Excellence in Research

Prizes and Distinctions

In addition to numerous scientific publications, scientists of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) have received several important national and international awards for progress in applied research. We would like to honour them at this point.

AES Conference Best Paper Award

April 4, 2019 / Best Paper Award

The publication "Background Ducking to Produce Esthetically Pleasing Audio for TV with Clear Speech" by Matteo Torcoli, Dr. Jouni Paulus, Christian Simon, Alex Freke-Morin and Prof. Ben Shirley was honoured as Best Peer-Reviewed Paper at the AES conference in Dublin. In their paper on a subjective test, the scientists investigated the preferences of 22 normal-hearing listeners for the Loudness Difference (LD) between the beginning and the end of the ducking process.

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Think Tank Award 2019

April 5, 2019 / Award

The exhibit of the "Leistungszentrum Digitale Vernetzung (LZDV)" was awarded third place at the Think Tank Awards of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the Hannover Messe 2019. With their jointly developed exhibit and the slogan "Light up your Production", the four Fraunhofer Institutes in Berlin showed how digital networking can efficiently meet the high demands of industrial environment, using optical wireless technology.

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EURASIP Award for Promotion in the Field of Digital Signal Processing

May 1, 2019 / Dissertation Prize

Dr. Oliver Thiergart received the EURASIP Award for his dissertation entitled "Flexible Multi-Microphone Acquisition and Processing of Spatial Sound Using Parametric Sound Field Representations". His work deals with the flexible and efficient acquisition and processing of spatial sound using multiple microphones.

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Best Paper Award ICPE 2019

May 1, 2019 / Best Paper Award

Benjamin Ruccius received the Best Paper Award at the ICPE 2019 Conference in Mumbai for his paper "A Cascaded Control Concept for Modular Multilevel Converters with Capacitor Voltage Estimation using a Kalman Filter". In his paper an approach for estimating the submodule capacitor voltages in a Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) is presented, which was realized in a hardware test setup.

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Young Engineer Award of the PCIM Europe 2019

May 7, 2019 / Award

Christoph Marczok received the Young Engineer Award of the PCIM Europe 2019 for his contribution on the topic "Low Inductive SiC Mold Module with Direct Cooling".

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Transducers - Eurosensors Outstanding Paper Award

June 1, 2019 / Outstanding Paper Award

The Outstanding Paper Award was presented at the Transducers-Eurosensors to the scientists K. Meinel, C. Stöckel, M. Melzer, S. Zimmermann, R. Forke, K. Hiller and T. Otto for their paper "Piezoelectric Scanning Micromirror with Large Scan Angle based on Thin Film Aluminum Nitride". In this publication micro mirrors based on piezoelectric thin-film aluminium nitride (AlN) are presented. The microsystems with a footprint of 6 mm2 are successfully manufactured in 150 mm SOI technology.

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Dennis J. Picard Medal

July 11, 2019

Richard Klemm, considered one of the most influential scientists in the research field of space-time adaptive processing (STAP) for radar systems, was awarded the "Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications".

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Professor Schwabe Prize of the TU Dresden 2019

July 17, 2019 / Award

Peter Franze was awarded the Professor Schwabe Prize of the TU Dresden for his outstanding master's thesis entitled "Characterization of a Spin-On-Glass Material for Use as an Intermediate Dielectric in the Damascene Process".

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Successful Research in the Field of Cyber Security on Hardware

July 23, 2019 / Best Paper Award

At the end of June 2019 the scientist Ievgen Kabin presented the paper "On the Complexity of Attacking Commercial Authentication Products" at the International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security on the Canary Islands (Spain) and therefore received the Best Paper Award.

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SSDM Young Researcher Award 2019

September 1, 2019 / Award

In September 2019, Tarek Ali received the SSDM Young Researcher Award 2019 for his research on ferroelectric materials.

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Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Poster Award

September 1, 2019 / Poster Award

In September 2019 Bettina Wehreing received the Poster Award at the 18th "European Conference in Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis" in Dresden.

ERC Starting Grant 2019

September 4, 2019 / Research Grant

Dr. Tim Schröder receives an ERC Starting Grant and thus a five-year research grant in the field of quantum internet. With the project QUERP "Quantum Repeater Architectures Based on Quantum Memories and Photonic Encoding" he is researching the next generation of faster and safer communication in integrated quantum optics.

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AFCEA Study Prize 2019

September 5, 2019 / Study Prize

Giovanni D'Apice receives the AFCEA Study Prize 2019 for his final thesis "Inverse Sythetic Aperture Radar (ISAR)", in which the author shows how an inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) serves as a means of providing image-like information about a distant, moving target.

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Best Student Poster Award

September 16, 2019 / Student Poster Award

At the 18th DRIP conference in Berlin, PhD student Jonas Weinrich received the Best Student Poster Award from the international steering committee for his work on crystal defects in semiconductors.

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MERGE Technologies Conference Lightweight Structures Best Paper Award

September 18, 2019 / Best Paper Award

At the 4th international "MERGE Technologies Conference Lightweight Structures" the scientist Toni Großmann was awarded the Best Paper Award for his paper "Reflection based Strain Sensing using Metamaterials". His publication shows that it is possible to provide a GRP laminate with a specific electromagnetic behaviour by integrating resonator arrays. It is also shown that the specific electromagnetic behaviour can be influenced by structural changes and thus opens the possibility to monitor the condition of lightweight structures.

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Award at the KI Innovation Competition of the BMWi

September 19, 2019 / Award

The SPEAKER project for the development of a language assistance platform received an award in the innovation competition "Artificial intelligence as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The FMD institute Fraunhofer IIS is also involved in the project.

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Research Award "Transformative Science" 2019

September 23, 2019 / Research Prize

The research prize "Transformative Science 2019" in the field of sustainability research went to Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben. Her approach reflects sustainability research with innovative transdisciplinary methods.

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ARGUS Award 2019

September 25, 2019 / Award

Jannik Springer's master's thesis with the topic "Radar waveforms and processing methods for frequency modulated wave operation to analyze orbital parameters of fragmenting objects in earth orbit" was honored with the ARGUS Award in September 2019.

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GMM Award 2019

October 1, 2019 / Award

In recognition of his extraordinary achievements in science and research, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lang received the highest VDE award of the Society for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Precision Engineering – the GMM Award.

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Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems Best Paper Award

October 1, 2019 / Best Paper Award

For the paper "Comparison of Solder Joint Fatique Life Prediction and Several Long-Term Testing Results" Rainer Dudek received the Best Paper Award at the Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems. His publication discusses solder fatigue phenomena at lead-free solder joints and further results that go beyond previous results.

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Distinguished Service Award (EuMA)

October 2, 2019 / Award

Making microwave research visible and connecting actors from research and industry - this has been the driving force of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heinrich for many years. For his outstanding commitment, he was awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" by the European Microwave Association (EuMA).

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Research Progress Through the new "intelligent clustering" Approach

October 9, 2019 / Award

In October 2019, the scientists Y. Varabei, I. Kabin, Z. Dyka, D. Klann, P. Langendoerfer presented their paper "Intelligent Clustering as a Means to Improve K-Means Based Horizontal Attacks" at the International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications.
In her paper, horizontal side channel analysis attacks against three crypto implementations are presented and the effectiveness of attacks using K-Means as an analysis tool is shown. Intelligent clustering" is introduced as a new approach.

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Promotion Prize of the Staedtler Foundation

October 25, 2019 / Promotion Prize

In October 2019, Dr. Christian Dittmar was awarded the PhD prize of the Staedtler Foundation for his outstanding doctoral thesis on "Source separation and restoration of drum sounds in music recordings".

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Publication in the Field of Encapsulation of Ferrites Becomes Best Paper of Track

October 31, 2019 / Best Paper

For her paper "Ferrites in Transfer Molded Power SiPs - Challenges in Packaging" Tina Thomas was awarded the Best Paper of Track at the "IMAPS International Symposium on Microelectronics" in Boston, USA. In this paper, she and her co-authors Marius van Dijk, Marc Dreissigacker, Stefan Hoffmann, Hans Walter, Karl-Friedrich Becker and Martin Schneider-Ramelow present their latest findings on the encapsulation of ferrites in epoxy-based encapsulation materials.

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Appointed ISMIR President

November 1, 2019 / Nomination

Prof. Dr. Meinard Müller was appointed as the President of the International Society of Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) for two years.

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IEEE Antennas and Propagation Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award

November 4, 2019 / Paper Award

Andrej Konforta, Christos Liontas, Thomas Bertuch and Thomas Eibert are awarded the "IEEE Antennas and Propagation Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award 2019" for their publication "Approximation of the Active Reflecton Coefficient in Phased Arrays via the Concept of Reaction". The paper presents an affordable alternative to the approximation of the mutual coupling based on the reaction integral and the Huygens principle for an exemplary 5×5 planar array.

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CATRENE Innovation Award 2019

November 21, 2019 / Award

The project and EUREKA cluster for micro- and nanoelectronics "NexGen" (Next Generation of Body Monitoring) won the CATRENE Innovation Award for the "Most Innovative Project". In the name of the project Mrs. Tanja Seiderer is the award winner.

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3rd Place at the Fraunhofer Communication Award

November 28, 2019 / Award

With the video clip "Behind the Scenes at the Fraunhofer IZM" student assistant Dominik Ädra reached the 3rd place at the "Fraunhofer Communication Prize 2019". The Fraunhofer Prize is awarded for outstanding PR work and is a motivation and recognition for the development and implementation of own ideas.

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Tanja Braun elected to the IEEE EPS Board of Governors

December 1, 2019 / Nomination

Tanja Braun was elected to the IEEE EPS Board of Govenors in December 2019. The EPS is administered by a Board of Governors (BoG) consisting of elected and appointed volunteer members. Tanja Braun was appointed as the representative for women in engineering.

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Best Paper Award IFEEC 2019

December 4, 2019 / Best Paper Award

The scientists Matthias Schulz, Moritz Wild, Raphael Chacon, Bernd Wunder and Martin März received the Best Paper Award at the "4th IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference (IFEEC)" in Singapore for their publication "A Bidirectional and Isolated DC/DC Converter Connecting Mobile Battery Systems to a DC Grid in Commercial Buildings". In their paper a novel modulation scheme for an isolated DC / DC converter in down-conversion is presented, which allows a wide input and output voltage range.

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EnCN Energy Prize 2019

December 5, 2019 / Award

Simon Quergfelder was awarded the EnCN Energy Prize 2019 for his master's thesis "Commissioning of a 3-level-converter to investigate different control methods and their influence on power quality and voltage symmetry". In his thesis, continuous and discontinuous modulation methods are presented and implemented as carrier-based modulation.

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Paul Rapport Award 2018

December 10, 2019 / Award

For the publication "Local 2DEG Density Control in Heterostructures of Piezoelectric Materials and Its Application in GaN HEMT Fabrication Technology" the authors Konstantin Osipov, Joachim Würfl, Ina Ostermay, Frank Brunner, Günther Tränkle and Maniteja Bodduluri were awarded with the renowned Paul Rappaport Award 2018. The Electron Device Society honors the best work published in last year's IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices every year.

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IEEE Fellow starting 2020

December 13, 2019 / Award

The largest professional association of electrical and computer engineers (IEEE) has awarded Prof. Dr. Meinard Müller for his work in the field of "Music Signal Processing" as "IEEE Fellow" 2020.

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Best Paper Award for Highly-Integrated Multi-Channel SiGe Transceiver Suitable for 2-D and 3-D Radar Measurements

December 16, 2019 / Best Paper Award

The scientist Dr. Herman Jalli Ng has been honoured with the best paper award at the Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC) in Singapore for his paper "Highly-Integrated Radar Transceiver with 2 TX and 4 RX Channels for Range, Azimuthal and Polar Angle Measurements".

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Early Career Award

2019 / Award

The top-class research achievements of Prof. Dr. Daniel O'Hagan were internationally recognized and honored by the Early Career Award.

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Teaching Award 2019 of the TU Ilmenau

2019 / Teaching Award

Prof. Giovanni Del Galdo, from the Department of Electronic Measurement and Signal Processing, was awarded the TU Ilmenau Teaching Award 2019 for special achievements in teaching.

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Poster Award IITC/MAM 2019

2019 / Poster Award

The scientist Marcus Wislicenus received the Poster Award at the IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference and Materials for Advanced Metallization Conference 2019 (IITC/MAM) for his paper "Investigation of Layout- and Process Dependence of Cu-ECD for Advanced Nodes". His work investigates fundamental interactions between ultra-thin Cu- and Co-based seed layers with low-acid plating chemistry in connection with advanced dual damascene metallization.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2019

2019 / Award

Thomas von der Grün, Norbert Franke and Thomas Pellkofer were awarded the 2019 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for their development of "Sports Tracking - The Digital Revolution in Team Sports", a localization technology based on the time-of-flight measurement of radio signals specially adapted to the dynamic processes in ice hockey.

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Dissertation Prize 2019 of the University Society Ilmenau e.V.

2019 / Dissertation Prize

With her dissertation on "Compressive acquisition and processing of sparse analog signals", Dr. Anastasia Lavrenko is awarded the dissertation prize 2019 of the Universitätsgesellschaft Ilmenau e.V.

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Best Paper at the "EBL 2020 - Electronic Assemblies and Printed Circuit Boards"

February 20, 2020 / Best Paper Award

At the "EBL 2020 - Electronic assemblies and printed circuit boards" in Fellbach near Stuttgart, the scientist David Schütze was presented with the Best Paper Award. In his article "Realization of highly miniaturized robust radio sensor nodes by means of component embedding in the printed circuit board", Schütze, Karl-Friedrich Becker, Christian Tschoban, Christian Voigt, Thomas Löher, Stefan Kosmider, Andreas Ostmann, Lars Böttcher, Martin Schneider-Ramelow and Klaus-Dieter Lang describe the development of an energy-autonomous, extremely small and robust sensor module using printed circuit board embedding technology.

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Paper is awarded as Top-Scored Paper

March 1, 2020 / Award

The paper "Broadband 145GHz Photodetector Module Targeting 200G Baud Applications" by Patrick Runge, Felix Ganzer, Jonas Gläsel, Sebastian Wünsch, Sven Mutschall and Martin Schell was named Top-Scored Paper at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition in March 2020.

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DFG Award at the "Ideas Competition for International Research Marketing"

March 9, 2020 / Award

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has announced the winning proposals in the International Research Marketing ideas competition. The FMD-Institute Fraunhofer IZM receives a prize money of 25 000 Euro for the concept of creating a knowledge-based communication platform and a blog centred around the topic of electronic packaging.

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HMD Best Paper Award 2019

April 2, 2020 / Best Paper Award

The scientists Prof. Dr. Alexander Pflaum and Sebastian Lempert were awarded the HMD Best Paper Award in Erlangen/ Nuremberg for their publication "Comparability of the functionality of IoT software platforms through their uniform description in the form of a taxonomy and reference architecture". The object of their work is the derivation of the functionality of a complete IoT software platform with the help of a qualitative content analysis from available data of the most important platforms available on the market and description of these in the form of a taxonomy and reference architecture based on it. Their article was published in HMD issue 330 - volume 56/6.

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