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Senior Researcher

Dr.-Ing. Fabian Kurtz

October 2007 - March 2013

Bachelor & Master in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, TU Dortmund University (TUDo)

May 2010 - Juli 2010

Internship at RWE Power AG

Since May 2013

Research Assistant at Communication Networks Institute, TUDo

  • ICT for Smart Grids
  • Research into future Critical Infrastructure communications
  • 5G Technologies incl. Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Edge Computing

Towards Open 6G: Experimental O-RAN Framework for Predictive Uplink Slicing

R. Wiebusch, N. A. Wagner, D. Overbeck, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Rome, Italy, May 2023.


Context-based Latency Guarantees Considering Channel Degradation in 5G Network Slicing

A. Nota, S. Saidi, D. Overbeck, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In 2022 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), USA, December 2022.


Proactive Resource Management for Predictive 5G Uplink Slicing

D. Overbeck, N. A. Wagner, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In 2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), December 2022, Brazil.



Design of a 5G Network Slicing Architecture for Mixed-Critical Services in Cellular Energy Systems

D. Overbeck, F. Kurtz, S. Böcker, C. Wietfeld

In 2022 IEEE SmartGridComm, Singapore, October 2022.


Software-Defined Networking driven Time-Sensitive Networking for Mixed-Criticality Control Applications

F. Kurtz, et al.

In International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence (ICTC), IEEE, Jeju-si, KOR, October 2022.



Predictive 5G Uplink Slicing for Blockchain-driven Smart Energy Contracts

F. Kurtz, R. Wiebusch, D. Overbeck, C. Wietfeld

In IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2022


Providing Response Times Guarantees for Mixed-Criticality Network Slicing in 5G

A. Nota, S. Saidi, D. Overbeck, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In DATE Conference, ACM, Antwerp, Belgium (Virtual Event).


Open RAN - neue Spielregeln für den Mobilfunk

F. Kurtz, S. Böcker, C. Wietfeld

In Elektronik, Weka Fachmedien, vol. 21, pp. 76–81, October 2021


Reliable Long-Range Multi-Link Communication for Unmanned Search and Rescue Aircraft Systems in Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operation

J. Güldenring, P. Gorczak, F. Eckermann, M. Patchou, J. Tiemann, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In Drones, MDPI, vol. 4, no. 2, May 2020


Reliable Software-Defined RAN Network Slicing for Mission-Critical 5G Communication Networks

C. Bektas, S. Böcker, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld

In 2019 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps), Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, December 2019.


Robust Cellular Communications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Maritime Search and Rescue

P. Gorczak, C. Bektas, F. Kurtz, T. Lübcke, C. Wietfeld

In IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), IEEE


Towards Resilient 5G: Lessons Learned from Experimental Evaluations of LTE Uplink Jamming

F. Girke, F. Kurtz, N. Dorsch, C. Wietfeld

In IEEE ICC 2019 Workshop - Wireless Physical Layer Security, Shanghai, China, May 2019.


Enabling Hard Service Guarantees in Software-Defined Smart Grid Infrastructures

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld,

In Computer Networks, Elsevier, vol. 147, pp. 112–131, December 2018.


Towards 5G: An Empirical Evaluation of Software-Defined End-to-End Network Slicing

C. Bektas, S. Monhof, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld,

In 2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 2018.


Evaluating Software-Defined Networking-Driven Edge Clouds for 5G Critical Communications

F. Kurtz, I. Laukhin, C. Bektas, C. Wietfeld,

In International Conference on ICT Convergence (ICTC), IEEE, Jeju-si, Republic of Korea, October 2018.


On the Economic Benefits of Software-Defined Networking and Networking Slicing for Smart Grid Communications

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld,

In NETNOMICS: Economic Research and Electronic Networking Journal, Springer, October 2018.


Control Plane Fault Tolerance for Resilient Software-Defined Networking based Critical Infrastructure Communications

F. Kurtz, D. Overbeck, C. Bektas, C. Wietfeld,

In IEEE 5G World Forum - Cloud native 5G Workshop, Santa Clara, USA, July 2018.


Network Slicing for Critical Communications in Shared 5G Infrastructures - An Empirical Evaluation

F. Kurtz, C. Bektas, N. Dorsch, C. Wietfeld,

In 4th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2018), Canada, June 2018.


Smart Control of Energy Distribution Grids over Heterogeneous Communication Networks - Impact of communication network performance on voltage control and energy balancing

H. P. Schwefel, et al.,

In CIGRE Science & Engineering, February 2018.


Analysis of real-time coordination of distributed power flow controllers using software-defined networking communication

S. Dalhues, et al.,

In IEEE Power Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington DC, USA, February 2018.


Communications in Distributed Smart Grid Control: Software-Defined vs. Legacy Networks

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld,

In IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration, Beijing, China, November 2017.


Synchronized Measurement Concept for Failure Handling in Software-Defined Smart Grid Communications

F. Kurtz, N. Dorsch, C. Bektas, C. Wietfeld,

In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Dresden, Germany, October 2017.


Advanced Controller Resiliency in Software-Defined Networking Enabled Critical Infrastructure Communications

F. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld,

In International Conference on ICT Convergence, IEEE, Jeju-si, Republic of Korea, October 2017.


Enhanced Fast Failover for Software-Defined Smart Grid Communication Networks

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, F. Girke, C. Wietfeld,

In IEEE Globecom, Washington, USA, December 2016.


Intertwined: Software-Defined Communication Networks for Multi-Agent System-based Smart Grid Control

N. Dorsch, F. Kurtz, S. Dalhues, L. Robitzky, U. Häger, C. Wietfeld,

In IEEE SmartGridComm, Sydney, Australia, November 2016.


Dualistic Assessment of Communication Technology Performance for Control of Large-scale Smart Distribution Grids

F. M. Kurtz, C. Wietfeld, T. L. F. Kristensen, R. L. Olsen, F. Iov,

In CIRED Workshop, Helsinki, Finland, June 2016.


Empirical Comparison of Virtualised and Bare-Metal Switching for SDN-based 5G Communication in Critical Infrastructures

F. Kurtz, N. Dorsch, C. Wietfeld,

In 2nd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 2016.


Design and Analysis of an Adaptive System Architecture for Monitoring and Control of Energy Distribution Grids

F. Kurtz, C. Hägerling, C. Wietfeld,

In Smart Energy Conference, Dortmund, Germany, November 2014.


Software-Defined Networking for Smart Grid Communications: Applications, Challenges and Advantages

N. Dorsch, et al.,

In Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, IEEE, Venice, Italy, November 2014.


Entwurf und Analyse einer adaptiven Systemarchitektur zur Überwachung und Steuerung von Verteilnetzen

F. M. Kurtz, C. Hägerling, C. Wietfeld,

In Smart Energy 2014 (U. Großmann, I. Kunold, eds.), Verlag Werner Hülsbach, vol. 1, Dortmund, Germany, 2014.


Security Risk Analysis and Evaluation of Integrating Customer Energy Management Systems into Smart Distribution Grids

C. Hägerling, et al.,

In Proceedings of the 4th CIRED Workshop for Challenges of Implementing Active Distribution System Management, Rome, Italy…


Communication Architecture for Monitoring and Control of Power Distribution Grids over Heterogeneous ICT Networks

C. Hägerling, F. Kurtz, R. L. Olsen, C. Wietfeld,

In Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Energy Conference, IEEE, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2014.


Adaptive Monitoring and Control Architectures for Power Distribution Grids over Heterogeneous ICT Networks

R. Løvenstein Olsen, et al.,

In Journal of Communication, Navigation, Sensing and Services (CONASENSE), 2014.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).