Dr. Volker Hilt is leading the Autonomous Software Systems Research group at Nokia Bell Labs with the objective to create innovative technologies for automating large-scale cloud computing systems. Dr. Hilt received his M.S. in Commercial Information Technologies in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001 both from the University of Mannheim in Germany. He joined Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ, USA in 2002 and moved to Stuttgart, Germany in 2012.

Dr. Hilt's field of research is networked software systems where he has made contributions in the areas of cloud computing, distributed multimedia systems, content distribution networks, peer-to-peer applications and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). He has designed the overload control mechanism for SIP, which has become a key part of today's telecommunication systems. Dr. Hilt has published over 100 papers, Internet drafts and RFCs.