Bernhard Spinnler received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in communications engineering and the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen, Germany, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Since 1997, he has been working on low-complexity modem design of wireless radio relay systems at Siemens AG, Information and Communication Networks. In 2002, he joined the optical networks group of Siemens Corporate Technology, which later became Nokia Siemens Networks. He has been with Coriant since 2013, where he is working on robust and tolerant design of optical communications systems. His research interests include advanced modulation and equalization for single and multicarrier systems. He will supervise DR1 and will provide industrial co-supervision to other doctoral research fellows.