Marco Zimmerling

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This paper presents Glossy, a novel flooding architecture for wireless sensor networks. Glossy exploits constructive interference of IEEE 802.15.4 symbols for fast network flooding and implicit time synchronization. We derive a timing requirement to make concurrent transmissions of the same packet interfere constructively, allowing a receiver to decode the(More)
Testbeds are indispensable for debugging and evaluating wireless embedded systems. While existing testbeds provide ample opportunities for realistic, large-scale experiments, they are limited in their ability to closely observe and control the distributed operation of resource-constrained nodes - access to the nodes is restricted to the serial port. This(More)
An important building block for low-power wireless systems is to efficiently share and process data among all devices in a network. However, current approaches typically split such all-to-all interactions into sequential collection, processing, and dissemination phases, thus handling them inefficiently. We introduce Chaos, the first primitive that natively(More)
We present <b>pTunes</b>, a framework for runtime adaptation of low-power MAC protocol parameters. The MAC operating parameters bear great influence on the system performance, yet their optimal choice is a function of the current network state. Based on application requirements expressed as network lifetime, end-to-end latency, and end-to-end reliability,(More)
Sensor network MAC protocols are typically configured for an intended deployment scenario once and for all at compile time. This approach, however, leads to suboptimal performance if the network conditions deviate from the expectations. We present ZeroCal, a distributed algorithm that allows nodes to dynamically adapt to variations in traffic volume. Using(More)
Wireless sensor networks are used for structure monitoring and border surveillance. Typical applications, such as sensors embedded in the outer surface of a pipeline or mounted along the supporting structure of a bridge, feature a linear sensor arrangement. Economical power use of sensor nodes is essential for long-lasting operation. In this paper, we(More)
Energy-efficency is a key concern when designing protocols for wireless sensor networks (WSN). This is of particular importance in commercial applications where demonstrable return on investment is a crucial factor. One such commercial application that motivated this work is telemetry and control for freight railroad trains. Since a railroad train has a(More)
Mathematical models play a pivotal role in understanding and designing advanced low-power wireless systems. However, the distributed and uncoordinated operation of traditional multi-hop low-power wireless protocols greatly complicates their accurate modeling. This is mainly because these protocols build and maintain substantial network state to cope with(More)
The field of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is now in a stage where serious applications of societal and economical importance are in reach. For example, it is well known that the global climate change dramatically influences the visual appearance of mountain areas like the European Alps. Very destructive geological processes may be triggered or(More)