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Department of Informatics - Communication Systems Group

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The Communication Systems Research Group CSG at the Department of Informatics (Institut für Informatik, IfI) of the University of Zurich, UZH, Switzerland was founded in September 2004.

CSG's key mission is to establish excellent research in communications, addressing communication mechanisms for charging, accounting, mobility, security, while considering Telecommunication economics, network management, and highly-decentralized systems as major pillars of today's communications in the Internet. Secondly, the CSG is committed to provide a full and up-to-date teaching curriculum on networks and communications for undergraduate and graduate students, partly in conjunction with other groups at IfI.


The research group includes about ten people (Ph.D. Students, Senior Researchers, PostDocs) and approximately 15 MA/BA students. The CSG works in a number of highly relevant communication research areas of today, especially Blockchains and Overlay Networks, Internet-of-Things, Security, and their various integration aspects embedded in terms of Network and Service Management. All this expertise is based on previous work on charging and accounting for services and applications, cloud supporting services, economic network management, underlay-to-overlay cooperation, peer-to-peer systems, and monitoring.

A short CSG overview video clip [3:20 min] overviews CSG's teaching and research field.

General Information

Head of Group: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
  +41 44 635 6710
Secretary: Karin Sigg
  +41 44 635 4549

Postal Address

University of Zurich
Department of Informatics (IFI), CSG BIN
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zürich


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Weiterführende Informationen

Recent News

September 29, 2022:

The CSG presented a full and a short paper each at the IEEE LCN 2022 in Edmonton, Canada, during its 47th instance run, here in a hybrid mode after two years of fully virtual operations. More info here.

June 22, 2022:

The 94th IFIP TC6 Meeting took place yesterday on July 21, 2022, the 4th in a row still on-line. Burkhard Stiller, the current IFIP TC6 Chair, acted as the virtual host and did welcome National Representatives and Work Group Chairs for their annual reports as well as discussions on the new budget plans for 2023. More info here.

June 21, 2022:

The CSG was present at this year's 24th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics (CBI 2022) - hosted in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Muriel Franco presented the SecRiskAI solution as a full-paper in the main track. More info here.

June 17, 2022:

The CSG will be able to host one Swiss Excellence Scholarship student within the 2022 to 2023 time period, granted by the Swiss federal government annually. More info here.

May 8, 2022:

The CSG was present at this year's 4th IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2022), May 2-5, 2022, which was held as a virtual conference, although planned for Shanghai, China, originally. The CSG was also presenting one full paper. More info here.

April 29, 2022:

CSG was represented at the the 18th IFIP/IEEE Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2022) by Muriel Franco, Alberto Huertas, Eder Scheid, and Burkhard Stiller on-site and Sina Rafati remotely. The CSG was proud to contribute also to NOMS 2022 with one tutorial, one paper in the mini-conference session, and one dissertation digest paper. More info here.

March 31, 2022:

The article "PMD-Track: Portable Medical Devices' Real-time Inventory and Tracking", disclosing an approach to efficiently locate medical devices within a hospital, was successfully presented at the 17th IEEE/IFIP Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services Conference (WONS 2022). More info here.