Marco Zimmerling

I am an independent research group leader at TU Dresden, where I am heading the Networked Embedded Systems Lab within the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden. My research interests are in the area of cyber-physical systems, with a focus on wireless embedded systems. Overall, I aim at designing and building real systems that are provably dependable, highly adaptive, and sustainable by design.

I completed my PhD in computer engineering in 2015 at ETH Zurich in the group of Lothar Thiele. I hold a diploma degree in computer science from TU Dresden. For doing my diploma thesis, I visited the groups of Thiemo Voigt at RISE Kista and Per Gunningberg at Uppsala University. Taking a break from my studies, I interned at IBM for more than a year, including a six-month stay at the T.J. Watson Research Center.

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Besides research, I enjoy my three kids, running, fishing, cooking, hiking, and reading books.


Mar 3, 2021

We have released the artifacts (hardware designs, source code, etc.) of our NSDI'21 paper on enabling efficient device-to-device communication in battery-free networks.

Feb 2, 2021

I am happy to join the editorial board of JSys, a new diamond open-access journal with several innovative features (e.g., no page limits, 6 weeks turn-around time).

Jan 6, 2021

I am happy to serve on the technical program committee of SenSys'21. Note that the submission deadline will be later than in previous years (around late May, early June).

Dec 12, 2020

Our paper on battery-free networks has been accepted at NSDI'21. Stay tuned for paper, code, and hardware design specs!

Nov 26, 2020

I am happy to serve on the technical program committee of MobiSys'21. Don't forget to register your abstract by Jan 8, 2021! Full papers are due one week later.

Oct 12, 2020

Our article reviewing the state of the art and opportunities for future research in wireless control for smart manufacturing will appear in the Proceedings of the IEEE.

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Email: marco zimmerling at
Phone: +49 351 463 43728
Fax: +49 351 463 39995

Visiting Address:
TU Dresden
Networked Embedded Systems Lab
Helmholtzstrasse 18, BAR II59
01187 Dresden

Mailing Address:
TU Dresden
cfaed – S7A
01062 Dresden, Germany

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