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Course details 2012-2013  
Sensor networks lab
Course Code :2001WETLSN
Study domain:Computer Science
Semester:Semester: 2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction :English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Chris Blondia


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
Specific prerequisites for this course:
The student has knowledge about the layered architecture of a network. The student knows the most important functions of each layer, in addition to the most important protocols such as Ethernet, IP, UDP and TCP. Moreover the student has a broad overview of nowadays communication networks, in particular related to routing in ad-hoc networks. . The student is assumed to have the necessary programming experience with JAVA.

2. Learning outcomes

The aim is to let the student have insight in both the theoretical and practical aspects of sensor networks, by building up a hands-on experience related to different aspects of 
sensor networks, such as energy efficiency, performance, complexity, etc...

These learning outcomes correspond with the following general learning outcomes for Master in the computer science:
- Analysis and design of large computer science projects: the student has the ability to divide a large problem into smaller problems and to devise a solution for each of these sub-problems
- The student is able to select techniques, methods and architectures for the problem at hand, taking into account
the specific characteristics of the system under study.
- The student is able to report, both oral and written, on the proposed solutions

3. Course contents

The course consists of 3 parts. In a first part an overview of the state-of-the art of sensornetworks and the SunSPOT technology is considered. In a second part, the student learn how to work with SunSPOTS and the related programming and networking aspects. In a third and last part, the students are involved in a project. Different applications on the SumSPOT are developped.

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Laboratory sessions

  • Personal work:
  • Assignments:In group

  • Directed self-study
    Project-based work:
  • In group

  • 5. Assessment method and criteria

  • With oral presentation

  • Presentation

    6. Study material

    Required reading

    All required material (SunSPOTs, PCs, Lab space, ...) is made available.

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
    More information on sensor networks can be found in:
    Anna Hac, Wireless Sensor Network Design, John Wiley & Sons, December 2003;
    Edgar H. Callaway, Jr. and Edgar H. Callaway, Wireless Sensor Networks: Architectures and Protocols,  CRC Press, August 2003.

    7. Contact information
    Responsible: Prof. C. blondia; For questions related to hardware or the content of projects, please contact Bart Braem (, Bart Sas ( or Daniel  Van den Akker (
    (+)last update: 02/08/2011 14:24 chris.blondia