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Internet of Things Smart Space Research

IoT Smart Space Research

Implementing Pervasive Computing in the Real World

Marc-Oliver Pahl Welcome to my site! My team of typically about 25+ and I am currently located at the Chair of Network Architectures and Services at the Technische Universität München.

My core research domains are the Internet of Things (IoT), and digitally-supported teaching.

The IoT implements Pervasive Computing, which in turn, means that computing becomes part of everything.

It has been 25 years since Mark Weiser (1952-1999) presented his vision of ubiquitous computing. After the age of mainframes and the age of personal computers, with the increased ability to program physical environments, the third computing revolution is arriving. I am working at the heart of this development, namely on system support for enabling the programming of all aspects our technology-enriched environments to overcome today’s isolated functionality silos.

In particular, my research includes new service discovery and coupling techniques, the semantic modeling of relevant data to enable automated reasoning, autonomous behavior to reduce the complexity of the IoT, and providing suitable security for protecting the safety and privacy of users.

At the same time, I am constantly experimenting with new digitally-supported teaching methodologies. I am designing a new kind of massive open online course (MOOC) on edX, "iLabX – the virtual Internet Laboratory". My oldest and biggest teaching "playground" is the German computer networking lab courses "iLab – Build Your Own Internet", and "iLab--You set the Focus". Since 2003, together with my great teams I have taught computer networks and distributed systems to more than 1800 students.

You can find more details about my research, teaching activities, fun projects, demonstrations, people working with me, open thesis topics/ student assistant positions, and other interesting topics in the menu on the left.

If you are interested in a topic, want to cooperate with me as researcher, student, or industry partner feel free to contact me. If you have any questions, comments or just want to get in touch please feel also free to leave a message.

Enjoy your visit!


Distributed Smart Space Orchestration (NOMS 2016 Dissertation Session).
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