART: Applying Wireless Technology in Real-Time Industrial Process Control," Proceedings of 14th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2008), April 2008, pp. 377-386. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
    • Feng Chen, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "Towards IEEE 802.15.4e: A Study of Performance Aspects," Proceedings of 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2010), 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Information Quality and Quality of Service for Pervasive Computing (IQ2S 2010), Mannheim, Germany, March 2010, pp. 68–73. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]