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13.07.2011 16:13 Age: 3 yrs

Matthias Wählisch received Young Talent Award 2011 of the Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam

The chair of the jury Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (left) and the chair of the Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam Prof. Dr. Robert Seckler hand the award over to Matthias Wählisch

This year's Young Talent Award of Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam was dedicated to outstanding achievements in advancing the Internet. The jury honors Matthias Wählisch for his advanced and extensive contributions to Internet Group Communication with a 2.500 EUR support for his future research.


Matthias Wählisch, associated partner of the HAMcast project ( and PhD student at the Freie Universität Berlin, has received an exceptional honor. In the presence of Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf he was awarded with the 2.500 EUR Young Talent Award of the Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam. The jury emphasized that Matthias' research makes group communication within the Internet more efficient and reliable. His results are picked up by vendors but also help to establish new services within a future Internet. "His remarkably long bibliography and his contributions to scientific events impressively demonstrate that Matthias is well integrated in the international research community", said the chair of the jury and the director of the Hasso Plattner Institute Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel.


A component for group communication as part of a future multiservice Internet architecture will be developed in the G-Lab phase 2 project HAMcast. HAMcast enables the global provisioning of a hybrid, adaptive multicast service. All results will be deployed within G-Lab, which provides a remarkable flexible experimental facility to conduct real-life inter-domain evaluation.


Two years ago and in the presence of Rob Kahn, the other co-inventor of the Internet, Matthias was already a winning team member of the IPv6 Application Contest. They received 10.000 EUR for their fully IPv6-compliant video conferencing application.


Matthias Wählisch studied computer science and contemporary German literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he completed his Master's thesis on structured hybrid multicast routing. He continues his research at the Computer Systems & Telematics (CST) group there, and is an associated member of the Internet Technologies Research (INET) team at HAW Hamburg.  His major fields of interest lie in efficient and reliable Internet communication. This includes the design and analysis of networking protocols, mobile communication, and P2P networks, as well as Internet topology measurement and analysis.