Latest News and Upcoming Events

Course will be held by the distinguished guest lecturer Prof. Kim G. Larsen

22 May- 2 June, TU Graz, Austria

We have the pleasure to announce a course held by Prof. Kim G. Larsen. Kim is prime investigator of thereal-time model checker UPPAAL, ERC Advanced Grant holder and has been cited 21778 times (h-index 71, Google Scholar). The course titled "Selected Topics in Computer Science (From Timed Automata to Stochastic Hybrid Games)” will be held as a block course from the 22nd of May to the 2nd of June. It is a combination of lecture and practicals (3 VU) and intended for doctoral and master students. The course is funded by the LEAD project Dependable Things. Details and registration here.

Best Poster Award at EWSN 2017

Uppsala, Sweden. February 22, 2017

The poster entitled "Switchable Directional Antenna System for UWB-based Internet of Things Applications" presented by Bernhard Grosswindhager at the International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN 2017) won the best poster award. The poster is the result of work in the "Dependable Wireless Communication and Localization" subproject.

Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship

IMS 2017 Student’s Luncheon in Honolulu, HI, USA June 8, 2017

Mustafa Bakr from the "Dependable Wireless Communication and Localization" subproject has received the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship for 2017.

LEAD Spring School 2017

Graz, Austria, May 8-12, 2017

The LEAD project organizes a Spring School on "Security and Correctness in the Internet of Things", registration deadline April 16, 2017. During the five-day school, participants will gain awareness of these IoT-related challenges. Introductory classes are supplemented by advanced courses in the area of system security, cryptography as well as software and hardware side-channels. During spare time participants are invited to enjoy the beautiful spring in Graz and attend organized events. For further information please visit:

EWSN 2017 Conference and Dependability Competition

Uppsala, Sweden, February 20-22, 2017

The International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN) is a highly selective single-track international conference focusing on premier research results at the intersection of embedded systems and wireless networking. The featured topic of the 2017 edition of EWSN is “Dependability”. The conference specifically welcomes contributions that aim at making networked embedded systems more reliable, predictable, safe, and secure in order to enable critical applications that require guaranteed performance. EWSN 2017 will also host a competition on dependability organized by a researcher working in the LEAD project, as well as two workshops in emerging areas focusing on novel embedded communication paradigms and on next-generation wireless embedded computing platforms. For more information please visit:

Past News and Events

Guest lecture by Bernhard Etzlinger from JKU Linz

Date: November 18, 2016, at 13:30.
Location: TU Graz, Inffeldgasse 16c, Room: IDEG134
Title: Simultaneous Localization and Synchronization
Localization is a commonly accepted feature in today’s wireless networks. However, the availability of location information is bound to the use of specific hardware components (e.g. GPS receivers or UWB ranging devices), which are prohibitive on low-cost wireless communication hardware. Efforts to close this gap have lead to research activities on time-based localization in asynchronous wireless networks, which triggered the field of simultaneous localization and synchronization (SLAS). In this talk two practically relevant scenarios for SLAS are considered, and the most popular solution strategies are revisited. These strategies include classical and Bayesian estimation based on linearization, semidefinite relaxation or message-passing. Moreover, a network implementation of distributed SLAS is discussed, and open issues in current developments are leveraged.

LEAD Project at Industry.Tech'16

Zell am See, Austria, Nov. 9-10, 2016
Smart production and Industry 4.0 are the focus of the Industry.Tech 2016 symposium, bringing together leading players from industry and academia. Prof. Römer will give an invited presentation on a dependable Internet of products and production systems.

COMET K1 Research Center Pro2Future on Future Products and Production Systems

Four key researchers of the LEAD project will lead the research area 'Cognitive Products' in the COMET K1 Research Center Pro2Future on Future Products and Production Systems coordinated by Johannes Kepler University of Link. For more information visit this Webpage (in Germany only).

LEAD Project at Green Tech Innovators Club

Graz, Austria, Oct. 19, 2016
The Styrian Green Tech Cluster is a leading cooperation of industry and academic partners in the areas of green energy, buildings, and resources. The LEAD project will be presented at the Innovators Club, organized by the cluster on October 19.

LEAD Project at Grazer Herbstmesse

Graz, Austria, Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2016
The LEAD project will be present with a booth in the FutureWorld science exhibitation at the Grazer Herbstmesse with expected 70.000 visitors. We will show two demonstrators on autonomous platooning of trucks and accurate positioning of trucks, with a special emphasis on how radio interference can disturb these functions.

14. Workshop on „Automotive Software Engineering“  

Klagenfurt, Austria, Sept. 27, 2016
The 14. Workshop on "Automotive Software Engineering" addresses methods and tools for the development of dependable software for future cars on their way towards smart mobility and autonomous driving.

Course on 'Dependable Internet of Things Communications' during the Microsoft Summer School on Internet of Things

Kazan, Russia, July 16-24, 2016
Members of the LEAD project will deliver a course on "Dependable Internet of Things Communications" at the Microsoft Summer School on Internet of Things (SSIoT) held in Kazan, Russia. The course illustrates state-of-the-art low-power wireless communication protocols and gives an overview of the influence of the environment on their performance. It also discusses the challenges in understanding and predicting the environmental impact, examples of environment-aware communication protocols, as well as the common issues in implementing complex functionalities on resource-constrained smart objects. The participants also have the chance to gain hands-on experience and apply learned concepts through practical exercises using the Contiki operating syst

Nikola Tesla Lecture by Prof. Friedemann Mattern

Graz, Austria, June 9, 2016
Prof. Friedemann Mattern, professor of computer science at ETH Zurich and currently visiting professor at the Institute of Technical Informatics at TU Graz, will deliver this year's Nikola Tesla Lecture "The Internet of Things and the new digital revolution" on June 9 at 18:00 in the Ulrich-Santner lecture hall.

Long Night of Research

Graz, Austria, April 22, 2016
Dedicated station for Dependable Things at the Lange Nacht der Forschung on April 22, 2016: "Wie sicher ist unsere smarte, neue Welt?"- "How dependable is our smart new world?". More information available here.
Self-driving cars, individual product from the assembly line, and tiny sensors in aqueducts: in the near future the Internet of Things will permeate our daily lives with smart objects operating autonomously. However, in safety-critical application scenarios such as road traffic, they will be expected to operate dependably.
At the long night of research we have shown, among others, how environmental effects such as temperature variations and radio interference can affect these systems and what one can do about it. To get a flavour, check out this video:

COSADE 2016 Workshop

Graz, Austria, April 13-15, 2016
Side-channel analysis (SCA) and physical attacks have become an important field of research at universities and in the industry. In order to enhance the resistance of cryptographic and security critical implementations within the design phase, constructive attacks and analyzing techniques may serve as a quality metric to optimize the design and development process. Since 2010, COSADE provides an international platform for researchers, academics, and industry participants to present their work and their current research topics. It is an excellent opportunity to exchange on new results with international experts and to initiate new collaborations and information exchange at a professional level. The workshop will feature both invited presentations and contributed talks.

Next-Generation IoT Workshop

Los Angeles, CA, USA, March 31 - April 1, 2016
The LEAD project coordinator contributed to the "US-Europe Invited Workshop on Next-Generation Internet of Things" where future IoT research challenges have been identified. A report on these findings is now available here.

Dialogue with Industry at TU Graz

Graz, Austria, March 8, 2016
Industry dialogue talk in the Aula of TU Graz on March 8 at 19:00: "Cyber Physical Systems - Die Technologie für alle Lebenslagen". Both the coordinator of the DependableThings center Prof. Kay Römer, as well as the deputy head, Prof. Roderick Bloem will be invited speakers in the panel with industry.

Great Success for EWSN 2016!

Graz, Austria, February 15-17, 2016
Great success for the EWSN 2016 conference held in Graz on February 13-17. Among others, the conference also hosted a dependability competition during which 11 teams from academia and research institutions from all over the world have battled to provide the most reliable and efficient networking solution for wirelessly networked embedded systems operating in environments rich with radio interference. The results and awards have been presented on Tuesday morning during a plenary dedicated dependability competition session. More information is available here.

WSOS 2016 - Winter School on Operating Systems

Graz, Austria, February 22-26, 2016
Das Fachgruppentreffen sowie die Winter School on Operating Systems widmet sich daher dem Einfluss von Systemsoftware auf die Verlässlichkeit (Dependability) Eingebetteter Systeme.

EWSN 2016 - International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks

Graz, Austria, February 15-17, 2016
The International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN) is a highly selective single-track international conference focusing on premier research results at the intersection of embedded systems and wireless networking – an area of highest relevance for visionary technologies such as the Internet of Things or Cyber-Physical Systems and application domains such as Smart Production, Smart Cities, or Connected Cars. The featured topic of the 2016 edition of EWSN is “Dependability”, i.e., on solutions that aim at making networked embedded systems more reliable, predictable, safe, and secure in order to enable critical applications that require guaranteed performance.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Fredrik Tufvesson

Graz, Austria, January 22, 2016
Prof. Fredrik Tufvesson from Lund University will deliver a guest lecture entitled "Massive MIMO - from theory to practice" at TU Graz on January 22, 2016, at 14:00 in the Seminar Room IDEG134, Inffeldgasse 16c, ground floor.

LION 2015 - IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Localization for Indoors, Outdoors, and Emerging Networks

San Diego, CA, USA, December 6-10, 2015
Localization and tracking technologies for portable devices use a wide variety of networks including cellular, satellite, and WiFi, and are critical for a wide range of applications such as navigation, E911 response, location-based services, location-dependent advertising, and location-based smartphone apps. Technologies for these "conventional" use cases will continue to advance as a result of improved algorithms, better fusion of multiple tracking modes, new network architectures, and improved sensor technologies.
The workshop aims to attract recent work in all areas of localization, with an emphasis on physical-layer techniques.

Guest lecture by Simon Haykin: Cognitive Risk Control

Graz, Austria, November 9, 2015
Location: TU Graz, Lecture Hall i11, Inffeldgasse 16b, basement.

ISSSC 2015 - International Summer School on Smart Cars

Seggau, Austria, September 6 – 12, 2015
Smart and self-driving cars will change our daily lives significantly and are expected to have a transformational impact on society. First test drives with individual vehicles have already been successful and raise high expectations on future mobility concepts. These range from more convenience in travelling, over accident prevention and improved road logistics, to completely self-organizing traffic with a vast number of fully autonomous and seamlessly interacting cars. Realizing these visions requires substantial research on automotive embedded computing and networking in order to manage the significantly increased complexity of real-time information processing. The goal of this one-week summer school is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of embedded automotive computing and networking for Smart Cars, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in related areas through a series of lectures held by international experts.

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