Although most of our research is theoretical, sometimes we do have projects with a practical benefit. Below are some of our practical highlights: apps, software, and spin-off companies. Some of these are still actively developed, some are passive (retired but still working), and some are not functional anymore, and merely listed for sentimentality.
Aircraft Positioning System
We use the position status messages broadcast by aircraft to determine the user's position using trilateration. This is the same principle as GPS, which uses satellite signals for the same purpose.
BitThief is a free riding BitTorrent client. More than 10 years later it continues to be popular, especially in places where uploading is costly, e.g. in Africa or Japan.
HomeDetective is a powerful apartment and house search tool for Switzerland. Find your next home with elaborate search filters: map regions, functions and full text search.
Smart Cloud Storage
Smart Cloud Storage (SCS) automates storage management on your Android smartphone, moving your data to and from the cloud if necessary.
Ready for some outdoor activities? Find a nice route for running, biking and other activities, and download the result to your smartphone.
A meta page about smartphone reviews, with a smartphone finder: For example, you want a headphone jack, a high screen resolution and a good battery? Here are your best matches!
Convenient Password Manager
Convenient Password Manager is a smart password manager using secret sharing for various platforms. To unlock a password you need a specified number of your devices or tokens accessible, but no password!
Sinalgo is a simulation framework for network algorithms in Java. Although we are not actively developing Sinalgo anymore, it is still popular at many universities, in particular in France.
ConfSearch is a tool to understand the relation between computer science conferences. It is still used by many research groups in the world.
Smart Phone Battle
Is your phone better than your friend's phone?
Jukefox is an Android music player which knows about music similarity. It used to be pretty popular with almost 1 million downloads.
DiscoMark is a benchmarking app to test a phone's performance based on app launch times. DiscoMark was popular with major reviewing sites such as AnandTech. Unfortunately, DiscoMark does not work with Android 7.
Kännsch is a keyboard for Swiss German (and other weird languages), available for Android and iOS.
Yeti is a NesC editor implemented as plugin for Eclipse.
An Android 7 benchmarking app, however, only working on specific phones.
Wuala was a successful startup providing secure online file storage, file synchronization, versioning and backup service. In 2009 Wuala was merged with LaCie, and later bought by Seagate.
Bitsplitters was a startup that developed a small UV sensing system called Sunbeat to help skin cancer patients.
StreamForge was a startup that supported the peer-to-peer approach for Internet applications such as content delivery and Internet telephony.
Spamato was a collaborative spam filtering system with thousands of users. Google’s gmail is similar but has 1000 x 1000 x 1000 of users.
NewZap was one of the first smart news readers for Android.
Soundmate was a music quiz based on Jukefox.
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