ENSsys 2019

in conjunction with ACM SenSys 2019

7th International Workshop on Energy Harvesting & Energy-Neutral Sensing Systems

November 10, 2019

Technical Programme

The ENSsys 2019 technical programme is shown below:

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

08:30 Registration
09:00 Introduction and Keynote
09:00 Welcome
Bernd-Christian Renner and Brandon Lucia, ENSsys 2019 General Chairs
09:10 Keynote: The Past, Present, and Future of Energy Harvesting Computing Systems
Jeremy Gummeson (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
10:10 Posters and Demonstrations: 5 Minute Pitches
10:30 Morning Break
10:45 Posters and Demonstrations
  DUO: Integration of Dependable Undervolting in Operating Systems (Poster)
Robert Hartung, Rasmus Antons (Technische Universitat Braunschweig); Ulf Kulau (DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH); Lars Wolf (Technische Universitat Braunschweig)
  Revisiting Time Remanence Clocks for Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Nodes (Poster)
Vishal Deep, Aditi Mishra, Daji Qiao, Henry Duwe (Iowa State University)
  Towards battery-free LPWAN wearables (Demonstration)
Charalampos Orfanidis (KTH Royal Institute of Technology); Konstantinos Dimitrakopoulos (Uppsala University); Xenofon Fafoutis (Technical University of Denmark); Martin Jacobsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  TEG Data Collection Platform for Wearable Applications (Demonstration)
Seyed Ahmad Mansouri, John Lach (University of Virginia)
11:10 Session 1: Measuring Power
(Session Chair: Brandon Lucia)
  Eco: A Hardware-Software Co-Design for In Situ Power Measurement on Low-end IoT Systems (full paper)
Michel Rottleuthner, Thomas C. Schmidt (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences); Matthias Wahlisch (Freie Universitat Berlin)
  A Scalable, Data-driven Approach for Power Estimation of Photovoltaic Devices under Indoor Conditions (full paper)
Xinyu Ma, Sebastian Bader, Bengt Oelmann (Mid Sweden University)
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Session 2: New Hardware Platforms
(Session Chair: Sunghoon Ivan Lee)
  TinyBird: An Energy Neutral Acoustic Bluetooth-Low-Energy Sensor Node with RF Energy Harvesting (full paper)
Oliver Brunecker, Michele Magno (ETH Zurich)
  Camaroptera: a Batteryless Long-Range Remote Visual Sensing System (full paper)
Matteo Nardello (University of Trento); Harsh Desai (Carnegie Mellon University); Davide Brunelli (University of Trento); Brandon Lucia (Carnegie Mellon University)
  No Batteries Needed: Providing Physical Context with Energy-Harvesting Beacons (full paper)
Nurani Saoda, Brad Campbell (University of Virginia)
14:45 Opportunities from the EnABLES Project
15:00 Afternoon Break
15:15 Session 3: Networks and Timing
(Session Chair: Alex Weddell)
  On the Accuracy of Network Synchronization Using Persistent Hourglass Clocks (full paper)
Eren Curuk (Ege University); Kasim Sinan Yildirim (Ege University and Delft University of Technology); Przemyslaw Pawelczak (Delft University of Technology); Josiah Hester (Northwestern University)
  Low-Power Ultrasonic Wake-Up and Communication through Structural Elements (full paper)
Peter Oppermann, Christian Renner (TU Hamburg)
16:05 Session 4: Position Papers
  The Internet of Intermittent Things, a Land of Low-Hanging Fruits (position paper)
Christian Renner (TU Hamburg); Matteo Zella (University of Duisburg-Essen)
16:25 Panel Discussion: "It works and then it doesn't. Who would buy an intermittent system?"
(Moderator: Alex Weddell)

  • Mohammed Alloulah (Pervasive Systems, Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK)
  • Jeremy Gummeson (Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA, USA)
  • Harsh Desai (Abstract Research Group, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, US)
  • Charalampos Orfanidis (School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry Biotechnology and Health, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Thomas Schmidt (Computer Networks and Internet Technologies, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany)
16:55 Close

Keynote Speaker

Title: The Past, Present, and Future of Energy Harvesting Computing Systems
Speaker: Jeremy Gummeson (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Abstract: The last 15 years have seen tremendous research activity in resource-constrained energy harvesting systems. Early examples of work in this space focused on photovoltaic energy harvesting paired with batteries that smooth diurnal variations in solar energy; however the last decade has seen increasing interest in computing systems that have minimal energy storage capacity and are instead optimized for low energy harvesting rates, whose temporal dynamics are often unpredictable giving rise to the term "intermittent computing". In this talk I will give an overview of a decade of systems research that has looked at how we can build compelling applications that operate on these intermittently available energy resources. The first part of the talk will focus on computational RFIDs and how they can be used for continuous sensing workloads. The next part of the talk will focus on systems that are powered from energy harvested from near field communications (NFC), which includes energy harvested from mobile phones or from a 'tap' against a stationary reader. The final part of the talk will focus on recent and future work that includes leveraging emerging fully integrated passive RFID sensor tags and energy exchanges between wearable devices through the user's skin.

Biography: Jeremy Gummeson is an Assistant Professor of ECE at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research is multidisciplinary in and looks at how we can co-design computer hardware and software to enable energy-efficient mobile computing systems that can accurately sense humans and the world that surrounds them. More specifically, his current research largely focuses on developing novel sensing and communication techniques that enable closed-loop energy efficient systems for human-in-the-loop and autonomous applications. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, I had appointments at Disney Research and HP Labs where I worked on a number of projects spanning several broad categories of wearable devices and IoT applications. Jeremy Gummeson received his PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013 and was co-advised by Deepak Ganesan (CS) and Tilman Wolf (ECE). His dissertation focused on reducing dependencies on batteries by exploiting energy harvesting to enable passive embedded computing systems.