General Information

TUCaN-Number: 18-sm-2160-vl, 18-sm-2160-ue


Dr.-Ing. Doreen Böhnstedt,   Alaa Alhamoud, M.Sc.


Winter term 2016/17

This course is not offered in winter term 2016/17.




WSN 2014/15 Moodle


The lecture presents an overview on fundamentals and applications of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). A wireless sensor network is a collection of tiny, autonomously powered devices -- commonly called sensor nodes -- endowed with sensing, communication, and processing capabilities. Once deployed over a region of interest, sensor nodes can collect fine-grained measurements of physical variables, like the temperature of a glacier, the concentration of a pollutant, or the electricity consumption of a building. To report their readings to one or more data sinks, sensor nodes communicate using their integrated radio-transceivers and build ad-hoc – possibly multi-hop -- relay networks. Thanks to the potentially large number of nodes they are composed of and their ability to operate unattended for long periods of time, wireless sensor networks allow monitoring the environment at an unprecedented spatial and temporal scale.

The lecture will provide an overview on the state-of-the-art and the open research questions around WSNs. This includes applications, hardware platforms, programming, energy-efficient medium access control and routing, data collection and dissemination, localization, synchronization, and integration of WSNs with the Internet and the Web.



Lecture notes (in English) as well as selected readings will be made available during the lecture. The following books are also recommended:

  • Protocols and Architecture for Wireless Sensor Networks: H. Karl and A. Willig, Wiley, Chichester, 2005, ISBN 0-470-09510-5.
  • Wireless Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach: F. Zhao and L. Guibas, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, 2004, ISBN 1-55860-914-8.



The lecture is open to Masters students or advanced Bachelor students. Some familiarity with wireless communication, distributed systems, operating systems is beneficial.


Target Audience

Msc. ETiT, Msc. Wi/ETiT, MSc. iST, MSc. IKT, Msc CS, Msc. Wi/CS (and related courses)