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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.

 

Start of construction of the Center for Networked Sensor Systems (ZEVS)

 

ZEVS - Martina Gerken

Prof. Martina Gerken is pleased that the Center for Networked Sensor Systems (ZEVS) will soon be established here. She has coordinated the planning since 2014. There are 21 scientific groups at CAU involved in the topic. 20 companies and external institutions have already expressed their interest in collaborating.

The development of the campus of the Faculty of Engineering at Kaiserstr. 2 is progressing. Recently, the construction site for the new Center for Networked Sensor Systems (ZEVS) was prepared. The ZEVS will bundle the internationally outstanding research activities in the field of sensor system technology, sensor information technology and sensor system modeling that exist at CAU. Starting in 2023, both basic research and application-oriented research and technology transfer will take place at the innovation center. "The center is to become a hub for lively exchange within all research, development and industry projects in the field of networked sensor systems in Schleswig-Holstein. The regional industry is to be provided with the latest research findings as well as optimally trained manpower. Furthermore, new spin-offs are to be supported by a comprehensive laboratory infrastructure and the close exchange of experience, so that innovative technological spin-offs also have good chances of success," explains Professor Martina Gerken, who coordinated the initiative and the application for the EFRE funds.

At ZEVS, scientists from the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, materials science, computer science, medicine and biology will jointly research the networked sensor systems of the future. To this end, 125 workstations are to be made available. Employees from around 25 working groups (including five new junior research groups/spin-offs) are to be located.

At the same time, the construction of a new lecture hall building and the redesign of the campus axis are being prepared on the campus of the Faculty of Engineering.

 

IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge, Montreal, Canada: Award for Team University of Kiel

Montreal Award 2019The IEEE Brain Initiative presents The Second Place Award to Team University of Kiel at the IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge, partnering with IEEE Sensors conference 2019. The interdisciplinary team of re-searchers from University of Kiel, formed by Matthias Schneider, Maria Avitha Francis, Hendrik Lehmann, Igor Barg and Andreas Bahr presented an innovative project on epileptic seizure detection with neural net-works for medical implants.

An epileptic seizure is an abnormal activity of the brain caused by a rapid discharge of large groups of neurons. The idea is to treat a seizure promptly by detecting this and supply local medication in time. A medical implant records the biopotential signals, which are then evaluated with the help of a convolutional neural network (CNN), and in the event of a seizure being detected, an electrochemical pump is activated, which ensures local medication. The CNN is trained offline with approximately 40-50 hours of EEG (electroencephalogram) data and is implemented on a low-power micro-controller that fits into the medical implant. A possible implementation of such a network on a RISC-V microprocessor will also be shown.

This work was supported by DFG research projects Materials for Brain and the CRC 1261. The DFG-funded Research Training Group 2154 ”Materials for Brain” investigates nano- and microscale therapeutically active coatings for their suitability as implants to treat three selected diseases of the brain.

Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP 2019), PhD student awarded

ACP Award 2019On this year's Asia Communications and Photonics Conference, the largest conference in the Asia-Pacific region on optical communications, in Chengdu, China, the Chair of Communications presented four papers as well as an invited workshop contribution.

As one of 10 finalists for the best paper awards Mr. Shi Li, PhD student at the Chair of Communications, has been awarded the Best Student Paper Award for his paper "Photonic Reservoir Computing enabled by Silicon Micro-Rings". In his research work Mr. Li investigated a photonic reservoir computer (optical artifical neural network), which can be realized as a photonic integrated circuit. The results have been achieved in a research collaboration between TU Dresden (Prof. Kambiz Jamshidi) and the Chair of Communications (Prof. Stephan Pachnicke) of CAU Kiel. Such photonic reservoir computers shall enable in the future to realize an artifical neural network with extremly high bandwidth and high energy efficiency in the optical domain.

Power Girls & Power Boys 2019

Power Girls and Boys 2019For the 11th time in a row, the Chair of Power Electronics organized the event "Power Girls & Boys Days" to motivate students in 5th and 6th grade for technical issues. Almost 60 children had applied for the popular event this time, so that the 30 participants had to be drawn. On the 26th and 27th of July it was time for the children to visit the Technical Faculty of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel shortly before the start of the summer vacation.

The first morning the junior scientists spent with a theory unit. It started with an introduction to current, voltage and power. The following explanation about circuits, diodes and LEDs led to a lot of coversations. Subsequently, the children discussed the different types of renewable energy and watched the award-winning film "Solar Energy Special" by Armin Maiwald from the show “Sendung mit der Maus”. This showed the great motivation as well as the interest of the children to understand the facts profoundly. The acquired knowledge was then practically applied to build a small circuit. The "TicTac flashlight" was assembled by each child itself. Previously, there was a introduction to the soldering, in which each child should solder his initials with resistors on a breadboard.

In the next project, it was already much more difficult: a board should be self-contained by the children completely equipped with components and represent a flashing heart in the end. The children had to learn the filigree handling of the soldering iron and also pay attention to the polarization of the components.

The acquired knowledge about the solar cell could be applied on the second day in practice: each child tinkeder a snall windmill, whose engine is driven by a photovoltaic cell.

Surprisingly, the Power Kids were so enthusiastic that the large majority did not make use of the opportunity to play during the break, and instead they continued to work. "Sometimes we had to ask the children several times clearly to take a break for drinking, so that at the high summer temperatures of 33°C degrees no one tips over," smiles organizer Max Lutz of the Chair of Power Electronics.

However, in order not to leave out the playful part completely, an electrical wire game was built in the last project, which the children were allowed to design and shape completely themselves.

All in all, we are pleased about the positive response of the children and their parents, who also reached us by e-mail after the event. Nobody wanted to go back to school after two days. A big thank you goes to the sponsors WEB-Andresen, SH Netz, Nord Electronic Drive Systems, FT Cap, Siemens and the “Förderverein of the TF”, who supported the campaign with financial or material donations. We would like to express this gratitude on behalf of the children and their parents.

Automatic Control

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Thomas Meurer
Communications

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Stephan Pachnicke
Computational Electromagnetics

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

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmidt
Information and Coding Theory

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

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Martina Gerken
Microwave Engineering

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Michael Höft
Networked Electronic Systems

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Robert Rieger
Power Electronics

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Marco Liserre
Sensor System Electronics

  • color_key Prof. Dr. Andreas Bahr