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Networked Embedded Systems [NES]

L.079.05702, Winter 2019/2020


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 Nov 21, Dec 5 and 12, Jan 9 and 23
    additional lectures may be annoucned
  • Exercises
    Friday, 9-11h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    Friday, 11-13h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    Friday, 14-16h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    first exercise on Oct 25, 2019


Oral examination (by appointment)

We also provide an exam according to the old curriciulm (4 ECTS class). All topis up to (and including) programming of sensor nodes 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...]
  • Jochen Schiller, Mobile Communications, ed. 2, Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Co., Inc., 2003. [BibTeX, Details...]


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