Prof. Dr. Horst Hellbrück

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University of Lübeck
Institute of Telematics
Ratzeburger Allee 160

23562 Lübeck
Gebäude 64, 2nd Floor, Raum 59

Phone:+49 451 3101 6440
Fax:+49 451 3101 6404




My research fields are communication networks, distributed systems and their applications. My interest are modern structures like wireless mobile networks and sensor networks. Of special interest are sensor networks in various application fields from medical applications to underwater technologies.

Research Projects

Symposium and Organizations

  • since 2005 Active Member of KuVS   Distributed Systems Group of the GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik)
  • 2006 4. German KuVS Summer School 2006 - Selforganisation , Organisation and Chair of the Workshop
  • 2008 Multi Conference  (Mensch & Computer, DeLFI, Cognitive Design, Usability Professionals), Exhibition Chair
  • since 2009 Leitungsgremium der GI/ITG-Fachgruppe KuVS  
  • 2009 GI Jahrestagung Lübeck, Exhibition Chair
  • 2011 KiVS Kiel, Workshop Chair
  • since 2011 Reviewer for Acquin Accreditation agency  
  • since 2011 Reviewer for BMBF
  • since 2012 program manager for the international study program in Electrical Engineering (ISE ) at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences
  • since 2013 Member of ITG 5.2.1   System Architectures and Traffic Engineering
  • since 2013 Head of Center of Excellence CoSA.
  • since 2013 Vice Chairman Life Science Nord e.V.  
  • Reviewer for Journals
    • PMC  (Pervasive and Mobile Computing - Elsevier)
    • PIK   (Praxis der Informationsverarbeitung und Kommunikation)
  • Member of several international Program Committees
    • IADIS WWW/Internet (ICWI)
    • IASTED International Conference on Telematics
    • IASTED RTA International Conference on Robotics, Telematics and Applications
    • LOCALGOS (Workshop on Localized Algorithms and Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks)
    • LOCAN (Workshop on Localized Communication and Topology Protocols for Ad hoc Networks)
    • WMAN (Workshop on Mobile Ad Hoc Networks)


  • ANSim: Have a look at the new Web Site of ANSim  - A simple to use Ad-Hoc Network Simulator, developed for my PhD Thesis.
  • JGPSMap: A tool for visualizing arbitrary objects with GPS coordinates on a Map. Have a look at the Web Site of JGPSMap  or download .


Teaching Activities

An overview of the courses is available at the web pages of the study programs.

·         Courses at International University in Bruchsal

    • Introduction to C Programming (MICT) - Programming Styles / Part: Procedural Programming (BSc)
    • Networking and Distributed Systems / Assistant (BSc)
    • Software Engineering / Assistant (MICT) 
    • Web Applications with Java and XML (BSc) 
    • Web Programming (MICT) 
    • Advanced Networking / Wireless Networks (MICT) 
    • Wireless Networks (MICT) 
    • Enterprise Information Systems I (MBA)
    • Information Systems (BBA)
    • Operating Systems (BSc)
    • Cryptographic Techniques / Practical Part: Applications (BSc)

    ·         Courses at University of Lübeck

      • Operating- and Communications Systems (BSc, MSc and Diplom)
      • Operating Systems (BSc and Diplom)
      • Computernetworks (BSc and Diplom)
      • Mobile Communications (MSc and Diplom)
      • Security in Networks and Distributed Systems (BSc, MSc and Diplom)
      • Wireless Sensor Networks (MSc and Diplom)

      ·         Courses at Lübeck University of Applied Sciences

        • Principles of Communications  (Bachelor ISE)
        • Communication Networks (Bachelor KIM)
        • Digital Transmission (Bachelor KIM)
        • System Design Projecte (Bachelor KIM)
        • Communications Engineering (Master AIT)
        • Studyprojects (Master AIT)
        • Wireles Networks in Automation Systems (Master AIT)


  • Teubler, T., Pfisterer, D., and Hellbrück, H.: Memory Efficient Forwarding Information Base for Content-Centric Networking. International Journal of Computer Networks & Communications (IJCNC), vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 67-85, may 2017
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  • Ebers, S., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: VaSili - A Simulation Runtime Environment for Applications in Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks. 12th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, CCNC: CCNC 2015 Workshops - VENITS 2015, Las Vegas, NV, USA, pp. 937-942, January 2015
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  • Ebers, S., Hellbrück, H., Pfisterer, D., and Fischer, S.: Short Paper: Collaboration Between VANET Applications Based on Open Standards. 2013 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) (IEEE VNC 2013), Boston, USA,, ec, 013,


  • Hail, M. A., Pinkowski, J., Teubler, T., Danckwardt, M., Pfisterer, D., and Hellbrück, H.: RoombaNet - Testbed for Mobile Networks: Proceedings of the Workshops der wissenschaftlichen Konferenz Kommunikation in verteilten Systemen 2011 (WowKiVS 2011), Margaria, T., Padberg, J., and Taentzer, G. (Ed.), Electronic Communications of the EASST, 2011, Accepted for publication
  • Ebers, S., Fekete, S. P., Fischer, S., Hellbrück, H., Hendriks, B., and Wegener, A.: Hovering Data Clouds for Organic Computing,: Organic Computing - A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems ,, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2011,
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  • Fekete, S. P., Hendriks, B., Tessars, C., Wegener, A., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., and Ebers, S.: Methods for Improving the Flow of Traffic,: Organic Computing - A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems ,, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2011,
  • Hellbrück, H., Pagel, M., Kröller, A., Bimschas, D., Pfisterer, D., and Fischer, S.: Using and Operating Wireless Sensor Network Testbeds with WISEBED. Proceedings of the 10th IEEE IFIP Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop, Favignana Island, Sicily, Italy, un, 011,
  • Ebers, S., Hail, M. A., Fischer, S., and Hellbrück, H.: API for Data Dissemination Protocols - Evaluation with AutoCast,. The Third World Congress on Nature and Biologically Computing (NaBIC 2011),, IEEE,, Salamanca, Spain,, pp. 534-539, oct, 2011,


  • Bimschas, D., Hellbrück, H., Mietz, R., Pfisterer, D., Römer, K., and Teubler, T.: Middleware for Smart Gateways Connecting Sensornets to the Internet: Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Middleware Tools, Services and Run-Time Support for Sensor Networks, 010,
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  • Bimschas, D., Fekete, S., Fischer, S., Hellbrück, H., Kröller, A., Mietz, R., Pagel, M., Pfisterer, D., Römer, K., and Teubler, T.: Poster Abstract: Real-World G-Lab: Integrating Wireless Sensor Networks with the Future Internet. TridentCom 2010: The 6th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities, Berlin, Germany, may, 2010,
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  • Fekete, S. P., Schmidt, C., Wegener, A., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: Empowered by wireless communication: Distributed methods for self-organizing traffic collectives. ACM Trans. Auton. Adapt. Syst., vol. 5, pp. 11:1-11:30, September 2010
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  • Wegener, A., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., Hendriks, B., Schmidt, C., and Fekete, S. P.: Designing a Decentralized Traffic Information System - AutoNomos. Proceedings of the 16. ITG/GI - Fachtagung Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemen (KiVS), Kassel, Germany, mar, 2009
  • Hellbrück, H., Wegener, A., Cao, J., and Zuo, T.: Fast Prototyping for VANET Applications with PDAs. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Technology (Wireless VITAE), Aalborg, Denmark, may, 2009
  • Hellbrück, H., Lipphardt, M., and Xin Hua, .: Effective Movement Classification for Context Awareness in Medical Applications Networking,. First International Workshop on Medical Applications Networking,, Dresden, Germany,, un, 009,


  • Hellbrück, H., Wegener, A., and Fischer, S.: AutoCast: A General-Purpose Data Dissemination Protocol and its Application in Vehicular Networks. Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks journal (AHSWN), to appear in 008,
  • Glombitza, N., Lipphardt, M., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: FRED - An Application for a Real-Life Large Scale Multihop Ad Hoc Network: Proceedings of the 5th Annual IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services (WONS`08), 2008
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  • Wegener, A., Piórkowski, M., Raya, M., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., and Hubaux, J.: TraCI: An Interface for Coupling Road Traffic and Network Simulators. Proceedings of 11th Communications and Networking Simulation Symposium (CNS`08), Ottawa, Canada, apr 2008
  • Glombitza, N., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: Evaluating Ad Hoc Networks with FRED. The 9th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (ACM Mobihoc 2008), Demo Session, Hong Kong, China, May 2008
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  • Gressman, B. and Hellbrück, H.: FlowerNet - How to design a user friendly Sensor Network. Proceedings of The Seventh Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net 2008), un 008,
  • Wegener, A., Hellbrück, H., Wewetzer, C., and Lübke, A.: VANET Simulation Environment with Feedback Loop and its Application to Traffic Light Assistance. Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE Workshop on Automotive Networking and Applications, New Orleans, LA, USA, dec, 2008


  • Buschmann, C., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., Kröller, A., and Fekete, S.: Radio propagation-aware distance estimation based on neighborhood comparison: Proceedings of the 4th European conference on Wireless sensor networks, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 325-340, 2007
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  • Buschmann, C., Werner, C., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: NIDES: Ein Verfahren zur Multihop-Distanzschätzung mittels Nachbarschaftsanalyse: Proceedings of the 15. ITG/GI - Fachtagung Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemen (KiVS), 007,
  • Lipphardt, M., Hellbrück, H., Pfisterer, D., Ransom, S., and Fischer, S.: Practical Experiences on Mobile Inter-Body-Area-Networking: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets`07), 007,
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  • Lipphardt, M., Hellbrück, H., Wegener, A., and Fischer, S.: GRAPE - Gradient based Routing for All PurposE: Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS `07) as part of the MHWMN Workshop, 007,
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  • Pfisterer, D., Wegner, M., Hellbrück, H., Werner, C., and Fischer, S.: Energy-optimized Data Serialization For Heterogeneous WSNs Using Middleware Synthesis. Proceedings of The Sixth Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net 2007), un, 007,
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  • Wegener, A., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., Schmidt, C., and Fekete, S.: AutoCast: An Adaptive Data Dissemination Protocol for Traffic Information Systems. Proceedings of the 66th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2007 (VTC2007-Fall), Baltimore, USA, October 2007


  • Pfisterer, D., Buschmann, C., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: Data-type centric middleware synthesis for wireless sensor network application development: Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net 2006), 006,
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  • Pfisterer, D., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: FABRIC: Towards Data Type-Centric Middleware Synthesis: Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Distributed Computing (DCOSS 06), 006
  • Pfisterer, D., Buschmann, C., Hellbrück, H., and Fischer, S.: Supporting WSN Application Development Using Data type-centric Middleware Synthesis: , 006
  • Hellbrück, H., Lipphardt, M., Pfisterer, D., Ransom, S., and Fischer, S.: Praxiserfahrungen mit MarathonNet - Ein mobiles Sensornetz im Sport: PIK - Praxis der Informationsverarbeitung und Kommunikation, 006
  • Pfisterer, D., Lipphardt, M., Buschmann, C., Hellbrück, H., Fischer, S., and Sauselin, J. H.: MarathonNet: Adding value to large scale sport events - A connectivity analysis. Proceedings of the International Conference on Integrated Internet Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (InterSense), may, 2006
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  • Wegener, A., Schiller, E. M., Hellbrück, H., Fekete, S. P., and Fischer, S.: Hovering Data Clouds: A Decentralized and Self-Organizing Information System: Proceedings of International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems, Passau, Germany, ep 006,


  • Eberhart, A., Kraus, S., Walther, U., Hellbrück, H., and Chandrasekhara, V.: Java 5.0 - Das Tiger-Release: , Carl-Hanser-Verlag, 2004,
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  • Hellbrück, H.: Analytische und simulationsbasierte Verfahren zur Konnektivitätsbestimmung und -verbesserung von Ad-Hoc-Netzen. Shaker-Verlag, sep, 2004,
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  • Hellbrück, H. and Fischer, S.: MINE and MILE: improving connectivity in mobile ad-hoc networks. SIGMOBILE Mob. Comput. Commun. Rev., vol. 8, pp. 19-36, October 2004
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  • Hellbrück, H. and Stefan Fischer, .: Increasing the Connectivity of Ad-Hoc Networks,. Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemen (KIVS03), Leipzig,, Springer-Verlag,, Lecture Notes in Computer Science,, feb, 2003


  • Hellbrück, H. and Fischer, S.: Ansätze zur Analyse und Simulation von Ad-Hoc Netzwerken. Proceedings of the 1st German Workshop on Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (GI-Edition), Ulm, Germany, pp. 7-27, March 2002
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  • Hellbrück, H. and Fischer, S.: Towards Analysis and Simulation of Ad-Hoc Networks. Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Wireless Networks (ICWN02), IEEE Computer Society Press, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, pp. 69-75, June 2002
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  • Hellbrück, H. and Fischer, S.: Basic Analysis and Simulation of Ad-Hoc Networks: , International University Bruchsal,, no. TR01,, December, 2001
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