Welcome to the Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems at RWTH Aachen University. The chair, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle and Emeritus Prof. Dr. Otto Spaniol, conducts research in diverse areas related to computer networks and distributed systems:

  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Network and System Reliability and Security
  • Massively Distributed Systems
  • Performance Evaluation and Hybrid Evaluation Platforms
  • Cross-Layer Techniques & Platforms

COMSYS also hosts the "Computational Network Science" research group that is headed by Prof. Michael Schaub as well as the "Secure Industrial Data Exchange" research group that is headed by Prof. Martin Henze. The chair is further collaborating closely with the Cyber Analysis & Defense department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE.

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Temporary Policy Adaptions Due to the Corona Pandemic

Dear Students,

COMSYS is back to normal operation again. However, we strongly encourage our students to continue wearing face masks at the chair. For the modalities of your student meetings, please discuss an individual policy with your supervisor. We also updated our policy regarding oral exams and we will offer a hybrid mode for thesis talks for the time being.

If you are interested in writing a thesis with us, you can find open topics on our available theses page (accessible via eduroam or the RWTH VPN). However, we are currently experiencing an increased pro-active interest in our topics, i.e., we recommend that you contact your (potential) advisor directly via email and ask for availble theses that are not advertised on our homepage.

Latest News


COMSYS @ ESAO Summer School 2022

In the recent months, we have formed a close collaboration with Uniklinik Aachen on computational aspects on the Clinical Application of Organ Crosstalk (COAT). Thus, in September, we presented our computer science view on COAT at the Joint Summer School of the ESAO, EUTox working group, COAT consortium, Strategy-CKD & SFB/TRR219 IRTG. The summer school took place in Skopje, Republic North...[more]


IoP Young Researcher Award 2022 for Jan Pennekamp

At the Scientific Advisory Board Meeting of the Internet of Production (Excellence Cluster) of RWTH this month, COMSYS researcher Jan Pennekamp, together with Yannik Lockner (working for the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH) was awarded with the IoP Young Researcher Award 2022. They were recognized for their work on the topic of "Secure Exchange of Production Parameters". For Jan,...[more]


Lernen. Forschen. Grillen.

Last Thursday, September 8th, we celebrated the 75th birthday of Otto Spaniol and the 10th aniversary of COMSYS (with a delay of 2 years due to COVID19).[more]


Salil Kanhere Stays with COMSYS as Visiting Professor

Professor Salil Kanhere from UNSW Sydney will stay with COMSYS starting from August 2022 until the end of October 2022 as part of his Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award. With this prestigious award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recognizes about about 20 internationally renowned scientists each year. The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award allows the awardee to conduct a research project of their...[more]

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