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November 2, 2010, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The purpose of the doctoral colloquium (DC) is to provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive atmosphere where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion, guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Applicants should be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Applicants should not be planning to submit their PhD thesis or dissertation for at least six months after the DC, so that any advice or input may still be incorporated into the doctoral work.

The DC will be a one-day, seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by roundtable discussion. Time will be allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and DC participants. In order to provide such individual attention, the number of accepted DC participants will be limited to twelve.

Tentative Program

A timeslot of 45 minutes is allocated for each student. During the first 20 minutes, the students gives a presentation of his Ph.D. thesis, the remaining 25 minutes are reserved for a discussion with the advisors (chair of discussion is indicated in bold font) and the other participants.

09.00-09.45Christian Renner (TU Harburg): Energy-Budgeting Sensor Networks with Renewable Energy Sources
Advisors: Gian-Pietro Picco, Thorsten Staake, Andreas Terzis, Thiemo Voigt
09.45-10.30Krisztian Veress (Univ. of Szeged): Radiocommunication test suite for wireless sensor networks
Advisors: Thiemo Voigt, Kay Roemer, Cormac Sreenan, Thiemo Voigt
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-11.45Jay Taneja (UC Berkeley): Towards Cooperative Grids: Sensor/Actuator Networks for Renewables Integration
Advisors: Thorsten Staake, Tarek Abdelzaher, Eduardo Tovar, Andreas Terzis
11.45-12.30Jorge Ortiz (UC Berkeley): An operating system for energy management in buildings
Advistors: Cormac Sreenan, Thorsten Staake, Andreas Terzis, Gian Pietro Picco
12.30-14.00Lunch (FoodLab, CAB Building)
14.00-14.45Alexander Bernauer (ETH Zurich): Programming Abstractions with Debugging Support for Resource-Constrained Devices
Advisors: Tarek Abdelzaher, Pedro Marron, Gian Pietro Picco, Silvia Santini
14.45-15.30Vikram Munishwar (State Univ. of New York): CameraNets: Coverage and Data Management Protocols for Smart Camera Networks
Advisors: Silvia Santini, Pedro Marron, Cormac Sreenan, Eduardo Tovar
15.30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-16.45Enkhbold Ochirsuren (TU Darmstadt): System Level Design Space Exploration of Application Specific Wireless Sensor System
Advisors: Kay Roemer, Tarek Abdelzaher, Pedro Marron, Silvia Santini
16.45-17.30Andrei Pruteanu (TU Delft): Mastering Emergent Behavior in Large-Scale Networks
Advisors: Eduardo Tovar, Kay Roemer, Thiemo Voigt
18.30-21.30Joint dinner of participants and panel (Restaurant Linde Oberstrass)


The Doctoral Colloquium will take place in building ETZ, room E81 on the E floor. Directions to the building can be found here. The walking path from the ETH main building (HG) is illustrated here. The street address of the ETZ building is
ETZ Building
Gloriastrasse 35
8006 Zurich


Topic scope is the same as that listed in the SenSys call for papers. DC submissions should consist of a single PDF document using the SenSys paper template. The document should contain the following:

  1. Research summary (3 pages) describing the work in progress, and including a 100 word abstract. Things to consider for inclusion in the research summary might be: the expected contribution to the field of sensor networking; the original idea or thesis statement; the problem domain and the specific problem addressed; a brief overview of related work; the methodological approach; research carried out and results so far.
  2. Student biographical sketch, including the names and affiliations of the research advisor(s), and expected date of dissertation submission.

The submission site is

Research summaries will be reviewed by the chair and panel members. If accepted, a student may be expected to make clarifications and improvements to their research summary by the camera-ready deadline. Note that the research summaries will not be formally published, but hardcopies will be made available to colloquium delegates.


Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium must register for Sensys (if applicable at the student rate), no additional fee will be charged for the participation in the doctoral colloquium. Participants can also apply for Sensys travel grants.

Accepted participants of the doctoral colloquium in difficult financial situations who would otherwise not be able to attend, have the option of registering only for the doctoral colloquium at a rate of 120 USD. This does not cover participation in the main conference. We require a letter from the advisor of the student explaining the difficult financial situation.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: August 30, 2010
Notification: September 20, 2010
Camera-ready copy: October 18, 2010
Colloquium: November 2, 2010



Kay Roemer, University of Luebeck and ETH Zurich


Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pedro Marron, University of Duisburg-Essen
Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento
Silvia Santini, ETH Zurich
Cormac Sreenan, University College Cork
Thorsten Staake, ETH Zurich
Andreas Terzis, Johns Hopkins University
Eduardo Tovar, Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Thiemo Voigt, Swedish Institute of Computer Science

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