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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

Soft-decoding strategies for a concatenated coding scheme in DNA storage

Forschungspraxis or MSCE Internships

Generalization of LRPC Codes