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 focussing on self-organizing networked systems.
He studied electrical and information engineering at Technische Universität München (TUM) obtaining the Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1998. After a research stay at the University of Notre Dame, 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.
Bettstetter and his team work on wireless communications and self-organization in networked systems with applications in telecommunications, sensor networks, and mobile robotics. Current projects address interference dynamics in wireless networks, synchronization, UWB sensor networks, and communications and coordination of drones. 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 articles and the Wiley textbook “GSM: Architecture, protocols and services.” Perhaps his best-known contribution is about random waypoint mobility; an article about this model published in the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing received the 2004 outstanding paper award from the German Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) and has now been cited more than thousand times (according to Google Scholar). His work on connectivity of ad hoc networks received more than thousand citations as well. He received two best paper awards from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.
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 technical program chair of the International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (2011), organizational committee member of ACM MobiCom (2005), and steering board member of the ESF-funded program MiNEMA (2006–2009), among 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. Finally, he has been continuously engaged in the management and administration of his university, for example, as member of the senate and search committees.