Award for the Best Thesis in Applied Signal Processing

Moritz BouekeEvery year, the Gesellschaft für angewandte Signalverarbeitung (GaS) e.V. (Society for Applied Signal Processing) awards students in the field of digital signal processing and system theory who have completed outstanding theses. Particular attention is paid to the scientific and technical standards as well as the practical relevance of the work. In addition, the student's commitment and ability to work interdisciplinary and in a team are evaluated.

As part of this year's GaS Online General Assembly, Moritz Boueke, B.Sc., was awarded the title "Human Movement Classification using IMUs in Real-time" for his bachelor thesis. Mr. Boueke's work focused on the detection and differentiation of various everyday activities based on sensor data collected with inertial measurement units (IMUs). In our ageing society, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's are of high clinical relevance. In this context, the recording of movement patterns is an important tool in diagnosis and therapy. The trend is shifting from measurements in the clinical movement laboratory to measurements in the home environment, in which wearable sensors (so-called wearables) are used.

The identification of activities in the comparatively large amount of data is an important step in order to subsequently carry out targeted medical analyses, in which e.g. only stand-up processes are to be considered. As part of his work, Mr. Boueke has created extensive signal processing structures in the real-time framework KiRAT (Kiel Real-Time Application Toolkit), which lay a foundational foundation for this. This includes pre-processing of the sensor data, feature extraction, a decision tree for the actual classification and the preparation of intermediate results for visualization. As a result, activities such as "walking", "brushing" or "sitting down" can now be classified in real time with a state-of-the-art IMU system.

Neurogeriatrics, Department of Neurology, UKSH Campus Kiel, under the direction of Professor Walter Maetzler, acted as a medical project partner: "The award-winning work here is extremely innovative and user-oriented in an area that we physicians have paid too little attention to date: the natural home environment of our patients. With the presented work, Mr. Boueke succeeds in classifying relevant activities of daily life. This can be built on in many ways, with the ultimate goal of better diagnosis and treatment, especially of movement disorders. I would therefore like to congratulate Mr. Boueke and the supervisors on their work!" said Maetzler.

Congratulations from the institute.


Welt am Sonntag Reports About our E-PiCo Study Program

Welt am SonntagIn August, the Welt am Sonntag reported very positively about the E-PiCo master's degree program, which has meanwhile got off to a positive start, in its section on all aspects of training and studies. For example, the article begins with the words "The first European master's degree program in electromobility is jointly supported by four universities. The interest is enormous!"

In addition to the organizers of the study program, many of the first students naturally also have their say. If you are interested in reading the article, you can either have a look at the online version of the Welt am Sonntag or read the text here (in German).


EmpowerMINT Award for Patricia Fuchs

EmpowerMINT-PreisOur university awards excellent achievements of female students in mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology (known as the MINT subjects). This year Patricia Fuchs was awarded for her Bachelor thesis on the development and implementation of a magnetic heart axis estimation. We congratulate Patricia Fuchs to the EmpowerMINT award.

The thesis was supported with technical and medical expertise. In order to be able to compare the magnetically achieved results with conventional examinations (based on ECG), test persons were examined by Dr. Daniel Körbächer in his practice in Mönkeberg. The same persons were then magnetically measured at the Faculty of Engineering. Through this new method, the heart position of patients can be estimated more accurately and also in 3D (so far, this analysis is carried out only in the body level, i.e. in 2D). Ms. Fuchs was also supported by Prof. Frey, Head of Cardiology at the Heidelberg Hospital (and also a member of the SFB 1261). Erik Engelhardt and Gerhard Schmidt supervised the work on behalf of the Faculty of Engineering.

The picture shows Patrica Fuchs (center) and all supervisors (Daniel Körbächer, Erik Engelhardt, Gerhard Schmidt, Norbert Frey, from left).


The First Courses for the E-PiCo Degree Program Started in Kiel

NT-LaboratoryAt the beginning of the semester, the teaching program for the students of the master program E-PiCo in Kiel has started. This is already the second semester for the master students. We warmly welcome all newcomers here in Kiel.

The four-semester, English-language master's program E-PiCo is offered jointly by a consortium of partner universities: École Centrale de Nantes (France), Università degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy), University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania) and CAU. It is aimed at bachelor's graduates in electrical engineering or a similar field and includes charging and power optimization, energy management, battery life cycle, power electronics, mathematical system modeling and simulation, control and automation technology, optimization, among others. Various technological specializations of the partner universities and international industrial partners from the automotive, aerospace, logistics or transportation sectors complement the program.


Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek on the Launch of the AI-Net Project

NT-LaborThe Research Minister is pleased that the European AI-NET project (AI-NET is abbreviating the English term "Accelerating Digital Transformation in Europe by Intelligent NETwork Automation") is now beginning. Prof. Pachnicke and his chair are involved in the large-scale project as part of the research of so-called resilient optical network structures (details).

Minister Karliczek commented: "I am pleased that the European AI-NET project is now beginning to explore the potential of artificial intelligence for automating the control of high-performance networks in order to guarantee network operation, optimize resource consumption and flexibly configure services. The three German project pillars will make an important contribution to this. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding them with around 36 million euros for three years each." (traslated from German)


Things are Going Well - Snapshot of the New Construction at the Faculty of Engineering at April 15th, 2021

A new lecture hall building is currently under construction at the faculty, as is the Center for Networked Sensor Systems. Since there are only a few people at the faculty at the moment due to the pandemic, we show a short video of the current state of construction here. In the area behind building D, a so-called construction road is currently being built, so that the corresponding construction materials can be easily brought to the faculty. Behind it the new lecture hall building will be built. The Center for Networked Sensor Systems will find its new home near Building B. It is good to see that construction is progressing well so far.


Innovation Award 2021 of the State Capital Kiel goes to Prof. Sabah Badri-Hoeher
Sabah Badri-Höher

Photo: FH Kiel / Matthias Pilch

Prof. Dr. Sabah Badri-Hoeher, associate member of the Faculty of Engineering of CAU Kiel, receives the prestigious Innovation Award 2021 of the state capital Kiel. This prize is awarded every second year.

Professor Dr. Sabah Badri-Hoeher is a physicist and engineer specializing in electrical engineering and information technology. For twelve years, she has headed the Digital Signal Processing group at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (FH Kiel) in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Her studies in Casablanca and Paderborn led her first to the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen as well as to the universities in Bremen and Oldenburg, before she accepted the professorship at FH Kiel in 2009. At the Faculty of Engineering of CAU Kiel, she regularly gives lectures on the topic of underwater techniques. With numerous projects, she succeeded in building up underwater information technology in Kiel and giving it international visibility. The Autonomous Underwater Robots (AUV) that Badri-Hoeher is developing with her team can be used in the future, for example, to inspect and maintain offshore wind farms or as an AUV swarm in shallow and deep waters.


71st Meeting of the ITG Section on Signal Processing and Machine Learning

ITG-FachgruppentreffenOn February 26, the 71st meeting of the ITG group " signal processing and machine learning" was organized by Dr. Uwe Kretschmer and Dr. Jan Abshagen of the German Military Technical Service for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research (WTD 71) together with the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Prof. Schmidt). The meeting focused on applications in the maritime field of signal processing, measurement technology and machine learning, with a total of six lectures on new developments in the field of SONAR systems. The pandemic was the result of the meeting online. All in all, everything worked well and students were admitted for the 71st session for the first time. One of the student participants, Karoline Seidel, said after the meeting: "I attended the ITG expert group meeting because I am currently writing my thesis in the field of underwater signal processing and am very interested in the topics. Above all, I found the diversity of the topics covered in the lectures and how they are theoretically and practically researched really exciting." The next meeting will take place on 15 October in Stuttgart, hosted by Prof. Bin Yang. In addition to the members of the group, interested doctoral students and students are also welcome here.

Automation and Control

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Computational Electromagnetics

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Ludger Klinkenbusch
Digital Signal Processing and System Theory

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Information and Coding Theory

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Peter A. Höher
Integrated Systems and Photonics

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Martina Gerken
Microwave Engineering

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  • color_key Prof. Dr. Hermann Kohlstedt
Networked Electronic Systems

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Power Electronics

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Sensor System Electronics

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Andreas Bahr