Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Günther
Director of Institute of Communication and Navigation, DLR Chair of Institute of Communication and Navigation, TUM
FIELD OF WORK
Satellite navigation for safety critical applications, as needed for the landing of airplanes, with a focus on carrier phase based methods. This requires accurate and reliable positioning at the same time. The studies address both classical differential methods as well as the use of undifferenced linear combinations. The latter is an option with the additional signals provided by Galileo.
Christoph Günther studied theoretical physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He received his diploma in 1979 and completed his PhD in 1984. His first industrial position was with Brown Boveri Research Center in Baden, Switzerland. He worked on cryptography, coding, communication, and information theory. In 1991, Christoph Günther joined the research organization of Ascom, and became the Head of the Cellular Systems Group in 1992. His work was focused on CDMA and initial steps towards the later UMTS system. Three years later, he took over the responsibility for the technical development of the first GSM phones at Ascom. In 1997, he initiated a technical cooperation with Hughes for a dual-mode GSM/Satellite phone (Thuraya). In 1999, Ericsson enrolled him to become the head of its Research Department in Nuremberg. The areas of work covered included UMTS, Hiperlan, Bluetooth as well as speech coding and recognition. Since September 2003, he is the Director of the Institute of Communication and Navigation at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the working areas satellite, aeronautical and mobile communication as well as satellite navigation - in particular Galileo. The Institute also aims at exploiting synergies between communication and navigation. Since December 2004, Christoph G¨¹nther is additionally holding the Chair of Communication and Navigation at the TU-Munich.