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Prof. Manfred Hauswirth becomes new Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS

News from Sep. 12, 2014

The Senior Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft appointed Dr. Manfred Hauswirth as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems FOKUS in Berlin. Hauswirth will assume his new post on October 1, 2014.

Concurrently, he will take over the professorship in "distributed open systems" at the Technical University of Berlin. Prof. Popescu-Zeletin will retire from his position as Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS effective September 30, 2014.
"Over the past few years, Fraunhofer FOKUS has established itself as the IT institution at the interface between industry and politics. We have found an expert of proven international standing in Prof. Hauswirth, one who will strengthen the technological profile of the institute and advance the issue of critical infrastructures for Smart Cities. We also wish to express our sincerest gratitude to Professor Popescu-Zeletin for his tremendous commitment and his successful work at Fraunhofer," stated Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Deputy Director of one of the largest web research institution in the world
Hauswirth previously served as Deputy Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) in Galway, Ireland. DERI is one of the world's largest web research institutions; the members of its Advisory Board include one of the founders of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. In addition to his position at DERI, Hauswirth also holds a professorship at the National University of Ireland. In his research work, the Austrian engages particularly with the Internet of things, linked data, semantic sensor networks, and distributed information systems.
Hauswirth obtained his graduate degree in engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) and his doctoral degree in technical sciences from the Vienna University of Technology. From January 2002 until September 2006, he served as Senior Researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL). "I look forward to my new duties at Fraunhofer FOKUS and at the TU Berlin. With FOKUS, Berlin is home to one of the world's most innovative and reputable research centers in telecommunications. I hope to grow this reputation and excellence," said Hauswirth.