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 2011 and a BSc in computer engineering by the Faculty of Informatics in 2012. 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).
In 2020, I was awarded a PhD in RTOS/Robotics at the Natural Robotics Lab at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Dr. Roderich Groß and Dr. Andreas Kolling. Throughout this project, I researched on:

  • Computation on robots
  • embedded/real-time operating systems (RTOS) for miniature robots (resulting in a new operating system OpenSwarm / GitHub)
  • infra-red communication of mobile robots
  • distributed computation of miniature robots

This research was awarded a DOC-Fellowship by the Austrian Academia of Sciences with additional collaboration with Dr. Radu Pordan from the University of Innsbruck.


Currently, I’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria. In this position, I teach “Digital Systems and Computer Architecture”, “Hardware-near Software Engineering”, “Embedded Systems Software”, and “Software Engineering for Embedded Systems”.

My main research interests are in: embedded systems, systems research (including RTOS and operating systems), design patterns and agile methods in embedded systems, and swarm robotics as well as fuzzy set theory and electrodynamics.

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

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

Stefan Trenkwalder, July 2020

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. currently

    Doctor of Philosophy in Robotics

    Dept. of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield

  • B.Sc. 2012

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

    Faculty of Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology (TU WIen)

  • B.Sc. 2011

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

    Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

  • Ing. 2011

    Ingenieur (Engineer) in Chemistry

    Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting for Chemistry (HBLVA Rosensteingasse)


  • 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
    Based on my PhD project, I was awarded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences with the DOC Fellowship. The DOC Fellowship is a very competitive award. It is only awarded to a small number of PhD candidates whose project was peer-reviewed and assessed by international experts in the respected subject.

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