Christian Schlegel received the Dipl. El. Ing. ETH degree from the Federal Institute of Technology, Z├╝rich, in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

In 1988 he joined the Communications Group at the research center of Asea Brown Boveri, Ltd., in Baden, Switzerland, where he was involved in mobile communications research. He spent the 1991/92 academic year as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, before joining the Digital Communications Group at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia from 1992-1994, as head of the Mobile Communications Research Centre. From 1994-1996 he was with the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in 1996 he joined the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. In 2001 he was named iCORE Professor for High-Capacity Digital Communications at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His interests are in the area of error control coding and applications, multiple access communications, basic digital communications, mobile radio systems, as well as analog and digital low-power implementations of digital systems. He is the author ``Trellis Coding'' published by IEEE Press in 1997, of ``Trellis and Turbo Coding'', published Wiley/IEEE in 2004, and of ``Coordinated Multiple User Communications'', Springer in 2006, co-authored with Professor Alex Grant from the University of South Australia. Dr. Schlegel received an NSF 1997 Career Award in support of his research in multiuser communications, a Canada Research Chair in 2001, and a Province of Alberta iCORE Professorship in 2001 and 2006, providing a total of $5 Mio of research funding. Dr. Schlegel was named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007.

Dr. Schlegel is associate editor for coding theory and techniques for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, invited guest editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE's Proceedings of the IEEE's special issue on turbo coding, and served as technical program co-chair of the IEEE Information Theory Workshop 2001 held in Cairns, Australia, as technical program chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT'05) 2005 held in Adeliade, Australia, and as general chair of the 2005 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (CTW'05) held in Park City, Utah. He has also frequenctly serves on several technical progam committees, most recently for IEEE VTC'99 in Houston, TX, IEEE VTC'2000 held in Tokyo, Japan, IEEE Globecom 2001 held in San Antonio, TX, the 3rd International Symposium on Turbo Codes, held in Brest, France, in September 2003, IEEE VTC'2004-Fall held in Los Angeles, IEEE Globecom 2004 held in Dallas, TX. IEEE VTC'2006 held in Melbourne, IEEE ICC 2006 held in Istanbul, Turkey, IEEE IWCMC 2006, held in Vancouver, IEEE PIMRC 2006 held in Helsinki, Finland, IEEE VTC 2007, Spring, held in Dublin, IEEE VTC 2007, Fall, held in Baltimore, IEEE Globecom 2007, held in Washington, DC, IEEE PIMRC 2007, held in Athens, Greece, IEEE VTC 2008, to be held in Calgary, and the 5th International Symposium on Turbo Codes, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September 2008.

Dr. Schlegel has published close to 100 technical papers and received research grants for over 1 Mio US$ from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, the State of Utah, and private industry, notably L3 Communications in Salt Lake City, Utah, and more than 5 Mio Can$ from iCORE, the Canadian Foundation for Infrastructure (CFI), NSERC, ASRA, and the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program. His work with industry has resulted in several patents in the area of spread spectrum communcation, error control coding, and digital and analog implementations. He has pioneered multi-user detection based on interference separation principles and iterative decoding methods. He frequently holds tutorials on Turbo Coding and Multiple Access Communications.

Further information, please visit Dr. Schlegel's personal website.