Neuromorphes Computing – DFG Funding Memristive Components

November 26th, 2020 | by
Prof. Waser

Prof. Dr.-Ing Rainer Waser, head of the Institute for Materials in Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, at a sputtering plant for surface coating

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding five projects under the priority program “Memristive Devices Toward Smart Technical Systems” with the participation of members of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University.

Four of them are projects at the chair of Prof. Rainer Waser IWE2 and the Peter Grünberg Institute of the Forschungszentrum Jülich. A further project was approved in the teaching and research area of Prof. Regina Dittmann “Technology of Oxide Electronics” also at the Peter Grünberg Institute.

The funding amount of the 5 Jülich-Aachen projects amounts to approx. 1.2 Mio € for a duration of 3 years. Within the framework of the different projects, Faculty 6 will develop memristive components in cooperation with other research institutions for use in novel energy-efficient computer structures or for intelligent sensor applications for the future Internet of Things.

Project ERIGrid 2.0 – validation approach for intelligent energy networks in the electrical sector

November 11th, 2020 | by
ERIGrid 2.0


In April this year, the second version of the “ERIGrid 2.0” project of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems at the E.ON Research Center was launched.

Its full name is as complex as the four-year project as “ERIGrid 2.0” stands for “European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid and Smart Energy Systems Research, Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out – Second Edition”.

Professor Antonello Monti’s team is working on the holistic and cyberphysics-based validation approach for intelligent energy networks in the electrical sector. ERIGrid 2.0 provides support and training at system level for industrial and academic research and technology development for energy systems.

RWTH earns top positions in this year’s NTU ranking

November 11th, 2020 | by
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Image: Martin Braun

Every year, the National Taiwan University (NTU) compiles a ranking of the top 800 universities in the world in six different disciplines and a total of 24 individual subjects. For this internationally respected ranking, NTU evaluated various bibliometric indicators, such as international scientific publications, and ranked them according to scientific productivity, excellence, and influence in research.

RWTH Aachen University performed very well in the German ranking, since the institution is currently listed among the best universities in Germany for 18 of 24 subjects. RWTH scored first place in Germany for the subjects civil engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Finally, the University was ranked second in Germany for electrical engineering and third for chemistry, computer science, and mathematics. (Source: RWTH Press, Image rights: Martin Braun)

100 million euros for battery research

July 22nd, 2020 | by


BMBF funds battery competence cluster under RWTH leadership

As part of the overarching concept “Battery Research Factory”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding four additional battery competence clusters with a total of 100 million euros.

Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer from the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) coordinates the cluster “Battery Usage Concepts” (Batt Usage), which is funded with around 20 million euros. The aim is to develop a profound understanding of battery conditions and behavior to decide when secondary use of battery storage is possible and for which applications it makes the most sense.

The “Intelligent Battery Cell Production” cluster (InZePro), which is being funded with around 30 million euros, aims to increase and enhance flexibility in the productivity of cell production. This is intended to be achieved through comprehensive optimization of the production system using Industry 4.0 solutions.

The aim of the “greenBatt” recycling/green battery cluster is to close material cycles in the battery business. This cluster is also funded with around 30 million euros.

The “Analytics/Quality Assurance” (AQua) cluster focuses on continuously improving the performance of batteries while at the same time ensuring a long service life and a high level of safety. This cluster will receive funding of around 20 million euros.

The new clusters deal with future topics in battery research, ranging from production and usage concepts to recycling and quality assurance. RWTH Aachen University is involved in three of the four new clusters.

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National academies support European climate protection with study

July 14th, 2020 | by
The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, National Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech) and the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have presented a study. ” Energy transition 2030: Europe’s path to carbon neutrality ” aims to provide the German government, in light of its upcoming presidency of the EU Council, with a compact series of recommendations for giving the desired European energy. The ad-hoc statement was prepared by ESYS – Energy Systems of the Future, an initiative of the German Academies of Science. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer as a member of the ESYS Board of Directors and Philipp Stöcker contributed to the study.

Contest 5G.NRW

June 17th, 2020 | by

State government supports 13 outstanding 5G projects with up to 26 million Euro

The new 5G generation of mobile communications not only enables higher data transmission rates, but also real-time transmission and the networking of machines, systems and robots in industry.
The Department of Information Theory and Systematic Design of Communication Systems ISEK has developed the project 5GComet, a real-time capable 5G-end-to-end infrastructure between field and cloud level for industrial applications in cooperation with Fraunhofer IPT, WZL and other partners. The aim is to achieve a cross-process network of smart workpieces, machines and services for intelligent applications to control and optimize production.
As one of 13 innovative projects, 5GComet is being funded with a total of 26 million euros.

Source: Wirtschaft.NRW

Success for RWTH’s Online Teaching Strategy

June 8th, 2020 | by

The NRW Ministry of Culture and Science and Digitale Hochschule NRW provide funding for five RWTH remote learning projects.

Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer has a leading role in the project “EOR4EE – Technologies for the Energy Turnaround”, one of a total of five projects at RWTH Aachen University which is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science as well as the Digital University NRW, among others. In the “” funding line, 18 concepts for digital teaching and learning formats are funded with a total of 10.5 million euros over a time span of two years.

OER is the abbreviation for Open Education Resources – freely accessible e-learning formats such as online courses, learning videos, podcasts, or virtual laboratories. Funded are joint projects between at least three universities, as the goal of the initiative is to promote inter-university collaboration. RWTH is involved in the following five projects, in three of them as project-leading institution:

  • DecisionMaster 2020 – Training Tool for Clinical Decision Making for the Implementation of the National Catalogue of Learning Objectives in Medicine (NKLM) (Professor Martin Georg Häusler, Martin Lemos)
  • Digital Learning Environment – Structural Analysis – as a Holistic Concept (Professor Sven Klinkel, Professor Volker Rexing)
  • Hydro OER – Hydrology Repository (Professor Heribert Nacken, Dr. Malte Persike)
  • Digital Histo Atlas NRW (Professor Thomas Pufe, Professor Cordian Beyer)
  • EOR4EE – Technologies for the Energy Transition (Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer)

Among the participating universities, RWTH Aachen University was granted the largest number of projects with project leader status. According to Professor Aloys Krieg, Vice Rector for Teaching, this success highlights the great acceptance of free online formats at the University: “This shows that we have been driving forward the digitalization of teaching and learning for some time. The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated how important it is to develop digital course offerings for securing student success”.

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Good Education of RWTH Students in CHE Ranking

June 2nd, 2020 | by

CHE Ranking 2020

The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) examined the study programmes industrial engineering and business administration and rated the training as very good.

The CHE ranking showed again this year that the students at the RWTH Aachen are very well educated. The subjects Business Administration and Industrial Engineering and Management were examined in the four disciplines Civil Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials and Process Engineering. The results base on how students evaluate their course programme. Afterwards, all results are put in relation with the results of other universities.

The ranking is based on surveys of students regarding the equipment of the university and the teaching staff. The students of the RWTH Aachen University were particularly satisfied with the organization of their courses of study as well as the equipment of the university. The study situation also seemed to be good for the students; the Industrial Engineering and Management with a specialisation in Electrical Power Engineering achieved a 2.1. In addition, the students appreciated the good support they received at the start of their studies in the form of advice, tutorials and courses to build up competence.

The high number of students in the Industrial Engineering and Management department who complete their studies in a maximum of one semester more than the standard period of study is particularly noteworthy.

Ventilator for intensive care in crisis areas

May 13th, 2020 | by

Ventilator for intensive care in emergency areas: humanitarian project of members and partners of the RWTH Aachen

Picture of Prototype Peoples Ventilator

Copyright: AC4health gUG

  The corona pandemic poses enormous challenges for medical care even in highly developed countries. Catastrophic conditions are looming in developing countries. Against this background, employees, colleagues, and alumni of the RWTH Aachen University around Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Steffen Leonhardt have come together to develop a ventilator that is medically suitable for ventilating COVID-19 patients in intensive care units over several weeks. Thus, this initiative complements the numerous other projects and devices aimed at short-term emergency care, e.g. on the way to the hospital. The PV1000 device is being developed in cooperation with intensive care physicians at the Aachen University Hospital, taking into account aspects relevant to approval. To finance and manufacture the devices, which are to be made available free of charge to hospitals in emergency areas, the non-profit association AC4Health was founded, which will accept donations, components, and cooperation offers with immediate effect.

The disease COVID-19 leads to various supply shortages around the globe, which motivates more and more people to alleviate the need through voluntary work. Thus, five weeks ago, around the experienced developers of respiratory equipment, Professor Steffen Leonhardt and Dr. Marian Walter, not only numerous employees of their own chair for medical information technology (MedIT), but also of the chair for computer science 11, the chair for medical technology (mediTEC), the institute for motor vehicles (ika) and the business fka GmbH gathered. They all share the goal of making a life-saving contribution to mastering this global medical challenge by developing and manufacturing a ventilator for intensive care medicine.

The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) is also involved in the production of complex components, and the Institute for Fluid Power Systems and Controls (IfAS) provides advice. Furthermore, the Clinic for Operative Intensive Medicine and Intermediate Care (OIM) is involved with regard to medical usability and testing. Operationally, the companies Mindmotiv GmbH supports Mindmotiv in testing and SurgiTAIX AG in quality management to ensure the highest possible degree of maturity of the ventilator.

The intensive voluntary work, also on weekends, has paid off: at least one technical solution variant has been developed and tested for all relevant components of the PV1000 ventilator, so that the overall concept is now being defined, taking into account the availability of critical components. The project has now entered the operational phase, as the specification has been finalized, components procured and the actual device can be designed and built. For this purpose, the company AC4health gUG was founded last Thursday, which fulfills the strict criteria of a non-profit organization to enable the realization of the device on the basis of donations and grants. In the first step, 1,000 devices are to be built and shipped to affected regions with political or private support.

Further information on this humanitarian project can be found on the product website of the PV1000

Professor Dr. Haris Gačanin is the newest Professor at our Faculty

May 7th, 2020 | by
Prof. Dr. Haris Gacanin with Rektor Prof. Rüdiger

Copyright: Press Department of RWTH

In April 2020, Professor Dr. Haris Gačanin joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University as a head of the Chair for Distributed Signal Processing and as Co-director of the Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems.

After receiving MS.c. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tohoku University in Japan, he joined the university as a Research Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science and later as an Assistant Professor. Before joining our faculty, he was a Department Head at Nokia Bell Labs and adjunct teaching professor at KU Leuven in Belgium.

Now, we are proud to welcome him as a member of our faculty.

I feel privileged and honored to become a professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH. With new colleagues and brilliant students I will strive to establish our faculty as the leader in next-generation communication technologies and create a world where everyone, information, and goods can be accessed anywhere in an ultra-real experience without being constrained to space and time.

– Professor Dr. Haris Gačanin