Call for Participation

IDEA League Doctoral School on
Transiently Powered Computing (TPC 2017)

November 8th-10th, 2017
(directly after ACM SenSys)

Delft, The Netherlands

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: July 18th, 2017 AOE August 14th, 2017 AOE (extended)
  • School: November 8th to 10th, 2017



Advances in energy harvesting and wireless energy transfer are redefining the scope and extent of the energy constraints in low-power embedded computing. It now becomes conceivable to power not just RFID-scale devices out of harvested or wirelessly-transferred energy, but also more powerful devices operating in applications such as smart buildings, factory automation, and mobile health. However, energy provisioning from ambient energy harvesting or wireless energy transfer is generally erratic. Thus, devices need to cope with highly variable, yet unpredictable energy supplies across both space and time. The challenges arising in this field are generating an entirely new stream of research from the hardware up to the application layers, and novel solutions are being devised to attack these unique problems.

Goals and Audience  

The goal of the IDEA league doctoral school on Transiently Powered Computing (TPC 2017) is to survey fundamental and applied aspects of systems operating over time-varying and unpredictable energy sources, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in this area through a series of lectures by international experts. Participants will also experience the relevant technologies during hands-on hackathons and be given a chance to present their own work during a dedicated poster session. The school will provide attendees with a great opportunity to meet distinguished scholars and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future. The intended audience are postgraduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial labs around the world.

Speakers and Topics

The doctoral school intents to cover the field broadly from both the electrical engineering perspective and the computer science perspective. Please see here for the list of confirmed speakers.


Submission System: Prospective participants should apply online before July 18th, 2017, please see the submission system for details

Submission: The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40. When applying, prospective attendees need to provide, in a single PDF file:

  • a one page resumé including information on home institution, current status (PhD student, post-doc, researcher, …), expected graduation date in case of PhD students, publications (if any, an existing publication track is by no means mandatory and fresh PhD students are welcome as well) and any other information the applicant deems relevant;
  • a two-page extended abstract describing current and future research the applicant is focusing on; the content of the extended abstract will match the content of the poster that the applicant, if accepted, will be presenting during the poster session at the school.

Format: For preparing the extended abstract, please use the ACM SigConference template. The extended abstracts of accepted applicants with be delivered as school proceedings to all attendees and published online on the school website.

Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the expected benefit the applicant may gain by attending the school, on geographical distribution, and on the prospective mixture of attendees with different backgrounds and research areas that will be attending the school.

Cost: Participation to the school is free of charge for students of IDEA and Aspire League institutions, and covers overnight stay for the duration of the school, all meals (excluding breakfast) and social activities, excluding travel costs which are not covered for students of IDEA and Aspire League institutions. The registration fee for non-IDEA league attendees is 250 EUR and covers the same package as for IDEA and Aspire League students, except overnight stay costs. Additionally, the N2Woman network will provide student travel grants for ACM SenSys 2017 female participants that will also cover the full attendance to the doctoral school. Please refer to for details.


The school is organised by Przemysław Pawełczak (TU Delft, The Netherlands), Jan Beutel (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Jó Ágila Bitsch (RWTH Aachen, Germany), Muhammad Hamad Alizai (RWTH Aachen, Germany) Olaf Landsiedel (Chalmers University, Sweden), Luca Mottola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Kasım Sinan Yıldırım (TU Delft, The Netherlands),  and Klaus Wehrle (RWTH Aachen, Germany). The school is funded by IDEA league.