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Thorsten Wild

Stuttgart, Germany
Head of Next Generation Wireless


Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Stuttgart in 2016

Dipl-Ing. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Karlsruhe in 2001


Thorsten Wild received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Karlsruhe in 2001 and his Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from University of Stuttgart in 2016. In 2001 he joined Alcatel as a research engineer, became part of Bell Labs in 2006 and part of Nokia Bell Labs in 2016. In 2017 he became department head of the Next Generation Wireless Systems team.

He has authored and co-authored more than 50 conference papers and more than 20 3GPP NR and LTE standardization technical documents, and holds more than 50 filed and granted patents in communications. He was nominated for the Bell Labs Inventors Award in 2011 and has been the technical manager of the European 5GNOW research project. Thorsten Wild’s background is in signal processing, multi-antenna communication and physical layer design. He has been working on UMTS, LTE, LTE-A, multi-user MIMO, coordinated multi-point, channel estimation, limited feedback, 5G waveforms and 5G air interface design.

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communications

Honors and Awards

Nominated to Bell Labs Inventors Award, 2011
Bell Labs Teamwork Award (SkyBeams), September 2012
Award of Excellence in Alcatel Lucent, 2013

Selected Articles and Publications

T. Wild, F. Schaich, Y. Chen, “5G Air Interface Design based on Universal Filtered (UF-)OFDM”, DSP’14, Hongkong, August 2014

T. Wild, F. Schaich, “A Reduced Complexity Transmitter for UF-OFDM”, IEEE VTCspring 2015, Glasgow

F. Schaich, T. Wild, Y. Chen , "Waveform contenders for 5G - suitability for short packet and low latency transmissions", IEEE VTCs'14, Seoul, Korea, April 2014

Wunder, G.; Jung, P.; Kasparick, M.; Wild, T.; Schaich, F.; Yejian Chen; Brink, S.; Gaspar, I; Michailow, N.; Festag, A; Mendes, L.; Cassiau, N.; Ktenas, D.; Dryjanski, M.; Pietrzyk, S.; Eged, B.; Vago, P.; Wiedmann, F., "5GNOW: non-orthogonal, asynchronous waveforms for future mobile applications," Communications Magazine, IEEE , vol.52, no.2, pp.97,105, February 2014
doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2014.6736749

3GPP TSG-RAN WG1 #85, R1-165014 “Subband-wise filtered OFDM for New Radio below 6 GHz”, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Nanjing, China, 23rd-27th May 2016

Wild, T., "A Rake-Finger Based Efficient Channel State Information Feedback Compression Scheme for the MIMO OFDM FDD Downlink," Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2010-Spring), 2010 IEEE 71st , vol., no., pp.1,5, 16-19 May 2010
doi: 10.1109/VETECS.2010.5493723

Wild, T.; Le-Hang Nguyen; ten Brink, S., "Multi-Stage Channel Estimation across Multiple Cells in Uplink Joint Reception," Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring), 2013 IEEE 77th , vol., no., pp.1,6, 2-5 June 2013
doi: 10.1109/VTCSpring.2013.6692646

Wild, T., "Comparing Downlink Coordinated Multi-Point Schemes with Imperfect Channel Knowledge," Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Fall), 2011 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1,5, 5-8 Sept. 2011
doi: 10.1109/VETECF.2011.6092923

Wild, T., "Coping with out-of-cluster leakage in downlink coordinated multi-point," Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), 2011 8th International Symposium on , vol., no., pp.710,714, 6-9 Nov. 2011
doi: 10.1109/ISWCS.2011.6125443

Books and Chapters

"Coordinated Multi-Point in Mobile Communications", Cambridge University Press, 2011, Editors: P. Marsch, G. Fettweis, Chapter "Simulation and Link-2-System Mapping Methodology"

"Towards 5G: Applications, Requirements and Candidate Technologies", Wiley, January 2017, Editors: R. Vannithamby, S. Talwar , Chapter "New Physical-layer Waveforms for 5G"

"Orthogonal waveforms and filter banks for future communication systems", Elsevier, July 2017, Editors: M. Renfors, X. Mestre, E. Kofidis, F. Bader, Chapter "New Waveforms for New Services in 5G"


More than 50 filed and granted patents in wireless communications.