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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Latest News


ICT Young Researcher Award for Dominik Kus

Another year, another winner! Dominik Kus, currently M.Sc. student at COMSYS, was awarded with one of two ICT Young Researcher Awards 2022 in the category of B.Sc./M.Sc. students. The ICT Young Researcher Award is granted "for scientific motivation and efforts in the Profile Area of Information and Communication Technology" each year. Dominik made several contributions in the area of...[more]


CUMUL & Co: ACSAC Artifact Competition Finalist

At ACSAC 2022 earlier this month, COMSYS researcher Jan Pennekamp presented on “CUMUL & Co: High-Impact Artifacts for Website Fingerprinting Research”, a finalist entry to the ACSAC Cybersecurity Artifacts Competition. With this competition, for the first time this year, ACSAC, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, awards impactful artifacts in the security and privacy...[more]


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]

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