Matthias Wilhelm
  Address   DISCO | Distributed Computer Systems Lab
Computer Science Department
University of Kaiserslautern
PO box 3049, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Research Interests

  • Security in Wireless Networks (WLAN, WSN, RFID)
  • Cross-layer security designs (e.g., using physical characteristics)
    • Selective Jamming
    • Wireless Key Generation
  • Software-defined radio (SDR)

Research Projects

  • DiscoSec — Authentication for all IEEE 802.11 frames
  • Wireless key generation using signal transmission properties
  • WiFire — A "Wireless Firewall" to protect wireless networks against injection of malicious transmissions


Upcoming Conferences


Past Conferences

ACM SIGCOMM '11 August 15–19 Toronto, Canada
ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec '11) June 15–17 Hamburg, Germany
European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN '11) Feb. 23–25 Bonn, Germany
Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec '10) October 5–8 Kyoto, Japan
European Reconfigurable Radio Workshop (Wireless Innovation F.) June 23–25 Mainz, Germany
12. Kryptotag der GI Fachgruppe "Angewandte Kryptographie" April 9th Karlsruhe, Germany
ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec '10) March 22–24 Hoboken, NJ, USA
European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN '10) Feb. 17–19 Coimbra, Portugal



  • Graduate 2nd Place in ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals 2012
  • ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Graduate 1st Place @ SIGCOMM 2011
  • EWSN 2010/CONET M.Sc. Academic Award for my Diploma Thesis on wireless key generation

Current Theses


Finished Theses

Reiner Herrmann Adapting DiscoSec to use the mac80211 Protocol Stack (BA)
Daniel Poh TinySec 2.x—TinySec on the TinyOS 2.x Platform (BA)
Matthias Schäfer KeyGen WSN—Development of a Standalone Implementation of our WSN Key Generation Protocol based on Physical Channel Properties (BA)
Tim Stöber Traffic Analysis using Software-defined Radios in an Airport Scenario (BA)
Sven Oliver Kreis Jamming in Wireless Networks—Implementation of Different Jamming Techniques using SDR and Evaluation of the Effectiveness in Real-world Scenarios (DA)
Stefan Dyckmans Real-time Classification of Wireless Communication Using Software-defined Radios(MA)
Gregor Dschung Efficient Wireless Traffic Classification using Software-defined Radio (BA)
Nitin Makhloga Performance Evaluation and Security Analysis of WiFire in a Wireless Sensor Network Scenario (MA)


  • Seminar on Mobile Computing (Winter 2008)
  • Seminar on Distributed Systems (Summer 2009)
  • Exercises of Security in Distributed Systems (Winter 2009)
  • Seminar on Mobile Computing (Winter 2009)

Resources on Technical Writing

  • Interesting talk on paper writing.
  • Tips on electronic publishing by Markus Kuhn.
  • Writing guidelines by Jean-Yves Le Boudec.
  • Common mistakes in writing and editing by Henning Schulzrinne.
  • A collection of pitfalls in editing technical papers
  • Some hints on writing abstracts.
  • A link collection with advice on research and, writing and presentations.
  • A collection of grammar websites.

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