Stefan Trenkwalder + Poster


I was born in Innsbruck, Austria. I graduated from the Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting for Chemistry (Vienna) in computational chemistry in 2006 and was awarded an Austrian “Ingenieur” degree in 2011. After studying two degrees at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in parallel, I was awarded a BSc in electrical, electronics and communications engineering by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 2012 and a BSc in computer engineering by the Faculty of Informatics in 2011. While studying and after graduating, I was working as a designer/developer of electronic devices, software for embedded systems and desktop applications. Furthermore, I was founding member and chief developer at SZ Informationstechnik, where I was the lead developer of the automatic announcement software used in subways and public transport across Vienna (operated by the Wiener Linien).

Currently, I’m working in the field of embedded systems/operating systems/swarm robotics/digital communications as a PhD student at theNatural Robotics Lab at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Dr. Roderich Groß and Dr. Andreas Kolling.

My research was awarded and is supported by the Austrian Academia of Sciences with additional collaboration with Dr. Radu Pordan from the University of Innsbruck.

This also led to the development of OpenSwarm an embedded operating systems for miniature robots (can be found on GitHub).

I was also involved in organising the 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (

My main research interests are in: embedded systems, distributed systems, operating systems, parallel/grid computing, swarm robotics as well as fuzzy set theory and electrodynamics.

If you want to discuss potential research collaborations, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Further details about me can be found on my CV.

Stefan Trenkwalder, Nov. 2016

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. currently

    Doctor of Philosophy in Swarm Robotics

    The University of Sheffield

  • B.Sc. 2012

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

    Faculty of Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology

  • B.Sc. 2011

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

    Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

  • Ing. 2011

    Ingenieur (Engineer) in Chemistry

    Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting for Chemistry


  • 20132011

    Head of Research & Development

    SZ Informationstechnik, Vienna, Austria

  • 20132012

    Technical support

    Arbeiter Samariterbund GmbH, Vienna, Austria

  • 20112007

    Developer and service contractor

    Data and Measurement Service GmbH, Vienna, Austria

  • 20082008

    Software Engineer

    Mattig-Schauer GmbH, Vienna, Austria

  • 20042004

    Antibiotics research laboratory technician

    Novartis, Vienna, Austria

  • 20032003

    Antibiotics research laboratory technician

    Novartis, Vienna, Austria

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2014-2017
    DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
    My PhD project was selected by the Austrian Academy of Sciences to be awarded with the DOC Fellowship. The DOC Fellowship is awarded to a small number of PhD candidates after evaluating their research by international experts.

Additional Training

  • 2012

    I received a paramedic training from the Arbeiter Samariterbund (ASB) in 2012

  • 2009
    JAR-FCL Private Pilot Licence

    I finished a one year training and received a JAR-FCL private pilot licence (PPL) in 2009. I was trained on single engine air crafts — including a Cessna 152 and 172.

  • 2009
    Radiotelephone Operator’s General Certificate for Aeronautical Services

    I received this certificate in German and English