Professor of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Science
Jacobs University Bremen
Street Address: Campus Ring 1
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 750 561
D-28725 Bremen, Germany
Werner Henkel was born in Gelnhausen, Germany, in 1960. He received his Diploma and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD) in May 1984 and June 1989, respectively. From 1989 to 1999 he was with Deutsche Telekom’s R&D Labs in Darmstadt mainly involved in the design of coded modulation schemes for satellite communication and later heading projects for high-rate subscriber-line transmission. Besides the scientific work, support for the German ADSL roll-out was provided.
In 1993/94 he was on sabbatical leave at AT&T Bell Laboratories (later Lucent), Advanced Data Communications Group headed by J.J. Werner. From 1999 to 2002 he was with the newly founded Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, serving as area representative and heading a basic research group dealing with access technologies with a focus on signal processing and coding for xDSL.
He was teaching courses on coding theory at the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Vienna, Austria and industry courses on xDSL. In August 2002, Dr. Henkel became a professor for telecommunications at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. Since September 2003 he is a professor for electrical engineering at the Jacobs University Bremen (formerly International University of Bremen). He was elected to become Dean for Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in April 2012, a duty that was ending in June 2014. From January to April 2015 he was visiting Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA as adjunct faculty.
During his time at Deutsche Telekom and the ftw., Dr. Henkel was active in standardization, especially contributions to ETSI TM6 may be mentioned. Dr. Henkel was in the organizing committee of ISIT 1997 (publications) and has organized several workshops and courses. He has served as a guest editor for the June 2002 issue of IEEE J-SAC. He was in the techinical program committees of the International Zürich Seminar 2004, of EUSIPCO 2004 and 2007, ICC 2006 and 2017 (CISS), and of the Turbo Symposia 2008, 2010, and 2016, in the local organizing committee of SampTA 2013, the general chair of the Turbo Symposium 2014, and TPC chair of the Turbo Symposium 2018. He is reviewer of the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), IST (European Commission), and the IWT, Belgium. Publications are in the areas of coding, iterative decoding, unequal error protection, coded modulation, joint source-channel coding, network coding, frame synchronization, channel modeling, impulse noise, DSL, single- and multicarrier transmission, multi-user, MIMO, DNA analysis, and physical-layer security. Current research activities have a focus on impulse noise treatment (cancellation, coding) for wireless and powerline channels, multi-user powerline communication, LDPC codes, neural networks, DNA analysis, joint source-channel coding, and physical-layer security. Recent industrial projects are related to satellite communication, security, and powerline communication.
A list of publications can be found here.