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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Sensor Networks


Sensor Technologies


prof. dr. Tomaž Javornik


• knowing the architecture of the sensor node,
• understanding the principles and knowing the standards of wireless and wired links in sensor networks,
• knowing the steps required for design of sensor networks,
• comparing and choosing the problem adequate sensor networks and building components of sensor node.

• ability for comparative analysis for selecting appropriate elements of sensor node, prebuilt sensor nodes and communication technology for sensor nodes interconnection,
• ability of the problem adequate design of the sensor network architecture,
• construction of an operational sensor network using available building blocks,
• consideration of restricted capabilities of sensor nodes and technologies for interconnection of sensor nodes.


• Applications of sensor networks in environment monitoring, precision agriculture, smart buildings, health care, security and surveillance, smart grids and energy control, industrial applications.
• Architecture of the sensor node and comparison of its building components including micro controllers, type of memory, energy sources, sensors and communication interfaces.
• Overview, comparison and selection of technology/standard/protocol in wired sensor networks.
• Overview, comparison and selection of technology/standard/protocol in wireless sensor networks including study of challenges and constrains of physical layer, MAC layer, network layer, time synchronization and localization.
• Detailed individual study of a real case from student’s research work.

Course literature:

• Verdone, R., Dardari, D., Mazzini, G., Conti, A. Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Technologies, Analysis and Design, Roberto Verdone, Elsevier Science, 2010. ISBN-10: 0123725399
• Zhao, F. and Guibas L., Wireless Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach, Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking, 2004. ISBN-10: 1558609148

• Sensors – Open Access Journal, ( ISSN 1424-8220
• International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Hindawi. ISSN 1550-1329
• IET Wireless Sensor Systems. ISSN: 2043-6386

Significant publications and references:

• 39 original scientific articles,
• 1 invited lecture,
• 109 conference contributions,
• 4 patents,
• 1 monograph,
• 9 other completed works,
• > 110 pure citations,
• h-index: 5.

• Andrej Hrovat, Gorazd Kandus, Tomaž Javornik, " A survey of radio propagation modeling for tunnels" , IEEE Communications surveys and tutorials, vol. 16, no. 2, str. 658-669, 2014.
• Alexey Volkov, Jerneja Žganec Gros, Mario Žganec, Tomaž Javornik, Aleš Švigelj, " Modulated acquisition of spatial distortion maps" , Sensors, vol. 13, no. 8, str. 11069-11084, 2013.
• Farukh Nadeem, Erich Leitgeb, Gorazd Kandus, Tomaž Javornik, " Comparing the cloud effects on hybrid network using optical wireless and GHz links" , IET communications, vol. 6, no. 5, str. 492-498, 2012.
• Tine Celcer, Gorazd Kandus, Tomaž Javornik, " Adaptive utility-based scheduling algorithm for multiuser MIMO uplink" , EURASIP J. wirel. commun. netw. (online), vol. 2011, no. 22, str. 1-12, 2011.
• Andrej Hrovat, Gorazd Kandus, Tomaž Javornik, " Four-slope channel model for path loss prediction in tunnels at 400 MHz" , IET microwaves, antennas & propagation, vol. 4, no. 5, str. 571-582, 2010.


Seminar work with presentation and defence of the solution for the selected problem from student’s research work (60%)
Oral exam (40%)

Students obligations:

Seminar work with presentation and defence of the solution for the selected problem from student’s research work.
Oral exam.