Thomas Zemen
Principal Scientist

Thomas Zemen received the Dipl.-Ing. degree, the doctoral degree and the Venia Docendi (Habilitation) from Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien).

He joined AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in 2014 and is Principal Scientist since 2021. Previously, Thomas Zemen worked for Siemens AG Austria and the Telecommunication Research Center Vienna (FTW).

Mr. Zemen is the author or coauthor of four books chapters, 37 journal papers, more than 115 conference communications, and two patents. His research interests focus on the interaction of the physical radio communication channel with other parts of a wireless communication system for time-sensitive 5G and 6G applications. 

Dr. Zemen is docent at the Vienna University of Technology and served as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2011 – 2017.

Laura Bernadó
Scientist

DI Dr. techn. Laura Bernadó obtained her PhD in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) in 2012 and the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2007, with the Master Thesis written at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Mrs. Bernadó has worked as a researcher in the signal and information processing department at the Telecommunications Research Center in Vienna, Austria, for 6 years, and as an antenna engineer at Fractus SA, Spain, for 3 years. Currently she works a scientist in the reliable wireless communications research group at the department for digital safety and security at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Her research interests are modeling of fast time-varying non-stationary fading processes, channel emulation and transceiver design for ultra-reliable wireless communication systems.

Anja Dakić
Junior Scientist

Anja Dakić graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering of University of Belgrade, Telecommunications and Information in 2017, and received the master’s degree in 2019. Since 2019 she is a Ph.D. candidate with the Austrian Institute of Technology in the group of Thomas Zemen. She is a member of the Reliable Wireless Communication Team of the AIT since 2018. Special areas of research include wireless mobile communication for vehicles, modeling vehicular channels, measurements with hardware modems and system-level simulations of communications systems.

Dr. Markus Hofer
scientist

Markus Hofer received the Dipl.-Ing. degree and the doctoral degree from Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien).

He joined the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in 2015. Previously Markus Hofer worked for the Telecommunication Research Center Vienna (FTW).

His research interests include ultra reliable low-latency wireless communications, time-variant channel measurements, modelling and real-time emulation, mmWave communications, time-variant channel estimation, massive MIMO systems, reflective intelligent surfaces, software-defined radio rapid prototyping and cooperative communication systems.

David Löeschenbrand
Junior Scientist

Dipl.-Ing. David Löschenbrand received the Dipl.-Ing. degree (with distinction) in Telecommunications in 2016 from Vienna University of Technology. From 2012 to 2015, he worked for the Institute of Telecommunications, implementing software for antenna characterization purposes. Since 2016, he is a Ph.D. candidate with the Austrian Institute of Technology in the group of Thomas Zemen. His research interests focus on massive MIMO in time-varying propagation channels, channel aging, antenna design, reliable low-latency wireless communications for highly autonomous vehicles, vehicular channel measurements and channel modelling. He gained experience in research work and project management during several finished and ongoing applied research projects on a national and international scale. He successfully implemented a software defined radio based massive MIMO testbed for highspeed measurements and signal processing experimentation, which provides crucial insights for several of AIT’s projects.

DI Dr. Benjamin Rainer, scientist

DI Dr. Benjamin Rainer
scientist

DI Dr. Benjamin Rainer is a researcher in AIT’s Center for Digital Safety & Security. He received the M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.), and Ph.D. (Dr. techn.) in computer science all with distinction from the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt. From 2012 to 2016 he has been with the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt as a Researcher and Postdoc at the institute of Information Technology. He has been with the Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna since 2017. His research interests are security and communication in future (mobile) networks with emphasises on ultra-reliable low latency wireless communication, wireless channel modelling, real-time simulation and emulation of wireless channels and system level simulations of communication systems.

DI Stefan Zelenbaba, junior scientist

DI Stefan Zelenbaba
junior scientist

Stefan Zelenbaba graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of University of Belgrade, Telecommunications Engineering in 2015, and received his master’s degree in collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs in 2017. Since 2017 he is a Ph.D. candidate with the Austrian Institute of Technology in the reliable wireless communications research group of Thomas Zemen. His research is focused on measurements and characterization of non-stationary time-variant wireless channels and geometry-based wireless channel modeling.

ALUMNI

Katharina Buczolich, Technician

Katharina Buczolich
Technician

Katharina Buczolich is a master student at the Austrian Institute of Technology. In 2020 Ms. Buczolich received her bachelor’s degree in physics at the TU Wien, Austria. Currently she is in the master’s program for physics at the TU Wien. Since 2020 she has been a member of the Wireless Team at AIT and was involved in several national and international research projects. Special areas of research include massive MIMO and quantum radio frequency sensing for future 6G systems.