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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Falko Dressler

ROSES - Robot Assisted Sensor Networks


  • Computer Networks and Communication Systems, University of Erlangen


Former Members


  • internal project
  • supported by DAAD grant "Peer-to-peer techniques for sensor networks"
  • supported by DAAD grant "Self-organization of SN-MRS systems"
  • supported by DFG travel grants
  • supported by Siemens A&D
  • supported by Audi AG

Project Time

  • 01.10.2004 - 31.12.2008


The development and the control of self-organizing, self-configuring, self-healing, self-managing, and adaptive communication systems and networks are primary research aspects of the Autonomic Networking group at the chair for Computer Networks and Communication Systems.
The employed embedded Systems, e.g. sensor motes and mobile robots, are getting smaller, more mobile, and more energy aware. Novel mechanisms in operating systems, in the communication infrastructure, and in applications provide enormous energy savings. Sensor motes are used e.g. for the collection, the processing, and the communication of measurement data. Another research aspect of our group is the combination of mobile robot systems with stationary sensor networks. Such mobility enhancements as well as the limited resources in typical sensor networks lead to new problems, challenges, and solution spaces in terms of efficient data management and communication. In addition to engineering methods we investigate in bio-inspired methodologies learnt from cell and molecular biology to address these issues.

Research Goals

    • Energy efficient operation, communication, and navigation
    • Sensor assisted localization and navigation
    • Quality of service aware communication in heterogeneous mobile networks with dynamic topology
    • Optimized task allocation and communication based on application and energy constraints
    • Secure communication and data management in mobile sensor networks

Solution Space

    • Novel models for energy and application aware communication
    • Combination of different localization techniques for optimized high-precision navigation
    • Bio-inspired communication methods for information exchange and task allocation
    • Integration of mobile robots and stationary sensor nodes to autonomous mobile sensor/actuator networks


Dancing Robots (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, 22.10.2005)

Selected Publications

  • Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "On the Lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks," ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), vol. 5 (1), pp. 1–39, February 2009. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Falko Dressler, Moritz Strübe, Rüdiger Kapitza and Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat, "Dynamic Software Management on BTnode Sensors," Proceedings of 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2008), IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Sensor Network Engineering (IWSNE 2008), Santorini Island, Greece, June 2008, pp. 9–14. [BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Abdalkarim Awad, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "P2P-based Routing and Data Management using the Virtual Cord Protocol (VCP)," Proceedings of 9th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc 2008), Poster Session, Hong Kong, China, May 2008, pp. 443–444. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Christoph Sommer, Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "A Simulation Model of DYMO for Ad Hoc Routing in OMNeT++," Proceedings of 1st ACM/ICST International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems (SIMUTools 2008), 1st ACM/ICST International Workshop on OMNeT++ (OMNeT++ 2008), Marseille, France, March 2008. [BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Feng Chen, Nan Wang, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "Performance Evaluation of IEEE 802.15.4 LR-WPAN for Industrial Applications," Proceedings of 5th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS 2008), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, January 2008, pp. 89–96. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Falko Dressler, Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Falko Dressler, Isabel Dietrich, Reinhard German and Bettina Krüger, "Efficient Operation in Sensor and Actor Networks Inspired by Cellular Signaling Cascades," Proceedings of 1st ACM/ICST International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems (Autonomics 2007), Rome, Italy, October 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Abdalkarim Awad, Thorsten Frunzke and Falko Dressler, "Adaptive Distance Estimation and Localization in WSN using RSSI Measures," Proceedings of 10th EUROMICRO Conference on Digital System Design - Architectures, Methods and Tools (DSD 2007), Lübeck, Germany, August 2007, pp. 471–478. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Falko Dressler and Feng Chen, "Dynamic Address Allocation for Self-organized Management and Control in Sensor Networks," International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation (IJMNDI), vol. 2 (2), pp. 116–124, 2007. [BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Sebastian Dengler, Abdalkarim Awad and Falko Dressler, "Sensor/Actuator Networks in Smart Homes for Supporting Elderly and Handicapped People," Proceedings of 21st IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA 2007), 1st IEEE International Workshop on Smart Homes for Tele-Health (SmarTel 2007), Niagara Falls, Canada, May 2007, pp. 863–868. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Falko Dressler, Rodrigo Nebel and Abdalkarim Awad, "Distributed Passive Monitoring in Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 26th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2007), Demo Session, Anchorage, AK, May 2007. [BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Falko Dressler, Gerhard Fuchs, Sébastien Truchat, Zheng Yao, Zengyu Lu and Holger Marquardt, "Profile-Matching Techniques for On-demand Software Management in Sensor Networks," EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (JWCN), Special Issue on Mobile Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks: from theory to reality, vol. 2007 (Article ID 80619), pp. 10, 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Thomas Halva Labella, Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "BARAKA: A Hybrid Simulator of SANETs," Proceedings of 2nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Communiation Systems Software and Middleware (COMSWARE 2007), Bengaluru, India, January 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Martin Passing and Falko Dressler, "Experimental Performance Evaluation of Cryptographic Algorithms on Sensor Nodes," Proceedings of 3rd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2006), 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Wireless and Sensor Networks Security (WSNS 2006), Vancouver, Canada, October 2006, pp. 882–887. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]