Kay Uwe Römer

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inform. Dr.sc.ETH

1997 …2023

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Kay Römer is professor at and director of the Institute for Technical Informatics at Graz University of Technology, Austria. He also heads the Field of Expertise Information, Communication & Computing with more than 100 senior researchers from three faculties. He obtained his Doctorate in computer science from ETH Zurich in 2005 with a thesis on Wireless Sensor Networks. As a senior researcher, he led the network-related research activities of the Distributed Systems Group at ETH Zurich between 2005 and 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he held a professorship at University of Lübeck in Germany. Kay Römer is an internationally recognized expert on networked embedded systems. He has published numerous often-cited results at and regularly serves on the program committees of the leading conferences in his field. He delivered invited keynote talks at international conferences, served as program co-chair for the leading conferences in his field such as ACM SenSys 2011, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2013 or IEEE SECON 2021, and co-directed five international summer schools. Kay Römer served and serves as an associate editor for leading journals such as IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Computers, or ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. He also heads the steering committee of the International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN). Kay Römer's research interests encompass wireless networking, fundamental services, programming models, dependability, and safety of networked embedded systems, in particular Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Sensor Networks. His research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, by the European Commission, through industry partners, by the German Science Foundation, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy, and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. He was the scientific coordinator of the EU FP7 FIRE project RELYonIT on dependable networking in the Internet of Things. He is currently the coordinator of the TU Graz LEAD-Project "Dependable Internet of Things", the first TU Graz research excellence center comprising more than 40 professors, postdocs, and doctoral students. He also leads the research area "Cognitive Products" in the COMET research competence center Pro2Future - Products and Production Systems of the Future. He was also a partner in numerous further excellence initiatives, among others a German Excellence Cluster, a Swiss National Competence Center in Research (NCCR), a European Network of Excellence (NoE), and an FFG Lighthouse Project. Kay Römer supervised more than 20 dissertations, two of them graduated under the auspices of the president of the Republic of Austria - the highest possible distinction for academic achievements for a doctoral degree in Austria.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Sciences in Computer Science, ETH Zurich


Diploma in Computer Science, Goethe University Frankfurt


External positions

Scientific Area Leader, Pro²Future

2017 → …

Head of Field of Expertise Information, Communication & Computing, Graz University of Technology

2016 → …


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