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Dr.-Ing. Sven Puchinger

Technical University of Munich

Assistant Professorship of Coding for Communications and Data Storage (Prof. Wachter-Zeh)

Postal address

Theresienstr. 90
80333 München


Since May 2018, I have been a postdoctoral researcher in the Coding for Communications and Data Storage (COD) group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where I am working on algebraic coding theory and its applications in network coding and cryptography.

From January 2014 to April 2018, I was a research assistant at the Institute of Communications Engineering, Ulm University. In June 2018, I defended my PhD thesis with the title "Construction and Decoding of Evaluation Codes in Hamming and Rank Metric", which was advised by Prof. Martin Bossert.

For my dissertation, I received the Südwestmetall-Förderpreis (Südwestmetall Advancement Award) 2019 (press release Ulm University, in German | LNT news page, in English) as well as the Ulmer Universitätsgesellschafts-Promotionspreis (dissertation award by the University Society of Ulm) 2019 (press release Ulm University, in German)

I obtained a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Ulm University (2009-2012), was an exchange student at the University of Toronto, Canada, for two semesters (2012-2013), and received a B.Sc. in mathematics from Ulm University (2013-2016).


I am interested in algebraic coding theory, its related mathematical methods, and its applications.

Algebraic Coding Theory

  • Decoding of algebraic codes
  • Construction of new algebraic codes
  • Rank-metric codes

Computer Algebra

  • Fast operations on linearized/skew polynomials
  • Row reduction of polynomial matrices


  • Network coding
  • Code-based cryptography
  • Physical unclonable functions

A list of my publications and preprints can be downloaded here.



Teaching Assistant

  • Winter 2017/2018: Einführung in die Nachrichtentechnik (Ulm University)
  • Summer 2017: Advanced Channel Coding (Ulm University)
  • Winter 2016/2017: Channel Coding (Ulm University)
  • Summer 2016: Applied Information Theory (Ulm University)
  • Winter 2015/2016: Signale und Systeme (Ulm University)
  • Summer 2015: Theory of Digital Networks (Ulm University)
  • Winter 2014/2015: Einführung in die Nachrichtentechnik (Ulm University)
  • Summer 2014: Applied Information Theory (Ulm University)
  • Winter 2013/2014: Signale und Systeme (Ulm University)


Available Theses

Theses in Progress

Bachelor's Theses

Generic Decoding in Rank-Metric

Master's Theses

Vector Network Coding Gap Sizes for the Generalized Combination Network

Concatenated Codes for Error Correction in DNA Storage

Forschungspraxis or MSCE Internships

Efficiency of Gibson's Attack in the GPT Cryptosystem Based on Twisted Gabidulin Codes

Generalization of LRPC Codes