Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomä, Reiner S.Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomä, Reiner S.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner S. ThomäTU Ilmenau
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner S. Thomä


Phone: +49 3677 69-2622
E-Mail: reiner.thomae@tu-ilmenau.de
Address: Technische Universität Ilmenau
  Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
  Fachgebiet Elektronische Messtechnik und Signalverarbeitung
  Postfach 100 565
  98684 Ilmenau


(all academic degrees from TH/TU Ilmenau)
Year Degree Subject Topic of Thesis
1989 Dr. sc. techn. / Dr.-Ing. habil. (Habilitation) Electronic Measurement DFT spectral analysis
1983 Dr.-Ing. (Doctorate) Information Technology Surface acoustic wave devices
1975 Dipl.-Ing. Information Technology N--path filters
1971 Abitur    

Professional Path

since 2018 retired
since 1991 Professor of Electronic Measurement Engineering at TU Ilmenau
1999 - 2005 Director of the Institute of Communication and Measurement at TU Ilmenau
01 - 04/1991 Visiting Researcher at the University of Erlangen, Dept. of Communications
1990 - 1992 Deputy Professorship of Electronic Measurements Engineering at TU Ilmenau
1988 - 1990 Research and development engineer with the Center of Scientific Instrumentation at Berlin (Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR), Research in DSP-systems and application for time-frequency signal analysis
1985 - 1988 Senior assistant on the subject of Electronic Circuits Technology and Measurements, Research on signal processing and spectral analysis
05/1979 - 1985 Research Assistant and Senior Lecturer in the Electronic Circuits and Measurement Lab of TH Ilmenau, Research in design, analysis and application of surface acoustic wave devices, signal processing and spectral analysis
10/1977 - 04/1979 Military service
1975 - 09/1977 Research Assistant in the Electronic Circuits and Measurement Lab of TH Ilmenau


2014 Vodafone Innovation Award 2014 for Research in Measurement, Characterization and Modelling of Mobile Radio Channels using Multiple Antennas
2010 Guest Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT)
2009 Telecom System Technology Award, Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, Japan (Publications Award together with Prof. Tad Matsumoto)
2006 Thuringian Research Award for Applied Research for his results in MIMO Channel Sounding
2006 Fellow Member of IEEE for contributions to high-resolution multidimensional channel sounding

Projects Related to the Research Unit

  • BMBF:  ATM mobil, HyEff, WIGWAM, EASY-C, EASY-A, EiLT, fast (Initiative Zwanzig20)
  • European Research Networks: NEWCOM, COST 259, 273, 2100, IC1004, IC902

Journal Reviews

IEEE Trans.on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Trans on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Trans. on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Letters, IEEE Communications Letters, AEÜ - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation; EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Frequenz Journal of RF-Engineering and Telecommunications

Research Interests

  • Measurements and signal processing, Signal analysis, System identification, Sensor arrays, Spectral analysis, Fourier transform and FFT, Time-frequency analysis, Wigner distribution function, Cyclostationarity, Spectral correlation
  • Measuring and modeling of wave propagation in mobile communications, Multidimensional channel-sounding, High-resolution multidimensional parametric estimation for time-variant and direction-resolved mobile radio channels, High-resolution directional estimation
  • Measurement-based performance evaluation of mobile radio systems, Over-the-Air (OTA) evaluation of multi-antenna and cognitive radio systems in virtual electromagnetic environments, OTA evaluation of Car2X radio systems
  • Software-based and cognitive radio systems, Spectral detection, Exploration of radio resources, Analysis and compensation of non-linear distortions in broadband receivers
  • Localization in complex radio environments (multidirectional scenarios), Estimation of mobile radio sources’ state of movement
  • UWB and mm-Wave radio interfaces (LTCC, SiGe), Channel sounding and radar, Localization and tracking of moving objects, Biomedical and technical application of distributed UWB radar sensors, UWB imaging, Polarimetric signal processing and characteristic identification
  • MIMO process and compressive sensing for radar, sounding and object recognition

Organizations and other Synergistic Activities (excerpt)

Member of URSI (Comm. A), VDE/ITG, IEEE (IM, AP, SP, VT, COM, AES); chair of IEEE-IM TC-13 on Measurement in Wireless and Telecommunications (until 2005); chair of ITG-FA 9.1 Meßverfahren der Informationstechnik (until 2004); 2016-2019 elected member of DFG Fachkollegiums 408 Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, 2006-2012 speaker of DFG Priority Pogramme „Ultrabreitband-Funktechniken für Kommunikation, Lokalisierung und Sensorik“ (UKoLoS, SPP 1202); 2009-2013 vice speaker of research training school „Self-Organized Mobile Communication Systems for Disaster Scenarios“, GRK 1487; 2009 bis 2016 DFG-Vertrauensdozent der TU Ilmenau, 2010-2011 member of evaluation board „Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik im Forschungsrating des Wissenschaftsrates“; 2008-2013 external scientific partner of the DFG-Exzellenz Cluster “UMIC - Ultra High-Speed Mobile Information and Communication” at RWTH Aachen; since 2011 member of the scientific advisory board of „Zentrum für Sensorsysteme ZESS an der Universität Siegen“, member of advisory board of MEDAV GmbH/SAAB MEDAV Technologies, reviewer of Academy of Finland, since 2015 Chief Scientist at Fraunhofer-Institute für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS, STC member of 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance, Management Committee Member der COST Action CA15104 Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond (IRACON), mmMAGIC Advisory Board member