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Dr.-Ing. Vlado Handziski


I am senior researcher at TKN, coordinating the research and teaching activities of the group in the areas of networked embedded systems, internet of things and cyber-physical systems.

During the winter semesters 2014/2015 and 2016/2017 I was adjunct/interim professor at the Chair for Embedded Systems at TU Dresden.

I received my doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Berlin (summa cum laude, 2011) and my M.Sc. degree from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (2002).

I have participated and led research activities in more than ten projects with external funding, at European, national and local level and have contributed to international standardization activities in the area of evaluation of indoor localization systems.

My research focus lies on developing platform solutions and system abstractions for wireless networked embedded systems and cloud-supported Internet of Things (IoT) as well as their application in specific application domains like industrial automation and indoor localization. In my research methodology, prototyping, experimental work and testbeds play a central role. I was chief architect of the popular TWIST testbed and one of the core developers of TinyOS.


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Research Projects

As a member of the Telecommunication Networks Group at TU Berlin I have helped in the acquisition and have participated in the realization of more than ten different research projects with external funding, at European, national and local level, assuming an ever increasing set of responsibilities. In the following, I briefly summarize the most important projects including the related contributions (referring to the PDF version of the publication list).


Project Portfolio
Reliable IP for time-synchronized Channel Hopping networks (RICH)

EIT ICT Digital activity, Cyber Physical Systems action line, 01.01.2014–31.12.2015


The project was a cooperation of three academic institutions (TU Berlin, SICS, TU Eindhoven), two industrial partners (NXP and Telekom Italia) and two SMEs (in 2015 extension, Worldsensing and Inertia Technologies). The project focused on developing robust wireless protocol stack for demanding CPS applications. The stack is based on time-synchronized, channel hopping (TSCH) medium access and streamlined IPv6 implementation for resource-constrained sensor devices. The experimental validation of the solution was based on the latest system-on-chip (SoC) sensor node platform from NXP. TKN activities were concentrated on the development of the TSCH stack in TinyOS, porting of TinyOS to the NXP SoC platform, as well as its integration in TWIST for subsequent experimental evaluation of the robustness under different interference scenarios. In the second phase of the project, the developed solutions have been deployed and validated in two demanding CPS applications: structural integrity monitoring of a bridge in Barcelona and in a factory automation deployment in Twente.

I have defined the research agenda for TKN in the proposal phase as lead proposal author and have individually coordinated its implementation including co-supervision of the activities of one PhD student and three student assistants. On project level, I was leader of the “technology maturation” work package responsible for the implementation of the overall technology stack. I also coordinated the subgranting process from TU Berlin to Worldsensing as part of the final demonstrator.

Related contributions: [J1]
Social Sensor Cloud

ProFIT (EU ERDF) grant, collaborative project (2 SMEs + TKN), 15.05.2013–15.04.2015


The goal of the project was the development of a reference system architecture, protocol and service stack for a novel, cloud-based Internet of Things platform that addresses the shortcomings in the existing SoA solutions in this domain, like suboptimal service APIs, rigid decoupling and storage-centricity. The core components of the platform were subsequently incorporated in the commercial offerings of the participating SME partners. As part of the project, TKN focused on development of novel solutions in the domains of service APIs, message-oriented middleware, service and sensor discovery, as well as system-wide optimization to different QoS requirements, with the ultimate goal of supporting large number of concurrent applications running on top of a common hardware base of shared sensing infrastructure.

I have defined the research agenda for TKN in the proposal phase as lead proposal author and I have individually coordinated its implementation including co-supervision of the activities of three PhD students. I represented TKN at project and review meetings and was responsible for all progress reporting.

Related contributions: [C6],[PD4],[NR2]

Evaluation of RF-based Indoor Localization Solutions for the Future Internet (EVARILOS)

EU grant, FP 7, 1.11.2012–31.03.2015


The goal of the EVARILOS project was to develop a unified benchmarking methodology enabling objective experimental evaluation and fair comparison of radio frequency (RF)-based indoor localization solutions. It also aimed at improving the robustness of indoor localization solutions to different types of RF interference.

In addition to helping define the research agenda for TKN in the proposal phase, I was responsible for coordinating the project activities related to the development of a hardware and software benchmarking platform for automatized evaluation of indoor localization systems and for experimental evaluation of their performance under the influence of RF interference.  To this end, I was co-supervising the work of two PhD students. I was also responsible for the organization of the EVARILOS Open Challenge and for representing TKN at project meetings. 

Related contributions:[J2],[J3],[J4],[C5],[C8],[C9],[C11],[C12],[PD5] 

From WSN Testbeds to CPS Testbeds

EIT Digital activity, Cyber Physical Systems action line, 01.01.2013–31.12.2013


This has been the first pilot activity of the new Cyber Physical Systems activity line in the EIT ICT Labs. The main TKN goal has been the expansion of TWIST testbed from a pure wireless sensor network testbed, to a flexible experimental infrastructure, capable of supporting experimental research for more demanding Cyber Physical System scenarios. To this end, we have extended TWIST with robotic mobility platforms, building automation actuators and implemented interfaces enabling easy integration of cloud-based storage and processing services.

I have defined the research agenda for TKN in the proposal phase as lead proposal author and I have individually coordinated its implementation, including co-supervision of the activities of one PhD student. 

Related contributions: [C15],[PD6],[PD7],[TR3] 

Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence (CONET)

EU Grant, FP 7, 01.06.2008–31.05.2012


The goal of the NoE has been the establishment of a strong research community in the domain of Cooperating Objects, a unifying concept that binds together the areas of embedded systems for robotics and control, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks. In the context of the project, the TKN group was involved in promoting the concept of Cooperating Objects as effective method for addressing the challenges in fundamental research areas, like radio resource management and adaptation as well as in application oriented tasks, like recognition of emotions using wireless sensor nodes.TKN was also leading the development activities for the CONET Testbed Federation, a platform for federating Cooperating Object testbeds that facilitates cross-validation studies by enabling easy migration of experiments across the member testbeds. Our TWIST testbed was the largest federate and the main prototyping platform.

In addition to helping define the TKN’s research agenda in the proposal phase, I was representing TKN at project and review meetings, and was providing regular financial and scientific reporting on project progress, as well as performing internal implementation and budgeting controlling. I was responsible for all project-wide activities related to CONET Testbed Federation, including the direct supervision of the project-funded Testbed Federation Engineer, and two PhD students.

Related contributions:,[C18],[C19],[C20],[PD8],[PD9],[TR4]

Energy-efficient Sensor Networks (EYES)

EU grant, FP 5, 01.03.2002–28.02.2005


EYES was one of the first EU funded projects in the area of wireless sensor networks. It focused on self-organizing and collaborative energy-efficient sensor networks. The goal of the project was to develop architecture and a technology stack for a flexible platform that can support large variety of mobile sensor network applications.  An important outcome of the final demonstrator of the EYES project, apart from the original goals, was the first prototype of the TWIST testbed at TKN.

In addition to the testing aspects, my main responsibility in the project have been the development of protocol solutions for a publish/subscribe middleware, semantic addressing and service discovery. I have also closely cooperated with Infineon Technologies AG in designing a new wireless sensor node platform, the EyesIFX, as well as the first porting of TinyOS 1.x to the Texas Instruments MSP430 family of microcontrollers used on the EyesIFX and TelosB platforms.

Related contributions: [C21],[C26],[C27],[C28],[PD10],[TR8],[TR9],[NR8],[NR9],[NR10]



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