Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c.

Kurt Rothermel

Principal Investigator (EXC)
Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems


+49 711 685-88434


Universitätsstraße 38
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 2.345


  • Distributed systems
  • Communication
  • Pervasive computing

Selected Publications

  1. C. Dibak, A. Schmidt, F. Dürr, B. Haasdonk, and K. Rothermel. “Server-assisted Interactive Mobile Simulations for Pervasive Applications”. In: 15th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PERCOM 2017). Best paper award. 2017, pp. 111–120.
  2. M. A. Tariq, B. Koldehofe, and K. Rothermel. “Securing Broker-Less Publish/Subscribe Systems Using Identity-Based Encryption”. In: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems 25.2 (2014), pp. 518–528.
  3. M. Wernke, P. Skvortsov, F. Dürr, and K. Rothermel. “A Classification of Location Privacy Attacks and Approaches”. In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Special Issue on Security and Trust in Context-Aware Systems) 18.1 (2012), pp. 163–175.
  4. C. Becker, M. Handte, G. Schiele, and K. Rothermel. “PCOM – a component system for pervasive computing”. In: Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Annual Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PERCOM 2004). IEEE, 2004, pp. 67–77.
  5. J. Tian, J. Hähner, C. Becker, I. Stepanov, and K. Rothermel. “Graph-Based Mobility Model for Mobile Ad Hoc Network Simulation”. In: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Simulation Symposium (SS 2002). 2002, pp. 337–344.
  6. U. Kubach and K. Rothermel. “Exploiting Location Information for Infostation-Based Hoarding”. In: Proceedings of the 7th ACM SIGMOBILE Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MOBICOM 2001). 2001, pp. 15–27.
  7. W. Theilmann and K. Rothermel. “Dynamic Distance Maps of the Internet”. In: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM 2000). 2000, pp. 275–284.
  8. F. Hohl, U. Kubach, A. Leonhardi, K. Rothermel, and M. Schwehm. “Next Century Challenges: Nexus – An Open Global Infrastructure for Spatial-Aware Applications”. In: Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Mobile computing and Networking (MOBICOM ’99). 1999, pp. 249–255.
  9. J. Baumann, F. Hohl, K. Rothermel, and M. Strasser. “Mole – Concepts of a Mobile Agent System”. In: World Wide Web Journal 1.3 (1998), pp. 123–137.
  10. T. Härder and K. Rothermel. “Concurrency control issues in nested transactions”. In: The International Journal on Very Large Data Bases 2.1 (1993), pp. 39–74.

Kurt Rothermel received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from University of Stuttgart in 1985. From 1986 to 1987 he was “Post-Doctoral Fellow” at IBM Almaden Research Center in San José, U.S.A., and then joined IBM’s European Networking Center in Heidelberg. Since 1990 he is a Professor for Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart. From 2003 to 2011 he was head of the Collaborative Research Center Nexus (SFB 627), conducting research in the area of mobile context-aware systems. He is a Director of the Institute of Parallel and Distributed Systems. His current research interests are in the field of distributed systems, computer networks, mobile systems, and sensor networks.

 Working Experience

  • 2016–2017 Dean of the Faculty for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Stuttgart
  • 2003–2006 Member of the University Council of the University of Stuttgart
  • 2000–2002 Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Stuttgart
  • 1998–2000 Dean of the Faculty for Computer Science, University of Stuttgart
  • since 1991 Full Professor (C4) for Distributed Systems, University of Stuttgart
  • 1987–1990 Scientific Staff member at IBM European Center for Network Research, Heidelberg
  • 1986–1987 Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center
  • 1987 Visiting Scientist at IBM, Wissenschaft und Technologie, LILOG, Stuttgart
  • 1981–1986 Doctoral Researcher at Institute for Informatics, University of Stuttgart

Academic Studies and Degrees

  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate of the Technical University of Donezk, Ukraine
  • 1985 Dr.rer.nat., Computer Science, University of Stuttgart
  • 1981 Diploma in Computer Science, University of Stuttgart
  • 1975–1981 Study of Computer Science, University of Stuttgart

Dissertation with honours

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at IBM Almaden Research Center, San José, USA

Offer of a Full Professorship at the University of Stuttgart

Visiting Professor Grant at International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, USA

Gründerwettbewerb Multimedia des Bundesministeriums für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technology

VLDB99 Ten-Year Paper Award

Offer for a Full Professorship at the Technical University of Berlin

Honorary Professorship of the Technical University of Donezk, Ukraine

  • University Council of German University of Cairo (since 2016)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Simulation Science Centre, Clausthal-Göttingen (since 2013)
  • General Chair Int. Conference on Networked Systems (2013)
  • Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board, DFG SFB 1053, TU Darmstadt (since 2012)
  • PI of the EXC 310 “Simulation Technology” (since 2007)
  • PI of the GSC 262 “Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME) (since 2007)
  • Member of the “Münchner Kreis” (since 2005)
  • Spokesperson DFG SFB 627 “Umgebungsmodelle für mobile kontextbezogene Systeme” (2003–2011)
  • Spokesperson DFG FOR 372 “Entwicklung von Konzepten und Verfahren zur systemseitigen Unterstützung von ortsbezogenen Anwendungen mit hohen mobilen Nutzern” (2000–2002)
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