Christian Bettstetter is professor and head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems at the University of Klagenfurt. He is also the founding scientific director of Lakeside Labs GmbH, a research and innovation company.
After studying electrical and information engineering at Technische Universität München, he joined the communication networks group, led by Jörg Eberspächer, where he received a Dr.-Ing. degree summa cum laude in 2004 with a dissertation on wireless ad hoc networks. Before becoming a professor, he gained experience in the USA and was a senior researcher at DOCOMO Euro-Labs.
Bettstetter and his team work on wireless communications and self-organization in networked systems with application to telecommunications, IoT, and mobile robotics. Current projects investigate interference, synchronization, industrial sensor networks, and communications and path planning of drones. He coordinates an interdisciplinary research cluster on self-organizing systems and is a faculty member in the Karl Popper school on networked autonomous aerial vehicles.
His best-known contributions are in mobility modeling and connectivity in wireless networks, where three research papers are cited more than thousand times each. He received best paper awards from the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (“Preis der ITG” in 2004), the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (2008 and 2009), the ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (2017), and the IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (2019). The federal state of Carinthia honored him with the “Würdigungspreis” in Science and Engineering (2018), a prize awarded every four years in recognition of scientific achievements.
His teaching portfolio comprises an undergraduate lecture on electricity and magnetism, two graduate lectures on mobile communications and networking, and multidisciplinary seminars on networks. Bettstetter also coauthored the book “GSM: Architecture, protocols and services.”
Bettstetter served as a committee member in more than a hundred conferences and workshops, founder and co-organizer of Lakeside Research Days (biannually since 2008), area editor for ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review (2005–2014), program chair of the International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (2011), steering board member of the ESF-funded program MiNEMA (2006–2009), and organizing committee member of ACM MobiCom (2005). He has been a project reviewer for over a hundred projects of the European Commission, the European Research Council, and different national science funds in Europe. His engagement in university management and administration includes memberships in the senate and search committees. Bettstetter is an active science communicator, who has been reporting about his and related research on Twitter and other platforms since 2011.