The Networking Research Group - Netlab- is headed by Prof. Thomas Engel, Professor for Computer Networks and Telecommunications.

NetLab addresses both fundamental and applied research activities in computer networking and security. Its main research activities cover the security issues of the future Internet and address in particular way topics related to trust management for the Internet of things, emerging protocols for space and satellite communications as well as work for the current security threats in the Internet.

Research interests of the NetLab members focuses on interoperability and security aspects of spontaneously-created and self-organised non-centralised networks. Other research topics of the NetLab lie in:

  • interoperability of one-to-one coommunications;
  • scalability of ad-hoc networks with respect to its number of participants;
  • tolerance of the network to a certain proportion of malicious and unfair participants;
  • linking of ad-hoc networks with wired LANs;
  • interaction, games and novel interface technologies.

The research group combines its academic research in the areas of security, privacy and identity handling in distributed environments with application of the resulting technology, which is motivated by and integrated into a number of national and EU funded projects covering a large variety of application areas and reference scenarios.

Alongside its focus on theoretical analysis and development of solutions, NetLab also sees itself as a laboratory for practical experiments with newest mobile devices, especially for securing one-to-one communications within an n-hop distance.

Teaching and supervision of both Master of Science and doctorate-level students rank high in the group's activities. With a significant number of Master of Science thesis and current PhD students, NetLab energetically pursues a strong educational policy and actively combines state-of-the-art research with the training of next generation of high-class researchers.

The group also engages in strong cooperative research activity by direct and peer-to-peer interactions with relevant industrial actors resulting in jointly-funded Ph.D students and significant technology transfer.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Engel (SnT)