Chair of Computer Science II - Software Engineering

Dr. rer. nat. Nikolas Herbst

Chair of Software Engineering (Informatik II)
Department of Computer Science
University of Würzburg

Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg

Informatikgebäude, 1.OG, Room A111

Phone: +49 (931) 31 83059

Email: nikolas.herbst∂uni-wuerzburg.de

Former Homepage DESCARTES Research Group


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Research Interests

Main Research Topics:

  • Software Performance Engineering
  • Benchmarking
  • Elasticity
  • Workload Forecasting
  • Autonomic Computing
  • Run-Time Performance and Resource Management
  • Component-based Software Engineering

Technology domains:

  • Distributed Component-based Systems
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mirco-Services



Invited Talks

Functions and Memberships

  • SPEC Research Group, Cloud Working Group
    Elected Vice Chair & Release Manager
  • SPEC Research Group Newsletter Editor
  • ICPE Steering Committee
    Publicity & Administration Assistant
  • IEEE member
  • ACM Student Member
  • ACM Sigsoft Student Member

Conference and Workshop Organisation

  • ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Evaluation (ICPE) 2020, as PC member
  • 19th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2019) as PC member
  • ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Evaluation (ICPE) 2019, Artifact Evaluation as PC member
  • ACM/SPEC ICPE 2019, Publicity co-chair
  • 11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (IEEE/ACM UCC 2018) as PC member
  • ACM/SPECInternational Conference on Performance Evaluation (ICPE)  2018, Artifact Evaluation as PC member
  • IEEE ICAC 2016, Publicity co-chair
  • 2nd Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing Performance (HotCloudPerf) @ ICAC 2019 as chair
  • 1st Joint International Workshop on Models@run.time and Self-aware Computing Systems (MRT-SeAC) @ ICAC 2018 as chair
  • 1st Workshop on Self-Aware Computing (SeAC) @ ICAC 2017 as chair
  • 1st Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing Performance (HotCloudPerf) @ ICPE 2018 as chair
  • 4th International Workshop on Quality-Aware DevOps (QUDOS 2018) as PC member



  • TELESCOPE Hybrid Forecaster for Seasonal Time Series
  • BUNGEE IaaS Could Elasticity Benchmarking Framework
  • LIMBO Load Intensity Modeling Framework
  • WCF Workload Cassification & Forecasting Tool



Starting in winter term 2017/18, I am reading the lecture "Operating Systems", and starting in summer term 2018, the lecture "Performance Engineering & Benchmarking of Computersystems". From summer term 2014 to summer term 2017, I was coordinating the exercises on the master's lecture "Performance Engineering & Benchmarking of Computersystems" and the bachelor's lecture "Operating Systems". I am involved in supervising students during multiple practical courses and seminars since summer term 2012.


Selected Reviewer Activities


  • ACM Computing Surveys
  • WILEY Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
  • WILEY Software: Practice and Experience
  • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
  • IEEE Cloud Computing
  • Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software
  • Elsevier Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing


    • IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE)
    • IEEE International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP)
    • IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE)
    • IEEE/USENIX/SPEC International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC)
    • ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE)
    • ACM SIGSOFT International Conference on Quality of Software Architectures (QoSA)
    • European Workshop on Performance Engineering (EPEW)
    • European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC)

    Curriculum Vitae / Resume

    July 2018 - now

    April 2014 - July 2018

    Post-doctoral research group leader at the Chair of Software Engineering (Informatik II) headed by Prof. Samuel Kounev, University of Würzburg

    Doctoral reseacher at the Chair of Software-Engineering (Informatik II) headed by Prof. Samuel Kounev, University of Würzburg

    Jan 2013 - June 2013

    FZI Research Center for Information Technology scholarship holder
    Oct 2012 - March 2014 Doctoral reseacher and member of the Descartes Research Group (funded by the Emmy Noether Programme) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,
    Sep 2006 - Sep 2012 Master of Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Apr 2008 -  Apr 2012 IT responsible at Hotel Erbprinz, Ettlingen
    Apr 2011 - May 2012 Research Assistant at the Informatics Innovation Center (Cooperation of IBM and KIT)
    Aug 2008 - Sep 2008 Internship at Avaloq Evolution AG, Zurich
    Apr 2007 Internship at Siemens AG, Postal Automation, Konstanz
    Aug 2006 Abitur at the Heinrich-Suso Gymnasium, Konstanz

    Last Update: Aug 6, 2018