Dr.-Ing. Andreas Schmidt

 Research |   Development |   Teaching
in  Open Dependable  Cyber-Physical Systems


I am a computer scientist by trade and doing research & development and teaching in the area of open dependable cyber-physical systems. I have a particular interest in dependable software engineering, computer networking and open source.

Research & Development Projects

Besides these public funded projects, I also contribute to undisclosed industrial projects.


See also Google Scholar and arXiv.


  1. Karsten Berns
  2. Markus Berg
  3. Marlene Böhmer
  4. Tobias Büttner
  5. Georg Carle
  6. Dennis Christmann
  7. Joshua Frey
  8. Sebastian Gallenmüller
  9. Christian Giehl
  10. Benedikt Herzog
  11. Pablo Gil Pereira
  12. René Glebke
  13. Reinhard Gotzhein
  14. Stephan Günther
  15. Eric Hauser
  16. Thorsten Herfet
  17. Daniel Hillen
  18. Jessica Horbelt
  19. Timo Hönig
  20. Tobias Lange
  21. Moritz Ohmer
  22. Maurice Leclaire
  23. Jan Reich
  24. Max Reichardt
  25. Stefan Reif
  26. Jan Rüth
  27. Markus Schandar
  28. Daniel Schneider
  29. Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat
  30. Ioannis Sorokos
  31. Klaus Wehrle


Dependable Systems and Software Chair (Saarland University)


Telecommunications Lab (Saarland University)

  • Hands-On Networking: SS20, SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16
  • Digital Transmission and Signal Processing (previously Telecommunications I): WS19/20, WS15/16, WS13/14
  • Forschungstage Informatik: SS19, SS18
  • Several guest lectures in other courses at Saarland University

Professional Activities

  • SafeCOMP - Subreviewer: 2021
  • SHIFT Workshop - Reviewer: 2021, 2020
  • IEEE CPN Workshop - Web Chair: 2020, 2019
  • GI SKILL "Studierendenkonferenz Informatik" - Reviewer: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA) - Secondary reviewer: 2017, 2016

Free Open Source Software


Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

  • MSc.: Yousuf Al-Obaidi

Telecommunications Lab (Saarland University)

  • MSc.: Lukas Bard, Daniel Birtel, Marlene Böhmer, Pablo Gil Pereira, Ashkan Taslimi
  • BSc.: Sebastian Morgenstern, Philipp Tennigkeit, Kai Vogelgesang




  • Winter 2015: CloudCanvas (a Startup weekend project - 1st place)
  • 2014 - 2015: Wäller vom Wibbelstätzje (consulting, support)
  • 2012 - 2014: MenSaar (Saarland University Mensa App for WP7)
  • 2010 - 2014: Position-Portal (customer portal for monitoring and measurement visualization)
  • 2008 - 2014: Plan Aktionsgruppe Saarbrücken (website for a NPO, that raises money for charity projects)
  • Winter 2013: MathOverflow (curve plotting tool)
  • 2010 - 2013: DLRG OG Homburg (web administration, editorial)
  • 2008 - 2010: Saarpfalz-Gymnasium (website my former secondary school)
  • 2007 - 2010: SPG Informatik (website of the faculty of computer science at my secondary school)
  • 2006 - 2008: Wäller vom Bärenbrunnerhof (website for a dog breeder)

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience


Awards & Honours

  • 2020: Promotion s.c.l.
  • 2018: Nominee Europ. Google Fellowship in Systems and Networking
  • 2016: KuVS Preis (Gesellschaft für Informatik)
  • WS 2015/16: Günter-Hotz-Medaille
  • 2015: Honours Degree for Master in Computer Science
  • SS 2014: FdSI-Bachelor-Preis


Here is a (certainly incomplete) collection of  books,  newsletters,  websites,  podcasts,  shows,  games, and  movies that have inspired or entertained me. The collection is ever growing and updated from time to time. The order is alphabetic and does not resemble any priority. In general, I like to keep an eye on Humble Book Bundles to extend my collection.


In the summer of 2018, I got into sustainability because I experienced the hottest summer ever in my home state (a record that was topped again in 2019). At that time, I got my first pedelec and started cycling again after years of abstinence, I (consciously) ate vegan food for the first time at World Food Trip, where I also got inspired to work towards zero-waste. These experiences inspired me to reflect on and research about my personal footprint and to look for ways to reduce it.

Here is a collection of things I have read/bought/done/created/changed so far in order to make my life more sustainable. I do not want to convert anyone, but hope that this serves as an inspiration to change your life in certain details and achieving sustainability (see the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a high-level inspiration). The following will name a few brands, so here is a disclaimer: I am not getting any provision and I am not making advertisements. I just want to point you to companies/brands that (IMHO) act sustainably or produce sustainable goods.


  • I got a pedelec in April 2018 and in the first 12 months drove 2000km (using the support modes sensibly). Thereby, I replaced various paths I would usually travel by car.
  • I can recommend the Radfunk podcast for German-speaking people that want to learn more about everyday cycling in Germany.
  • Finally, I also made sure that (apart from a handful of exceptions) every commute to work in 2018/19 was by train or cycle.
  • I signed the #unter1000 voluntary commitment by Scientists for Future.


  • I have a harvest share at the community-supported agriculture (SoLaWi) in Limbach.
  • I have never been a big consumer of meat, especially because I don't like any food that looks like an animal or has hardly eadible parts. I experiment with vegan food, but do not consider myself as a pure vegetarian or vegan. Instead, I changed my default to eat vegetarian food, i.e. I also opt in for vegetarian food on seminars and any other occasions. In consequence, I am typically eating about 300g of meat every week, which is also what many sources recommend (e.g. WCRF).
  • I bake my own bread, following the great recipes by Plötz.


  • I revisited my heating system and made sure it's not too warm.
  • I checked with my local energy supplier and changed into a tariff that incorporates only renewables.
  • I reduced plastic waste so that I now fill one bag every 6 weeks (before it were 4), without reducing how often I cook or do other things. I can recommend the following (German) resources: Better Life Without Plastic, Don't Waste Be Happy.
  • I use solid, package-free soaps; wooden toothbrushes as well as diverse products from Frosch.


  • I buy from sustainable brands, such as Wijld or Vaude.
  • I donate old clothes (I wear everything really long) to a local social shop.


  • Checking and optimizing the carbon footprint of this website:
  • I use the Ecosia search engine on all my devices to plant trees while searching.
  • I use the Firefox browser on all my devices as they take privacy serious.


  • A worm system recycles our biological waste into natural fertilizer.
  • Our balcony hosts a) a watering place for birds and bees, b) various herbs and wild weeds that are attractive for insects.
  • I am a proud proprietor of an insect hotel.
  • I gifted a Bienenretter godparenthood.
  • I am a member of the Generation Forest.
  • I have a Saartenvielfalt share.

Other Bits


Since December 2004 I am a member of DLRG and since January 2010 I am part of the Malteser Hilfsdienst. From 2004 to 2009 I did all lifesaving badges and the snorkel diving badge. In 2007 I took part in a paramedic training. Now I am giving courses in swimming and lifeguarding, and I am regularly attending advanced courses and seminars. For DLRG OG Kirkel e.V. I am serving as an assesor since 2015. For DLRG Bezirk Homburg, I hold the same role since 2012, and I also took over the role of deputy treasurer in 2018.

I donate blood at Blutspendezentrum Homburg on a regular basis (couting 25 donations since my first in 2011). I am a registered member of DKMS trying to fight blood cancer. I have also made my choice in a organ donation identity card.


From 2010 on, I have spent about five weekends a year at local lakes and water-related events. I took part in ZWRD-K at Borkum in 2011, 2016 (2x) and 2017. I completed my Fachausbildung Wasserrettungsdienst in mid 2012 and in September 2012 I passed the coxswain examination.


Back in 2010 I started to teach lifeguarding and swimming to youths, so I am used to organise and conduct one course per season. Since January 2015, I hold the Lehrschein. In addition to that I give occasional first-aid courses that are associated with the examinations for lifesaving badges and mandatory for our active lifeguards. This is the complete (and growing) list:

Swimming / Lifeguarding
  • February 2020: First-Aid course for our active trainers
  • January 2019: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • April 2015: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • March 2013: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • May 2012: First-Aid course for lifesaving badges
  • March 2012: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • April 2011: First-Aid course debut