Professional AssociationsProfessional Associations: German Academic International Network (GAIN) | IBM Academy of Technology | IBM Master Inventor | IEEE | IEEE Computer Society | IEEE Engineering in Medicin and Biology Society | IEEE Nanotechnology Council | IEEE, Senior Member | The New York Academy of Science
more informationMore information: Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | IBM Research Australia | Science and Technology
Artificial Intelligence - Neurological Diseases - Healthcare and Life Sciences
Stefan received the B.Sc., Diploma, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with majors in Medical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics from the Technical University of Munich and an Honours Masters Degree in Technology Management from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.
He also studied Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management and as a Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. As a Visiting Graduate Student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he was involved in implementing new nanoimprint lithography and nanotransfer lithography techniques before joining IBM Research as a Process Development Engineer in the Advanced Lithography Group at IBM AlbanyNanotech, NY. There he developed novel nanofabrication technologies in the areas of nanoimprint lithography, immersion lithography, and directed self-assembly technology.
He then became a Research Scientist in the Systems Biology and Functional Genomics Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, where he worked on novel DNA-sequencing technologies as an Investigator of the National Human Genome Research Institute Grant “Nanopore-based Electrical Device for DNA Sequencing”.
In 2011 he founded the Bionanotechnology Research Program and Team of IBM Research - Australia, Melbourne and led it until 2014.
In 2014 he founded the Brain-Inspired Computing Research Program and Team of IBM Research-Australia which he leads to date, since 2017 as its Manager and since 2020 as Senior Technical Staff Member.
Stefan has also held positions as the Head of the Lab Innovation Development Team, Science Technical Assistant to the Lab Director and Technical Assistant to the VP Cognitive Computing in 2017. He is currently a member of the Senior Lab Leadership Team of IBM Research - Australia and holds an Adjunct Professor position in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney.
Cited over 1400 times with an h-index of 19, he has authored or co-authored over 50 technical papers in publishing houses such as Nature, CellPress, ACS, and The Lancet and in the proceedings of conferences including IJCAI, AAAI, NeurIPS, MICCAI and BMVC. He acts as Member of the IEEE Computer Society Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, and was named Master Inventor by IBM in 2017 for holding 55 issued and over 50 pending patents. Stefan is a regular invited and keynote speaker and has held various committee and chair roles at international conferences including IJCAI, AAAI, MICCAI, IEEE Nano, IEEE EMBC and SPIE. He is the recipient of a Research Scholarship from UC Berkeley, a Karl Chang Innovation Fund Grant from MIT, an Honorary Principal Research Fellowship from the University of Melbourne and Research Grants from the NIH and the Australian Research Council.
Stefan is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the IBM Academy of Technology, the Management Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network, and the Steering Committee of the IBM Australia/New Zealand Technical Experts Council. Stefan has appeared on ABC Catalyst and ABC Radio and his work was featured in WIRED Magazine, The World Economic Forum, Popular Science, Tech Times, Engadget, R&D Magazine, Fast Company, the Scientific American, IF**LoveSciene, VentureBeat and ZDnet amongst others.
Stefan blogs regularly on the IBM Research Blog and on LinkedIn.