Prof. Gerhard Kramer





Professor Kramer (b. 1970) conducts research on telecommunication technology and information theory, as well as their applications in radio, telephone and fiber glass channels. His research focuses on the core interests of the modern information society: increasing the information density and reliability of messages, expanding the capacity and efficiency of the transmission media and networks and improving data storage methods.

Professor Kramer studied electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and was awarded a doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he worked at Endora Tech (Basel) as a communication engineer. From 2000 to 2008, he was a member of technical staff at the Math Center, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, Murray Hill, New Jersey (USA). In 2009, he assumed a professorship at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Since 2010, he has held the position of Alexander von Humboldt Professor at TUM.


  • Alexander von Humboldt Professor (2010)
  • IEEE Fellow (2010)
  • IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize (2005)
  • Bell Labs President’s Gold Award (2003)
  • ETH Medaille (1998)


1. Essiambre RJ, Kramer G, Winzer PJ, Foschini G J, Goebel B: “Capacity limits of optical fiber networks”. IEEE/OSA J. Lightwave Techn. 2010; 28 (4): 662-701.

2. Kramer G, Savari SA: “Communicating probability distributions”. IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory. 2007; 53(2): 518-525.

3. Kramer G, Gastpar M, Gupta P: “Cooperative strategies and capacity theorems for relay networks”. IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory. 2005; 51(9): 3037-3063.

4. Ashikhmin A, Kramer G, ten Brink S: “Extrinsic information transfer functions: model and erasure channel properties”. IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory. 2004; 50(11): 2657- 2673.

5. ten Brink S, Kramer G, Ashikhmin A: “Design of low-density parity-check codes for modulation and detection”. IEEE Trans. Commun.2004; 52( 4): 670-678.


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