Christian Bettstetter is professor and head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems at the University of Klagenfurt. He is also founding scientific director of Lakeside Labs GmbH, a research and innovation company.
After studying electrical and information engineering at Technische Universität München (TUM) and obtaining the Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1998, he joined the Institute of Communication Networks at TUM lead by Jörg Eberspächer, where he was a research and teaching staff member until 2003. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree with summa cum laude from TUM in 2004 with a dissertation on mobility modeling, connectivity, and adaptive clustering in wireless ad hoc networks. Before becoming a professor, he was a senior researcher at DOCOMO Euro-Labs from 2003 until 2005. He gained experience abroad at the University of Notre Dame and Siltronic (Portland).
Bettstetter and his team work on wireless communications, networking, and networked control with application to mobile telecommunications, industrial sensor networks, and mobile robotics. Current projects address interference dynamics in wireless networks, synchronization, UWB sensor networks, and communications and coordination of drones. He is coordinator of an interdisciplinary research cluster on self-organizing systems. The teaching portfolio comprises an undergraduate lecture on electricity and magnetism, two graduate lectures on mobile communications and networking, and multidisciplinary seminars on networks.
His publication record includes more than 130 scientific papers in journals and conferences. Perhaps his best-known contributions are about random waypoint mobility and connectivity in wireless networks with four publications being cited more than 1.000 times each. He received best paper awards from the German Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (2004), the ACM Intern. Conf. on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (2017), and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conf. (2008 and 2009). He also co-authored the Wiley textbook “GSM: Architecture, protocols and services.”
Bettstetter served as committee member of more than 80 conferences. He was editor for ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review for nine years. He served as program chair of the International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (2011), organizational committee member of ACM MobiCom (2005), founder and co-organizer of Lakeside Research Days (biannually since 2008), and steering board member of the ESF-funded program MiNEMA (2006–2009), among several other activities. He has been project reviewer for more than hundred projects of the European Commission and for national science funds in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. His continuous engagement in university management and administration includes memberships in the senate and search committees.