Albert Lysko

Dr Albert A. Lysko

Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Dr Albert A. Lysko is an award-winning engineer, researcher and innovator working in wireless communications. He received MSc in Radiophysics from St‑Petersburg State Technical University, Russia in 1998 and PhD in ICT from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway in 2010.

Dr Lysko started working before his first degree and has over 25 years of combined industrial and academic experience gained in Russia, Norway and South Africa. From 2007, he is with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, where he is a Principal Researcher. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Cape Town and Extraordinary Researcher with the North-West University, South Africa.

While at the CSIR, his leading experimental research in television white spaces (TVWS) enabled the provision of the Internet to over 20 000 users in two African countries and the setting up of the South African National TVWS Regulation,  and he also contributed to TVWS regulations in Ghana and the USA. The TVWS has been commercialised in South Africa. The work received a National Science and Technology Forum award.

Dr Lysko’s research interests include 5G and beyond 5G, dynamic spectrum access and smart antennas. He has authored or co-authored a book, two book chapters, three patents, several technology demonstrators, numerous technical reports, and over 100 research, popular science and news publications, and has 3 Best Paper awards.

Dr Lysko has organised over 100 events and 3 international conferences. He has given numerous invited talks including a plenary and keynote talks, and served on multiple national and international funding and research/standardisation panels/committees. He is an award-winning volunteer and a Fellow of South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and a Senior member of IEEE. He also represented South Africa in two EU Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Actions IRACON and VISTA.