Why should students be interested in your topics? What is exciting about your topics?
Today, it is impossible to imagine our world without communication. With our smartphones alone, we can now talk to our friends, family and colleagues on the other side of the world, pay at the supermarket, control the appliances in our kitchen and much more. But this is just the beginning of the age of communication and connectivity, and many more exciting applications that could once only be imagined in science fiction movies are now becoming reality. Autonomous driving, smart cities, virtual reality, remote operations and nanoscale communications (e.g. for targeted drug delivery) are just a few examples.
To realise these applications, new communication technologies (e.g. shared communication and sensing, reconfigurable radio environment, artificial intelligence assisted communication and molecular communication) and new design considerations (e.g. secrecy, resilience, high reliability and low latency) are required.
I am interested in building such advanced communication systems and understanding the limits of their performance.
At TU Darmstadt, interdisciplinarity is writ large. Where in your field of work are there interfaces with other disciplines?
In contrast to conventional communication systems, for which physical models, hardware limitations and application scenarios are well known, many framework conditions are not yet fully known for the advanced, emerging communication systems mentioned above. This necessitates collaboration between researchers from different related disciplines. For example, I anticipate collaborations with the Department of Biology (to research molecular communications), the Departments of Physics (to research the reconfigurable radio environment), the Department of Computer Science (to research AI-enabled communications), as well as various collaborations within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, of which I am a member.
The best balance to a stressful day at work is …
Spending time with my family, playing musical instruments and reading books.