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Ulrich Gallersdörfer

Software Engineering for Business Information Systems
Chair of Informatics 19
Department of Informatics
Technische Universität München

Boltzmannstraße 3
D-85748 Garching bei München

Phone: +49 89 289 - 17137
Room: 01.12.040

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Uli is a researcher at the chair for Software Engineering of Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since September 2017. He holds a master's degree in Information Systems from TUM and wrote his master thesis about Analysis of Use Cases of Blockchain Technology in Legal Transactions.

His research focuses on the intersection between Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and possible applications. He is very interested in the design and implementation of different types of Blockchain (such as Ethereum, Hyperledger, and others) and thinks about different ways how these technologies can be brought to use and be integrated with and in existing application landscapes. Furthermore, he is interested in the security aspects of hybrid approaches (Blockchain and traditional architectures). 

Uli is also very engaged in the education with regards to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He is the creator and main organizer of the lecture Blockchain-based Systems Engineering in the summer term. With this lecture, Uli supports students to get a technical foundation of different types of Blockchains and want them to be able to evaluate future developments in this area. After this course, students are able to design and implement own applications with Blockchain technology. Besides offering a lecture, Uli is advising students in the seminar Technical Analysis of Existing Blockchain Applications in the winter term. Additionally, Uli is the scientific advisor to a number of students with regard to their bachelor's and master's thesis or their guided research.

Besides his activity at the chair, he is also a speaker at various events about Blockchain. He gives talks at international conferences, at companies like Allianz or IBM, but also at other universities and occasions. He participated in the Omega Tau Science Podcast about Blockchain and Smart Contracts. If you are interested in him giving a talk at your event, please leave him a mail.

In his free time, Uli likes to participate in Hackathons. He won the Hyperfit Blockchain Hackathon in Copenhagen in August 2017 and the IBM Blockchain Hackathon in Munich in November 2017.

Research Projects

His reserach projects include:

  • Blockchain-based Company Foundation: In this project in cooperation with the Notarkammer Bayern we try to figure out ways to properly implement legal forms of companies on the Blockchain. The research involves finding a suitable legal structure, designing a smart contract environment (on Ethereum) to map company shares on the Blockchain. Possible applications are enhanced trust for family trusts and novel approaches to venture capital.
  • Digital Legacy: Legacy does not only affect objects in the real world, but also any "digital-only" asset like Facebook-Accounts or Cryptocurrency-Wallets. As maintaining an offline-storage for passwords and private keys is time-consuming and error-prone, other solutions to digital legacy have to be found. In cooperation with the Notarkammer Bayern and the Bundesnotarkammer, we design and implement a new approach for the management and storage of digital legacy, such that information can be stored in an easy and secure manner.
  • Decentralized Data Marketplace: Companies seek a lot of data to evaluate and analyze their processes, their market area and their customer for optimizing their services and products. However, data may not be available at all times and places. Together with the IOTA foundation and their data marketplace we research the possibilities and design of decentralized data marketplaces for internet-of-things (IoT) devices.
  • Munich Oyster Card: As a result of one of the Hackathons Uli participated in, the idea for Munich Oyster Card (previously M3P, Massive Munich Mobility Package) arose. In this project, the sebis chair designs a Blockchain-based system connecting different mobility providers to allow for a standardized way of booking and renting different means of mobility. Blockchain helps to enable a transparent process of user activity among all mobility providers.

Selected Invited Talks & Presentations

  1. "Boom der Kryptowährungen", 26th April 2018, Zündfunk @ Bayern 2, Recording, from minute 22:00
  2. "Sprechstunde: Blockchain", 10th April 2018, @ Euroforum, Best of Blockchain
  3. "Blockchain / Kryptowährung – Was kommt mit Bitcoin und Co auf uns zu?", 1st March 2018, @ Continental Arena Regensburg, ECOVIS ChancenWelt Digitalisierung
  4. "Blockchain und Bitcoin, was ist das?", 14th December 2017, @ Hochschule Furtwangen, Report
  5. "Massive Munich Mobility Package - A new era of mobility", 25th November 2017, Winning Solution @ IBM / Münchner Kreis Hackathon, see Report
  6. "Blockchain & Smart Contracts - Dem Hype folgen?", 12th October, 2017, @ Roundtable, see Slides
  7. "TimberTrack - Tamper-Proof Supply Chains in Timber Tracking", 18th August, 2017, Winning Solution @ Hyperfit Blockchain Hackathon, see Report
  8. "Blockchains und Smart Contracts", 10th July, 2017, @ omega tau Podcast, see Recording
  9. "Risks of Blockchain Technology", 24th February, 2017,  @ IRIS2017, see Report

Publications (in reverse chronological order)

Working Paper
  • Blockchain and Smart Contracts: What is at stake for the legal sector (Bernhard Waltl with C. Sillaber, Uli Gallersdörfer, and Florian Matthes)
  • A Process Model for Smart Contract Engineering (Bernhard Waltl with C. Sillaber, M. Felderer, and Uli Gallersdörfer)
  • Quo Vadis: Digitaler Nachlass (Ulrich Gallersdörfer with Elena Scepankova, Judith Junk, and Florian Matthes)
  • Hollistic Functions of Blockchain Technology (Ulrich Gallersdörfer with Bernhard Waltl, and Florian Matthes)
  • Architectural Views in Blockchain Ecosystem (Ulrich Gallersdörfer with Bernhard Waltl, and Florian Matthes)
  • Requirement-Analysis of Blockchain-based Applications (Ulrich Gallersdörfer with Bernhard Waltl, and Florian Matthes)
[Ga18a] Gallersdörfer, U.: Tamper-Proof Volume Tracking in Supply Chains with Smart Contracts

To appear in Proceedings of the 24th European Conference on Parallel Processing, Turin, Italy, 2018.

[Ga17] Gallersdörfer, U.: Analysis of Use Cases of Blockchain Technology in Legal Transactions

Master's Thesis: Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, 2017.

Teaching (in reverse chronological order)

WS 18/19 Master Seminar Organizer
WS 18/19


Lecture Advisor
WS 18/19


Lab Course Advisor
SS 18


Lecture Organizer
WS 17/18


Seminar Advisor

Student Theses