Portrait Rene Kirrbach I am a researcher in electrical engineering at the Fraunhofer IPMS in the “Data Computation & Communications” department with focus on optical wireless communications (OWC) and quantum technologies. Our team developes Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) and quantum transceivers for various applications. My research focuses on circuit design and optical freeform design.

From 2017 to 2021 I did my Dr.-Ing. (with honors) at the Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Fraunhofer IPMS. The dissertation focuses on “investigations about linear, optical wireless frontends and custom freeform lenses for optical wireless commnunications”. The dissertation was awarded with the Applied Photonics Award 2022 and nominated for the Hugo-Geiger-Preis. Beforehand, I passed my  Master of Science in electrical engineering with focus on microelectronics at TU Dresden in 2017. In 2014/2015, I was an exchange student at School of Science, Aalto University for one academic year with focus on eletrical engineering and nanotechnology.

In the past, I developed several modifications for the single-player role-playing game Gothic II. My work focused on coding, world and quest design, story writing, project management, quality ensureance and the creation of speech. The modifications reached over 70’000 downloads and were published in several magazines. My most popular total-conversion projects were Aus dem Leben eines Diebes, Karibik and Das schwarze Herz.