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Networked Embedded Systems [NES]

L.079.05703, Winter 2017/2018


The objective of this course is gain insights into the operation and programming of embedded systems. A strong focus is on wireless sensor networks. We study the fundamentals of such sensor networks. In the scope of the exercises, we discuss selected topics in more detail.

    • Design and architecture of embedded systems
      Architecture of embedded systems, programming paradigms
    • Sensor networks
      Principles and applications
    • Wireless communications
      Concepts of modulation and encoding on the physical layer
    • Wireless access
      Typical medium access protocols for low-power sensor nodes
    • Routing
      Ad hoc routing and data centric communication
    • Clustering
      Clustering algorithms, guaranteed connectivity
    • Localization
      Ranging techniques, localization algorithms

Learning Outcome

The learning objective is to unserstand the fundamental concepts of networded embedded systems. Students understand these concepts and are able to apply this knowledge.

General Information / Methods

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

  • 6 ECTS (Lecture: 3 SWS, Exercises: 2 SWS)



  • Lecture
    Thursday, 8-11h (c.t.), F0.530
    no lecture on Oct 19, Dec 7, Jan 11 and 18, Feb 1
    additional lecture on Dec 1 (exercise time slots), F0.231
    additional lecture on Jan 19 (first exercise time slot), F0.231
  • Exercises
    Friday, 9-11h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    Friday, 11-13h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    first exercise on Oct 27, 2017
    no exercise on Nov 17, Dec 22


Oral examination (by appointment)

We also provide an exam according to the old curriciulm (4 ECTS class). All topis up to (and including) Wireless LAN Technologies will be relevant.


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


  • Falko Dressler, Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons (Wiley), 2007. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Holger Karl and Andreas Willig, Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons (Wiley), 2005. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
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