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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kellerer

Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsnetze (Prof. Kellerer)


Arcisstr. 21
80333 München

  • Tel.: +49 (89) 289 - 23500, 23501
  • Raum: 0509.02.946
  • wolfgang.kellerer(at)


Wolfgang Kellerer is full professor and head of the Chair of Communication Networks in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany. His research area covers methods and systems for wireless as well as fixed communication networks. Focus of his work is on network dynamics and flexibility based on Software Defined Networking and Network (Function) Virtualization for various emerging systems including 5G infrastructure, industrial communication and energy networks. In the area of wireless communication his research is targeting machine-to-machine communication for low-delay, high reliability, control-aware wireless network resource management. Before he joined TUM, Wolfgang Kellerer pursued an industrial career being more than ten years with DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH, NTT DOCOMO's European research institute in Munich, Germany. His last position was head of the research department for wireless communication and networking, contributing to research and standardization of LTE-A and 5G technologies. In 2001 he was a visiting researcher at the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University, California, US. He received his Dr.-Ing. degree (Ph.D.) and his Dipl.-Ing. degree (Master) from TUM, in 1995 and 2002, respectively. He has published more than 200 papers in respective journals, conferences and workshops and is inventor of more than 40 patents and patent applications in this area. He currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management and on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He also serves as a reviewer for the European Commission and several other research programs. In 2015, he has been awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Commission for his research project FlexNets "Quantifying Flexibility in Communication Networks". He is a member of ACM, VDE ITG and a Senior Member of IEEE.


Scientific Positions

2012 - today Professor (W3) Communication Networks (Kommunikationsnetze), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik), Technische Universität München (TUM)
2002 - 2012 DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH: European research institute of the Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO; Last position: Head of the research unit for communications engineering and mobile networking (ca. 30 staff members)
2003 - 2012 External lecturer at TUM on „Advanced Network Architectures and Services“
2002 PhD (Dr.-Ing.), Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, TUM
2001 Visiting researcher at Stanford University, CA, USA
1996 - 2001 Research and Teaching Associate, Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsnetze, TUM
1990 - 1995 Studies, Diplom (Bachelor and Master) Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, TUM

Fellowships and Awards

2015 ERC Consolidator Grant FlexNets "Quantifying Flexibility in Communication Networks"
2015 DFG SPP „Cyber Physical Networking“ (member of the proposer team)
2011 DOCOMO Euro-Labs Company Award 2011
2008 ITG Award 2008 for excellent publication (VDE ITG)
2002 DOCOMO Euro-Labs 2002 Research Excellence Award
2001 Stanford University Research Scholarship

Commissions of Trust and Memberships

2017 - today Member of the scientific board of the Federal Network Agency of Germany (Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis für Regulierungsfragen der Bundesnetzagentur, WAR)
2017 Guest Editor for IEEE TNSM on “Advances in Management of Sotwarized Networks”
2017 Guest Editor for Hindawi on "Advances on Radio Access and Core Network of 5G Mobile Communication Systems"
2016 - today Editorial Board Member of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials
2016 - today Editorial Board Member of IEEE Trans. on Network and Service Management
2016 - today Associate Member, Department of Informatics, TUM
2015 - today Member of the Advisory Board (Kuratorium) of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin
2013 - today Member of the Board of Directors of LMU/TUM CDTM (joint institute of LMU and TUM for technology management)
2013 - today Member of the Research Council of the Münchner Kreis
2012 - today Member of VDE/ITG Fachausschuss 5.2 Communication Networks
2009 - today Member of the GI/ITG Fachausschuss „Kommunikation und Verteilte Systeme“
2009 -2014 Steering Board Member of IEEE P2P conference series
2005 - 2010 Area Editor of Elsevier Computer Networks Journal
2006 Guest Editor IEEE Communications Magazine
2002 - today Member more than 50 program comittees of international conferences, e.g., IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE P2P, IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, ACM Multimedia, ITC
2001 - today more than 40 patent applications, of which 37 are granted

Selected projects of the past five years

2017 - 2020 DFG Project SDN-enabled Application-aware Network Control Architectures and their Performance Assessment
2016 - 2019 CELTIC/BMBF SENDATE (SEcure Networking for a DATa center cloud in Europe)
2016 - 2019 DFG Project Optimal Co-Design of Wireless Resource Management and Multi-Loop Networked Control as part of SPP 1914
2015 - 2020 EU ERC Consolidator Grant FlexNets (Quantifying Flexibility in Comm. Networks)
2015 - 2018 EU H2020 5GPPP VirtuWind (SDN and NFV for industrial communication)
2015 - 2018 BMBF KMU Innovativ SARDINE (Sicherheit in Behördennetzen mit SDN und NV)
2014 - 2016 DFG Project in SPP COIN (Device-to-Device Communication)
2014 - 2016 BMWi ZIM K-SDN (network management for SDN)
2009 - 2012 BMBF G-Lab COMCON (network virtualization)
2010 - 2013 EU Project MEDIEVAL (mobile video delivery)
2010 - 2012 EU Project EARTH (energy efficient wireless networking)

Collaboration projects with universities and industry, e.g., BMW, Nokia, Siemens, Zodiac Aerospace.

Selected publications

  • Guck J, Reisslein M, Kellerer W: “Function Split between Delay-Constrained Routing and Resource Allocation for Centrally Managed QoS in Industrial Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 2050 - 2061, December 2016.
  • Blenk A, Basta A, Zerwas J, Reisslein M, Kellerer W: “Control Plane Latency with SDN Network Hypervisors: The Cost of Virtualization”, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 366 - 380, September 2016.
  • Jarschel M, Zinner T, Hossfeld T, Tran-Gia P, Kellerer W: “Interfaces, Attributes and Use Cases – A Compass for SDN”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume: 52, Issue: 6, June 2014.
  • Römer K, Ostermaier B, Mattern F, Fahrmair M, Kellerer W: “Real-Time Search for Real-World Entities: A Survey”. Proceedings of the IEEE. Special Issue on Sensor Network Applications. 2010; 98(11): 1887 - 1902.
  • Zöls S, Despotovic Z, Kellerer W: “On Hierarchical DHT Systems - An Analytical Approach for Optimal Designs”. Elsevier Journal of Computer Communication, pp. 576-590, Feb. 2008.
  • Shacham R, Schulzrinne H, Thakolsri S, Kellerer W: “Ubiquitous Device Personalization: The Next Generation of IP Telephony”. ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMCCAP). 2007; 3(2): Article No. 12.