Marco Zimmerling

I am a full professor at the Faculty of Engineering at University of Freiburg, where I am heading the Networked Embedded Systems Lab within the Department of Computer Science. My research interests are in the area of cyber-physical systems, with a focus on wireless embedded systems. Overall, I aim at designing real systems that are provably dependable, highly adaptive, and sustainable by design.

Previously, I was a research group leader at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden at TU Dresden. 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 my diploma thesis project, 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.


Oct 4, 2022

Our paper on RSSISpy, a software tool for continuous RSSI measurements on COTS hardware, has received the EWSN 2022 Best Paper Award. See here for the code.

July 14, 2022

Two papers accepted at EWSN! One on inspecting concurrent transmissions in the wild (RSSISpy), and one on making low-power wireless more fault tolerant (Butler).

May 4, 2022

I am honored to receive the ACM SIGBED Early Career Researcher Award 2022! This is also an amazing recognition of our group's research over the past few years.

Apr 4, 2022

Our paper on effective communication between battery-free, intermittently powered devices has received the NSDI 2022 Community Award.

Apr 1, 2022

I have joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg as a full professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Mar 25, 2022

We have released the artifacts (energy-harvesting traces, source code, etc.) of our NSDI'22 paper on battery-free device-to-device communication.

Mar 14, 2022

I am organizing a Dagstuhl seminar on emerging Internet of Things scenarios (in-body, underwater, outer space, etc.) together with Kyle, Longfei, and Xia to be held in 2023.

Feb 25, 2022

Together with Sebastian Trimpe, I will have the pleasure talk about our work on wireless control at ETHZ/EPFL on February 28 and at TU Darmstadt on March 18.

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Full Publication List

Selected Honors and Awards

Open Source

I make research artifacts available as open source whenever possible:


Email: zimmerling at
Phone: +49 761 203 95382

University of Freiburg
Networked Embedded Systems Lab
Georges-Köhler-Allee 51, Room 03 004
79110 Freiburg, Germany

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