ENSsys 2016

in conjunction with SenSys 2016

4th International Workshop on Energy Harvesting & Energy Neutral Sensing Systems

November 16, 2016

Technical Programme

The ENSsys 2016 technical programme is shown below:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

(joint with SenSys and BuildSys - fees for the trip/banquet are included in the workshop registration))
16:30 Trip to Computer History Museum
19:30 BuildSys/SenSys Banquet

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

12:00 Lunch
13:15 Session 0: Introduction and Keynote
(Session Chair: Christian Renner)
Christian Renner, ENSsys 2016 General Chair
  Keynote: Making Intermittent Computing Reliable and Programmable
Brandon Lucia (Carnegie Mellon Universtiy)
14:30 Coffee
15:00 Session 1: Radio Energy Harvesting
(Session Chair: Jacob Sorber)
  RePWR: Wireless Power Transfer within Reinforced Concrete (full paper)
Zhihua Wang, Orfeas Kypris and Andrew Markham
  A Batteryless Beacon Based on Dual ISM-Band RF Harvesting with Solar-Biasing Current (full paper)
Wen-Chan Shih, Pai H. Chou and Wen-Tsuen Chen
  An RF-Powered Smart Camera for Machine Vision Applications (short paper)
Saman Naderiparizi, Zerina Kapetanovic and Joshua R. Smith
16:30 Coffee
17:00 Session 2: Solar Energy Harvesting and Simulation
(Session Chair: tbd)
  Challenges of WiFi-Enabled and Solar-Powered Sensors for Smart Ports (full paper)
Lars Hanschke, Jan Heitmann, Christian Renner
  Realistic Simulation for Tiny Batteryless Sensors (short paper)
Matt Furlong, Josiah Hester, Kevin Storer and Jacob Sorber
18:00 Close

Keynote Speaker

Title: Making Intermittent Computing Reliable and Programmable
Speaker: Brandon Lucia, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA

Abstract: Emerging energy-harvesting devices (EHDs) are computer systems that operate using energy extracted from their environment, even from low-power sources like ambient radio-frequency energy. Future EHDs will be a key enabler of emerging implantable medical devices, IoT applications, and nano-satellites, but today's EHDs operate intermittently, only as environmental energy is available. Unfortunately, intermittence makes today's EHDs unreliable and extremely difficult to program and debug. In this talk I will summarize the main challenges of intermittent execution. I will then discuss our recent efforts developing system, programming language, and toolchain support for EHDs to address the challenges of intermittence, focusing especially on programmability, debugging, and reliability. I will close by discussing our recent work on building a reliable, EHD-based, hardware/software application platform for an upcoming deployment.

Biography: Brandon Lucia is an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Brandon's research focuses on redefining computer architectures and systems that make increasingly pervasive, often safety-critical, devices reliable, energy-efficient, and programmable. Brandon and his lab are currently focusing on defining the system stack for systems with intermittently available energy and resources, as well as on redefining parallel architectures to improve their efficiency, correctness, and reliability, exploiting heterogeneity and approximation. Brandon's work targets the boundaries between computer architecture, compilers, system software, and programming languages. Brandon's research group is supported by the National Science Foundation, Google, Intel, and Disney Research. Brandon has received a Google Faculty Research Award, the Bell Labs Prize, an OOPSLA Distinguished Paper Award and an OOPSLA Distinguished Artifact Award, and Brandon was elected in 2016 to serve on DARPA's Information Science And Technology (ISAT) study group. Before joining CMU, Brandon spent a year as a Researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond. Brandon earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2013, and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University. Brandon's personal website is http://brandonlucia.com, his research group is at http://abstract.ece.cmu.edu, and his band netcat is at http://netcat.co