Institute of Computer Engineering

University of Luebeck, Germany

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The Institute of Computer Engineering at the University of Luebeck in Germany was founded and is being led by Prof. Erik Maehle, one of the founders and the treasurer of IRIANC. The main activities of the research groups of the institute are in the areas of

­   Parallel and fault-tolerant computing

­   Reconfigurable computing

­   Ubiquitous computing

­   Mobile robotics

In the area of parallel and fault-tolerant computing the focus is currently on distributed storage systems and their coding schemes. Dynamically reconfigurable coprocessors for network processors and high-performance processing nodes are the main subjects in the area of reconfigurable computing with special emphasis on NoCs for multi- and many-core systems. Wireless sensor networks for patient and environmental monitoring are studied by the ubiquitous computing group. Walking robots and underwater robots are investigated by the mobile robotics group. Special emphasis is there on organic principles to achieve robustness and fault tolerance by self-organization.

Research Projects

The research projects of the institute are partly funded by the university and partly by various grants. Examples of recent projects funded by grants are given below.

DynaCore (Dynamically Reconfigurable Coprocessor for Network Processors)

since 2003, funded by German Science Foundation (DFG)


ORCA (Organic Robot Control Architecture)

since 2005, funded by German Science Foundation (DFG)


WWR (Knowledge Workshop Computing Systems)

2001 – 2004, funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under coordination of the: University of Rostock, Germany


FSOE (File System Offload Engine)

2004 - 2005, funded by IBM Research Lab Zurich


NGNP (Next-Generation Network Processors)

2001 – 2003, funded by IBM Research Lab Zurich


Wireless Patient Monitoring

since 2002, partly funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, DFG and industry partners


Erik Maehle is Professor and Director of the Institute of Computer Engineering at the University of Luebeck, Germany, since 1994. He received his Diploma and Doctoral Degree in computer science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1977 and 1982 respectively. After subsequent positions as a postdoc at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg he became a Professor at the Universities of Augsburg in 1987 and Paderborn in 1989, respectively. He is a Member of the German Informatics Society (GI) and the German Chapter of the ACM as well as the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.


In the German Informatics Society (GI) he is a member of the Specialized Committee on Computer and System Architecture ARCS (Speaker 1992 - 1999), the Steering Committees of the German Special Interest Group on Parallel Processing PARS (Speaker 2001 – 2006) as well as on Fault-Tolerance and Dependability VerFe. In 2006 he was elected Speaker of the Specialist Area ‘Computer Engineering’ of the GI.


Professor Maehle is subject area editor of the Journal on Microprocessors and Microsystems and member of the steering committee for the IPDPS Workshop series DPDNS (Dependable Parallel, Distributed and Network-centric Systems). He has been PC Co-Chair of EDCC-3, PC-Chair of the PASA-Workshops 2002 and 2004 and the PARS-Workshops 2003 and 2005, General Chair of the EUROMICRO Conference 2007, PC Co-Chair of NCA08 and Co-Chair of GI Informatik 2009.  Besides that he was a member of numerous PCs of national and international conferences and workshops.


In the course of his professional career Professor Maehle has held the following distinguished positions:

-          Member of the board of directors of Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Paderborn, and Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing PC2 (1989-1994)

-          Visiting Scientist at IBM Research Lab Zurich (1992)

-          Dean of Faculty of Technical and Natural Sciences, University of Luebeck (1998-2000)

-          Visiting Scientist at IBM Research Lab Zurich (2001)

-          Member of Presidency of German Informatics Society (GI) (since 2006)

-          Member of the Extended Executive Committee of  GI (2008-2009)


Selected Recent Publications

El Sayed Auf, A.; Dudek, N.; Maehle, E.: Hexapod Walking as Emergent Reaction to Externally Acting Forces. ROBOTICA 2009, 67-72, Castelo Branco, Portugal 2009, Best Student Paper Award


Maas, R.; Maehle, E.: Swarm based construction of large scale maze-like environments. Second International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination, 2009 ROBOCOMM 09, 1-6, IEEE, Odense, Denmark 2009


Osterloh, C.; Litza, M.; Maehle, E.: Hard- and Software Architecture of a Small Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Environmental Monitoring Tasks. German Workshop on Robotics 2009, 347-356, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Braunschweig 2009


El Sayed Auf, A.; Litza, M.; Maehle, E.: Distributed Fault-Tolerant Robot Control Architecture Based on Organic Computing Principles. Biologically-Inspired Collaborative Computing, 115-124, Springer, Boston 2008


Hampel, V.; Sobe, P.; Maehle, E.: Experiences with a FPGA-based Reed/Solomon-encoding coprocessor. Microprocessors and Microsystems 32, 313-320, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2008


Jakimovski, B.; Maehle, E.: Artificial Immune System Based Robot Anomaly Detection Engine for Fault Tolerant Robots. 5th International Conference on Autonomic and Trusted Computing (ATC-08), Oslo, Norway, 2008, 177-190, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2008


Jakimovski, B.; Meyer, B.; Maehle, E.: Swarm Intelligence for Self-Reconfiguring Walking Robot. IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, IEEE 2008


Pionteck, T.; Albrecht, C.; Koch, R,; Maehle, E,: Adaptive Communication Architectures for Runtime Reconfigurable System-on-Chips. Parallel Processing Letters, 275-289, World Scientific Publishing, 2008


Pionteck, T.; Albrecht, C.; Koch, R.; Maehle, E.: On the Design Parameters of Runtime Reconfigurable Systems. Proc. International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPLA 2008), 683-686, IEEE Press 2008


Schmitt, O.; Bethke S.; Sobe P.; Prehn S.; Maehle E.: Parallelized segmentation of a serially sectioned whole human brain. Image and Vision Computing, Volume 26, Issue 2, 1 February 2008, 289-301, Elsevier, Inc, New York 2008