ETH Zurich :
Computer Science :
Pervasive Computing :
Distributed Systems :
Research Projects of the Distributed Systems Group
We are or have been conducting a number of internal and external research
projects with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners. Follow the
links below for more information on the individual projects.
- Embedded Web Resources
The goal of this project is to make programming of Internet of Things applications significantly easier. A central building block is the light-weight RESTful protocol CoAP.
- ECO data set
As part of the Mobile Information and Communication Systems (MICS) project – a long term research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation – we are investigating architecture and infrastructure issues for smart cooperating objects.
SNIF is a Sensor Network Inspection Framework that supports passive observation and inspection of deployed Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). It consists of a distributed sniffer, a new package description language, and a data stream engine with multiple operators.
- Fosstrak (formerly Accada)
Fosstrak is an open source RFID software platform that implements the EPC Network specifications. It is intended to foster the rapid prototyping of RFID applications and to accelerate the development of an Internet of Things.
- Smart Heating
In this project we estimate how much heating energy could be saved in individual households, if an occupancy-based heating strategy was appplied.
- SPARK - Rapid Prototyping on Mobile Phones
In this project we developed a rapid prototping environment that targets specifically novice users
and enables then to create mobile phone applications in a very easy and fast way.
One of the major causes of abusive energy consumption in households is due to the existing intransparency. Thus, the eMeter system provides feedback on the residential electricty consumption of the entire household as well as on the consumption of single devices. Through connecting smart electricity meters with a mobile application, we investigate what feedback is best suited to lower usage barrieres and motivate users to change change their behavior in order to achieve sustainable energy savings.
- Smart Meter Services
Smart meters are being deployed in millions of households worldwide. This project collects and analyzes real world electricity consumption data to investigate potential services and applications for private households.
- BaToo - Barcode Recognition Toolkit
In this project we are developing a free toolkit for the recognition and resolving of 1D barcodes
on camera equipped mobile phones. Using this toolkit, we are implementing and investigating services that
are based on the linking of the wide range of barcode tagged products with an abundance of various
information sources available on the web.
- Augmented Knight's Castle
The Augmented Knight's Castle is an augmented toy environment that enriches the children's pretend play by using background music, sound effects, verbal commentary of toys, and different forms of tactile and visual feedback in reaction to the children's play. Moreover, interactive learning experiences can be integrated into the play.
- Dyser - A Real World Search Engine
In collaboration with NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs, we developed
Dyser: A Real World Search Engine, a system for searching the real world, based on dynamic information gathered
by a large number of heterogeneous sensors and sensor networks.
Within the scope of this project, we also investigated to what extent the
built-in Bluetooth modules of modern mobile phones can be used to sense the
dynamics of people at public places.
- LOP - Location Oriented Programming
In the LOP project we explore the idea, design and implication of making location a first class programming construct.
- SAP Research Switzerland
As part of a long-term cooperation we work together with SAP Research Switzerland in the joint areas of Internet of Things, Internet of Services and device to business integration.
- M-Lab (ended December 2008)
In a cooperation with the University of St.
Gallen and a large range of industrial partners, we are developing
business applications in the domain of pervasive and ubiquitous computing.
- Hitachi Mu-chip (ended March 2007)
A research cooperation with the Hitachi Systems
Development Laboratory, Japan, that explores applications for tiny,
sub-millimeter-sized RFID tags.
- UbiGate (ended February 2007)
In collaboration with NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs, we developed
UbiGate, a system for locating and monitoring everyday items using sensor-equipped
mobile phones. This system allowed us to identify
challenges that are common to many applications which make use of the large
people-centric infrastructure provided by mobile phones and the cellular
- Living in a Smart Environment (ended February 2005)
Funded by the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz
foundation, we lead a team of researchers from seven universities
exploring possible social, economic, and ethical consequences of
large-scale ubiquitous computing deployments.
- Entry Points (ended December 2003)
Within the ETH
World program, we are developing a material entry point system for
connecting the virtual campus to the physical campus environment.
- Smart-Its (ended December 2003)
Within the EU-funded Disappearing Computer
initiative we developed a sensore-node platform, the so-called
"Smart-It", which can be attached to everyday items in order to
support collaborative behavior among objects. We also conducted DC Troubadour, a survey of the state of privacy in a large number
of DC projects.
- P3P (ended April 2002)
Within the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C), we participated in the design of P3P, an emerging
world-wide standard for machine-readable privacy policies.
- CASTING (ended December 2000)
Together with Swisscom
Corporate Research, we investigated the application of smart card
technology in combination with short-distance wireless communication.
In order to validate theoretical findings, as well as to provide a testbed
for trying out new ideas, we are developing demonstrator systems as part of
many research investigations. Below you can find a list of some of the
prototypes we have developed as part of our research into pervasive and
ubiquitous computing systems.