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SSES Rwanda 22

Welcome to Summer School on Smart Local Energy Systems, Rwanda 2022

SSES Rwanda ‘22 offers postgraduate Masters and PhD students, and early career researchers the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), IoT, and Energy. The Summer School is being organized in partnership with the University of Rwanda, Coventry University, and EnergyREV, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Infrastructure Rwanda, the Rwanda Information Society Information Authority (RISA) and the Rwanda Energy Group (REG). It will provide participants with the necessary understanding of the development of sensing systems from concept to deployment, with a particular focus on Contiki, that can aid the design of Smart energy systems.

During the course, participants will:

  • Understand the latest results, trends, activities and applications in IoT and WSN
  • Gain insights on designing wireless intelligent systems in the energy setting
  • Become familiar with Contiki-NG basics, key features and compile a simple application
  • Understand the different parts that make up a typical IoT application, ethical issues that may arise and key constraints on what IoT can do.

Photo album of the event

Before the workshop

Prior to coming to the workshop, all attendees are asked to install the requisite software. All the required software is free and open source. The installation instructions are here.

The installation can be time consuming and you may have questions about the installation process. Please raise any issues with installing on the issues page.

Installation should be completed and confirmed correct by 1st June 2022.


The three-day Summer School will feature a number of workshops, keynotes, and hands-on development work. It will be in dual mode, allowing online participation allowing applicants from outside Rwanda to participate.

Day 1- Introduction to WSN applications and design for deployment

Keynotes by Professor Elena Gaura (Coventry University) ‘What does a sustainable energy system look like? and Dr Jonathan Nixon (Coventry University) ‘Design principles and processes for renewable micro grids: Rwanda Case Studies’

Workshops on Introduction to IoT and Contiki.

Day 2- Understanding the development, benefits and challenges of sensing systems

Insights and practical hands-on tutorials on debugging and relevant applications for IoT, including the process and challenges of going from system concept through to real-life IoT deployment.

Lecture: ‘Principal protocols for energy systems and data collection’

Day 3- Demonstrations

Lecture: ‘Living Labs – How and Why’

In groups, participants put into practice the skills and techniques learned during the course to build their own demos.


SSES Rwanda 22 take place at the University of Rwanda Campus of the College of Science and Technology in Kigali, Rwanda.


It is aimed at participants with knowledge in computer science electronic and/or electrical engineering, who understand and are open to learning how the Internet of Things can be applied in the design of Smart energy systems.

Participants will need to bring their own laptop. If accepted, participants will receive instructions for installing all needed software for the course, which must be installed prior to the start of the course.

Registration and costs

Participation is open to interested MSC and PhD students and industry professionals wanting to enhance their knowledge in the field. It is expected that the school will host 20 participants in person and 20 online. The course is free and includes participation in all school activities, materials, and lunch during the course. Accommodation and travel costs will be the responsibility of the participants.

Each participant will receive a TelosB mote that they can keep after the course.

Application process

To apply for a position at the summer school please register here.

Important dates

Registration deadline: May 25th 2022

Installation screenshot deadline: June 1st 2022

If you are still attempting the installation, please get in touch.


We would like to acknowledge the support of the Principal of the College of Science and Technology and the following University of Rwanda Research Centres for providing meals, laboratory facilities and lecture venues: African Centre of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD), African Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) and East African Institute for Fundamental Research(EAIFR).


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