Best paper award

In 2004, Helmut Neukirchen was together with his co-authors Jens Grabowski (University of Göttingen), Zhen Ru Dai (Fraunhofer FOKUS) and Holger Pals (University of Luebeck) awarded the best paper award of the 16th IFIP TC6/WG6.1 International Conference on Testing of Communicating Systems (TestCom2004) for their paper "From Design to Test with UML -- Applied to a Roaming Algorithm for Bluetooth Devices".

Awards for theses supervised by Helmut Neukirchen

The Master's Thesis "A Refactoring Tool for TTCN-3" has been awarded with the Siemens Software Testing Master Thesis Award 2006. This thesis investigates the systematic restructuring (refactoring) of tests which are specified using the Testing and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3). In addition to the world's first TTCN-3 refactoring catalogue, the TTCN-3 Refactoring and Metrics Tool TRex has been developed.
The thesis has been written by Benjamin Zeiß and was supervised by Helmut Neukirchen during his time at the Software Engineering for Distributed Systems Group at the University of Göttingen.

The Master's Thesis "Detection of feature freezes using clustering algorithms" by Steffen Herbold was rewarded with the DASMA-Diplomarbeitenpreis 2008. The DASMA-Diplomarbeitenpreis was awarded for the 6th time by the "Deutschsprachige Anwendergruppe für Software-Metrik und Aufwandschätzung e.V." (DASMA).
The master thesis belongs to the field of analyzing software development processes based on data mining in software archives. A software archive contains multiple versions of a software and thus reflects the development process of the software. In this context, data mining can be seen as the gathering of metric data of several versions of a software. It has been successfully shown that statistical learning methods can be used to analyze the mined metric data.
Steffen Herbold was supervised collectively by Stephan Waack, Jens Grabowski (both professors for Computer Science at the University of Göttingen), and Helmut Neukirchen during his time at the Software Engineering for Distributed Systems Group at the University of Göttingen.

Awards for efforts to obtain research grants

In 2016, Helmut's 2017 teaching load was reduced by 25% due to his efforts to obtain research grants. Some examples of research grant applications (starting from 2013, older ones not listed):


H2020 INFRAEDI-05-2020: Centres of Excellence in exascale computing

H2020 SC1-DTH-01-2019 (Big data and Artificial Intelligence for monitoring health status and quality of life after the cancer treatment)


H2020 JTI-IMI2-2018-14-two-stage

H2020 INFRAEOSC-05-2018-2019 (Support to the EOSC Governance)

H2020 ICT-12-2018-2020 (Big Data technologies and extreme-scale analytics)


Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC): Dellingr call for allocation of CPU time

Rannís Icelandic Research Fund (together with Esa Hyytiä)

H2020 CULT-COOP-09-2017 (European cultural heritage, access and analysis for a richer interpretation of the past)

Rannís Hagnýt rannsóknarverkefni/Technology Development Fund

University of Iceland/Eimskip PhD fund (together with Esa Hyytiä as PI)



H2020 ICT-06-2016 (Cloud Computing)

Rannís Icelandic Research Fund

EU COST Action CA15127 (substitute member)

NordForsk Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) Pool Competencies workshop

Rannis Proposal Preparation Grant


The University of Iceland Equipment Fund (2 applications)


NordForsk Nordic Centre of Excellence for eScience in Climate and Environmental Research.

The University of Iceland Research Fund