Thomas Mittelholzer  Thomas Mittelholzer photo       

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Research staff member
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  IEEE Information Theory Society  |  IEEE, Senior Member


Thomas Mittelholzer received his degree in mathematics, his Ph.D., also in mathematics, and his degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 1981, 1987, and 1988, respectively.

From 1989 to 1993, he was a Research Associate with the Signal and Information Processing Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He spent the year 1994 as Visiting Post-Graduate Research Scientist at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California in San Diego.

After working three years as a consultant for security and cryptography, he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in 1999, where he has focused on coding for hard disk and tape recording as well as on phase change memory technology. His research interests primarily in coding and communication theory, include signal processing and coding for magnetic recording channels.

Dr. Mittelholzer is a senior member of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Research interests

  • Coding theory
  • Coding and signal processing algorithms for magnetic recording and tape systems as well as non-volatile memory
  • Sequence design for multi-user spread-spectrum systems