Distinguished Lecture Series

Anja Feldmann

Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken, Germany

15 November 2018, 04:15 pm

S3|20 Room 111, Rundeturmstr. 10, 64283 Darmstadt

“The Internet: Opportunities and Challenges”


Abstract: While the Internet is a hugely successful, human made artifact that has changed the society fundamentally, it has become a complex system with many challenges. In this talk, I will outline some of them and also point out a number of surprises in terms of our mental models of the Internet that we develop over the years. Next, I will focus on the evolution of the Internet and discuss methods for detecting Internet infrastructure outages and combat major DDoS attacks. I will end with an outlook on how we may evolve the Internet to tackle the future challenges of ubiquitous data availability from sensors and devices everywhere.


Anja Feldmann studied computer science at Universität Paderborn in Germany and received my degree in 1990. After that she continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a M.Sc. in 1991 and, four years later, a Ph.D. The next four years Anja did research work at AT&T Labs Research, before holding professor positions at Saarland University and the Technical University Munich. Since 2006, she has been professor of Internet Network Architectures at Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Technische Universität Berlin. In May 2012, she was elected the first woman on the employer side of the Supervisory Board of SAP. Since the beginning of 2018 Anja Feldmann is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and Honorar Professor at TU Berlin and Universität des Saarlandes.