Gerald studied electrical and information engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Munich, Germany, with a concentration in information and communication technology. For his PhD he researched distributed, self-organizing routing protocols and network architectures for the Next Generation Internet and developed novel concepts and algorithms for their optimized operation.
In 2010 Gerald started as researcher for the next generation mobile core network in DOCOMO Euro-Labs in Munich, working on improving the Quality of Experience (QoE) and efficiency of mobile networks. Since 2014, he has been leading DOCOMO Euro-Labs' standardization team which is active in the areas of 5th Generation Mobile Networks (5G) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). In the latter topic, Gerald is participating in the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) OPNFV project and is a member of the LFN End-User Advisory Group (EUAG). Gerald is also a delegate in the ETSI ISG NFV contributing requirements and new functionality identified in DOCOMO’s NFV deployment to the standard specifications.