Congratulations on passing the doctoral examination

We congratulate Mr. Jundong Zhou, who successfully completed his doctorate as an external doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Stork. With his research topic "Development of a novel Directional Backlight for Multi-user Display Applications" he has made a significant contribution to his field.

The autonomous mobility of the future is the focus of UpGrade Mobility 2024

The annual winter school of the graduate school UpGrade Mobility, a networking event of the KIT Mobility Systems Center, took place from February 12 to 16, 2024. It offered a platform for doctoral students from various mobility disciplines to expand their knowledge, exchange ideas and collaborate in interdisciplinary workshops. An excursion through ITIV's research labs allowed participants to learn about various research topics in the field of autonomous mobility of the future through four captivating project presentations.

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Machine learning and artificial intelligence - learning in application-oriented projects

The topics of machine learning and artificial intelligence are playing an increasingly important role in our society. The Laboratory for Applied Machine Learning Algorithms (LAMA) has been attended by students since 2019 and was developed by ITIV. Here, bachelor students of electrical engineering gain a basic understanding of methods and tools in the field of machine learning, practice practical challenges and find innovative solutions, which were presented last week. After an oral colloquium and a general assessment, the lab ends, which often provides a good transition to final theses and internships in further studies.

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Seamless Engineering - the Teaching Module with Systematic Development in a Simulation Environment

In 2024, the Seamless Engineering course was once again able to teach students on the MIT Master's degree program about robotics hardware (gripper robots, AGVs) and the associated software tools (Robot Operating System) using a practical logistics problem. The final presentation of the group results took place yesterday on the IFL's test area: a fictitious customer order for which various blocks representing the fictitious customer had to be picked up in the developed material flow system and transported to a storage box at the end of the material flow. The task was successfully completed by all participants. Next year, Prof. Eric Sax's team and Prof. Kai Furmans' team (IFL) will again be coordinating the teaching module.

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The Effects of Digital Transformation on Vehicle Development

Henning Kemper and Jan Stehle from IPG Automotive GmbH were in conversation with Prof. Eric Sax and interviewed him about the effects of digital transformation on vehicle development.
In the interview, you can also read more about current challenges in research work, the use of systems engineering and the role of simulation.

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One location and two events - a cooperation for future prospects

ITIV was able to present itself at two events at the Balthasar Neumann School (BNS) in Bruchsal as part of the cooperation program with BNS. At the school's in-house exhibition on January 27 and as part of a lecture by Prof. Eric Sax on January 31 about studying electrical engineering and information technology at KIT, his research assistant Houssem Guissouma presented a demonstrator (ATLAS) to the students to illustrate the role of embedded systems in modern networked vehicles.

Both events were well attended and focused on the importance of digitalization and information technology for society and the economy. The students showed great interest and asked questions about studying at ETIT, internship opportunities at ITIV and the demonstrator. In terms of promoting young talent, this was a practical way of further strengthening cooperation.

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XANDAR project completion: Model-based transformations and system integration - from specification to realization

The development of embedded electronic systems for self-driving cars, autonomous air cabs and similar safety-critical applications is subject to numerous constraints. As part of the XANDAR joint project coordinated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), eight European partners have joined forces to research new approaches to tackle this complex challenge. After a three-year term, the consortium is presenting an automated tool chain that is tailored to the environment of innovative mobility solutions and supports developers in meeting important safety, security and real-time requirements. In the consortium coordinated by Prof. Becker and his research assistant Tobias Dörr, the newly developed concepts were used in particular to meet application-specific safety, security and real-time requirements.

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Latest trends & innovations in semiconductor and processor technologies at VLSID 2024 in Kolkata

From January 6 to 10, 2024, the international conference VLSID 2024 for VLSI Design and Cyber-Physical Systems took place in Kolkata, India. For over three and a half decades, it has provided a global platform for the presentation of current research results, solutions and trends within panel discussions, innovation forums and lectures. The conference was sponsored by numerous major processor and chip manufacturers with the support of representatives of the Indian state and central governments together with the VLSI Society of India (VSI).

As one of the keynote speakers for KIT, Prof. Becker presented the prospects for integrating high-performance system-on-chip (SoC) and chiplet solutions in the field of future automotive electronics, including AI components and based on the latest innovations in semiconductor technology.

With around 1,400 international participants, including numerous students, the conference was the ideal setting to present current projects and developments and also to further intensify and network the global Chipact initiatives.

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Mobility of the Future: Regional Government Informs Itself at KIT

"The automotive industry is currently experiencing the greatest upheaval in its history.To ensure that it remains one of our key industries and an important driver of innovation in the future, we initiated the strategic dialogue on the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg several years ago as a successful alliance between business, science and politics. A key component of this dialogue is the Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future, which was set up in order to develop new technologies together quickly and flexibly. The research projects presented today show that this has been successful. I am impressed by what KIT, the University of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and all the players involved have achieved so far in a short space of time," said Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of the State of Baden-Württemberg, during a visit on Friday, 12 January 2024.

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Professional and practical orientation for the committed promotion of young talent

Several universities, companies, career and study guidance services from the employment agency, the Chamber of Crafts and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce were invited to the first contact exchange last Wednesday at the Carl Engler School in Karlsruhe. As part of ITIV's cooperation with the school, Prof. Eric Sax and two of his doctoral students, Marco Stang and David Kraus, took part in the event, which was held under the motto: "Prospects and opportunities after the Carl Engler School - or: CES and then what?". Information talks on choosing a course of study in the context of vocational training were offered in various rooms, Prof. Sax gave a presentation on the electrical engineering/information technology course and there were information stands for individual questions in the foyer in front of the staff room.

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Another milestone in the Smart e-Meter project

At the invitation of Haramaya University in Addis Ababa, the project participants, including GIZ Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU), have now met in Ethiopia for the final workshop.  
The aim of the project is to develop and build an innovative, intelligent monitoring system that can monitor the electricity distribution network of the Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) using advanced measurement and communication technologies and the IoT (Internet of Things). 
Prof Stork is being accompanied by his research assistants Dejenie Birile Gemeda and Markus Lehner, who are checking the installation of the sensors in Harar, among other things.
The project results were presented at the workshop and practical implementation is now being planned and prepared.

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Excursion behind the scenes at the Zoological City Garden

16 members of Professor Sax's Systems Engineering working group were invited on a guided tour behind the scenes at Karlsruhe Zoological Garden.
Zoo vet Marco Roller accompanied the group for almost two hours through the depot, the surgery, the elephant enclosure and the technical area of the tropical house, where the first breeding successes (see article) could be marveled at. The day gave rise to many ideas for new final theses and projects, which will be worked on and put out to tender in the coming weeks. The cooperation has now been in place for almost two years and three theses and two internships have already been completed. Two further bachelor theses are currently in progress. If you are interested in the topics, please contact Vitus Lüntzel by email (

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ITIV congratulates Felix Reisgys on his successful doctorate

We are delighted to congratulate Felix Reisgys from Prof. Eric Sax's group of external doctoral students on his successful dissertation entitled "Credibility and use of scenario-based X-in-the-loop testing for driver assistance systems".

The dissertation presents how scenario-based testing and simulation can be integrated into existing development processes for driver assistance systems. Based on this, a process for evaluating the credibility of simulative tests of these systems by comparing them with reality is developed.


We congratulate Dr. Xiang Xie on the NAMUR Award

Xiang Xie was honoured with the NAMUR Award for his dissertation entitled "Artificial Intelligence for spectral analysis: a comprehensive framework", which was awarded "summa cum laude". In his thesis, he developed a "pioneering framework for spectral analysis based on neural networks", as Dr Dorothea Pantförder from the Technical University of Munich said in her laudatory speech.

NAMUR, the "Interessengemeinschaft Automatisierungstechnik der Prozessindustrie e.V.", is an international association of user companies. The prize for the best dissertation is endowed with €3,000. A further €5,000 (doctoral thesis) goes to the supervising chairs.


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Research meets industry - the basis for future transfer activities

The Standardized Automotive Software Workshop took place in Bad Liebenzell on 30.11.2023.
The workshop was aimed at engineers and researchers from the automotive industry as well as scientists from the Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM), particularly from the research field of software system architecture. In addition to the lively exchange in various working groups within the specialist topics and a joint lunch break, visitors could look forward to exciting keynote speeches on open source developments and standards in automotive software. Prof. Sax moderated a panel discussion in which four top-class participants from industry and research took part: Thorge Erichsen (Mercedes-Benz), Dr. Christian Müller from ZF Group, Dr. Marc Weber (Vector Informatik) and Prof. Michael Weyrich (University of Stuttgart). ITIV employees helped shape the parallel working groups in the afternoon and discussed innovative ideas.

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