Excellence in Research

People. Make. Microelectronics.

The employees of our member institutions do excellent work every day! Some of them will be honored with their work as part of our campaign "People. Make. Microelectronics."

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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NASA honors Markus Krutzik

January 2020 / Honor

At the end of last year, the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA, received the "NASA Group Achievement Award". This award also honors the achievements of Dr. Markus Krutzik as a postdoctoral researcher at JPL. The CAL team developed an instrument that was successfully used to generate ultra-cold atoms on the International Space Station (ISS). Cold atoms can be used in space in the future, for example to enable highly accurate and drift-free measurements of inertial forces for navigation. They are also suitable for studies of fundamental physics, for example to test Einstein's equivalence principle. After returning to Berlin, Markus Krutzik continued to support the CAL instrument development as a technical consultant. NASA's prestigious award is presented, among other things, for outstanding group achievements that have contributed significantly to the successful mission of the Space Agency. Markus Krutzik has been in charge of the Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since January 2019.

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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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IEEE Technical Field Award 2020

June 9, 2020 / Award

Dr. Peter Ramm from Fraunhofer EMFT received the IEEE technical field award 2020 in electronic packaging, together with Prof. Koyanagi from Tohoku University Sendai.

Their contribution to the development and commercialization of 3D integrated circuit (3DICC) integration processes has played a key role in enabling ever-smaller yet more-powerful devices especially important to mobile communications.

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EUCNC 2020 Best Paper Award

June 17, 2020 / Best Paper Award

Together with Intracom, Dr. Thomas Merkle received the EUCNC 2020 Best Paper Award for his work on THz data links using real-time beamforming.

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PCIM EUROPE chooses Kirill Klein for the Young Engineer Award

June 30, 2020 / Award

Kirill Klein has won the Young Engineer Award of PCIM Europe 2020 for his paper on “Low Inductive Full Ceramic SiC Power Module for High-Temperature Automotive Applications”. The formal presentation of the award, followed by a personal Q&A session, will take place at 10:20 to 10:30 am on July 8th as part of this year’s online PCIM conference.

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Distinguished Service Award for Wolfgang Heinrich

August 31, 2020 / Award

Wolfgang Heinrich, Head of FBH's Microwave Department, was honored with the IEEE MTT Distinguished Service Award 2020. The prize recognizes his significant contributions and outstanding service to the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the microwave profession over a sustained period of time. Originally, it was supposed to be presented at the International Microwave Symposium in Los Angeles in June 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the award ceremony was postponed until next year.

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Award of Excellence for Flex4Apps

September 11, 2020 / Award of Excellence

During the ITEA 3 PO Days 2020, the Award of Excellence was imparted to the project "Flexible Application Monitoring Platform, Platform for Application Flexibility in Cyber-Physical Systems" (Flex4Apps). The project focuses on the interaction of cloud, communication and IoT components, which will be even more crucial for many application areas in the future. The aim of the project was to increase the reliability, availability and stability of these systems.

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Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020

October 9, 2020 / Prize

For their robust, reliable and tamper-proof receiver technology Galileo PRS, Dr. Wolfgang Felber, Dr. Günter Rohmer and Alexander Rügamer, Fraunhofer IIS, received the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020. 

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IEEE Best Paper Award

October 9, 2020 / Award

Patrick Scharf and Christoph Sohrmann received the best paper award for their publication "Formation of multiple current filaments and the effect of filament confinement in silicon based Pin diodes" which was presented at the IEEE International Semiconductor Conference (CAS), session modelling, in 2020.

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Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020

October 9, 2020 / Prize

Dr. Bernd Eckardt and Dr. Stefan Matlok from Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen were awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020 for the development of a new generation of extremely powerful DC/DC converters for fuel cell vehicles.

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2020 CNA Innovation Award for the project “Energy-efficient schedule optimization of Nuremberg’s subway network”.

October 12, 2020 / Award

A project entitled “Energy-efficient schedule optimization of Nuremberg’s subway network” won the 2020 CNA Innovation Award in the Intelligence for Transportation and Logistics category. The project consortium consisted of Fraunhofer IIS, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and VAG Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg and was led by Dr. Andreas Bärmann from Fraunhofer IIS.

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William F. Meggers Award of the SAS presented to FBH authors

October 13, 2020 / Award

The paper "Shifted Excitation Raman Difference Spectroscopy with Charge-Shifting Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Lock-In Detection" was honored with the prestigious William F. Meggers Award of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). The prize was awarded at the SAS fall meeting during the SciX 2020 conference. It recognizes the publication of the authors Kay Sowoidnich, Michael Towrie, Martin Maiwald, Bernd Sumpf and Pavel Matousek as the outstanding publication of the year 2019 in the journal "Applied Spectroscopy" (vol. 73, no. 11, pp. 1265-1276). The paper is one result of the very successful collaboration between the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Great Britain.

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Secure satellite communication - Berlin team wins INNOspace Masters

October 14, 2020 / Competition

The winners of the INNOspace Masters competition, which is organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), have been announced: On 14 October, a Berlin-based team from Technische Universität, Humboldt-Universität and the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut won the DLR Challenge. This prize supports projects with up to 400,000 euros. Moreover, the winning project "QuMSeC" was chosen as overall winner of the INNOSpace Masters 2019/20.

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High-temperature protective coatings for aerospace applications

October 14, 2020 / Competition

Dr.-Ing. Christian Reimann and M.Sc. Kevin Schuck from Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen won the 3rd place in the 2020 DLR Challenge of the INNOspace Masters competition. They were awarded for their idea to produce simple and cost-effective high-temperature protective coatings on carbon composite materials for aerospace applications. 

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Outstanding Paper Award of InterPACK 2020

October 27, 2020 / Award

EuroPAT-MASIP project team from Fraunhofer ENAS, Besi NL and Amkor has been awarded with the Outstanding Paper Award at ASME 2020 InterPACK Conference (Oct 27 – 28, 2020) for their paper »The Systematic study of Fan-Out Wafer Warpage Using Analytical, Numerical and Experimental Methods«.

Congratulations to Ghanshyam Gadhiya, Sven Rzepka, Thomas Otto, Sebastiaan Kersjes and Felandorio Fernandes!

The paper focuses on characterizing the physics of wafer warpage, which is a challenge for many process steps in fan-out wafer-level packaging (FoWLP) technologies used for heterogeneous system integration. The new study provides recommendations and good practical guidance for improving the design and optimizing the process flow of FoWLP solutions with increased product yield and reliability.

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October 2020 / Prize

For her commitment to sharing knowledge between university, research and education, Prof. Ute Schmid, Group Manager at Fraunhofer IIS, was awarded the Rainer Markgraf Prize.

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Eva Mayr-Stihl Young Talents Prize

November 4, 2020 / Prize

Dr. Nicolas Kurz’ dissertation on aluminum scandium nitride for microacoustic high frequency filters was awarded the Eva Mayr-Stihl Young Talents Prize.

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2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University of Bamberg

November 9, 2020 / Award

Dr. Teena Chakkalayil Hassan, Fraunhofer IIS, received the award for her outstanding dissertation entitled “Towards robust and interpretable practical applications of automatic mental state analysis using a dynamic and hybrid facial action estimation approach.”

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FBH paper selected as featured article by Applied Physics Letters

November 23, 2020 / Honor

The paper "Non-uniform longitudinal current density induced power saturation in GaAs-based high power diode lasers" by Seval Arslan et. al. was selected as featured article by the journal Applied Physics Letters. The editors of the journal thereby honor scientific publications that they consider to be among the best in the journal.

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Entrustment as Advisory Board Member

November 2020 / Role

Associate Professor Dr. Tobias Erlbacher from Fraunhofer IISB was entrusted as a "Power Semiconductor International Advisory Board Member" by the Acting Mayor of the Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea.

CELTIC-NEXT Excellence Award 2020

December 2, 2020 / Award

For their ReICOvAir (Reliable Industrial Communication Over the Air)  system, the Fraunhofer IIS project team received the Excellence Award 2020 from CELTIC-NEXT, the EUREKA cluster for next-generation communications.

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REFERENCE Project wins the Trophée des Etoiles

December 16, 2020 / Award

The successful work of the REFERENCE project under the careful guidance of Francois Brunier of Soitec and Yves Quéré of the CEA-Leti research organization led to the project being picked from a group of 30 contenders for the “Stars of Europe” trophy on 16 December 2020. Fraunhofer IZM contributed substantially to the project with Ivan Ndip, Markus Wöhrmann, Uwe Maaß, Tanja Braun and many other colleagues working on the development and high-frequency characterization of wafer-level technologies for packaging HF ICs as well as the package integration and evaluation of miniature passive, low-loss components for HF filter applications.

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Fraunhofer ENAS Research Award 2020

December 17, 2020 / Award

The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS annually awards the Fraunhofer ENAS Research Award for outstanding scientific results with high application relevance. This year the prize goes to the electrical engineer Dr.-Ing. Alexander Otto. He receives the award for his research work on novel approaches to lifetime modeling with a focus on power electronics components. He has succeeded in making the transition from purely load-based models to stress- and failure-effect-based approaches for service life prediction. For practical applications in the industrial environment, this will mean a significant increase in prediction accuracy in the future. Power electronics are used in the field of renewable energies, electromobility and Industry 4.0. In this context, the requirements for reliability assessments of power electronics are increasing more and more as components and functional materials become more complex, require more power density and functional integration, electronics are used in harsher environmental conditions, and functional safety must be ensured, e.g., for autonomous driving.

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Member of Bavarian Council on AI

December 2020 / Appointment

Appointed to the Bavarian Council on AI: Prof. Alexander Martin, Director of Fraunhofer IIS, Prof. Ute Schmid, Head of Group EKI, Fraunhofer IIS, and Prof. Thomas Seidl, Fraunhofer IIS.

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CHP Unit of the Year

December 2020 / Award

The natural-gas CHP unit (combined heat and power plant) at Fraunhofer IISB has been awarded as "CHP Unit of the Year 2020" by the magazine "Energie & Management", after it already had been "CHP Unit of the Month" in June 2020. The CHP unit ist part of the Fraunhofer IISB living lab on energy technologies.

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2020 DGZfP User Award

2020 / Prize

Wolfgang Holub, Senior Engineer at Fraunhofer IIS, received the User Award from the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) for his work in the field of “Robot-based computed tomography on large components in automotive engineering.”

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FKTG University Graduate Award 

2020 / Prize

The German TV and Film Technology Society (FKTG) recognized Eva Hasenberger, a member of the Automotive Audio Research group at Fraunhofer IIS, for her master’s thesis on binauralization in vehicle sound systems.

Best Paper Award in Machine Learning

22.02.2021/ Best Paper Award

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) researchers Dr. Wojciech Samek and Dr. Sebastian Lapuschkin together with Dr. Grégoire Montavon and Prof. Klaus-Robert Müller (TU Berlin) as well as Prof. Alexander Binder  (University of Oslo) have jointly received the 2020 »Pattern Recognition Best Paper Award« and »Pattern Recognition Medal«. The international scientific journal Pattern Recognition awards the prize annually to highlight papers that have accomplished an outstanding impact on their respective research field. The award committee honored the researchers for their 2017 publication »Explaining Nonlinear Classification Decisions with Deep Taylor Decomposition« for its influence on the field of machine learning.

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Award at medical imaging conference BVM

07.04.2021 / Best Scientific Contribution

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) researchers Dr. Wojciech Samek and Luis Oala together with Jan Macdonald and Maximilian März (TU Berlin) were honored with the award for »best scientific contribution« at this year's medical imaging conference BVM. The scientists received the award for their paper »Interval Neural Networks as Instability Detectors for Image Reconstructions«. The paper demonstrates how uncertainty quantification can be used to detect errors in deep learning models.

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Best Paper Award at IEEE MetroAutomotive Workshop

29.07.2021 / Best Paper Award

Sarah Cwalina, research associate at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), received this year’s Best Paper Award during the recent international IEEE MetroAutomotive Workshop. Together with her co-authors, she was recognized for the »Best Paper Presented by a Young Researcher«. Cwalina works at the institute’s »Photonic Networks and Systems« department.

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Second Place at Federal Ministry's Innovation Competition

18.08.2021/ Award

Prize-winning semiconductor technology: The Fraunhofer Institutes IAF and IIS together with the University of Freiburg/INATECH win second place with their joint project »EdgeLimit – Evaluation of Power Electronics in Modern Edge Cloud Systems« in the innovation competition »Electronics for Energy-Saving Information and Communications Technology« launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Rudolf Jaeckel Prize

12.10.2021 / Prize

Oliver Ambacher receives the Rudolf Jaeckel Prize of the German Vacuum Society in recognition of »pioneering contributions to the progress of power electronic systems«.


Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2021

05.05.2021/ Prize

The networking of objects in the Internet of Things — or IoT for short — is becoming increasingly important, and demand for connected IoT devices is growing rapidly everywhere, from consumers to Industry 4.0. But until now, no suitable and reliable method of communication has been available for transferring many thousands of data packages at the same time. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen/Nuernberg has now overcome this challenge with the newly developed, ready-for-market mioty® wireless low-power wide-area transmission system. The team receives the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize, which is awarded to employees of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for their outstanding scientific achievements in solving application-related problems.

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Hugo Geiger Prize 2021

24.03.2021 / Prize

Dr. Simon Fichtner received the prize for his discovery that the thin-film material aluminum scandium nitride (AIScN) has ferroelectric properties.

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Best Paper presented by a Young Researcher

01.07.2021 / Prize

Fiber-based Frequency Modulated LiDAR With MEMS Scanning Capability for Long-range Sensing in Automotive Applications.

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Outstanding Engagement during Training

04.08.2021 / Honor

Mario Lehwald, Chairman of the Management Board of the Employment Agency Berlin South, has been awarded by the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut for its "outstanding commitment to vocational training". He presented the official certificate for the promotion of young talents 2020/21 to the training supervisors Marlies Gielow and Marvin Schilling. The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) has been training three to four young people per year for almost 30 years, and from 1998 onwards, particularly in microtechnology.

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TOTAL E-QUALITY award bestowed for the fifth time

July 2021 / Award for equal opportunities

The jury of TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. has once again granted the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut the TOTAL E-QUALITY distinction. With this award, the association recognizes the ongoing commitment to equal opportunities and the targeted measures for successful implementation. FBH received this award for the first time in June 2009. The certificate was presented in October.

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FBH-publication selected as »Editor's Pick«

2021 / Editor's Pick

The publication »783 nm wavelength stabilized DBR tapered diode lasers with a 7 W output power« authored by Bernd Sumpf, Lara Sophie Theurer, Martin Maiwald, André Müller, André Maaßdorf, Jörg Fricke, Peter Ressel, and Günther Tränkle has been selected as Editor's Pick by the Applied Optics Editorial Office: »Editor's Picks serve to highlight articles with excellent scientific quality and are representative of the work taking place in a specific field.«

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THz Science and Technology: Best Paper Award 2021

Februar 2021/ Best Paper Award

The 2021 THz Science and Tech. Best Paper Award of the IEEE MTT Society is presented to a team of eleven authors from Germany, Poland and Lithuania - including five scientists from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut. It is awarded to M. Bauer, A. Rämer, S. A. Chevtchenko, K. Y. Osipov, D. Cibiraite, S. Pralgauskaite, K. Ikamas, A. Lisauskas, W. Heinrich, V. Krozer, and H. G. Roskos for their paper entitled: »A High-Sensitivity AlGaN/GaN HEMT Terahertz Detector With Integrated Broadband Bow-Tie Antenna« in IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, Vol. 9, Issue 4, pp. 430-444, July 2019.

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IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator

12.09.2021 / Prize

Amelie Hagelauer received the IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award For outstanding Contributions fo the design and characterization of acoustic wave devices for wireless communications.

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Project wins silver in innovation competition

27.08.21 / Prize

The Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IAF together with the University of Freiburg/INATECH win second place with their joint project “EdgeLimit – Evaluation of Power Electronics in Modern Edge Cloud Systems” in the innovation competition “Electronics for Energy-Saving Information and Communications Technology” launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project consortium is funded by the BMBF to realize their solution for energy-saving mobile radio base stations.

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DGZfP-User Award to Wolfgang Holub

10.05.21/ User Award

The German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) has awarded Wolfgang Holub, Chief Engineer at the Fraunhofer Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT of Fraunhofer IIS, with the User Award 2020. The prize was presented to him for his research on the topic of "Robot-based computed tomography on large components in automotive engineering" during the virtual DGZfP annual conference.

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2021 ARD/ZDF “Women + Media Technology” Award

12.08.21 / Grant Award

New sound technologies make it possible to craft highly realistic audio experiences in which the sound comes from all sides – even from above. Sound engineer Daniela Rieger completed her Master of Engineering at Stuttgart Media University and is part of the team in the Media Systems and Applications department at Fraunhofer IIS, where she works to optimize these types of audio formats.

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Reducing the risk of stroke with neuromorphic hardware

03.05.21 / Innovation Competition

Computer architecture inspired by the human brain – to most people, this sounds rather abstract and removed from everyday life. Far from it: a research team from Fraunhofer IIS and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has developed neuromorphic hardware capable of detecting early signs of atrial fibrillation and considerably reducing the risk of stroke. In other words, this application has an entirely practical place in everyday life. Such wearables must be as energy-efficient as possible in evaluating the ECG data they collect. With this in mind, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the »energy-efficient AI system« pilot innovation competition. The challenge was to detect atrial fibrillation at an accuracy of at least 90 percent while consuming as little energy as possible. The competition attracted 27 entries, 11 of which were given the chance to develop their solutions. The latter group included the team from Fraunhofer IIS and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) with its »Lo3-ML« (Low-power low-memory low-cost ECG signal analysis using ML algorithms) project – and triumphed as one of the four winning teams. 

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