Volkswagen Group Digitalization, Germany
Thorsten Hehn (male) received his diploma in Electrical Engineering and his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Digital Communications from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. His PhD advisors are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Huber (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Prof. Olgica Milenkovic (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA).
As a graduate student, Hehn was a guest researcher at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver, Canada. He worked with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schober on Optimized Space-Time Delay-Diversity codes for MIMO communications. This work was later awarded the renowned “ITG Preis” by the German engineering association VDE. As a PhD student, he focused on information theory and modern coding schemes including turbo codes and low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes. He worked on short-length codes and optimized decoding algorithms based on Belief-Propagation Decoding. Also during this time, Hehn was a visiting researcher at the University of Boulder, Colorado, where he focused on error-floor problems during iterative decoding, including stopping sets and trappings sets. He has authored and co-authored many scientific papers, including publications in the renowned IEEE journal “Transactions on Information Theory”.
Hehn joined Volkswagen in 2009. From 2012 to 2014 he working with Volkswagen Group of America, USA, where he was leading the Security Group of the OEM research consortium “CAMP”. From 2015 to 2017 he was with Volkswagen Group Research in Germany and focusing on vehicle-related Device-to-Device Communications. Hehn is currently working with VW Group Digitalization where he is responsible for connectivity topics.