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Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) the essential infrastructure of the Internet of Things. WSNs are networks of tiny, autonomous nodes equipped with wireless transmission and sensing capabilities for a huge variety of applications, such as autonomous vehicles, healthcare, industrial automation, smart grids, and machine to machine communications. The focus of the course is on distributed algorithms and protocols for networking, data analysis and automation in WSNs. The course presents the essential design methods for networking, data analysis, and automation by WSNs.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Course focus is on distributed algorithms and protocols for WSN. The course starts with an introduction to applications, hardware, and network architecture. Thereafter, iterative methods for distributed calculations are treated and it is shown how its methods can be applied to design of important aspect in the protocol stack and applications of communication. The course also contains programming of sensors that are useful for implementing experimental research projects.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim with this course is to give a basic understanding of wireless sensor networks (WSN)

On completion of the course the student should

  • Know the central tools in communication, automatic control, optimization, and signal processing that are needed to handle WSN
  • Know of the design of practical WSN
  • Develop a research project within WSN

Course Disposition

  • Introduction
  • WSN programming
  • Wireless channel
  • Physical layer
  • MAC, IEEE 802.15.4
  • Routing, RPL
  • Distributed detection
  • Distributed estimation
  • Localisation and positioning
  • Time synchronization
  • WSN network control
  • Summary

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed course EL1000 or the equivalent as well as English B or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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  • G. J. Pottie and W.J. Kaiser, “Principles of Embedded Networked Systems Design” Cambridge, 2005
  • W. Dargie and C. Poellabauer, “Fundamentals of Wireless Sensor Networks”, Wiley, 2010

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL3 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examiner decides, in consultation with KTH's coordinator for disabilities (Funka), about possible adapted examination for students with documented, permanent disabilities. The examiner may permit other examination format for re-examination of individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Carlo Fischione

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: