Josef Nossek

Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c.

TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Emeritus of Circuit Theory and Signal Processing


Born December 17, 1947

josef.a.nossek@tum.de
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Scientific work

Josef Nossek’s research activities focus on circuit theory and signal processing. He began his career path in the industry at Siemens and held several positions there, including Head of Radio Systems Design Department and as a member of senior management. In his capacity as a department head, he was responsible for digitizing radio systems. This primarily included applying digital signal processing methodology based on the development of application-specific, highly integrated CMOS circuits that proved crucial for the economic success of digital radio systems. In 1989 Josef Nossek accepted a position at Technical University of Munich (TUM). As Professor of Circuit Theory and Signal Processing, he was able to bring the full focus of his research back to circuit theory and signal processing and expand upon the interdependency with electromagnetic theory. This facilitated a collective, uniform view of this subsect of electrical and computer engineering, which is key in optimally designing complex communication systems and was initially a feature that was unique to his department. One of the focuses of this work is multi-antenna systems, which are essential in overcoming the enormous data throughput found in cellular mobile networks. In addition to data throughput, the energy efficiency of communications systems will be key in future and cross-discipline, physically consistent modelling is essential for this. In addition, he has always strived to get students interested in the topics of his expertise.

 

Short biography

1986-1974Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Vienna
1974-1998Development Engineer, Laboratory Manager, department head, Head of Radio Systems Design, member of senior management, Siemens AG, Munich
1984Visiting Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
1992Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1995Visiting Professor, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
1998-2016Professor of Circuit Theory and Signal Processing, TUM
1999-2002Dean of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, TUM
2002-2005Academic Dean of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Spokesperson of Academic Deans, TUM
2005/2007/2013/
2015
Visiting Professor, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
2007-2010Senate Member, TUM
seit 2016Professor at Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

 

Memberships and honors

Member of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies’ Information Technology Society Expert Committee of Information and System Theory, 1985–1997

Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part I, 1991–1993

Member of the International Union of Radio Science, Commission C, 1990–present

Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part I, 1995–1997

Technical Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP, 1997

President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 2002

President of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), 2007–2008

President of the Convention of National Associations of Electrical Engineering of Europe (EUREL), 2013

Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), 2009–present

  

Awards

  • Literature Award from the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies’ Information Technology Society, 1998
  • Fellow Member IEEE, 1993
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Free State of Bavaria, 1998
  • Innovation Award from the Mannesmann (now Vodafone) Mobilfunk Foundation for Research, 1998
  • IEEE Golden Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Circuits and Systems Society, 1999
  • Professorship award for excellence in teaching awarded by students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, TUM, 2008
  • Education Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 2008
  • Guillemin Cauer Best Paper Award from the IEEE Transactions on Circuits on Systems, 2011
  • German Federal Cross of Merit, 2008
  • Honorary doctorate from Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, 2013
  • Life Fellow Member IEEE, 2013
  • VDE Ring of Honor, 2014

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