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Networked Embedded Systems: Humans in the Loop 

CONET Summer School
July 24 – 30, 2011
Bertinoro (Forlì/Cesena), Italy 


Sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and cooperating objects are becoming an important part of our daily life. Humans build, deploy, use, and maintain these systems that can sense our activities and influence our behavior. We will increasingly rely on these networked embedded systems, therefore also requiring a secure and privacy-preserving treatment of sensitive human-centric data. Novel paradigms and solutions are also needed to allow humans to interact with these systems. This school explores the manifold relationship between networked embedded systems and humans as their creators, users, and subjects.

Goals and Audience  

The goal of the summer school is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of networked embedded systems and their relationship to humans, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in these areas through a series of lectures by international experts. Participants will also experience the relevant technologies during hands-on courses and be given a chance to present their own work during a participants’ workshop. The school will provide a great opportunity to know other people working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future. We expect about 60 participants. The intended audience are postgraduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world.


  • Design and implementation of networked embedded systems
  • Debugging and validation of networked embedded systems
  • Management and maintenance of networked embedded systems
  • Sensing and affecting behavior of humans and other organisms
  • Participatory sensing
  • Interacting with networked embedded systems
  • Security, privacy, and dependability
  • Applications, such as smart energy and smart healthcare
  • Experience from real-world deployments

Speakers (more details)

  • Srdjan Capkun (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Peter Corke (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Anna Förster (SUPSI, Switzerland)
  • Rick Han (Colorado, USA)
  • Mark Hansen (UCLA, USA)
  • Lars Erik Holmquist (Mobile Life @ SICS, Sweden)
  • Marc Langheinrich (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Friedemann Mattern (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Luca Mottola (SICS, Sweden)
  • Angelika Peer (TU Munich, Germany)
  • Gian Pietro Picco (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Kay Römer (University of Luebeck, Germany & ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Thiemo Voigt (SICS, Sweden)


Prospective participants should apply online before April 30, 2011 at the summer school website. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 60. If we receive more applications, participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic distribution, and date of application. Acceptance notifications will be sent end of May. The registration fee (480 EUR in shared double room, 570 EUR in single room) covers participation in the summer school, accommodation, all meals, and excursions. CONET provides 15 grants of 480 EUR each for selected European participants, that is, participation for recipients of a grant is free of charge when sharing a double room.


The school is directed by Kay Römer (University of Luebeck, Germany and ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Friedemann Mattern (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and Luca Mottola (SICS, Sweden), and organized by the European Network of Excellence CONET.