Graz, November 9, 22 - Bruno Clerckx will take up his new position as CTO of SAL on January 9, 2023. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a DSc (Doctor of Science) from Imperial College London in the UK. He gained experience in the industrial environment at Samsung's headquarters in the South Korean capital Seoul, where he played a leading role in the research and development of 4th generation wireless communications ("4G") from 2006 to 2011. He then returned to academic research at Imperial College London, and to date has published two books and over 250 scientific articles.


At SAL, he is now responsible for all research areas. SAL specializes in application-oriented, cooperative research on electronic based systems (EBS) with the research areas Microsystems, Sensor Systems, Power Electronics, Intelligent Wireless Systems and Embedded Systems, divided between the Graz, Villach and Linz sites. The headquarters of the leading-edge research center is in Graz, where Clerckx will also be based.

"With Bruno Clerckx as CTO, SAL is ushering in a new era. Cutting-edge research thrives on international cooperation and Bruno Clerckx, with his network in both Europe and Asia, is helping SAL to gain cross-national visibility. As a proven expert in the field, he will bring in new input and further raise the level of research. In addition, he has many years of experience in industry and academia, which is a great advantage for the cooperative, application-oriented research SAL conducts," explains Ingolf Schädler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

"I am delighted that, with Bruno Clerckx, we have been able to recruit a top international candidate for the CTO position at SAL. He has extensive technical expertise, has worked for a top global corporation, brings experience in business and science collaboration, and has leadership qualities. We are pleased to have won him over after several months of international recruitment. I am convinced that, with his help, we will succeed in advancing SAL into the Champions League of top European research," says Gerald Murauer, CEO of SAL.


Bruno Clerckx is a Professor, the Head of the Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Lab, and the Deputy Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Group, within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London, U.K. Bruno’s research has been heavily published in books, international research papers, standards contributions, and patents. His work has had major impact in academia and industry and is used in billions of mobile devices and base stations worldwide. His research has been recognized with the prestigious Blondel Medal from France for exceptional work contributing to the progress of Science and Electrical and Electronic Industries, the EURASIP (European Association for Signal Processing) best paper award, and the elevation to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to multi-antenna wireless communications and wireless power transfer.


Silicon Austria Labs GmbH (SAL) is Austria's top research center for electronic based systems - they are the technological backbone of digitalization. At its locations in Graz, Villach and Linz, SAL conducts research on key technologies in the fields of microsystems, sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems and embedded systems. SAL brings together key players from industry and science and thus valuable expertise and know-how, and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. The aim is to accelerate the value creation process from idea to innovation - with excellent research and economic benefits. Shareholders are the Republic of Austria (50.1%), the Provinces of Styria and Carinthia (10% each), the Province of Upper Austria (4.95%) and the Association for the Electrical and Electronics Industry (24.95%).


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