Dr. Markus Pistauer is founder and CEO of CISC Semiconductor GmbH and President of CISC Semiconductor Corp.


Markus Pistauer was born in Austria. He holds a Master degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1991) and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Control Engineering (1995), both from Graz University of Technology , Austria.

Having four years of experience as software engineer and software consultant and studies at University of California , San Diego, Markus Pistauer became research engineer at the Department for Sensoric, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H., Graz in 1991 und Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics at Graz University of Technology. From 1995 he worked four years as Research and Design Application Engineer at Siemens Semiconductor Devision and was also Senior Lecturer for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the Carinthian Tech Institute – University of Applied Sciences.

As founder of the company in 1999, he was the winner of the Business Plan contest “Biz.Plan” in 1999/2000, and 2004 the winner of the “Innovation & Research Prize for the Province of Carinthia 2004”, received in 2006 the Economy Award, in 2007 the IKT Prize, in 2008 the Austrian Export Prize as well the Austrian State Award for Consulting, in 2012 the Innovation Award and finaly in 2014 the Carinthian Export Prize.

He is member of the IEEE, member of several international program committees for conferences like “Informationstagung für Mikroelektronik”, “IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control”, “International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications” and advisory board member of ENIAC Austria.

As author and co-author of more than 70 publications in areas of computer science, soft computing, simulation, control and IC design techniques he is still also active in R&D.

Dr. Pistauer is also acting as evaluator and reviewer within the 7th European Framework Program and the European Horizon 2020 Programm. As technical expert he is also reviewing projects executed within the European EUREKA framework.

His technical interests cover the fields embedded and cyber physical systems, modeling, simulation and optimization techniques.