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Ubiquitous Computing Seminar FS2015

Topic: Smart Environments

Friedemann Mattern, Otmar Hilliges

Introduction session

An introduction to the seminar will be given on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 9:15-10:00 in CAB H 52. Seminar topics will be distributed to students during this session.

Time and Place

Tuesdays, 11:15 - 13:00, Room CAB G 52


The goal of the seminar is not only to familiarize students with exciting new research topics, but also to teach basic scientific writing and oral presentation skills


The seminar consists of talks given by students on selected topics and discussions led by the instructors. A tentative schedule is provided below. A maximum of 12 students will be admitted to the seminar. Priority will be given to Master students who have sufficient background knowledge in the topic but the seminar is generally open to Bachelor and Doctoral students as well.

Seminar attendees select a specific topic within the broader context of current research and prepare an oral presentation. As a starting point, the students are assigned 3-4 important papers in their topic but they have to collect complementary materials and compile them together. Oral presentations must be planned for 45 minutes. Each presentation will be followed by a technical discussion as well as a short feedback session on the quality/style of the presentation. Each student also has to write a short essay on the selected topic. Essays must be composed using a given template and must be of length 5-8 pages (including figures, tables, and references). The essay is due in 3 weeks after the presentation. The quality of this essay will be evaluated and considered for the final grade.

It is not sufficient to present the selected papers only, the students should do independent literature research and in their presentations and essays they should summarize the whole topic.

Each student will have a tutor (typically a research assistant of the Distributed Systems Group or the Advanced Interactive Technologies Group) assigned with whom they can discuss their papers in detail and receive preliminary feedback on their presentation and their essay.

The seminar will be held in English. Presentations and reports must be in English. Attendees are required to participate in all sessions.


Please use the following templates for your presentation and for your report.


The final grade is based on:
  • the quality of the presentation;
  • the quality of the essay;
  • participation in discussions and feedback sessions after each presentation.
Students who successfully complete the seminar will be awarded 2 credit points (ECTS).


For further information please contact Hossein Shafagh.


# Date Topic Speaker(s) Materials Supervisor
  I.   18.12.2014 Introduction Session / Administratives  Friedemann Mattern    slides 
  II.   17.02.2015 Introduction to the Seminar:
How to Give a Talk
 Friedemann Mattern 
 Otmar Hilliges  
  1.   24.02.2015 Wi-Fi Backscatter: Battery-free Internet Connectivity to Empower the Internet of Things
 Bjarni Benediktsson    slides 
 Anwar Hithnawi 
  2.   03.03.2015 Seeing is Believing: Proximity-based Authentication
 Peter Pilgerstorfer    slides 
 Hossein Shafagh 
  3.   10.03.2015 ICT for Green: High Frequency Sensing and Analysis of Residential power consumption
 Tino Burri    slides 
 Christian Beckel 
  4.   17.03.2015 Smart Thermostats: How much Can One Really Save?
 Ramapriya Sridharan    slides 
 Wilhelm Kleiminger  
  5.   24.03.2015 Gesture Recognition for Smartphones/Wearables
 Margarita Grinvald    slides 
 Jie Song 
  6.   31.03.2015 Inside a Smart Thermostat: What Influences Savings
 Mansoor Ahmed    slides 
 Wilhelm Kleiminger 
  07.04.2015 EASTER HOLIDAYS
  7.   14.04.2015 Digital Content Creation for Seamless Augmented Reality
 Marc Fischer    slides 
 Gábor Sörös  
  8.   21.04.2015 Hand Pose Estimation for Continuous Input Applications
 Matthew Krenik    slides 
 Fabrizio Pece 
  9.   28.04.2015 Computer Vision for Mobile Robots in GPS Denied Areas
 Michael Berli    slides 
 Tobias Nägeli  
  10.   05.05.2015 Shape-Changing Interfaces: Paper-like
 Tobias Brühwiler    slides 
 Fabrizio Pece 
  11.   12.05.2015 Semantic Localization of Indoor Places
 Lukas Kuster    slides 
 Marian George 
  12.   19.05.2015 Context-aware Intelligent Assistant
 Sabir Akhadov    slides 
 Mihai Bâce 

Reading list

A list of important research papers and links for each topic will be provided here soon. The papers are accessible from the ETH network.

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