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Dr.-Ing. Nils Dorsch receives dissertation award of the Rector of the TU Dortmund University

The CNI team congratulates Dr.-Ing. Nils Dorsch for receiving the award for the best dissertation in 2018/2019 within the faculty of electrical engineering and informatioon technology during the annual award ceremony of the university on December 16, 2019. Nils Dorsch's thesis is titled "Software-Defined Networking (SDN) for Real-Time Capable, Reliable and Cost-Efficient Smart Grid Communication Infrastructures" has proposed and investigated innovative concepts for communication networks suitable for the so-called Smart Grid. The work has been carried out within the interdisciplinary DFG-funded research group 1511 on "Control and protection systems for the future energy system". Dr.-Ing. Dorsch has proposed a dedicated SDN interface which enables energy system operators to control the underlying communication system through a so-called north-bound interface. The work of Nils Dorsch has attracted considerable attention: a first paper describing the overall system concept has been cited over 80 times since its publication in 2014 at the IEEE SmartGridComm conference. An analysis of the economic impact of SDN-based networks has been recently published as journal article in NETNOMICS (Springer) as well as another journal article on "Enabling Hard Service Guarantees in Software-Defined Smart Grid Infrastructures" in Computer Networks (Elsevier).

The dissertation has become available as 17th volume of the series of dissertations completed at the CNI since 2008.


Key publications:

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, H. Georg, C. Hägerling, C. Wietfeld, "Software-Defined Networking for Smart Grid Communications: Applications, Challenges and Advantages", In Proceedings of the 5th5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm 2014), IEEE, Venice, Italy, November 2014.

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld, "On the Economic Benefits of Software-Defined Networking and Networking Slicing for Smart Grid Communications", In NETNOMICS: Economic Research and Electronic Networking Journal, Springer, September 2018.

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, and C. Wietfeld, “Enabling Hard Services Guarantees in Software-Defined Smart Grid Infrastructures”, Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks, December 2018.