Prof. Gerhard Kramer is one of the world’s most acclaimed scientists in the field of communications engineering, information theory and the applications of these disciplines. His research focuses on ways of increasing the information density and reliability of messages, enhancing network performance and optimizing information storage methods. In spring of this year, companies used a method developed by his chair to set a new speed record for data transfer over fiber-optic networks.
Born in Canada, Kramer studied electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba and was awarded a doctorate at ETH Zurich. Afterwards, he worked as an engineer at Endora Tech, a Swiss IT company, before moving to Bell Labs - the research arm of the US company Alcatel-Lucent. In 2009, he was appointed professor at the University of Southern California. One year later, he secured Germany’s highest endowed research award, the Humboldt Professorship. Since then, he has held the Chair of Communications Engineering at TUM. His three-year term as Senior Vice President Research and Innovation will commence on October 1.