Prof. Wachter-Zeh's research focuses on errors, more exactly on errors that occur during data transmission and on new methods and algorithms for avoiding and correcting such errors. These errors can occur constantly in everyday life, for example when saving files to flash drives or using digital wireless communication networks to make phone calls. Antonia Wachter-Zeh's algorithms make sure that information is protected from unauthorized access by means of encryption and is nevertheless stored correctly. These algorithms can be applied not only to classical storage media, but also to experimental methods such as storage of information in DNA.
Wachter-Zeh has been a professor at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2016. She received her position, a "Rudolf Mößbauer Professorship", as part of the TUM Faculty Tenure Track program. The TUM Mößbauer professorships are not offered for specifically defined fields of research. Instead, interested academics can apply based on their own research profiles. Prof. Wachter-Zeh's activities are supported in part by the DFG's Emmy-Noether program. She is also a fellow of the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS).
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize will be presented to Antonia Wachter-Zeh and nine other young researchers in Berlin on May 29, 2018. The award is endowed with € 20,000 and has been awarded since 1977. It is considered the most important award for young scientific talent in Germany. It is named after the atomic physicist Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, former President of the German Research Foundation and one of TUM's most prominent scientists. He developed among other things the scientific-technical concept for the first German neutron source, the FRM research reactor in Garching.
- Prof. Antonia Wachter-Zeh
- Institute for Communications Engineering
- TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Antonia Wachter-Zeh
Technical University of Munich
Institute for Communications Engineering
Tel: +49 (89) 289 - 23495