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Manager Brain-Inspired Computing Research, Research Staff Member - IBM Research Australia
Honorary Research Fellow - Center for Neural Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

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Engineering meets Life Sciences: Precision Medicine, Cognitive Analytics

Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Brain-Inspired Computing

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 lead 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.

Stefan has also held positions as the Head of the Lab Innovation Development Team and later the Science Technical Assistant to the Director. He is currently a member of the Senior Lab Leadership Team of IBM Research - Australia and holds an Honorary Research Fellow position in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Center for Neural Engineering, at the University of Melbourne.

He has authored or co-authored 40 technical publications, acts as Member of the IEEE Computer Society Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, and holds 27 issued and over 20 pending patents. Stefan is a regular invited and keynote speaker and has held various committee and chair roles at international conferences. 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 American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the Management Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network, and the Steering Committee of the IBM Australia/New Zealand Technical Experts Council. His work was featured in WIRED Magazine, Popular Science, Tech Times, Engadget, R&D Magazine, Fast Company, the Scientific American and on Nanotechweb.org amongst others.

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