Due to the advances in electronics and (wireless) communication, the development of
networks of low-cost, low-power, multi-functional sensors has received increasing attention.
These sensor networks are a new type of networked, embedded computing systems and are
expected to become a key technology for many pervasive computing applications.
In this seminar I will introduce some fundamentals of the emerging field of sensor networks
and will discuss selected research topics conducted at the Institute of Networked and
Embedded Systems. The seminar is intended as a compact introduction to sensor networks. I
will thus sketch HW and SW issues of sensor nodes and networks, cover networking aspects
(media access and routing), explain time synchronization in sensor networks and introduce