Michael Borkowski

Dipl.-Ing., BSc
Systems Engineer, Distributed Systems Researcher

As a research scientist and systems engineer, I am employed at the DLR and am also pursuing my PhD at TU Wien. I live in Braunschweig, and have roots in Vienna. I am also a hobbyist photographer, tennis player, runner, drone and model plane enthusiast, and enjoy playing various instruments.

  • borkowski.at
  • Braunschweig, Germany
  • English, German, Polish

Skill Overview

Conceptual Skills

Software Design and Engineering Distributed Information Systems Project Management
Cloud Computing Software Testing DevOps, Continuous Integration Embedded Systems

Selection of Technical Skills

Java Spring C#/.NET JavaScript C/C++ AVR-GCC, AVR-ASM
Maven Docker Git Linux (Arch Linux, Ubuntu/Debian) Network Design

Summary of Professional Experience

Professional Software Development: 6 years Research and Teaching: 3 years

Professional Experience

Research Assistant
2015 – 2019

Research and development within industry and EU projects, teaching assistance activities.

Flatout Technologies GmbH

Vienna, Austria
Systems Architect, DevOps
2013 – 2015

Various tasks in a young Austrian smart home start-up company, ranging from programming, to administrative and organizational tasks, to coordinating and planning roles.

  • Technical project coordination, interlocking of development and business aspects
  • Software architecture and software design, development and operations
  • Continuous integration, co-management of testing and deployment lifecycles
  • Backend development within a cloud-based smart home system (Java, Z-Wave)
2010 – 2014

Teaching assistance, lab supervision, support and assistance for undergraduate (Bachelor's) students. Involved in the teaching of the following courses:

  • Einführung in das Programmieren
  • Programmierpraxis

ASFINAG Service GmbH

Verkehrsmanagement/Systemtechnik IT & ZT

Vienna, Austria
Intern Position

Two-month summer internship during my Bachelor's studies. Development of an integrated data consolidation solution and various other technical tasks. The following key technologies were used:

  • .NET/C#, WPF
  • Big Data and Algorithmics

Siemens AG Österreich


Vienna, Austria
Intern Positions
2007 and 2008

Two one-month summer internships during my high school education. Design of an HTML frontend for a Web application (2007), as well as development, testing and rollout of an existing software project (2008). The following key technologies were used:

  • Java, JSP, Velocity
  • .NET/C#, WPF, WCF
  • Web Services

Additional Training


Fields of Interest

Optimization of cost, performance and resource utilization in cloud computing; cloud manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Industrial IoT; prediction-based proactive systems; machine learning; blockchain technologies.



Journal Articles

M. Borkowski, M. Sigwart, P. Frauenthaler, T. Hukkinen, S. Schulte. DeXTT: Deterministic Cross-Blockchain Token Transfers. IEEE Access 7:111030-111042, IEEE, 2019.

M. Borkowski, C. Hochreiner, S. Schulte. Minimizing Cost by Reducing Scaling Operations in Distributed Stream Processing. PVLDB 12(7):724-737, VLDB Endowment, 2019.

M. Borkowski, W. Fdhila, M. Nardelli, S. Rinderle-Ma, S. Schulte. Event-based Failure Prediction in Distributed Business Processes. Information Systems, 81:220-235, Elsevier, 2019.

O. Skarlat, M. Nardelli, S. Schulte, M. Borkowski, P. Leitner. Optimized IoT Service Placement in the Fog. Service Oriented Computing and Applications, 11(4):427-443, Springer, 2017.

Conference/Workshop Proceedings

M. Sigwart, M. Borkowski, M. Peise, S. Schulte, S. Tai. Blockchain-based Data Provenance for the Internet of Things (accepted for publication). 9th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2019), Bilbao, Spain, 2019, pp. nn-nn.

V. Karagiannis, A. Venito, R. Coelho, M. Borkowski, G. Fohler. Edge Computing with Peer to Peer Interactions: Use Cases and Impact. Workshop on Fog Computing and the Internet of Things (Fog-IoT 2019), Montreal, Canada, 2019, pp. 1-5.

S. Weninger, M. Borkowski. Data Prefetching in Smart Systems. 22nd IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference (EDOC 2018), Stockholm, Sweden, 2018, pp. 204-207 (Demo paper).

C. Schubert, M. Borkowski, S. Schulte. Trustworthy Detection and Arbitration of SLA Violations in the Cloud. 7th European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC 2018), Como, Italy, 2018, 90-104. LNCS volume 11116.

P. Waibel, S. Videnov, M. Borkowski, C. Hochreiner, S. Schulte, J. Mendling. Process Simulation for Machine Reservation in Cloud Manufacturing. 16th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN 2018), Porto, Portugal, 2018, pp. 270-277.

M. Borkowski, C. Hochreiner, S. Schulte. Moderated Resource Elasticity for Stream Processing Applications. Euro-Par 2017: Parallel Processing Workshops, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2017, pp. 5-16. LNCS volume 10659.

M. Borkowski, S. Schulte, C. Hochreiner. Predicting Cloud Resource Utilization. 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016), Shanghai, China, 2016, pp. 37-42.

O. Skarlat, S. Schulte, M. Borkowski, P. Leitner. Resource Provisioning for IoT Services in the Fog. 9th IEEE International Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA 2016), Macau, China, 2016, pp. 32-39.

M. Borkowski, O. Skarlat, S. Schulte, S. Dustdar. Prediction-Based Prefetch Scheduling in Mobile Service Applications. 5th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Services (MS 2016), San Francisco, CA, 2016, pp. 41-48.

C. Hochreiner, P. Waibel, M. Borkowski. Bridging Gaps in Cloud Manufacturing with 3D Printing. Proceedings of Informatik 2016, volume 259 of Lecture Notes in Informatics, pp. 1623-1626.

O. Skarlat, M. Borkowski, S. Schulte. Towards a Methodology and Instrumentation Toolset for Cloud Manufacturing. CPPS Workshop (CPS Week 2016), Vienna, Austria, 2016, pp. 1-4.

S. Schulte, M. Borkowski, C. Hochreiner, M. Klusch, A. Murguzur, O. Skarlat, P. Waibel. Bringing Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing to Reality with CREMA. Workshop on Intelligent Systems Configuration Services for Flexible Dynamic Global Production Networks (FLEXINET) at the 8th International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications (I-ESA 2016), pp. 407-413.

Unrefereed Papers

S. Schulte, M. Sigwart, P. Frauenthaler, M. Borkowski. Towards Blockchain Interoperability. BPM Blockchain and Central and Eastern Europe Forum (Vol. 361), Vienna, Austria, 2019, pp. 1-8.

M. Borkowski, M. Sigwart, P. Frauenthaler, S. Schulte. DeXTT: Deterministic Cross-Blockchain Token Transfers. arXiv, Article 1905.06204, 2019.

M. Borkowski, P. Frauenthaler, M. Sigwart, T. Hukkinen, O. Hladky, S. Schulte. Cross-Blockchain Technologies: Review, State of the Art, and Outlook. White Paper, Technische Universität Wien, 2019.

M. Borkowski, C. Ritzer, S. Schulte. Deterministic Witnesses for Claim-First Transactions. White Paper, Technische Universität Wien, 2018.

M. Sigwart, C. Hochreiner, M. Borkowski, S. Schulte. FakeLoad: An Open-Source Load Generator. Technical Report TUV-1942-2018-01, Distributed Systems Group, Technische Universität Wien, 2018.

M. Borkowski, C. Ritzer, D. McDonald, S. Schulte. Caught in Chains: Claim-First Transactions for Cross-Blockchain Asset Transfers. White Paper, Technische Universität Wien, 2018.

M. Borkowski, D. McDonald, C. Ritzer, S. Schulte. Towards Atomic Cross-Chain Token Transfers: State of the Art and Open Questions within TAST. White Paper, Technische Universität Wien, 2018.

M. Borkowski, W. Fdhila, M. Nardelli, S. Rinderle-Ma, S. Schulte. Event-based Failure Prediction in Distributed Business Processes. arXiv, Article 1712.08342, 2018.


M. Borkowski. Smart Prefetching for Mobile Users under Volatile Network Conditions. Diploma Thesis, Technische Universität Wien. August 2015.

M. Borkowski. ACTA in a Nutshell: Das Handelsabkommen ACTA in seinen wichtigsten Zügen. Bachelor's Thesis, Technische Universität Wien. July 2012.

Co-Supervised Theses

Scientific Activities and Services


Doctorate, Computer Science

Technische Universität Wien
Ongoing since 2015
Doctoral (PhD) studies. Thesis: Predictive Approaches for Resource Provisioning in Distributed Systems.

DI, Computer Science

Technische Universität Wien
2012 – 2015
Software Engineering. Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) studies equivalent to Master of Science (MSc). Thesis: Smart Prefetching for Mobile Users under Volatile Network Conditions.

BSc, Computer Science

Technische Universität Wien
2009 – 2012



English: Proficient (C1/C2)

German: Native

Polish: Native

French: Intermediate (A2)

Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS): Elementary (A1)

Hobbies and Bio

My hobbies include photography, tennis, skiing, running, and developing drones and model planes. I play the piano, guitar and electric bass and sing in a choir whenever time permits it. I also enjoy studying non-verbal communication and have taken courses in sign language.

I have Polish roots, grew up in Vienna and live in Braunschweig, Germany. I have a younger sister.


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