Telecooperation Group

Welcome to Telecooperation

Welcome to the Telecooperation Website. The Telecooperation Lab (TK) represents a group of about 30 people at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Department of Computer Science. Our research addresses Smart Spaces of various sizes (smart assistants and products, smart cooperative work spaces, smart cities, smart critical infrastructures, smart online communities). Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser is heading this group together with several senior researchers and group leaders. Our lab is deeply involved in two national cooperative research centers: one on the Future Internet (MAKI) and one on IT security (Crossing). We are coordinating a doctoral school (DFG Research Training Group) Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users (PAT) and conduct various research projects funded by the EU, federal and state ministries, and industry. Research at our lab is structured along three research axes: human computer interaction & telecooperation, smart networks & IoT middleware, and privacy/security/trust.

Our research and teaching is devoted to Ubiquitous Computing in the Future Internet. We investigate information technology for humans who are surrounded by many networked computers anytime and anywhere, most of which are either embedded in the real world or worn or carried by humans.

Pervasive Computing, Smart Spaces (Products, Rooms, Homes & Enterprises, Cities & Communities) and Ambient Intelligence are related terms used in the literature. The envisioned scenarios demand advancements in several traditional IT disciplines that must be interwoven:

(1) Ubiquitous Internet & Distributed Systems [Cooperation]: on the lower layers (computer networks), we conduct research on, e.g., energy efficient, infrastructure-less sensor networks on service-overlay networks; on the systems level, we investigate middleware and software engineering for smart environments and smart cities, social networks (IPTV-augmented etc.), privacy respecting publish-subscribe systems, in-network processing of cooperative knowledge and big data;

(2) Ubiquitous Human Computer Interaction [Interaction]: in this field, we investigate novel interaction concepts for future mobile devices (rollable, foldable, glass-based, pico-projector-based), embodied and tangible interaction, and cooperative work settings – in particular based on tabletops;

(3) Ubiquitous IT Security [Protection]: Here, our research concentrates on resilient critical infrastructures (as part of future energy networks, emergency response networks, Internet-of-Things-and-Services etc.), ubiquitous privacy & anonymity, and computational trust (as a means for assessing the trustworthiness and quality of data, services, humans, IT security provision, cloud providers, organizations, products and the like).

Details about the organization and a description of our research can be found on our research pages.

We invite you to share our vision as you visit our Web pages.


Brochure Telecooperation Lab


The history and current research activities of our Lab are described in our recent brochure.

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  • 2018/12/10

    TK’s journal article to receive best paper award

    The article “Novel Packet Switching for Green IP Networks” by Seng-Kyoun Jo (ETRI Korea and TK), two more ETRI authors, Jussi Kangasharju (former TK Postdoc, now full professor in Helsinki) and Prof. Mühlhäuser was awarded the 2018 best paper award by the ETRI Journal.

  • 2018/12/06

    TK researcher Aidmar Wainakh CAST award winner

    TK researcher Aidmar Wainakh got the 5th position in the CAST award in the Master-thesis category for his thesis “On the Analysis & Generation of Synthetic Attacks for Intrusion Detection Systems”.

    You can find more details here.