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, he joined the communication networks group lead by Jörg Eberspächer, where he received a Dr.-Ing. degree summa cum laude in 2004 with a dissertation on wireless ad hoc networks. He was a senior researcher at DOCOMO Euro-Labs and gained experience in the US before becoming a professor at the age of 32.
Bettstetter works 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. Bettstetter is coordinator of an interdisciplinary research cluster on self-organizing systems and faculty member in the Karl Popper school on networked autonomous aerial vehicles.
He is best known for his contributions to 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), and the ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (2017). 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 textbook “GSM: Architecture, protocols and services.”
He served as committee member for about 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 organizational committee member of ACM MobiCom (2005). He has been project reviewer for more than hundred projects of the European Commission and science funds in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. His engagement in university management and administration includes memberships in the senate and search committees.