Vassil Palankovski was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1969. He received the diploma degree in electronics from the Technical University of Sofia in 1993. Afterwards he worked for three years
in the telecommunications field. In March 1997, he joined the Institute for Microelectronics at the Technische Universität Wien, where he received his doctoral degree in
technical sciences in 2000 and continued as a post-doctoral researcher. In summer 2000, he held a visiting research position at LSI Logic Corporation, Milpitas, California. In 2003, Dr.
Palankovski and Dr. Quay published the book Analysis and Simulation of Heterostructure Devices in the Springer Series on Computational Microelectronics. In 2004, he joined Infineon
Technologies, Villach, Austria, for half a year as a technology development engineer. Having received the highest Austrian award for young scientists (START-Prize), Dr. Palankovski
returned to the Technische Universität Wien in 2005 to establish the Advanced Materials and Device Analysis group. In 2008, he was elected a member of the young curia of the
Austrian Academy of Sciences.