Andreas Schmidt

Computer Scientist - Researcher - Lifeguard



Work

I am a computer scientist by training and doing research in the area of networked communication. I have a particular interest in cyber-physical systems, network protocols, and software engineering.

I have a professional profile page at the Telecommunications Lab, which includes more details.

Research Projects

Teaching

At the Telecommunications Lab I have acted as an assistant, instructor, and tutor for the following courses:

  • Hands-On Networking: SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16
  • Digital Transmission and Signal Processing (previously Telecommunications I): WS19/20, WS15/16, WS13/14
  • Forschungstage Informatik: SS19, SS18
  • Several guest lecture in other courses at Saarland University

Professional Activities

  • IEEE CPN Workshop - Web Chair: 2020, 2019
  • SKILL "Studierendenkonferenz Informatik" - Reviewer: 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA) - Secondary reviewer: 2017, 2016

Advisory

I have been honoured to advise several students for their theses at the Telecommunications Lab:

  • MSc.: Daniel Birtel, Pablo Gil Pereira, Lukas Bard, Marlene Böhmer, Ashkan Taslimi
  • BSc.: Philipp Tennigkeit, Kai Vogelgesang, Sebastian Morgenstern

Personal Projects

Starting in 2006, I have been responsible for various websites and have worked on the following projects:

  • 2013 - now: DLRG OG Kirkel (Administration, Editorial)
  • 2013 - now: DLRG Bezirk Homburg (Administration, Editorial)
  • Winter 2015: CloudCanvas (a Startup weekend project - 1st place)
  • 2014 - 2015: Wäller vom Wibbelstätzje (Consulting, Support)
  • 2012 - 2014: MenSaar (Saarland University Mensa App for WP7)
  • 2010 - 2014: Position-Portal (Customer Portal for Monitoring and Measurement Visualization)
  • 2008 - 2014: Plan Aktionsgruppe Saarbrücken (NPO, that raises money for charity projects)
  • Winter 2013: MathOverflow (curve plotting tool)
  • 2010 - 2013: DLRG OG Homburg (administration, editorial)
  • 2008 - 2010: Saarpfalz-Gymnasium (my former secondary school)
  • 2007 - 2010: SPG Informatik (the faculty of computer science at my secondary school)
  • 2006 - 2008: Wäller vom Bärenbrunnerhof (website for a dog breeder)



Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

  • 09/2015 - now: Researcher at the Telecommunications Lab (Saarland University)
  • 05/2013 - 08/2015: Research Assistant at the Telecommunications Lab (Saarland University)
  • 07/2010 - 11/2014: Freelance work for Position-Control GmbH
  • 10/2013 - 03/2014: Teaching Assistant at the Telecommunications Lab (Saarland University)
  • 10/2010 - 06/2011: Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr as a first-aid instructor for Malteser Hilfsdienst
  • 01/2008: Industrial placement at SPS Computers

Education

Awards

  • Nominee for the European Google Fellowship in Systems and Networking (2018)
  • KuVS Preis (Best Master Thesis in Communication and Distributed Systems, Gesellschaft für Informatik 2016)
  • Günter-Hotz-Medaille (WS 2015/16)
  • Honours Degree for Master in Computer Science
  • FdSI-Bachelor-Preis (SS 2014)



Library

Here is an abridged list of the textbooks I read over the last years. I enjoyed reading them very much, so I recommend them wholeheartedly. The list is ever growing and updated from time to time. (alphabetical order)



Sustainability

In the summer of 2018, I got into sustainability because I experienced the hottest summer ever in my home state (a record that was topped again in 2019). At that time, I got my first pedelec and started cycling again after years of abstinence, I (consciously) ate vegan food for the first time at World Food Trip, where I also got inspired to work towards zero-waste. These experiences inspired me to reflect on and research about my personal footprint and to look for ways to reduce it.

Here is a collection of things I have read/bought/done/created/changed so far in order to make my life more sustainable. I do not want to convert anyone, but hope that this serves as an inspiration to change your life in certain details and achieving sustainability (see the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a high-level inspiration). The following will name a few brands, so here is a disclaimer: I am not getting any provision and I am not making advertisements. I just want to point you to companies/brands that (IMHO) act sustainably or produce sustainable goods.

Mobility

  • I got a pedelec in April 2018 and in the first 12 months drove 2000km (using the support modes sensibly). Thereby, I replaced various paths I would usually travel by car.
  • I can recommend the Radfunk podcast for German-speaking people that want to learn more about everyday cycling in Germany.
  • Finally, I also made sure that (apart from a handful of exceptions) every commute to work in 2018/19 was by train or cycle.

Food

  • I have never been a big consumer of meat, especially because I don't like any food that looks like an animal or has hardly eadible parts. I experiment with vegan food, but do not consider myself as a pure vegetarian or vegan. Instead, I changed my default to eat vegetarian food, i.e. I also opt in for vegetarian food on seminars and any other occasions. In consequence, I am typically eating about 300g of meat every week, which is also what many sources recommend (e.g. WCRF).

Home

  • I revisited my heating system and made sure it's not too warm.
  • I checked with my local energy supplier and changed into a tariff that incorporates only renewables.
  • I reduced plastic waste so that I now fill one bag every 6 weeks (before it were 4), without reducing how often I cook or do other things. I can recommend the following (German) resources: Better Life Without Plastic, Don't Waste Be Happy.
  • I use solid, package-free soaps and wooden toothbrushes.

Cloth

  • I buy from sustainable bands, such as Wijld or Vaude.
  • I donate old clothes (I wear everything really long) to a local social shop.

Other Bits



Volunteer

Since December 2004 I am a member of DLRG and since January 2010 I am part of the Malteser Hilfsdienst. From 2004 to 2009 I did all lifesaving badges and the snorkel diving badge. In 2007 I took part in a paramedic training. Now I am giving courses in swimming and lifeguarding, and I am regularly attending advanced courses and seminars. For DLRG OG Kirkel e.V. I am serving as an assesor since 2015. For DLRG Bezirk Homburg, I hold the same role since 2012, and I also took over the role of deputy treasurer in 2018.

I donate blood at Blutspendezentrum Homburg on a regular basis (couting 23 donations since my first in 2011). I am a registered member of DKMS trying to fight blood cancer. I have also made my choice in a organ donation identity card.


Lifeguarding

From 2010 on, I have spent about five weekends a year at local lakes and water-related events. I took part in ZWRD-K at Borkum in 2011, 2016 (2x) and 2017. I completed my Fachausbildung Wasserrettungsdienst in mid 2012 and in September 2012 I passed the coxswain examination.


Teaching

Back in 2010 I started to teach lifeguarding and swimming to youths, so I am used to organise and conduct one course per season. Since January 2015, I hold the Lehrschein. In addition to that I give occasional first-aid courses that are associated with the examinations for lifesaving badges and mandatory for our active lifeguards. This is the complete (and growing) list:

  • Season 2019/20: Jumper/proxy for different swimming courses.
  • Season 2018/19: Trainer for DJSA Silber / Gold and DRSA Gold
  • Summer Season 2018: Several individual DRSA examinations
  • Season 2017/18: Trainer for DJSA Bronze / Silber
  • Season 2016/17: Trainer for Seepferdchen and Adult Swimming Course
  • Summer Season 2016: Several individual DRSA examinations
  • Season 2015/16: Trainer for DRSA Silber/Gold
  • Summer Season 2015: Several individual DRSA examinations
  • April 2015: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • Season 2014/15: Trainer for Seepferdchen; Assistant for DRSA Silber/Gold
  • Season 2013/14: Trainer for Seepferdchen
  • March 2013: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • Season 2012/13: Trainer for Seepferdchen
  • May 2012: First-Aid course for lifesaving badges
  • March 2012: First-Aid course for our active lifeguards
  • Season 2011/12: Trainer for DJSA Gold; Assistant for Schnorcheltauchabzeichen
  • April 2011: First-Aid course debut
  • Season 2010/11: Assistant for DJSA Gold

Furthermore, I have a first-aid instructor license and give courses occasionally.