Ina Berenice Fink, M.Sc.

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

E-Mail: ina.fink[[at]]
Phone: +49 241 80-21419
Office: Building E3, Room 9031

Short CV

I am a researcher and PhD student at the Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems since September 2019. Before, I graduated as M.Sc. in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University in July of the same year. I am part of both the Security and Privacy Group and the Cyber-Physical Systems Group with my research interest covering all aspects of reliable and secure communication in the (Industrial / Infrastructure) Internet of Things. To this end, I am specifically interested in exploring and exploiting the potential of programmable switches.

In June 2020, I received the 1st prize of the Women's STEM Award sponsored by Deutsche Telekom AG for my master’s thesis on "Advanced In-Network Security for Smart Devices". In May 2019, I was awarded the 1st prize of the Female Student Travel Award 2019 by the Collaborative Research Center MAKI (Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet) in recognition of my academic performance.


I am currently affiliated with the VeN2uS project, where I research how to combine high communication reliability and resilience with low latency in the context of critical infrastructure. Before, I was associated with the CONSENT project, where I examined how to enhance smart home security with access control and software-defined networking. As a student assistant (2017-2019), I was further involved in the myneData and TRINICS projects.


I am/have been involved in various teaching activities at RWTH Aachen University. These include supervising topics in our preseminar and seminar courses as well as working as a teaching assistant for our basic and advanced lectures (e.g., Data Communication and Security and Advanced Internet Technology) and our Practical Internet eXperience (PIX) Lab. Furthermore, I supervised several student projects in our Research Focus Classes (Cyber-Physical System Security, In-Network ProcessingSecuring Industrial Networks), and I was employed as a part-time lecturer for Sicherheit in Datennetzen (B course) at FH Aachen in WS 2020/2021.

I regularly offer individual topics for bachelor’s and master’s theses. If you are interested in writing your thesis with me, please drop me a short mail with your motivation and concrete interests under consideration of our general recommendations regarding available theses


Markus Dahlmanns, Ina Berenice Fink, Gerrit Erichsen, Guosong Lin, Thomas Hammer, Burkhard Borkenhagen, Sebastian Schneider, Christof Maahsen, and Klaus Wehrle
Reliable and Secure Control Center to Station Device Communication
Proceedings of the CIRED workshop on Increasing Distribution Network Hosting Capacity 2024, June 19-20, 2024, Vienna, Austria
Jan Pennekamp, Johannes Lohmöller, Eduard Vlad, Joscha Loos, Niklas Rodemann, Patrick Sapel, Ina Berenice Fink, Seth Schmitz, Christian Hopmann, Matthias Jarke, Günther Schuh, Klaus Wehrle, and Martin Henze
Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE '23), June 12-16, 2023, Zaragoza, Spain Volume 13901, page 489-505.
Publisher: Springer,
June 2023
ISBN: 978-3-031-34559-3

Note: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Volume 13901

Tobias Lorz, Johann Jaeger, Antigona Selimaj, Immanuel Hacker, Andreas Ulbig, Jan-Peter Heckel, Christian Becker, Markus Dahlmanns, Ina Berenice Fink, Klaus Wehrle, Gerrit Erichsen, Michael Schindler, Rainer Luxenburger, and Guosong Lin
Interconnected grid protection systems - reference grid for testing an adaptive protection scheme
27th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2023), Rome, Italy, June 12-15, 2023, page 3286-3290.
Konrad Wolsing, Antoine Saillard, Jan Bauer, Eric Wagner, Christian van Sloun, Ina Berenice Fink, Mari Schmidt, Klaus Wehrle, and Martin Henze
47th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Edmonton, Canada, September 26-29, 2022
Publisher: IEEE,
September 2022
Proceedings of the 8th ACM Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop (CPSS '22), co-located with the 17th ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS '22), May 30-June 3, 2022, Nagasaki, Japan, page 73-84.
Publisher: ACM,
May 2022
ISBN: 978-1-4503-9176-4/22/05
Matthias Lorenz, Tobias Markus Pletzer, Malte Schuhmacher, Torsten Sowa, Michael Dahms, Simon Stock, Davood Babazadeh, Christian Becker, Johann Jaeger, Tobias Lorz, Markus Dahlmanns, Ina Berenice Fink, Klaus Wehrle, Andreas Ulbig, Philipp Linnartz, Antigona Selimaj, and Thomas Offergeld
Interconnected network protection systems - the basis for the reliable and safe operation of distribution grids with a high penetration of renewable energies and electric vehicle
Proceedings of the CIRED workshop on E-mobility and power distribution systems 2022, June 2-3, 2022, Porto, Portugal
46th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Edmonton, Canada, October 4-7, 2021
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2021
Proceedings of the 1st ACM Workshop on Secure and Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (SaT-CPS '21), co-located with the 11th ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY '21), April 26-28, 2021, Virtual Event, USA, page 78–87.
Publisher: ACM,
April 2021
ISBN: 978-1-4503-8319-6/21/04
Jan Pennekamp, Patrick Sapel, Ina Berenice Fink, Simon Wagner, Sebastian Reuter, Christian Hopmann, Klaus Wehrle, and Martin Henze
Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Encrypted Computing & Applied Homomorphic Cryptography (WAHC '20), December 15, 2020, Virtual Event, page 31-44.
December 2020
ISBN: 978-3-00-067798-4
45th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Sydney, Australia, November 16-19, 2020
Publisher: IEEE,
November 2020
Proceedings of the Internet Measurement Conference (IMC '20), October 27-29, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, page 101-110.
Publisher: ACM,
October 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4503-8138-3/20/10
Proceedings of the 1st ITG Workshop on IT Security (ITSec '20), April 2-3, 2020, Tübingen, Germany
Publisher: University of Tübingen,
April 2020
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