EToL 2018: Expert Talk on Localization 2018 - Lübeck, Germany, July 12-13, 2018

We announce the 3rd Expert Talk on Localization of GI/ITG specialist group Communication and Distributed Systems. The objective of this expert talk is intense discussions among researchers from academia and industry in this challenging area. 

Localization is a major technology in the field of medical, industrial and logistics applications. The Expert Talk offers researchers a platform to discuss recent results of their work and share opinions with each other. They are invited to discuss current issues and upcoming challenges. The Expert Talk on Localization features a demo and poster session. The demo session is dedicated for a presentation of practical results, e.g., localization systems, sensors, applications, and other contributions.

We invite contributions (abstract, demonstration) of all topics regarding localization, positioning, applications, and related concepts. 

Update: The proceedings are available under this link.

Final Program

Wednesday 11.07.2018

19:00 Early bird meeting - "Im Alten Zolln", Mühlenstraße 93-95


Thursday 12.07.2018

12:30 - 13:00: Registration

13:00 - 13:15: Welcome and Introduction

13:15 - 14:30: Panel discussion:

  • Short introduction of attendees
  • Keynote: What do customers expect from localization systems? - Requirements and challenges from the industry. (Georg Frischmuth)
  • Discussion and Brainstorming for breakout sessions

14:30 - 15:00: Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30: 1st Session – Systems and Demonstrations

Session chair: Zhongliang Zhao (Bern)

  • Lessons learned: Indoor Ultra-Wideband localization systems for an industrial IoT application (Swen Leugner and Horst Hellbrück)
  • Concept for real-time localization based on smartphone camera and IMU (Janek Stoeck and Harald Sternberg)
  • Demo: InPhase - No-Cost Phase-based Ranging and Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks (Yannic Schröder, Dennis Reimers and Lars Wolf)

16:30 - 17:00: Coffee break with Presentation of Demos

17:00 - 18:00: Break-Out Sessions

  • Specific challenges of localization research

19:00 - 19:30: City tour

19:30 - 22:00: Dinner - "L'Osteria", An der Untertrave 111


Friday 13.07.2018

09:00 - 09:30: Result presentation

  • Breakout session

09:30 - 10:00: Panel Discussion

  • Results from the breakout sessions

10:00 - 11:30: 2nd  Session – UWB

Session chair: Eike Barnefeske (HCU)

  • Anchor Pair Selection in Unilateral TDoA Localization Topologies (Reza Zandian and Ulf Witkowski)
  • Impact of the antenna pose for distance estimation (Mathias Pelka, Marco Cimdins and Horst Hellbrück)
  • Evaluation of H-infinity Filter in Time Differential Localization Systems (Reza Zandian and Ulf Witkowski)

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch

12:30 - 13:00: CoSA Demonstration

13:00 - 14:00: 3rd Session – RSSI

Session chair: Yannic Schröder (TU BS)

  • Theoretical Considerations Regarding the Application of Received Signal Strength within Heterogeneous Indoor Positioning Systems (Marco Gunia, Niko Joram and Frank Ellinger)
  • Comparison of Antenna Types and Frequency Bands for Radio-based Device-free Localization (Marco Cimdins and Horst Hellbrück)

14:00 - 14:30: Coffee Break

14:30 - 15:30: 4th Session – ML

Session chair: Marco Cimdins (FHL)

  • A new localization algorithm based on neural networks (Mathias Pelka, Manfred Constapel, Duc Tu Le Anh and Horst Hellbrück)
  • Machine Learning-based Room Recognition (Zhongliang Zhao, Jose Carrera and Torsten Braun)

15:30 – 15:45: Wrap up

15:45 – open end: Invitation to participate at the CoSA BBQ


Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. We feature a demo and technical exhibition session and panel discussions. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting a demonstration in addition to submitting an abstract.

Abstracts must present original research or experience. Late-breaking advances and work-in-progress reports from ongoing research are also encouraged. We encourage you to also submit failed ideas as it might spawn interesting discussions. Authors are requested to submit abstracts limited up to three pages in a two-column IEEE conference format. Please submit your Abstract via EasyChair until 15.06.2018.

Authors of accepted submissions are expected to present during the event.

Please submit your papers via Easychair

List of Topics

  • Localization, positioning, and navigation 
  • Applications (IoT, industry 4.0, autonomous vehicles, sensor networks robotics, logistics, medical, safety, smartphones,…)
  • Sensors for ranging or positioning (UWB, IMU, RFID, RSS, optical,…)
  • Mapping or SLAM 
  • Context, privacy
  • Robustness, reliable localization, scalability, networking, data communication, localization infrastructure
  • New application areas for localization technologies (gamification, unmanned aerial vehicles, underwater, elderly care, intrusion or anti-burglary detection, smart homes,...)
  • Novel ideas regarding localization


General Chair

  • Horst Hellbrück, FH Lübeck

Organizing committee

  • Eike Barnefske, Hafencity Universtiy
  • Mathias Pelka, FH Lübeck
  • Yannic Schröder, TU Braunschweig
  • Zhongliang Zhao, University of Bern


  • Marco Cimdins, FH Lübeck


The conference will be held in Lübeck. 


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