Overview

The figure below shows the course offerings of ComSys. The arrows within this figure depict recommended ways how you can specialize within the area of of communication when doing your bachelors and masters in computer science at RWTH Aachen University.
Starting with your bachelor , the two compulsory lectures  “Betriebssysteme und Systemsoftware” and “Datenkommunikation und Sicherheit” lay the foundation which you need in order to  specialize within the area of communication. If you decide to specialize within this area, you can choose the lecture Advanced Internet Technology as one of your “Wahlfpflicht”-lectures. The Pro-seminar, Softwarepraktikum, seminars and labs offered by ComSys give you further opportunities to get into touch with our topics. Finally, a bachelor thesis at ComSys allows you to get a detailed understanding of one of the topics our group does research on.
In your master studies, you can further deepen your knowledge of communication systems by attending our two lectures Multimedia Internet Technology and Mobile Internet Technology. Our seminars and labs give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in this area even more. At the end of your studies, the master thesis is a good possibility to get acquainted with one of our many research topics.
If you are not only interested in the start of the art in communication systems, but want to know more about ongoing research, the Research Focus Classes and research-oriented thesis projects allow you to get into touch with ongoing research activities. And if you are really into research, the opportunity to do a PhD within the ComSys group might wait at the end of your studies.

Bachelor Studies PhD Studies Master Studies Lecture: Mobile Internet Technology Lecture: Multimedia Internet Technology Research Focus Classes Master Thesis Bachelor Thesis ComSys Seminars and Labs (Master) ComSys Seminars and Labs (Bachelor) Vorlesung: Advanced Internet Technology Vorlesung: Sichere verteilte Systeme Software Praktikum: Communication and Operating Systems Vorlesung: Betriebssysteme und Systemsoftware Proseminar: Netzwerke und Internet

Bachelor Courses

Betriebssysteme und Systemsoftware (BuS)

  • Unix shell and programming language C
  • Process management: Processes, threads, inter-process communication
  • CPU scheduling
  • Process synchronization, deadlocks
  • Memory management: Paging, fragmentation, virtual memory
  • File system and I/O system
  • Communication subsystem and sockets

Not offered this semester.
SS 2011: Lecture: Betriebssysteme und Systemsoftware (i6)

Datenkommunikation und Sicherheit (SVS)

  • Communication services, layer models, protocols
  • Physical basics of transmission
  • Error handling and medium access
  • Internet Protocol (IP) and Routing: Connecting remote hosts
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP): Connecting applications
  • Security: Cryptographic primitives, IPSec, SSL/TLS

Not offered this semester.
SS 2011: Lecture: Datenkommunikation und Sicherheit

Advanced Internet Technology (AIT)

  • Architectures
  • Access networks
  • Embedded network devices
  • Protocol development
  • Testing strategies

Lecture: Advanced Internet Technology

Mobile Internet Technology (MIT)

  • Basics of wireless communications
  • Sensor-based networks
  • Data networks: WiFi
  • Mobile TelCo networks: GSM, UMTS
  • Mobility and Internet protocols: Mobile IP, HIP

Not offered this semester.
SS 2011: Lecture: Mobile Internet Technology

Master Courses

Mobile Internet Technology (MIT)

  • Basics of wireless communications
  • Sensor-based networks
  • Data networks: WiFi
  • Mobile TelCo networks: GSM, UMTS
  • Mobility and Internet protocols: Mobile IP, HIP

Not offered this semester.
SS 2011: Lecture: Mobile Internet Technology

Multimedia Internet Technology (MMIT)

  • Characteristics of multimedia data
  • Application examples
  • The Internet and Quality of Service (QoS)
  • New transmission protocols and control functions

Lecture: Multimedia Internet Technology

Seminars and Labs

Proseminar

  • How to do a literature survey?
  • How to write scientific papers?
  • How to give a good presentation?
  • Topics: Data Communication & Wireless Communication

Not offered this semester.

Seminars

  • Find related literature
  • Write your own survey paper
  • Peer-review the papers of other seminar students
  • Prepare a final version
  • Present your topic at a two-day workshop
  • Topics: Advanced Internet Technology (AIT) and Mobile Internet Technology (MIT)

Seminar: Advanced Internet Technology
Seminar: Mobile Internet Technology

Sensor Networks Lab

  • Introduction to sensor networks
  • Hands-on experience on distributed systems
  • Distributed communication: Routing, MAC layer
  • Distributed OS: Virtual machines

Not offered this semester.
SS 2011: Praktikum Sensor-Netzwerke

Mobile Communication Systems Engineering Lab

  • Internet and mobility, Wireless LAN, WiFi roaming
  • Linux operating system: Networking, wireless communication internals
  • Effective programming techniques
  • Exercises: Hands-on on wireless communications
  • Small 6-week projects on wireless networking under Linux

Not offered this semester.

Research Focus Class

  • Interactive lecture concept
  • Research area chosen and introduced by ComSys team
  • Selection of current research topics by the participants
  • Talks and discussions prepared by the participants
  • Real research: Ad-hoc simulations, prototypes, experiments on demand

Research Focus Class: User-centric mobile services
Research Focus Class: Performance and reliability