Karl Kunisch is professor emeritusĀ of mathematics at the University of Graz, and Scientific Director of the Radon Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Linz. He received his PhD and Habiliation at the Technical University of Graz in 1978 and 1980. His research interests include optimization and optimal control, inverse problems and mathematical imaging, numerical analysis and applications.

Prof. Kunisch spent three years at the Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems at Brown University, USA, held visiting positions at INRIA Rocquencourt and the Universite Paris Dauphine, and was a consultant at ICASE, NASA Langley, USA. Before joining the faculty at the University in Graz he was professor of numerical mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin.

He was awarded the SIAM W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize, the Alwin Walther Medal, and an ERC advanced grant. He gave an invited semi-plenary lecture, at ICM Hyderabad, in 2010.