Ike Kunze, M.Sc.

Communication and Distributed Systems
RWTH Aachen University
Ahornstr. 55
52074 Aachen, Germany

E-Mail: ike.kunze[[at]]comsys.rwth-aachen.de [German or English]
Phone: +49 241 80-21422
Office: Building E3, Room 9032
Office Hours: Please drop me an email for an appointment.


Short Biography
After receiving my M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University with honors, I joined the Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems at RWTH Aachen University as a researcher and Ph.D. student in January 2019.

My research centers around leveraging the capabilities of novel programmable networking hardware for improving network performance. For example, I am interested in approaches targeting network buffers and queues (AQM), network monitoring, as well as transport protocols and congestion control.
As part of my current position in the excellence cluster Internet of Production, I further study the applicability of in-network computing concepts to networks with strict requirements, e.g., the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or the industrial production domain. In this context, I also contribute to the IRTF COIN research group. 

For my contributions to the EuroSys 2021 Shadow PC, I was awarded the Distinguished Shadow PC Reviewer Award.

Working With Me

I regularly advise a number of theses on various topics and work closely together with my HiWis. Several theses and HiWi projects have directly contributed to publications and I always invite motivated students to optionally participate in the paper writing process. Thus, if you consider working in academia, doing your thesis or working as a HiWi with me might be a good way to get early experience.

The following (non-exhaustive) lists provide an overview of thesis topics and HiWi positions that I currently offer. If you are interested in doing your thesis or working as a HiWi with me, please send me an email, shortly describing your motivation for working on the topic.

Open Thesis Topics:

  • My available thesis topics are only visible within the RWTH Aachen Campus network.

If there are no open or suitable thesis topics with me, there are two options:
1. Consider doing your thesis with one of my colleagues; you can find available topics here
2. Have a look at my publications and my list of advised theses. Identify one specific research topic of mine that you are most interested in and send me an email, describing your motivation for working on this specific topic. There might always be a thesis topic around the corner for very motivated students ;)

Open Hiwi Positions:

  • HiWi openings with me are only visible within the RWTH Aachen Campus network.



1st ACM CoNEXT Workshop on Emerging in-Network Computing Paradigms (ENCP '19)
Publisher: ACM,
December 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4503-7000-4/19/12
In Proceedings of the Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA '19)
Publisher: IFIP/IEEE,
June 2019
2. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, 16(2):389--402
January 2019
ISSN: 1932-4537


1. BMC Medical Genomics, 10(Suppl 2):29-42
July 2017
ISSN: 1755-8794
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IETF Contributions


Ike Kunze, Klaus Wehrle, Dirk Trossen, Marie-José Montpetit, Xavier de Foy, David Griffin, and Miguel Rio
Document number: draft-irtf-coinrg-use-cases-02
Internet Engineering Task Force,
March 2022


Ike Kunze, Klaus Wehrle, and Dirk Trossen
Document number: draft-kunze-coinrg-transport-issues-05
Internet Engineering Task Force,
October 2021
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Teaching Activities

I am/have been involved in the following courses at RWTH Aachen University:

  • Lab
  • Research Focus Class
    • Research Focus Class on In-Network Processing (Master): WS 2019/20
  • Lecture
    • Betriebssysteme und Systemsoftware (Bachelor): SS 2021
    • Advanced Internet Technology (Bachelor/Master): WS 2019/20
  • Seminar/Proseminar

Ongoing Theses

My currently ongoing thesis topics are only visible within the RWTH Aachen Campus network.

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