1st Unifying Experiment Workshop

Braunschweig, Germany, October 11-15, 2010

General Information

The FRONTS Unifying Experiment Workshop will take place in Braunschweig, on October 11-15, 2010


During the 3rd Year, FRONTS will demonstrate the main functionalities of an adaptive networked society of tiny artefacts in an integrated way. A single and unified system will be delivered providing a well-focused set of tasks. It will integrate a carefully selected subset of the SW components already available in the FRONTS Repository.The unified system is targeted to run in the FRONTS central testbed.
The meeting will focus on the integration of the components of Layer 1 and Layer 2 into a unified software system. On site tests will be conducted on the real hardware to assess the performance of the 1st and 2nd layer integrated functionalities.

Goals and Audience

Our goal is to demonstrate a unified system which is adaptive self-stabilizing and self-organized. The whole project's set of ideas and the main innovations will come together. Researchers from all sites that participate in the design and implementation of software components should participate in the meeting


Prospective participants should apply by fill in the registration form available at https://spreadsheets1.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dHBoZExBZEQzekFyRTJGdEpnSXZ2N1E6MQ

Participants are expected to arrive in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, 10 October 2010. The Workshop will start on Monday (11/10) morning and end on Friday(15/10) evening.


Wiselib School Day #1

Session 1 (Henning Hasemann):Introduction to Wiselib, Setup of the working environment

  • Basic concepts and design aspects of the Wiselib
  • Setting up the VMWare Image
  • Compiling and running of a Wiselib application
(with coffee break)


13:00-17:00 Session 2 (Henning Hasemann): Wiselib programming basics
  • Introduction into heterogeneity
  • Provided generic data structures
  • Hands on: Communicating with a remote UART
(with coffee break)
Wiselib School Day #2

Session 3 (Tobias Baumgartner): Advanced Wiselib programming

  • Usage of algorithms
  • Combining algorithms into higher-level systems
  • Hands on: Build a sniffing drop-in replacement for algorithms using a radio
(with coffee break)


13:00-17:00 Session 4 (Tobias Baumgartner): Wiselib internals
  • Insight into algorithm development
  • Internals of platform abstraction
  • Hands on: Build an interface for UART connected sensors
Fronts Unifying Experiment Workshop Day #1

Morning Session



Afternoon Session
Fronts Unifying Experiment Workshop Day #2
09:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-13:00 Break
13:00-18:00 Afternoon Session
Fronts Unifying Experiment Workshop Day #3
09:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-13:00 Break
13:00-18:00 Afternoon Session

Local Organization and Venue

The meeting is organized by:

Sandor Fekete, Alexander Kroeller and Tom Kamphans
Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks,
TU Braunschwei

It will take place at the Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks, Muehlenpfordtstr. 23, Braunschweig, Germany.
If you have any questions regarding the summer school, feel free to send inquiries to Tom Kamphans at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Braunschweig

Braunschweig is a city of 245,810 people (as of 31 December 2007), located in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located north of the Harz mountains at the farthest navigable point of the Oker river, which connects to the North Sea via the rivers Aller and Weser. The historic English name for Braunschweig is Brunswick.

The city has its origins in the early 9th century. Under Henry the Lion it developed quickly to a powerful and influential commercial town, that was a member of the Hanseatic League from the 13th century to the middle of the 17th century. In the 18th century Braunschweig was not only a political, but also a cultural centre. Emilia Galotti by Lessing and Goethe's Faust were performed for the first time in Braunschweig. It is also the native city of Carl Friedrich Gauss, who attended from 1792-1795 the Collegium Carolinum, now Braunschweig University of Technology.

Braunschweig was the main residence of the rulers of the Duchy of Brunswick, which was a constituent state of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806 and of the German Empire from 1871. At the end of World War I the Duchy became the Free State of Brunswick within the Weimar Republic. After World War II, Braunschweig ceased to be a capital when the Free State of Brunswick was dissolved and most of its lands were incorporated in the newly formed state of Lower Saxony.

Braunschweig has been an important industrial area and is known for its University and research institutes, mainly the Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). The PTB Braunschweig maintains the atomic clock responsible for the DCF77 time signal and the official German time. The region of Braunschweig is the most R&D-intensive area in the whole European Economic Area investing a whopping 7.1 of its GDP for research and technology. Braunschweig was named Germany's City of Science 2007.

Further information on Braunschweig can be found on the city's official website.


Please book your hotel room yourself. We have reserved a number of rooms in the following hotels. Quote "FRONTS" and book until the 12th of september to get the below stated reduced rate. All hotels are in walking distance from the town center (and the university). Information on public transportation available at BVG online timetable. To get to the university get off at the station "Mühlenpfordtstr." for tram no. M1, M2 and M5 or the station "Pockelsstr." for bus no. M19.

All prices include breakfast.

Getting to Braunschweig

By car

Braunschweig city center and surroundings

Braunschweig is located along interstate Autobahn A2/E30 Hannover-Berlin and A39 Wolfsburg-Braunschweig-Salzgitter, which is connected as well to the A7/E4 in direction to Frankfurt/Main and München. Take the exit "Braunschweig Hamburger Strasse" to get to the University.

By train

Braunschweig is part of the german high speed railway network. Intercity trains connect Braunschweig directly to Hannover, Berlin and Frankfurt. Take a train to "Braunschweig Hbf" to get to the main station. Timetables are available at http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/.

Take the local buses and trams to get to your hotel. Bus no. M19 (direction "Helenenstrasse") or trams no. M1 (direction "Stadion/Wenden") and no. M2 (direction "Ottenroder Strasse" run directly from the station to the university. For other routes check the online timetable.

By plane

Note: Rail&Fly tickets, available from selected airlines at the time of ticket purchase, permit travelling on the whole german rail (Deutsche Bahn) network between the airport and your final destination at a very competitive price.

Hannover Airport (HAJ)

is ca. 70 km from Braunschweig. Suburban train line S5 connects the airport to the main rail station. Trains run every 30 minutes, journey time 15-20 minutes. There are two trains per hour from Hannover main rail station to Braunschweig. Timetables available at Deutsche Bahn.

Berlin Airports

Berlin has two airports, Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SFX). Take a local bus or suburban train to get to the main rail station (timetables). From there direct trains to Braunschweig depart every 60 minutes, journey time 1h20. Timetables availabele at Deutsche Bahn.

Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

is ca. 340 km from Braunschweig, but reachable by high speed trains (ICE) in ca. 3 hours. Take a local train from Terminal 1 to the main rail station "Frankfurt(Main) Hbf". From there ICE trains leave once every hour to Braunschweig. Timetables availabele at Deutsche Bahn.

Hamburg Airport (HAM)

is around 220 km from Braunschweig and can be reached within 3 hours by public transportation. Suburban train line S1 runs every 10 minutes between the airport and the main rail station, journey time 25 minutes. From the main station trains to Braunschweig via Hannover leave twice an hour, journey time around 2h10. Timetables availabele at Deutsche Bahn.

University and city center


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