DI Helmut Leopold, PhD

DI Helmut Leopold, PhD

Head of Center Digital Safety & Security

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

At AIT he has implemented a digital safety and security research program, resulting in an international leadership role in important key areas, including cyber security, data science, large-scale sensor networks, intelligent vision systems, autonomous systems, highly reliable software and systems as well as optical broadband and 5G wireless networking technologies. 2009-2015 he has established successfully key competence units at AIT on vision based autonomous systems for the automotive market as well as for airborne systems, vision based high speed quality inspection for advanced production systems, and next generation digital eHealth telemedicine solutions. He is currently focusing on cyber security, post quantum encryption, safety of complex IT systems, critical infrastructure protection, next generation wireless (5G) and Blockchain technologies.

During his assignment with Telekom Austria, he was acting as CTO and thus responsible for IT and network infrastructure development as well as product management for the overall wireline product portfolio. As part of this role, he was the driving-force behind Telekom Austria´s cultural change program, transitioning the organization from a telephone network operator to a multimedia service provider. He was mainly responsible for the all optical and broadband internet infrastructure roll-out ads well as the interaktive TV service portfolio (IPTV/aon.tv).

He has an extended expertise on establishing innovation processes for effective and efficient organsiational processes achieving sustainable business value for the organisation.

Specialties: business value for technologies, cyber security, broadband communications, digital media, multimedia, new media, OSS/BSS systems, innovation processes, stage gate process, social collaboration, R&D processes and industrial added value