Dr. Thomas Kuhn received his German Diplom degree in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 2004, his PhD degree in 2009. Since 2008, he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in the Embedded Systems division, and has headed numerous large research and industry projects, including BaSys 4.0, a project aimed at developing an open-source middleware for Industrie 4.0 production systems based on virtual prototyping with the help of digital twins. From 2014 to 2017, he was head of the Embedded Software Engineering department, which focuses on the development and virtual validation of embedded software and E/E architectures. Since October 2017, he has been head of the superordinate Embedded Systems division. His current research focus is the development of reliable adaptive embedded systems. Before working at Fraunhofer IESE, Thomas Kuhn did his PhD at the University of Kaiserslautern as a member of the Networked Systems group. During his PhD studies, his focus was on medium access control and deterministic resolution of collisions on wireless connections. In this context, he did several close evaluations of the lower protocol layers of Bluetooth, ZigBee (802.15.4), and wireless LAN networks. In his PhD thesis, he developed a collision-resistant MAC protocol for wireless networks. This work required low-level access to wireless hardware that was not possible via standard device drivers.
Gotzhein, R., Kuhn, T.: Black Burst Synchronization (BBS) – A protocol for deterministic tick and time synchronization in wireless networks. Elsevier Computer Networks, volume 55, issue 13, year 2011, pp. 3015 – 3031
Reinhard Gotzhein, Thomas Kuhn: Decentralized Tick Synchronization for Multi-Hop Medium Slotting in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks Using Black Bursts. SECON 2008: 422-431