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Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner

Postal address

Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching b. München

Place of employment

Informatics 4 - Chair of Software & Systems Engineering (Prof. Pretschner)

Boltzmannstr. 3(5611)/I
85748 Garching b. München

  • Phone: +49 (89) 289 - 17347, 17876
  • Room: 5611.01.058
  • alexander.pretschner(at)tum.de

Consultation: Tuesday 1pm-2pm after setting up an appointment via email or per phone: 089 28917362.

If you need a letter of recommendation, please get in touch at least four weeks before the deadline.

Research Interests

Systems&Software Engineering, Usage Control (demo videos available), Privacy, Model-Based Testing, Automatic Test Case Generation, Model-Based Development, Security of Distributed Data and Systems,



  • TUM Startup Mentor of Excellence (2024)
  • Test-of-Time Runner-Up award at ISSRE 2022 for our 2012 paper "Data Loss Prevention Based on Data-Driven Usage Control", with Tobias Wüchner
  • Runner-Up (2. place) Supervisory Award of TUM's Center of Doctoral Studies in Informatics and its Applications for outstanding supervision of doctoral students (2020)
  • EARTO Innovation Prize to Fraunhofer IESE for joint work on Distributed Data Usage Control (2014)
  • IBM Faculty Awards (2012, 2013)
  • Google Focused Research Award (2011)
  • Fraunhofer Attract Program "Distributed Data Usage Control" (2008)
  • Fulbright scholarship (1998)
  • Best paper awards, see publications
  • Member IFIP WG 11.14

To students:

  • Rohde&Schwarz Best Bachelor Award, 2023, Aaron Tacke
  • ICST 2023 Distinguished paper award for the paper "BinaryRTS: Cross-language Regression Test Selection for C++ Binaries in CI", Daniel Elsner, Severin Kacianka, Stephan Lipp, Alexander Pretschner, Axel Habermann, Maria Graber and Silke Reimer
  • Runner-up ICT Fraunhofer dissertation award, 2018, Christoph Bier
  • CAST e.V. best dissertation award, 2018, Sebastian Banescu
  • Young Scientist of the Werner von Siemens Ring Foundation, 2017, Sebastian Banescu
  • Outstanding Paper Award, 32nd Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, 2016, Sebastian Banescu
  • Best Paper Award, 6th Software Security, Protection, and Reverse Engineering Workshop, 2016, Alei Salem and Sebastian Banescu
  • German IT security award (3. place), Horst-Görtz foundation, 2016, Kristian Beckers
  • First prize of the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (CAST e.V.) for the best Master's thesis, 2015, Rafael Fedler
  • Best Student Tool Demo Award, ASE 2014, Dominik Holling
  • Best Code Cracker Award 5th Intl. Summer School on Information Security and Protection 2014, Sebastian Banescu
  • Best Poster Award CCGRID 2013, Florian Kelbert
  • Best Student Paper Award ICST 2013, Matthias Büchler
  • Outstanding Paper Award CODASPY 2012, Prachi Kumari
  • ObjektForum Förderpreis 2011, Tobias Wüchner
  • Best Paper Award 2010/2011 of the DFG priority program 1496, Jens Kuhn, Prachi Kumari, Jonas Peschla
  • Best Master's thesis at Fraunhofer IESE 2011, Cornelius Moucha
  • Wissenschaftspreis des Landesbeauftragten für Datenschutz Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Stefan Willenbrock

Past Teaching

  • Introduction to Programming. TUM: WS 21/22, WS 18/19, WS 13/14; KIT: WS 11/12, WS 10/11
  • Introduction to Software Engineering. TUM: SS15, SS14, SS13
  • Advanced Topics of Software Engineering, WS20/21, WS 19/20, WS 17/18, WS 16/17, WS 15/16
  • Systems Engineering. TUM: SS23, SS22, SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16, SS15
  • Requirements Engineering. TUM: SS23, SS22, SS21, SS20, SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16, SS15
  • Software Architecture. TUM: WS 13/14, WS 12/13
  • Security Engineering. TUM: SS23, SS22, SS21, SS20, SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16, SS15, SS14, SS 13; KIT: WS 11/12, WS 10/11; TUKL: SS 10, SS 09; ETHZ: HS 07 (with David Basin), HS 06 (with David Basin), HS 05 (with Heiko Mantel)
  • Security Engineering Lab. TUM: WS 13/14, WS 12/13; KIT: SS 11; TUKL: WS 09/10
  • Advanced Topics of Software Testing. TUM: SS23, SS22, SS21, SS20, SS19, SS18, SS17, SS16, SS15, SS16, SS15, WS 14/15, WS 13/14, WS 12/13, SS 12; KIT: SS 11; TUKL: WS 09/10, WS 08/09; ETHZ: FS 08, FS 07
  • Public lecture series on Digital Tramsformation: SS23, SS22, SS21, SS19, SS18, SS17
  • Seminars each semester