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.
The goal of the IDEA league doctoral school on Transiently Powered Computing (TPC 2017) was to survey fundamental and applied aspects of systems operating over time-varying and unpredictable energy sources. The goal was also to identify novel opportunities and research directions in this area through a series of lectures by international experts. Participants also experienced the relevant technologies during hands-on hackathons and were given a chance to present their own work during a dedicated poster session. The school provided 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 were postgraduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial labs around the world.
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