Communication Networks

Daniel Merling

Telefon +49 7071 29-70507
Telefax +49 7071 29-5220
Raum B304

Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsnetze

Universität Tübingen

Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut für Informatik

Sand 13, 72076 Tübingen


I'm a researcher and PhD student at the Chair of Communication Networks at the University of Tübingen. From 2012 to 2015 I studied Cognitive Science (B.Sc.) at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Afterwards, I changed my focus and graduated in November 2017 with a Master's degree in Informatics.

My current research areas include:


Supervised Theses



  1. Bachelor Thesis: Strategien zur preis- und kostenabhängigen Gestaltung von Lastplänen in einem virtuellen Kraftwerk mit Leistungsgrenzen
  2. Master Thesis: Design and P4-Based Implementation of Scalable and Resilient BIER and BIER-TE for Large IP Multicast Networks
  3. Bachelor Thesis: Topologiepartitionierung durch maschinellem Lernen für skalierbares IP-Multicast basierend auf Bit Index Explicit Replication

List of Publications

Conference Papers

  1. Daniel Merling, Wolfgang Braun and Michael Menth: Efficient Data Plane Protection for SDN, in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft) 2018, Montreal, Canada
  2. Wolfgang Braun, Daniel Merling and Michael Menth: Destination-Specific Maximally Redundant Trees: Design, Performance Comparison, and Applications, 14th International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN) 2018, Paris, France
  3. Florian Heimgaertner, Sascha Heider, Thomas Stueber, Daniel Merling, and Michael Menth: Load Profile Negotiation in Day-Ahead Planning for Compliance with Power Limits, in Proceedings of the ETG Congress 2019, May 2019, Esslingen, Germany

Journal Papers

  1. Daniel Merling, Michael Menth, Nils Warnke and Toerless Eckert: An Overview of Bit Index Explicit Replication (BIER), IETF Journal, March 21st 2018, The Internet Society
  2. Michael Menth, Habib Mostafaei, Daniel Merling, and Marco Haeberle: Implementation and Evaluation of Activity-Based Congestion Management Using P4 (P4-ABC), in Future Internet, vol. 11, no. 7, July 2019, MDPI


  1. Daniel Merling, Wolfgang Braun and Michael Menth: eLFA-LA: a Protection Method for Software-Defined Networking, PhD Day of the Department of Computer Science, Tuebingen, Germany, November 2017


  1. Daniel Merling: Scalable Resilience for Software-Defined Networking using Remote Loop-Free Alternates with Loop Detection, Master-Thesis, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Chair of Communication Networks, September 2017
  2. Daniel Merling: Precise navigation of flying robots with GPS, Bachelor-Thesis, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Cognitive Systems, August 2015