Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sander Wahls

  • Hertzstraße 16
    Geb. 06.35
    76187 Karlsruhe

Curriculum Vitae


2015 - 2017 Delft University of Technology University Teaching Qualification
2008 - 2011 Technical University of Berlin Doctoral degree in electrical engineering (Dr.-Ing.) with distinction
2002 - 2007 Technical University of Berlin Diplom degree in mathematics (Dipl.-Math.)


Since July 2023 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Full professor and Head of the Institute of Industrial Information Technology
2019 - July 2023 Delft University of Technology Associate Professor at the Delft Center for Systems and Control
2014 - 2019 Delft University of Technology Assistant Professor at the Delft Center for Systems and Control
2012 - 2014 Princeton University Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical Engineering (Group of Prof. H. Vincent Poor)
2010 - 2012 Technical University of Munich Research Associate at the Chair of Theoretical Information Technology (Prof. Holger Boche)
2008 - 2010 Technical University of Berlin Research Associate at the Chair of Theoretical Information Technology and Information Theory (Prof. Holger Boche)
2005 - 2007 Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute for Telecommunications Student Assistant at the Department for Broadband Mobile Communication Networks


  • Signal processing methods, also machine learning and control
  • Various application areas (e.g. optics, communications engineering, oceanography, ...)
  • Nonlinear waves and applied nonlinear Fourier analysis (inverse scattering method)
  • Application of Koopman operators in engineering



Invited Talks

  • 2022 Tractable approximations of high-genus Riemann theta functions 
    AMS Special Session on Applications of Riemann Surfaces II at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
  • 2022 Nonlinear Fourier Analysis of Shallow Water Rogue Waves Measured in the Southern North Sea
    Workshop “Physical applications” in the Dispersive Hydrodynamics program at the Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (Cambridge, UK)
  • 2022 Nonlinear Fourier Analysis of Rogue Waves Measured in the Pacific Ocean and the North Sea
    Special session “Recent Advances in Modeling Rogue Wave” at the 12th IMACS Interna‐
    tional Conference on Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Wave Phenomena
  • 2019 Nonlinear Fourier Transforms as an Engineering Tool
    Princeton‐TAMU Symposium on Quantum Engineering and Technology
  • 2019 Introduction to Fiber‐Optic Transmission using Nonlinear Fourier Transforms
    Workshop of the ITG Fachgruppe KT 3.1 “Modellierung Photonischer Komponenten und Systeme”
  • 2018 Computing the Nonlinear Fourier Transform
    Workshop on advanced transmission schemes at the 44th European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC)
  • 2017 Nonlinear Fourier Transforms and Fiber‐Optic Communication
    Bell Labs Crawford Hill, NJ, USA
  • 2017 The Nonlinear Fourier Transform and Fiber‐Optic Communication
    Helmut‐Schmidt‐Universität, Department of Radio‐Frequency Engineering & Photonics, Hamburg
  • 2016 Impact of Noise on the Nonlinear Fourier Transform
    Sixth Van der Meulen Seminar of the IEEE Benelux Information Theory Chapter, TU Eindhoven
  • 2016 Fiber‐optic Communication using Fast Nonlinear Fourier Transforms
    TU Eindoven, Electro‐Optical Communication group
  • 2016 Fiber‐optic Communication using Fast Nonlinear Fourier Transforms
    Optical Fiber Conference, Anaheim, CA. Invited talk in the Systems and Subsystems track.
  • 2015 Fast generation of multi‐solitons using the Darboux Transform
    2nd Munich Workshop on Information Theory of Optical Fiber
  • 2014 Towards Fast Inverse Nonlinear Fourier Transforms For Fiber‐Optic Communications
    TU Munich, Institute for Communications Engineering
  • 2014 Synthesis of Periodic Potentials for Zakharov‐Shabat Operators
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Operator Theory and Analysis Seminar
  • 2014 Learning Multidimensional Fourier Series
    Mini‐workshop on Signal Processing and Big Data, Aalto University, Finland