Prof. Dr. Björn Scheuermann

Former Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Björn Scheuermann holds the Chair of Computer Engineering at the HU Berlin. He studied mathematics and computer science in Mannheim, received his doctorate in computer science at the University of Düsseldorf in 2007 and took on a junior professorship for Mobile and Decentralised Networks in 2008.

In 2011, he initially accepted a professorship in telematics at the University of Würzburg and later a professorship for IT security at the University of Bonn, before moving to the HU Berlin in 2012. His interests lie in the design of computer and network systems as well as security and privacy in distributed systems.



+49 30 2093 3050




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Informatik, Lehrstuhl für Technische Informatik
  • Positions

    Former Principal Investigator

    Research Group "Trust in distributed environments"

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  • Committees and functions
    • Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Junior Fellow of the German Informatics Society, Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI
    • Lecturer of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
    • Research director at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
    • Principal Investigator at Einstein Center Digital Future
    • Jury member of the 2020 German IT Security Award
    • Capital Top 40 under 40 (2019), Science and Society
    • Jury member of the Dissertation Award of Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
    • Principal Investigator at the Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies
    • Principal Investigator at the Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS)
    • Advisory Board member at the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy
    • Member of the extended leadership committee for the interest group “Communication and Distributed Systems”, German Informatics Society
    • Advisory board member, Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab, University of Amsterdam
    • Member of the study commission of the Faculty of Computer Science
    • Member of program committee of MedComNet 2021
    • Member of program committee of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) 2021
    • Member of program committee of Wireless Days 2021
    • Member of program committee of the IEEE
    • Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC) 2022


  • Fields of research
    • Communication networks and protocols
    • Security of network and IT systems
    • IoT and Industry 4.0
    • Technical data protection

Goodcoin – Starker Datenschutz für Bonus- und Zahlungssysteme (BMBF)

PREVIEW – Predictive System to Recommend Injection Mould Setup with Process Optimisation in Wireless Sensor Networks (EU Horizon 2020)

BIGS² – Berliner Interdisziplinäre Graduiertenschule Selbstkoordinierender Straßenverkehr (Exzellenzinitiative)

Vier EXIST-geförderte Startups, u.a. shoutr (1. Platz CeBIT Innovation Award 2014), swarm64 (mittlerweile über 10 Mio. Euro Investoren-Funding)

hardFIRE – Firewalls und FPGAs (BMWi)

Überlastkontrollmechanismen für Anonymisierungs-Overlays (DFG)



Tschorsch, F. & Scheuermann, B. (2016). Bitcoin and Beyond: A Technical Survey on Decentralized Digital Currencies. IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 18 (3), 2084-2123.

Tschorsch, F. & Scheuermann, B. (2016,). Mind the Gap: Towards a Backpressure-Based Transport Protocol for the Tor Network. In Proceedings of the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI ’16) (S. 697-610).

Hager, S., Selent, S. & Scheuermann, B. (2014). Trees in the List: Accelerating List-based Packet Classification Through Controlled Rule Set Expansion. In Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) (S. 101-107).

Jansen, R., Tschorsch, F., Johnson, A. & Scheuermann, B. (2014). The Sniper Attack: Anonymously Deanonymizing and Disabling the Tor Network. In 18th ISOC Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium (NDSS).

Scheuermann, B., Kiess, W., Roos, M., Jarre, F. & Mauve, M. (2009). On the Time Synchronization of Distributed Log Files in Networks with Local Broadcast Media. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 17 (2), 431-444.