Highlight Faculty of Engineering
For the winter term 2014/15 and the summer term 2015, the Master students Gazmend Alia, Yannick Folwill, Oksana Kutkina, Gabriel Kalweit und Jonas Weber have been granted a Christoph Rüchardt scholarship. On 30 January they received their scholarship certificates in presence of Prof. Dr. Christoph Rüchardt, former Rector of the University of Freiburg. The Christoph Rüchardt scholarships are granted every year for excellent performance.
Prof. Wofram Burgard (Autonomous Intelligent Systems) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, for his "contributions to mobile robot navigation and simultaneous localization and mapping". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.
What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop an alternative approach. In the future, medical devices or sensors made from functional polymers may be able to “shed” their surface when they are exhausted, allowing them to regenerate and be reused.