FRONTS 2nd Winter School

Braunschweig, Germany, October 12-16, 2009

General Information

The FRONTS 2nd Winter School will take place in Braunschweig, on October 12-16, 2009


Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology is becoming more and more mature. There is variety of hardware and software to choose from, and almost all of them are easy to set up and use. Still there is a major issue that has not been sufficiently addressed in the past. The sensor node brands are very different in their capabilities. Consequently, the software running on these systems is very different on the various nodes. Where algorithms are implemented, they are hard to share and compare, as implementations cannot be easily ported to new platforms.

Goals and Audience

The goal of the school is to introduce the Wiselib,our proposal to remedy this unfortunate situation. It is a generic algorithms library, written in C++, that runs on a number of sensor platforms and simulation frameworks. It provides simple interfaces to the algorithm developer, with a unified API and ready-to-use data structure implementations.


Prospective participants should apply by sending an email with the pertinent information (name, contact information, research area and background) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before September 20, 2009. The number of participants is limited. If we receive more applications, participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic distribution and date of application.

Participants are expected to arrive in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, 11 October 2009. The school will start on Monday (12/10) morning and end on Wednesday (14/10) late evening.

Student Travel Grants

PerAda is providing a limited number of travel grants to help cover accommodation costs in shared double rooms. Successful applicants must be MSc or PhD students in a relevant area of the workshop.Send your application including a short description of your research plans, a list of relevant publications(if any) and your current position by September 20 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Winter School will last for 3 days and will include the following topics:

  • Wiselib programming, including routing algorithms, localization algorithms, cryptography/security protocols, and time synchronization.
  • Using the WiseML markup language for sensor network experiments, documentation, and validation.
  • Using the FRONTS remote testbed to validate Wiselib algorithms.

Introduction to Wiselib, Shawn and the School's software setup


Lunch break


Running experiments using the Wiselib and the FRONTS remote testbed

Using the Wiselib in algorithm and protocol development I

16:00-17:00 Participant presentations

Using the Wiselib in algorithm and protocol development II


Lunch break


Using the Wiselib in algorithm and protocol development III

16:00-17:00 Participant presentations

Advanced Wiselib programming and using WiseML


Lunch break


Participants presentations


WP1 (Principles of Adaptively Organized Societies of
Maria Serna


WP2 (Designing the Adaptable Network Infrastructure)

+ Unification report
Andrea Vitaletti


Lunch Break

13:00-14:30 WP3 (Adapting to the Dynamic Environment)
+ Unification report
Bastian Degener
14:30-16:00 WP4 (Experiments and Testing)
Sandor Fekete
16:00-17:00 Collaborations & Unifications of results

Experiment 2: Population protocols (WP1)
Ioannis Chatzigiannakis


Experiment 3: Security of RFID (WP2)
Giuseppe Persiano


Experiment 4: Self organization of the infrastructure (WP2)
Elad Schiller


Experiment 1: Data Aggregation (WP1)
Yiannis Giannakopoulos


Experiment 5: Secure routing (WP3)
Miroslaw Kutylowski


Lunch Break


Experiment 6: Tracking (WP3)
Jose Rolim


Experiment 7: TBA (WP3)
Sandor Fekete


Conclusions & Future Planning

Further information on the 1st FRONTS/WISEBED school last year, which focused on the network simulator Shawn and the iSense hardware platform, can be found at


Participants will have the opportunity to present current results of their work in the context of FRONTS, PERADA, and WISEBED, i.e.,

  • Sensor Networks
  • Pervasive Adaptation
  • Testbeds and Applications

By default, presentations will be 30 minutes (25 minutes talk plus 5 minutes discussion). Of course, this is not fixed and can be adopted if necessary.


  • Tobias Baumgartner (Braunschweig UT, Germany)
  • Ioannis Chatzigiannakis (RACTI, Greece)
  • Tom Kamphans (Braunschweig UT, Germany)
  • Christos Koninis (RACTI, Greece)
  • Alexander Kroeller (Braunschweig UT, Germany)
  • Daniela Krueger (U Luebeck, Germany)
  • Dennis Pfisterer (U Luebeck, Germany)
  • Apostolis Pyrgelis (U Patras, Greece)

Local Organization and Venue

The school is organized by:

Sandor Fekete, Alexander Kroeller and Ingo Brinkmeier
Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks,
TU Braunschweig

and in cooperation with:

PerAda, the Pervasive Adaptation Research Network

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 Ingo Brinkmeier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PerAdA (Pervasive Adaptation) is a Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive Initiative funded by the European Commission under FP7

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 Brunswick Lion and part of the old city, the Kohlmarkt

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

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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