Academics of Summer & Winter School
Outstanding international researchers and professors are part of the Summer and Winter Schools at TUM.
Academics at the Winter School
Prof. Dr. Bernd Radig
Prof. Radig is a renowned computer scientist and former professor of image analysis and knowledge-based systems at TUM Department of Informatics. His main research area is the field of artificial intelligence, specifically mechanical perception to understand images and image sequences. He has also been honoured with the TUM Emeritus of Excellence title for his outstanding scientific achievements.
Prof. Radig is the scientific coordinator of our Winter School Program.
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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer
Prof. Pfeffer is Professor of Computational Social Science & Big Data at the Bavarian School of Public Policy for the Technical University Munich.
His teaching focus lies at the interface between social and computer science and includes the analysis of large and dynamic social, political and economic systems as well as the methodological, algorithmic and theoretic challenges that result from these analyses.
He studied Computer Engineering at the TU Wien where he obtained his doctoral degree in Business Informatics in 2010 after ten years of work experience in consulting firms and non-university research facilities. Afterwards he worked as a Postdoc at the Carnagie Mellon University, until he was appointed Assistant Research Professor in 2012.
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Prof. Gudrun Klinker
Prof. Klinker is professor of augmented reality at TUM since 2000. She is also a founding member of the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) and has been a member of various program committees, such as VR, VRST, 3DUI and UIST.
Here research eximines the link between augmented reality and wearable and ubiquitous computing.In 2010 she received the Robert-Sauer prize from the "Bayrische Akademie der Wissenschaften" for her work.
Prof. Klinker studied computer science at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen and the University of Hamburg. She obtained her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) in computer science, specializing in color image processing. From 1989 to 1994, she worked at the Cambridge Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston. In 1995, she commenced her research on the new discipline of augmented reality at the European Computer-Industry Research Center lab in Munich and the Fraunhofer Institute for Visual Computing.
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Dr. phil. Jan-Hendrik Passoth
Dr. Passoth is Research Group Leader of the Post/Doc Lab Digital Media at the MCTS at TUM since 2015.
His research areas include Science & Technology Studies: Digital Transformations, Data Society, Algorithmic Culture, Sociology of Science: Data Science, Computer Science, Social and Political Science, Social Theory: Practice Theory, Actor-Network-Theory, Pragmatism and Qualitative Research (Collaborative & Political Ethnography, Digital Methods).
He studied sociology, computer science and politcal science at Hamburg University, where he wrote his dissertation on „Technology and Society“ in Sociology in 2007. From 2003-2006 he was a researcher for the Department of Social Sciences and Theoretical Sociology at Hamburg University and from 2006-2012 he was Senior Researcher in Science, Technology and Media for a working group at the University of Bielefeld. Between 2012 and 2014 he received his Post-Doc at the Graduiertenkolleg „Innovationsgesellschaft heute“ at the TU Berlin.
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers
Since 2009 Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers holds the chair for Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition at TUM.
The objective of his research is to improve the ability of machines to analyze and interpret image data. His research focuses on convex optimization methods, partial differential equations, graph theory algorithms and statistical inference.
His work received many awards, including the 'Best Paper of the Year 2003', the 'Olympus Award 2004' and the '2005 UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research'. Professor Cremers has served as associate editor for the International Journal of Computer Vision, the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and the SIAM Journal of Imaging Sciences. Among many other awards and achievements he received the Leibniz Award 2016, the biggest award in German academia.
Daniel Cremers studied Mathematics, Physics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Heidelberg. In 2002 he obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim. Subsequently he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and one year as a permanent researcher at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ. From 2005 until 2009 he was associate professor at the University of Bonn, Germany.
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Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer
In 2012 Professor Albu-Schäffer was appointed professor at TUM in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
His research field is in the area of design, sensor based programming and control of complex robotic systems for manipulation and locomotion. In particular, he focuses on robots and algorithms for direct, safe and intuitive interaction with humans and unknown environments. He received several awards for his work including the IEEE King-Sun Fu Best Paper Award for the Transactions on Robotics (2012) and the EU-Robotics TechTransfer Award (2011).
He completed his studies in electrical engineering at TU Timisoara in Romania in 1993 and obtained his PhD in 2002 from TUM. Since 1995 he has been a researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where he is head of the Department of Mechatronic Components and Systems since 2009.
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Dr.-Ing. Gunther Reinhart
Prof. Reinhart and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Zäh serve as co-directors of the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) in Garching and Augsburg. Since January 1, 2009, he has been Head of the Fraunhofer IWU project group for resource-efficient mechatronic processing machines in Augsburg.
His chair conducts research in the field's of assembly technology, automation and robotics as well as production management and logistics.
He has received the European Industrial Ethernet Award (2010) and the "Otto-Kienzle-Gedenkmünze der Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Produktionstechnik (1991)" for his work.
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Prof. Dr. Carsten Steger
Prof. Steger is Honorary Professor at TUM since 2011. Since 2001 he has been teaching machine vision at TUM’s Department of Informatics where he holds lectures and runs lab courses.
The research activities of Professor Steger currently comprise all aspects of machine vision, in particular object recognition and feature detection.
With three colleagues from his Department he founded MVTec Software GmbH in 1996, a leading international manufacturer of software for machine vision. At MVTec he is general manager (Prokurist) and head of research and development.
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Prof. Dr. Burkhard Rost
Prof. Rost accepted an appointment to the Chair of Bioinformatics at TUM in 2009. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and has been President of the International Society for Computational Biology since 2007.
He conducts research on bioinformatics and computer-aided biology, with a focus on predicting the functions and structures of proteins and genes.
After studying physics, history and philosophy at the Universities of Giessen and Heidelberg, Professor Rost received his doctorate at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in 1994. Following research stays as well as a brief period in industry at LION Bioscience in Heidelberg, he assumed a professorship at Columbia University in 1998.
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Arndt Bode
Prof. Bode accepted the Chair of Computer Engineering and Computer Organization at TUM in 1987. From 1999 to 2008, he was vice-president and CIO of TUM. From 2008 till March 2017 Prof. Bode was chairman of the board of the Leibniz Data Center at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He is the editor-in-chief of “Informatik-Spektrum”, the journal from the German “Gesellschaft für Informatik”.
He conducts research in the field of computer engineering. He focuses on the design, implementation and use of parallel and distributed computer architectures and numerical simulation.
For his work he received the Wolfgang Finkelnburg-Habilitationspreis (1985).
After studying computer science at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, he received his doctorate in 1975.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach
Prof. Steinbach was appointed to the position of assistant professor in the newly created Department of Media Technology at TUM in 2002. Since 2009, he has held the Chair of Media Technology there. As the Foreign Affairs Officer of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, he is responsible for the international relations, university partnerships and exchange program of his faculty.
Prof. Steinbach and his team research fundamental methods for audio-visual-haptic information processing and transmission.
His work has been awarded several times, he is IEEE Fellow for contributions to visual and haptic communications (2015).
After studying electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, the University of Essex and the ESIEE in Paris, he was awarded a doctorate in 1999 at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 2000 to 2002, he conducted research at Stanford University, initially as a post-doc and later as a consulting assistant professor.
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Dr. Hao Shen
Dr. Hao Shen is a Postdoc at the Technical University of Munich where he works within the Assitent Professorship of Geometric Optimization and Machine Learning at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. After his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the Xi'an Jiaotong University he continued his studies at the University of Wollogong with his Master in Computer Studies and his Master in Computer Science. From 2013 to 2015 he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Innovation & Business Creation at the Technical University of Munich.
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Prof. Dr. Matthias Althoff
Prof. Dr. Althoff has been professor of cyber-physical systems at the Technical University of Munich since 2013. His research interest lie in systems with computations that are closely connected with their physical behavior. These systems require an integrated approach applying methods from computer science and engineering.
Professor Althoff studied mechatronics and information technology at TUM and received a PhD from the same university in 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was a post-doctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Between 2012 and 2013 he headed a research group focusing on automation systems at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, where he was an assistant professor.
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Academics at Finding Nano
Prof. Dr. Matthew Grayson
Matthew Grayson is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, US.
He obtained his PhD at Princeton University and was Research Associate at Technical University of Munich and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany.
His research and teaching focus includes Semiconductor Nanosystems. In 2008, he received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, and in 2012 he received the Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Award.
Prof. Grayson is the overall academic coordinator as well as initiator of the Finding Nano program.
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Prof. Dr. Gloria Kim
Gloria Kim is a Clinical Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, US. She is also a courtesy faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.
She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta.
Her research and teaching focus includes biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, nanotechnology, and engineering education.
At Finding Nano, Prof. Kim is the academic leader of the NanoTECH module.
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Dr. Gregor Koblmueller
Gregor Koblmueller works at the Walter-Schottky-Institute (WSI) in Munich/ Garching, a center for nanotechnology and nanomaterials at TUM.
He received his doctorate in Technical Physics at Technical University of Vienna and gained a postdoctoral position at the Materials Department of UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Dr. Koblmueller is considered one of the leading material scientists worldwide. In 2015, he was awarded the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences for his major work on the realization of Semiconductor nanowire heterostructures and their use for next generation electronic and photonic devices.
At Finding Nano, Gregor Koblmueller is the academic leader of the NanoScience lectures.
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Prof. Dr. Alessio Gagliardi
Prof. Gagliardi is Assistant Professor for simulation of nanosystems for energy conversion at TUM.
He received his doctorate at the Department of Physics from the University of Paderborn, Germany, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Bremen Center for Computational Material Science, Germany and in Rome at the University of Tor Vergata.
His research focus includes nanostructured devices for energy harvesting.
At Finding Nano, Prof. Gagliardi lectures on nanoelectronics as part of the NanoScience module.
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Dr. Ursula Wurstbauer
Dr. Wurstbauer is a member of scientific staff at Walter-Schottky-Institute (WSI) in Munich/ Garching as well as at the Department of Physics at TUM.
She received her doctorate from the University of Regensburg, and worked as research assistant at the Department of Physics and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at Columbia University, USA. She was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.
Her research and teaching focus includes nano-optics and two-dimensional materials.
Dr. Wurstbauer teaches several lectures at Finding Nano as part of the NanoScience module.
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Dr. Ing. Markus Becherer
Dr. Becherer works as a researcher at the Institute for Nanoelectronics at TUM.
He received his doctorate from Technical University of Munich. His dissertation "Nanomagnetic Logic in Focused Ion Beam Engineered Co/Pt Multilayer Films" was awarded with the Kurt-Fischer-Prize which is granted for outstanding graduate theses.
His research and teaching focus includes nanomagnetic logic and microelectronics.
At Finding Nano, Dr. Becherer is the academic supervisor for the lab projects.
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