Title: The Internet of Trees: From Intermittent Computing to Sustainable Sensing Systems
Speaker: Marco Zimmerling, TU Dresden
Abstract: Research on intermittent computing, backscatter communication, and energy-harvesting sensor networks has made great progress over the last couple of years. However, there still exists a significant gap between the state of the art and the vision of a truly sustainable Internet of Things, where maintenance-free devices are deployed broadly and deeply on and around the Earth to help solve some of the global challenges of our time. In this talk, I will specifically focus on the missing network fabric needed for large-scale, infrastructure-free deployments of battery-free sensors. I will present methods and tools we have developed to get a handle on some of the underlying challenges, including a distributed testbed to understand and study the impact of distributed energy environments, as well as synchronization and discovery mechanisms for battery-free networks.
Biography: Marco is an independent research group leader at TU Dresden, where he heads the Networked Embedded Systems Lab within the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden. His research interests are in the area of cyber-physical systems, with a focus on wireless embedded systems. Overall, he aims at designing and building real systems that are provably dependable, highly adaptive, and sustainable by design. He completed his PhD in computer engineering in 2015 at ETH Zurich in the group of Lothar Thiele. He holds a diploma degree in computer science from TU Dresden. For his diploma thesis, he visited the groups of Thiemo Voigt at RISE Kista and Per Gunningberg at Uppsala University. Taking a break from his studies, he interned at IBM for more than a year, including a six-month stay at the T.J. Watson Research Center.
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