Gerhard Kramer is Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1991 and 1992, respectively, and the Dr. sc. techn. degree from ETH Zurich in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was with Endora Tech AG in Basel, Switzerland, from 2000 to 2008 he was with the Math Center at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, and from 2009-2010 he was with the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. He joined TUM as Chair of Communications Engineering in 2010.
Gerhard is an IEEE Fellow and served as the 2013 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society. In 2021, he received the Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership in, and providing long-standing, exceptional service to, the information theory community. He is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2015.
His research interests are primarily in information theory and communications theory, with applications to wireless, copper, and optical fiber networks. He has received several recognitions for his research, including an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, an IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award, a EURASIP Paper Award, a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, and the Vodafone Innovations Prize.