Jan Pennekamp, M.Sc.

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

E-Mail: jan.pennekamp[[at]]comsys.rwth-aachen.de
Phone: +49 241 80-21411
Office: Building E3, Room 9032

Short CV

Since June 2018, I am a researcher and Ph.D. student at the Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems. I am part of the Security and Privacy research group. In 2011, I began my studies in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University, received my B.Sc. degree in 2014, and graduated with M.Sc. degree in 2018. In 2014, I studied abroad at Aalto University for one academic year. Besides, in 2015, I interned at the SECAN-Lab at the University of Luxembourg for six month where I worked on website fingerprinting in anonymization networks.

My fields of research cover Cloud Computing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs). Currently, I am mainly researching in the area of the Internet of Production. As a student assistant (2016-2018), I was involved in the TRINICS project to increase the consumer awareness of cloud services.

I was awarded the 1st prize of TDWI Award 2018 for the best master thesis in the area of analytics, big data, and business intelligence. Besides, in 2018, I received a Google Scholarship for my Ph.D. studies due to my academic achievements and my persistent demonstration of leadership. During my studies, as part of a Research Focus Class, our team's submission to the 2016 iDASH Genome Privacy & Security Competition was ranked runner-up and awarded with the HLI and Genecloud Award.


See also Google Scholar and DBLP.



Uncovering Doppelgängers in Online Communities
Master Thesis
Communication and Distributed Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
February 2018


5. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 42:58-76
December 2017
ISSN: 1574-1192
Proceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, page 262-271.
Publisher: ACM,
November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5368-7
Jan Henrik Ziegeldorf, Jan Pennekamp, David Hellmanns, Felix Schwinger, Ike Kunze, Martin Henze, Jens Hiller, Roman Matzutt, and Klaus Wehrle
BMC Medical Genomics, 10(Suppl 2):29-42
July 2017
ISSN: 1755-8794


Andriy Panchenko, Fabian Lanze, Andreas Zinnen, Martin Henze, Jan Pennekamp, Klaus Wehrle, and Thomas Engel
23rd Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2016), San Diego, CA, USA
Publisher: Internet Society,
February 2016
ISBN: 1-891562-41-X


Evaluating Website Fingerprinting Attacks in Real-World Settings
Bachelor Thesis
Communication and Distributed Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
August 2014
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