Rainer Günzler studied physics at Heidelberg University and did his PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute. In 1991 he joined Hahn-Schickard where he later became responsible for the Technology Transfer group. From 2001 to 2007 Rainer was with the European Commission, DG Information Society. As Project Officer he was closely involved in the set-up of the “Personal Health Systems” topic and in the initiation of the “Active and Assisted Living” (AAL) Joint Programme.
In 2007 Rainer returned to Hahn-Schickard as Head Business Development. He canvasses for new customers and projects, with focus on the areas of medical technologies and autonomous systems. Rainer is actively supporting the regional cluster MicroTEC Südwest. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the Smart Systems Integration Conference and chairs the EPoSS working group “Healthy Living”. Furthermore he is assisting diverse national and European programs as expert for evaluation and project reviews.
Since 2015 Rainer coordinates the H2020 project Smarter-SI (15 partners, 5.3 M€ European and SERI funding) which is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative. He will also coordinate the first Coordination and Support Action sustaining this initiative, Smart4Europe.