Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI

Security for the Internet of Things (Sommersemester 2017)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Konrad-Felix Krentz (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 4
  • Credits: 6
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 28.04.2017
  • Teaching Form: Seminar / Project
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Elective Module

Programs & Modules

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • ISAE-Spezialisierung
  • ISAE-Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • OSIS-Konzepte und Methoden
  • OSIS-Spezialisierung
  • OSIS-Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • ITSE-Analyse
  • ITSE-Entwurf
  • ITSE-Konstruktion
  • ITSE-Maintenance


Interconnecting embedded devices with the Internet leads to the so-called Internet of things (IoT). The Internet of things is envisioned to realize fascinating applications, such as smart cities, predictive maintenance, and precision agriculture. These applications will involve large numbers of embedded devices that communicate with each other and remote hosts.

Securing the IoT is of paramount importance, but many security issues persist. This year's edition of this seminar mainly focusses on denial-of-sleep attacks. Such attacks aim at expending the limited energy reserves of battery-powered and energy-harvesting IoT devices.


Students will work in teams of about 2 persons. Each team will choose a specific project to work on. There will be an intermediate presentation, where each team primarily presents related work, and a final presentation, where each team presents its results. Furthermore, each team is supposed to author a paper and create a prototypical implementation.


The final grade will be based on the intermediate presentation, the final presentation, the final paper, as well as the implementation.