Chair of Computer Science II - Software Engineering

Nikolas Herbst

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