Cyber-Physical Systems Group

"Making the interconnected world work in a flexible and efficient, but safe and reliable manner to the benefit of society"

Cyber-physical Systems that combine the physical world with the virtual world are starting to play an ever more important role in our daily lives. In this research group, we're looking at the fundamental concepts and challenges to realize the vision of an interconnected world. In particular, we focus on industrial communication systems.

In contrast to human-to-human communication, communication between machines requires a fundamentally new approach. While humans are inherently able to cope with imperfections in communication, machines require predictability. This covers aspects of correctness, latency, and context sensitivity, but also new sensing paradigms.

In our group, we especially focus on (safety-)critical industrial applications (Industry 4.0), but also on enabling new simulation methodologies for complex networked systems. Solving the fundamental challenges in these areas therefore enables the Internet of Everything.

Hot Topics

  • In-network processing techniques for industrial control
    • Co-design approaches
    • Predictable system behavior
    • Theoretical and practical limits
  • Low-latency ultra-reliable wireless systems
    • Network design
    • Reliability-enhancing strategies
    • Theoretical and practical limits
  • Systems engineering and tool development
    • Replacement of Expected Values (mean), with hard guarantees
    • Guided design

Methodology and Tools

To convince stakeholders, new approaches need a solid base in theory, but – more importantly – also need validation and demonstration in practical prototypes. This leads to the following design circle.

  1. Requirements analysis
  2. Analytical studies using abstract models
  3. Simulations and/or verification
  4. Real-world experiments
  5. Start over


Current Projects

  • CONSENT: Conformance-driven and Auto-configured Security for Home and Industrial Networks
    (within the NRW Postgraduate Training Programme)
  • Internet of Production: Technical foundations enabling cross-domain collaboration in production
    (Interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence)
  • REFLEXES: A Co-Designed Architecture for In-Network Control
    (DFG within Priority Program 1914 "Cyber-Physical Networking")

Selected Past Projects

  • FootPath: Infrastructure-less indoor navigation on smartphones
  • HODRIAN: Development of a frequency agile, decentralized, reliable wireless system
  • KoI: Development of a centralized, reliable, 1ms wireless system
  • MemoSim: Avoiding of Redundant Computations in Simulation Parameter Studies by Memoization
    (DFG project)
  • PREserv: Privacy Enhanced Sensing, Encoding, Relaying & Visualization
  • Psychologist in a Pocket: Mental health (depression) screening on smartphones
  • RatPack: Analysis of animal ecological and social networks with programmable sensor nodes
  • WARPsim: A code-transparent simulation environment for WARP devices


Ina Berenice Fink, M.Sc. Ina Berenice Fink, M.Sc.
+49 241 80-21419

    René Glebke, M.Sc. René Glebke, M.Sc.
    +49 241 80-21424

      Ike Kunze, M.Sc. Ike Kunze, M.Sc.
      +49 241 80-21422

        Martin Serror, M.Sc. Martin Serror, M.Sc.
        +49 241 80-21415

          Mirko Stoffers, M.Sc. Mirko Stoffers, M.Sc.
          +49 241 80-21423

              Available Theses

              The Cyber-Physical Systems Group always has a range of thesis topics available for motivated and talented students. An excerpt of available theses can be seen from inside the RWTH University network.

              Group publications

              59. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, :1-14
              December 2019
              ISSN: 1932-4537
              1st ACM CoNEXT Workshop on Emerging in-Network Computing Paradigms (ENCP '19)
              Publisher: ACM,
              December 2019
              ISBN: 978-1-4503-7000-4/19/12
              Thomas Bergs, Philipp Niemietz, Jan Pennekamp, Ike Kunze, Daniel Trauth and Klaus Wehrle
              Procedia Manufacturing,
              October 2019
              ISSN: 2351-9789
              In Proceedings of the Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA '19)
              Publisher: IFIP/IEEE,
              June 2019
              Jan Pennekamp, René Glebke, Martin Henze, Tobias Meisen, Christoph Quix, Rihan Hai, Lars Gleim, Philipp Niemietz, Maximilian Rudack, Simon Knape, Alexander Epple, Daniel Trauth, Uwe Vroomen, Thomas Bergs, Christian Brecher, Andreas Bührig-Polaczek, Matthias Jarke and Klaus Wehrle
              Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS '19), May 6-9, 2019, Taipei, TW, page 31-37.
              Publisher: IEEE,
              May 2019
              ISBN: 978-1-5386-8500-6/19
              Technical Report
              Report Number: arXiv:1905.03144 [cs.NI]
              COMSYS, RWTH Aachen University, Ahornstr. 55, 52074 Aachen, Germany
              May 2019
              53. ITG-news, 02/2019:7-8
              April 2019
              Sebastian Gallenmüller, René Glebke, Stephan Günther, Eric Hauser, Maurice Leclaire, Stefan Reif, Jan Rüth, Andreas Schmidt, Georg Carle, Thorsten Herfet, Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat and Klaus Wehrle
              In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking (EdgeSys 2019)
              Publisher: ACM,
              March 2019
              51. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, 16(2):389--402
              January 2019
              ISSN: 1932-4537
              René Glebke, Martin Henze, Klaus Wehrle, Philipp Niemietz, Daniel Trauth, Patrick Mattfeld and Thomas Bergs
              Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Wailea, HI, USA, page 7252-7261.
              Publisher: University of Hawai'i at Manoa / AIS,
              January 2019
              ISBN: 978-0-9981331-2-6
              Mirko Stoffers, Daniel Schemmel, Oscar Soria Dustmann and Klaus Wehrle
              ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS), 28(4):26:1-26:25
              October 2018
              Jens Hiller, Martin Henze, Martin Serror, Eric Wagner, Jan Niklas Richter and Klaus Wehrle
              43rd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Chicago, USA
              Publisher: IEEE,
              October 2018
              ISBN: 978-1-5386-4413-3
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