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Kurt Rothermel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Former Director of IPVS
Distributed Systems


+49 711 685 88434
+49 711 685 88424

Universitätsstraße 38
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 2.132

Full list of publications and managed projects

Selected Publications (h-index=63, Google Scholar, February 2023)

Baumann, J.; Hohl, F.; Rothermel, K.; Strasser, M.: Mole - Concepts of a Mobile Agent System. In: World Wide Web Journal, Special Issue on Applications and Techniques of Web Agents. Vol. 1(3), pp. 123-137, Springer-Verlag, 1998

Becker, C., Handte M., Schiele G., Rothermel K.: PCOM - A Component System for Pervasive Computing. In: 2nd IEEE International, Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom 04), pp. 67-76, Orlando, USA, 2004

Theilmann, W.; Rothermel, K.: Dynamic Distance Maps of the Internet. In: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (INFOCOM 2000), pp. 275-284, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2000

Härder, Theo; Rothermel, Kurt: Concurrency control issues in nested transactions, The VLDB Journal—The International Journal on Very Large Data Bases, Band 2(1),pp. 39-74, , Springer-Verlag New York, Inc, New York, USA,1993

Kubach, U.; Rothermel, K.: Exploiting Location Information for Infostation-Based Hoarding. In: Proceedings of the 7th ACM SIGMOBILE Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2001), pp.15-27, Rome, Italy, 2001

Tariq, Muhammad Adnan; Koldehofe, Boris; Koch, Gerald G.; Khan, Imran; Rothermel, Kurt: Meeting subscriber-defined QoS constraints in publish/subscribe systems. In: Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. Vol. 23(17), pp. 2140-2153, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2011

Tariq, Muhammad Adnan; Koldehofe, Boris; Rothermel, Kurt: Securing Broker-Less Publish/Subscribe Systems using Identity-Based Encryption. In: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. Vol. 25(2), pp. 518-528, Los Alamitos, CA, USA: IEEE Computer Society, 2014

Mayer, Ruben; Koldehofe, Boris; Rothermel, Kurt: Predictable Low-Latency Event Detection with Parallel Complex Event Processing. In: IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE, 2015.

Mayer, Ruben; Slo, Ahmad; Tariq, Muhammad Adnan; Rothermel, Kurt; Gräber, Manuel; Ramachandran, Umakishore: SPECTRE: Supporting Consumption Policies in Window-Based Parallel Complex Event Processing. In: Proceedings of Middleware ’17, Las Vegas, NV, USA, December 11–15, 2017.

Mayer, Christian; Tariq, Muhammad Adnan; Li, Chen; Rothermel, Kurt: GrapH: Heterogeneity-Aware Graph Computation with Adaptive Partitioning. In: Proceedings IEEE 36th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), 2016.

Abdelaal, Mohamed; Dandy, Mochamad; Dürr, Frank; Rothermel, Kurt; Abdelgawad, Marwan:

GaaS: Adaptive Cross-Platform Gateway for IoT Applications. In: Proc. IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Smart Systems (MASS), 217-226, 2019.

Slo, Ahmad; Bhowmik, Sukanya; Flaig, Albert; Rothermel, Kurt: pSPICE: Partial Match Shedding for Complex Event Processing. In: Proc. IEEE BigData: 372-382, 2019

Kässinger, Johannes; Rosin, David; Dürr, Frank; Hornischer, Niklas; Röhrle, Oliver, Rothermel Kurt:

Parseval: Simulating Complex 3D Meshes on Resource-Constrained Mobile AR Devices Using Interpolation. In: Proc. IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing (ICDCS), 961-971, 2022.

Slo, Ahmad; Bhowmik, Sukanya; Rothermel, Kurt: State-Aware Load Shedding From Input Event Streams in Complex Event Processing. In: IEEE Trans. Big Data 8(5): 1340-1357, 2022.

Falk, Jonathan; Geppert, Heiko; Dürr, Frank; Bhowmik, Sukanya; Rothermel; Kurt: Dynamic QoS-Aware Traffic Planning for Time-Triggered Flows in the Real-Time Data Plane. In: IEEE Trans. Network and Service Management. 19(2): 1807-1825, 2022.

Dibak, Christoph; Nowak, Wolfgang; Dürr, Frank; Rothermel, Kurt: Using Surrogate Models and Data Assimilation for Efficient Mobile Simulations. IEEE Trans. On Mobile Computing. 22(3): 1856-1866, 2023.

In total more than 350 peer-reviewed publications (e.g. see

Education and Degrees
1985: Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Stuttgart, with honors
1981: Diploma Degree in Computer Science
1975 – 1981: Study of Computer Science, University of Stuttgart


Professional Career
1981 – 1986: PhD student at Institute for Informatics, University of Stuttgart
1986 – 1987: Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center, California, USA
1987: Visiting Scientist at IBM, Wissenschaft und Technologie, LILOG, Stuttgart
1987 – 1990: Scientific Staff member at IBM European Center for Network Research, Heidelberg
1991 – 2021: Full Professor for Distributed Systems, University of Stuttgart
Since 2021: Retired Professor of University of Stuttgart
Additional Qualification Indicators
1998 – 2000: Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science
2000 – 2002: Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Stuttgart
2003 – 2006: Member of the University Council of University of Stuttgart
2006 – 2009: Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Stuttgart
2016 – 2017: Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
2016 – 2022: Member of University Council of German University of Cairo
2020 – 2022: Member of University Council of German International University, Berlin
1995: Visiting Professor Grant International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, USA
1998: Prize Foundation Challenge Multimedia rewarded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research
1999: VLDB’99 Ten-Year Paper Award (one of many best paper awards)
2000: Offer for a Full Professorship at the Technical University of Berlin
2000: Honorary Doctoral Degree of the Technical University of Donezk, Ukraine
2005 – 2022: Member of the “Münchner Kreis”
  Member of various scientific boards and editorial boards
Selected Projects
1999 – 2002: Coordinator of DFG Research Unit FOR 372: Mobile Location-based Systems
2003 – 2011: Coordinator of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre  SFB 627: NEXUS: Models for Context-aware Mobile Systems
2007 – 2018: Principle Investigator Excellence Cluster EXC 310 Simulation Technology
2007 – 2018: Principle Investigator Graduate School of Advanced Manufacturing GSC 262  
2008 – 2011: Coordinator EU FP7-ICT Project Allow – Adaptive Pervasive Flows, Specific Program “Coordination – Information and Communication Technologies”
2013 – 2016: Coordinator EU FP7-ICT FET Project Allow Ensembles, FET Proactive program: Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems (FOCAS)
2018 – 2022: Principle Investigator Excellence Cluster EXC 2075 Data Integrated Simulation Science

In total, more than 100 projects were funded by third-party organizations, mainly by German Research Foundation (DFG), European Union Research Programs, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and industry. The total budget of the acquired projects amounts to more than 20 Million Euro.

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