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Department of Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus-Tycho Förster

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus-Tycho Förster
Computer Science IV
TU Dortmund University
D-44221 Dortmund

Phone and E-Mail
Tel.: +49 (0)231 755 2117/2596 [Sekretariat]
Fax: +49 (0)231 755 4730
E-Mail: klaus-tycho.foerster (at)

Room 219, 2. Floor
Otto-Hahn-Str. 16
D-44227 Dortmund

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Portrait Klaus-Tycho Förster © LS4​/​TU Dortmund

Department of Computer Science/LS4
TU Dortmund
Otto-Hahn-Straße 16
44227 Dortmund


  • 2002
     High School Diploma in Wolfsburg
  • 2005
    Intermediate diploma in mathematics at the TU Braunschweig
     Intermediate diploma in computer science at the TU Braunschweig
  • 2007 
    Diploma in Mathematics at the TUBraunschweig [Diplom-Mathematiker].
     Thesis on routing in wireless sensor networks (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sándor Fekete)
  • 2010  
    Second state examination for the grammar school teaching profession in computer science and mathematics [Assessor of Teacher Education].
    Thesis on the didactic reduction of technical aspects of computer networks (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eckart Modrow)
  • 2011  
     Diploma in Computer Science at the Technical University of Braunschweig [Diplom-Informatiker].Thesis on the approximation of fault-tolerant domination (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jirí Adámek)
  • 2016  
     Doctorate in Computer Science at the ETH Zurich [Dr. sc.]
     Dissertation on Consistent Network Updates in Software Defined Networks (Supervisor: Prof.   Dr. Roger Wattenhofer)
  • 2020   
    Doctorate in Didactics of Mathematics at the University of Hildesheim [Dr. phil.]
    Dissertation on algorithms and programming in geometry teaching (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Barara Schmidt-Thieme)

Professional stations

  • 2002 - 2003
     Military service
  • 2006 - 2008
    Student assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at the TU Braunschweig (Head: Prof. Dr. Jirí Adámek)
  • 2008 - 2010
    Teacher in training at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium Göttingen
  • 2010 - 2011
    Research Assistant at the Institute for Mathematics and Applied Computer Science at the University of Hildesheim (Head: Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Thieme)
  • 2011 - 2016
    Research associate in the Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zurich (Head: Prof. Dr. Roger Wattenhofer)
  • 2016
    Visiting Researcher in der Mobility and Networking Research Group bei Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA
  • 2017 - 2018
    PostDoc at Aalborg University (Head: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmid)
  • 2017 - 2019
    Lectureships at the University of Hildesheim (didactics of computer science)
  • 2018 - 2021
     PostDoc at the University of Vienna (Director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmid)
    Teaching Award of the University of Vienna [UNIVIE Teaching Award 2020].
  • since October 2021
     Professor for Computer Networks and Distributed Systems at TU Dortmund University

Please see Teaching



  • Resilience and consistency of computer networks and distributed systems
  • Dynamic distributed systems 
  • Reconfigurable computer networks (e.g. in the area of optical networks)

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