Our people

Steering committee

DI Dr.

Hans-Peter Bernhard

Silicon Austria Labs & Johannes Kepler University Linz

Hans-Peter Bern­hard is coor­di­na­ting the SAL-DC and head of SAL Re­search Unit Wire­less Commu­ni­ca­tions. He works in the area wire­less factory commu­ni­ca­tions and signal process­ing. Addi­tio­nally, he is senior scien­tist at the Insti­tute of Commu­ni­ca­tions Engi­nee­ring and RF-Systems of the Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz. 

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Univ. Dr.Rer.Nat.

Marcel Baunach

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

Marcel Baunach is Professor for Embedded Auto­mo­tive Systems at the Insti­tute of Tech­nical Infor­ma­tics at Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy. With exper­tise in Wire­less Sensor/​Actuator Networks and as a former head of hard­ware deve­lop­ment in the field of Auto­mo­tive Diagnostics, he rese­ar­ches compo­si­tional hard­ware/​soft­ware co-design with a focus on real-time opera­ting systems, processor archi­tec­tures and self-orga­ni­zing wire­less commu­ni­ca­tion in highly depen­dable embedded systems for e.g. future vehi­cles, the Internet of Things or cyber-physical systems. 

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Bernhard Rinner

Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Bern­hard Rinner is a Professor of perva­sive compu­ting and the Deputy Head of the Insti­tute of Networked and Embedded Systems, Univer­sity of Klagen­furt, Austria. His current re­search inte­rests include sensor networks, multi­robot systems, self-orga­niza­tion, and perva­sive compu­ting. 

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Alois Zoitl

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

Alois Zoitl is Professor for cyber-physical systems for engi­nee­ring and produc­tion at the LIT CPS Lab of the Johannes Kepler Univer­sity, Linz. His re­search inte­rests are on flexible adap­tive produc­tion systems, highly distri­buted control and soft­ware engi­nee­ring methods for theses systems.

SAL-DC board

DI Dr.

Hans-Peter Bernhard

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH
DI Dr.

Christian Hofbauer

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH
DI Dr.

Ingo Pill

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH

Supervising faculty members

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Bernhard K. Aichernig

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Bern­hard K. Aichernig and his re­search group inves­ti­gate the foun­da­tions of soft­ware engi­nee­ring for reali­zing depen­dable computer-based systems. Bern­hard is an expert in formal methods and testing. His re­search covers a variety of areas combi­ning falsi­fi­ca­tion, veri­fi­ca­tion and abstrac­tion tech­ni­ques. Current topics include the Internet of Things, test-case gene­ra­tion, model learning, and statis­tical model checking. Further details: https://​aichernig.blog­spot.com 

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Bernd Deutschmann

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Dr. Bernd Deutsch­mann has received his M.Sc. degree and the Ph.D. degree in tele­com­mu­ni­ca­tion engi­nee­ring from the Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy, Austria, in 1999 and 2002, respec­tively. Between 2000 and 2006, he was with austri­a­mi­cro­sys­tems AG/​Austria, as a Senior EMC task force engi­neer. From 2006 to 2013, he held the posi­tion of Senior Staff EMC Expert with Infi­neon Tech­no­lo­gies AG in Munich/​Germany. He is currently a Full Professor with the Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy/​Austria, as the head of the Insti­tute of Elec­tro­nics. His re­search inte­rests include EMC design for inte­grated circuits, power elec­tro­nics, and EMC simu­la­tion and measu­re­ment tech­ni­ques. During his re­search activi­ties, he has applied for several patents and has authored and coaut­hored numerous papers and tech­nical arti­cles in the field of elec­tro­ma­gnetic compa­ti­bi­lity of inte­grated circuits. 

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc.

Jasmin Grosinger

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Jasmin Grosinger repres­ents the area of Ultra-Low Power Micro­wave Compo­n­ents and Systems in re­search and teaching as an Assis­tant Professor (with tenure track to a posi­tion as Asso­ciate Professor) at the Faculty of Electrical and Infor­ma­tion Engi­nee­ring at Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz). Her Profes­sor­ship on Ultra-Low Power Micro­wave Compo­n­ents and Systems is allo­cated at the Insti­tute of Micro­wave and Photonic Engi­nee­ring at TU Graz, at which she is am working since 2013 esta­blis­hing and mana­ging a re­search group in this area. The aim of her re­search is the deve­lop­ment of depen­dable sensor and commu­ni­ca­tion tech­no­lo­gies for the next gene­ra­tion of wire­less sensor systems. 

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Sepp Hochreiter

Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz

The Insti­tute for Machine Learning’s and Prof. Dr. Sepp Hoch­rei­ters’ re­search focus: Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Long Short-Term Memory, Rein­force­ment Learning, Vision, Repre­sen­ta­tional Learning, Natural Language Process­ing (NLP), Bioin­for­ma­tics (Gene­tics, Geno­mics).

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Mario Huemer

Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz

The Insti­tute of Signal Process­ing (ISP), Prof. Mario Huemer focuses on the algo­rithmic-, archi­tec­tural- and hard­ware-oriented aspects of signal process­ing systems. Appli­ca­tion areas are infor­ma­tion and commu­ni­ca­tion systems, radio frequency and base­band inte­grated circuits, bio- and sensor-signal process­ing as well as auto­mo­tive appli­ca­tions. Our vision is to work on both long term funda­mental re­search projects as well as on short term topics, the latter in close coope­ra­tion with industry part­ners.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c.

Manfred Kaltenbacher

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Manfred Kalten­ba­cher is professor for theory, model­ling and nume­rical simu­la­tion of elec­tro­ma­gnetic fields and head of the Insti­tute of Funda­men­tals and Theory in Electrical Engi­nee­ring at Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy, Austria. Main re­search direc­tions are nume­rical simu­la­tion and opti­miza­tion as well as model order reduc­tion tech­ni­ques for multi-physical fields (elec­tro­ma­gnetic fields coupled to mecha­nical, thermal and acoustic fields) using the Finite Element Method. Main appli­ca­tions range from MEMS sensors and actua­tors to antennas for HF- and UHF-RFID systems, non-line­arly loaded NFC antennas, HF cables and connec­tors as well as shiel­ding struc­tures.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Annette Mütze

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Annette Muetze is a professor for Electric Drives and Machines.  She heads the insti­tute with the same name at TU Graz, as well as the Chris­tian Doppler Labo­ra­tory for Brush­less Drives for Pump and Fan Appli­ca­tions. Her re­search inte­rests focus on incre­a­sing the relia­bi­lity, effi­ci­ency, and utiliza­tion of variable speed drive systems by addres­sing the inter­ac­tion between the diffe­rent compo­n­ents of the system. 

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Thomas Pock

Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy (TU Graz)

Thomas Pock leads the vision, learning, and opti­miza­tion group at the Insti­tute of Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz Univer­sity of Tech­no­logy. The focus of his re­search is image process­ing, computer vision, inverse problems, convex and non-smooth opti­miza­tion, and machine learning. For more infor­ma­tion see https://​www.tugraz.at/​insti­tutes/​icg/​re­search/​team-pock

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Harald Pretl

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Harald Pretl is professor for inte­grated circuits, and heads the energy-effi­cient analog circuits and systems group at Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz. His re­search inte­rests span a wide range from low-power RF to high-perfor­mance cellular, and micro­wave to mm wave frequen­cies. The re­search is centred around RFIC imple­men­ta­tions, and touches analog and mixed-signal aspects as well. 

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Andreas Springer

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Andreas Springer is professor for commu­ni­ca­tions engi­nee­ring and heads the Commu­ni­ca­tions Engi­nee­ring Group at the Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz. His re­search inte­rests are several aspects of wire­less commu­ni­ca­tions. One re­search focus is the use of wire­less sensor networks for indus­trial appli­ca­tions in which aspects like real-time, relia­bi­lity, secu­rity, safety and loca­liza­tion of sensor nodes are important. Another line of re­search are digi­tally assisted trans­cei­vers for wire­less commu­ni­ca­tions.

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Andreas Stelzer

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Andreas Stelzer is Full Professor with Johannes Kepler Univer­sity Linz, where he is currently the Head of the Depart­ment for RF-Systems. His current re­search inte­rests include micro­wave sensor systems for indus­trial and auto­mo­tive appli­ca­tions, inte­grated radar sensor concepts, SiGe-based circuit design, micro­wave packa­ging in eWLB, RF, and micro­wave subsys­tems, surface acoustic wave sensor systems and appli­ca­tions, and digital signal process­ing for sensor signal evalua­tion. 

PhD students

Abinash Pradhan

RWTH Aachen University

Abinash completed his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the VSS University of Technology in Odisha, India and finished his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the RWT Aachen University, Germany. He has experience in working on Design and Analysis of Half bridges with double-sided Cooling using SiC MOSFETs,  Analysis of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) in Power Electronic Systems, Battery pack design for a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) etc.

Arash Sahbafard

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Arash Sahbafard is a junior scientist at the Wireless communication team at Silicon Austria LABs (SAL). He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in communication systems in 2016, and the got his Master degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Network communication system in 2020, both from the Isfahan University of Technology , Iran. Since December 2020, he is working with SAL. His research interests include wireless communication, 5G networks, signal processing, Ultra Reliable Low Latency Networks.

Armin Hadžiaganović

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Armin completed his Bachelor’s and his Master’s in telecommunication engineering at the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzigovina. He worked as a software engineer and worked on different projects related to the healthcare IT industry where he crafted his agile software development skills. In 2020 he joined Silicon Austria Labs GmbH, Linz, Austria as a Junior Scientist in the Wireless Communications group. Soon after, he enrolled in PhD studies at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (JKU) under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Springer where he is conducting scientific work in the area of industrial wireless communications.

Christian Huber

Johannes Kepler University Linz

After studying Computer Science at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Christian started his PhD studies at the Institute for Machine Learning, headed by Prof. Sepp Hochreiter. There, he worked on multiple projects focused on visual perception for self-driving cars. His research interests are neural networks and deep learning algorithms. He specialized himslef on Convolutional neural networks.

Diego Gigena Ivanovich

Universidad Nacional del Sur

Diego, is from Argentina where he studied electronic engineering and afterwards pursued a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Pedro Julian, that is currently in progress. In 2021, he joined SAL where he is continuing his scientific work in the field of Embedded AI.
His main line of work is the design of digital hardware for neural network processing. He has experience in implementing and training networks in software using PyTorch, as well as digital design using hardware description languages like SystemVerilog.

Edi Muskardin

Graz University of Technology

Edi is from Croatia, where he has finished his Bachelor’s at Department of Informatics in Rijeka. After his studies and brief industry experience, he enrolled and successfully completed his Master’s in “Software Engineering and Management” at TU Graz. During his Master Thesis he has worked for the project QAMCAS lead by Prof. Franz Wotawa, where they developed quality assurance methods for cyber-physical systems. After his Master’ he enrolled at as a PhD student at SAL Doctoral College where he is maimly working in the DES-Lab project.

Fatemeh Abbassi

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Fatemeh received her Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran and her Master’s in electrical engineering (Microelectronics) from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran. She worked as a research assistant in the School of Information and Communication Engineering at the IC Lab, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea before she joined SAL. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in collaboration with the Institute for Integrated Circuits, Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Her research interests include the analysis, design, and optimization of the analog and radio frequency integrated circuits for 5G applications with a special focus on RF receiver front end using Analog Generator.

Jasmin Spettel

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Jasmin received her Master’s degree in Applied Physics at Graz University of Technology. Her Master Thesis was on the development and fabrication of pillar-type photonic crystal waveguide structures for gas sensing applications in cooperation with Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Johannes Kepler University Linz and SAL. Afterwards she joined SAL in Villach, Austria, as a Junior Scientist. Her acceptance at the doctoral school at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, was the start of a cooperative PhD between SAL and EPFL. Currently, her research interests are focused on photonics including Aluminum-(Scandium)-Nitride (Al(Sc)N) for photonics, integrated photonics, photonic micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and photonic sensor applications.

Johanna Zikulnig

Graz University of Technology

Johanna obtained her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Graz University of Technology. After working as a Junior Researcher in the Smart Systems Group at Carinthian Tech Research, she joined the Sensor Applications Group at SAL where she is currently working as a Scientist.
As part of the projects “Smarter Leichtbau” 4.0 and 4.1 Johanna was working on the development of flexible, paper-based sensors for the integration into natural fiber reinforced lightweight components. In the project “OledSolar”, she was responsible for the implementation of automated image processing, cell detection, and data analysis of photoluminescence images taken as part of the quality control in the production of thin film solar cells.

Julian Karoliny

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Julian received his Bachelor’s degree and Dipl. Ing. (M.Sc. equivalent) degree in Mechatronics from the Johannes Kepler University Linz. From 2020, he is with SAL as a Junior Scientist where he is part of the Wireless Communications group and works on the Intelligent Secure Trustable Things (InSecTT) Project. In cooperation with the SAL Doctoral College (SAL-DC) he is currently pursuing the Dr.Tech. degree (Ph.D. equivalent) with the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (JKU), under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Springer. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, signal processing, and machine learning.

Nicolás Daniel Rodríguez

Universidad Nacional del Sur

Nicolás completed his studies of Electronic Engineering at Universidad Nacional del Sur. During his undergraduate studies, he took part of I.DEAR Exchange Program, staying in Siegen, Germany for two semesters taking classes at Universität Siegen, including an Internship by a local company. After finishing his studies as Electronic Engineer, Nicolás started his PhD program on Low Power Integrated Circuits for Deep Neural Network Architectures, further developing on Machine Learning algorithms and VLSI digital design. In 2021, he joined SAL as part of the SAL Doctoral College.

Stefan Baumgartner

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Stefan studied Electronics and Information Technology at Johannes Kepler University Linz, where he obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree. Besides, he worked part-time at the Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM). During his studies, he specialized in signal and information processing and wrote his Master’s thesis on “Neural Network Based Data Estimation”. Since 2021, he is a member of the Institute of Signal Processing at JKU, where he is working towards his Ph.D. in the JKU-LIT-SAL embedded Signal Processing and Machine Learning (eSPML) lab. The aim of his research work is to develop machine learning approaches for wireless communications engineering which enhance or substitute traditional signal processing methods.

Tanja Wallner

Graz University of Technology

Tanja studied Environmental Science and Technology in Styria which was a good mixture of system science, physics, chemistry and environmental technology for her. During her Bachelor’s and Master’s, she worked on projects in physics, chemistry and biochemistry. She wrote her Master’s Thesis about the impact of different chemical components in car exhaust on the environment and on the human body. After her graduation, she started working at the Technical University as a scientific assistant on a project that measured aerosol particles in exhibitions. Her interests are also very diverse and relate not only to questions in natural science but also to technical problem solving and the latest technical applications.

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