F Steffen Bondorf - Education


Here’s a small wrap-up of my educational background. For details, please see my CV.

1993/08 to 1997/07: Primary School

I started my career in education in the primary school of my home town Lauterecken on the day of my seventh birthday. Here’s proof (I’m in the middle):


1997/09 to 2006/03: Secondary Education

For secondary education, I attended the Veldenz Gymnasium Lauterecken.
In grades 11 to 13, my majors were Computer Science, Maths and English.
My minors were, among others, Physics, Chemistry, Ethics and Visual Arts.

2005/04 to 2006/03: Frühstudium

In the summer term 2005, I was the first student to be admitted to regular bachelor’s studies at the University of Kaiserslautern before finishing secondary education. I chose to study CS and attended the Communications Systems lecture (and passed the exam) of Prof. Schmitt.

Here’s a photo we took for the regional press: Frühstudent ( No, we don’t teach tangent planes in our Communication Systems course ;-) )

2006/04 to 2009/09: B.Sc. in CS

After the Abitur (A-levels), I immediately started to continue my studies full-time. I specialized in communication systems and from 2008-10 to 2009-10 I was employed as an undergraduate research assistent at Prof. Schmitt’s DISCO Lab.
I worked in the Sensor Network Calculus project that was funded by the German Research Foundation. This work paved the way for my thesis

Statistical Performance Bounds in
Wireless Sensor Networks with Random Topology

and the follow-up publication at LCN 2010.

2009/10 to 2012/08: M.Sc. in CS

I continued with a master’s in CS as it is common in Germany. The M.Sc. degree matches the old University Diploma. However, after one semester I was admitted to the CS department’s PhD program for talented students. The program does not require the master’s degree prior to the PhD. Instead, graduate studies need to be passed. As this is a highly uncommon path through the German educational system, I finished my master’s in parallel. My thesis is about

Performance Modeling of Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks

2010/03 to 2012/05: PhD Graduate Studies

After entering the PhD studies in summer term 2010, my student life changed a bit: I had my own office to fill when classes were over. Yay!


The graduate studies of the CS department aim to promote excellence and continuance is decided by the department’s PhD board every 6 months. Positive evaluations also come with a renewal of the research scholarship (as opposed to the typical TA employment). The graduate studies are concluded by defending the PhD topic. I successfully defended

Performance Modeling of Energy Replenishing Wireless Sensor Networks

an later published a paper about Sensor Network Calculus at INFOCOM 2015.

2012/06 to 2016/H1: PhD Doctorate Studies in CS

The doctorate studies are subject to the same evaluation process as the graduate studies. I passed all evaluations and already handed in the abstract of my thesis in December 2015. This officially starts the graduation process, so I can predict:
This year, I will finish my PhD, a Dr.-Ing. (Doctor of Engineering) in CS that has been nearly 23 years in the making. My thesis title is:

Worst-Case Performance Analysis of Feed-Forward Networks –
An Efficient and Accurate Network Calculus