Dipl.-Ing. Severin Kacianka

Postal Address

  • Severin Kacianka
  • Chair I22
  • Bolzmannstr. 3
  • 85748 Garching bei München
  • Germany

About me

Since July 2015 I am a PhD student at the Chair of Software Engineering headed by Professor Pretschner. My work focuses on Accountability for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). CPS are software controlled systems that (physically) interact with their environment and ultimately also humans. An accountability mechanism helps us to understand why such a CPS caused an unwanted event or (re-)acted in a "wrong" way.

Before joining the chair I studied at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt in Austria where I received my Master's degree with distinction. In my master's thesis I worked on video streaming for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) networks.

Research Interests

  • Accountability
  • Causality
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Security
  • Social Engineering

Thesis Topics

Open Topics

If you want to write a thesis in one of my areas of research, please just send me an e-mail!

Ongoing Topics
  • Lukas Welte: "Accountability Infrastructure for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" (Master Thesis)
Completed Topics
  • Christoph Caprano: "Accountability for Cloud Controlled Robots" (Bachelor Thesis)
  • Christina Miller: "Causal Models for Cyber Physical Systems" (Research Praktikum)
  • Christian Wörle: "Accountability for a Smart Parking Lot" (Guided Research)


Summer 2017
Winter 2016
Summer 2016
Winter 2015


  • B. Dieber, S. Kacianka, S. Rass and P. Schartner, "Application-level security for ROS-based applications," 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Daejeon, South Korea, 2016, pp. 4477-4482. doi: 10.1109/IROS.2016.7759659
  • Kacianka, S., Kelbert, F., and Pretschner, A. (2016). Towards a unified model of accountability infrastructures. In Gössler, G. and Sokolsky, O., editors, Proceedings First Workshop on Causal Reasoning for Embedded and safety-critical Systems Technologies, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 8th April 2016, volume 224 of Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science, pages 40–54. Open Publishing Association. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.224.5
  • Severin Kacianka and Hermann Hellwagner. 2015. Adaptive Video Streaming for UAV Networks. In Proceedings of the 7th ACM International Workshop on Mobile Video (MoVid '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 25-30. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2727040.2727043