In 2013 the student robot team “B-Human” was once again world soccer champion. In a German-German final of the Standard Platform League held in Eindhoven in the Netherlands in June it beat its opponent, the Nao team HTWK from Leipzig with a score of 6:2. This was the fourth time the team from the University of Bremen became world champion in a competition that is deliberately being made more demanding from year to year.
“B-Human” is a student project of the University of Bremen and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.
In 2013 six graduates of the University received the Bremen Study Prize 2012. The association of friends of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen (“unifreunde”) has been awarding this prize for particularly outstanding dissertations and doctoral theses since 1983. Two special prizes were also awarded for doctoral theses in the fields of science and engineering studies.
The prizewinners: Dr. Sabrina Kombrink (Mathematics), Ina Votteler (Biology),
Dr. Andreas Maurer (Jurisprudence), Niklas Schmedt (Human and Health Sciences). Special Bruker Daltonik prize : Dr. Lena Wischhof (Neurobiology), special prize from the Rotary Club Bremen-Roland: Dr. James A. Collins (Geosciences).
Not one, but two prizes were won by the University spin-off enterprise “solvertec” in 2013: The business network Wissensfabrik and the business newspaper Handelsblatt presented “solvertec” with the WECONOMY prize. This makes “solvertec” Germany’s most acclaimed start-up enterprise. In addition to this, at the world’s leading high-tech exhibition CeBIT in Hanover, the new company also won the IKT Innovativ competition for start-up enterprises awarded by the German Ministry for Economy and Technology. It won the prize worth 30,000 euros for its software “Debug!t”. Founded in 2013 and located in the University of Bremen’s Technology Park, the new company solvertec GmbH provides the developers of computer chips with automation solutions that considerably speed up the process of detecting faults in software.
Dr. Reyhan Şahin was awarded the German Study Prize 2013 for her doctoral dissertation entitled “The significance of the Muslim headscarf in Germany”. Awarded by the Körber Foundation, this is one of the most generously endowed prizes for young researchers in Germany. Dr. Reyhan Şahin’s research represents the first textile semiotic study of the headscarf worn by young Muslim women in Germany.
The topic is subject of heated debate in the media and one that is also keeping the courts busy. 32-year-old Dr. Reyhan Şahin studied Philology, German Studies and Education at the University of Bremen. Her doctoral research was supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Wildgen. In June 2012 she was granted a post-doctoral scholarship within the context of the University of Hamburg’s young researcher initiative, and she is now continuing her work as a member of the Research Center for Media and Communication there.
The field of Computer Science at the University of Bremen chalked up yet another success: In 2013 a doctoral research project in the Computer Architecture Research Group led by Professor Rolf Drechsler received international acclaim. Dr. Hoang Le was honored for his doctoral thesis on improved designs of hardware/software systems.
Dr. Carina Schmitt from the Center for Social Policy was granted a scholarship from Harvard University worth 60,000 US dollars. The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship 2013/2014 will enable her to spend ten months researching at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in Harvard. The 32-year-old won this year’s prize in a multi-stage competitive call. She was selected from 19 applicants by a panel including experts from the German Academic Exchange Service.
A triumph for Master student Svetlana Korotkova from Russia: She received the DAAD Prize 2013. Every year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) selects international students who have particularly distinguished themselves at their respective universities. Svetlana Korotkova receives the prize worth 1,000 euros for her good academic achievement and an exceptionally high commitment to helping international students with children.
Turbine blades, ball bearings, crankshafts and the outer skins of aircraft hulls have to stand up to extreme pressures. This is particularly critical in the case of the surfaces and peripheral zones of such components. The more reliable and faultless these sensitive areas can be made, the longer their useful lifetime. Amidst the worldwide background of resource conservation and lightweight construction the peripheral zones of components are increasingly becoming a focus of research.
For his ground-breaking research on hardening surface layers by means of dry-ice (cyrogenic) aided deep rolling the Bremen engineer Dr.-Ing Daniel Meyer received the F. W. Taylor Medal awarded by the Collège International pour la Recherche en Productique.
In the competition “CAMPUSideen13” organized by the Bremen University initiative “BRIDGE” students and research assistants of the University of Bremen won five of the eight prizes for their innovative start-up concepts. “This is a great success for us”, says Prof. Kurosch Rezwan, the University’s Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics. “The projects show that our work is not merely an academic exercise, but that university studies are of practical use.” BRIDGE is joint program run in cooperation between the University of Bremen, the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, and the Bremer Aufbau-Bank.
Fabian Meder, who researches in the area of ceramic materials and components, received the highest international recognition for his article entitled “Protein adsorption on colloidal alumina particles functionalized with amino, carboxyl, sulfonate and phosphate groups”: He received the “Acta Student Award 2012” sponsored by the journal “Acta Biomaterialia”. This international award comes with prize money of USD 2,000 and is given each year for the best two articles appearing in the journal. “Acta Biomaterialia” is among the world’s most renowned and respected journal in the field of biomaterials. Members of the research groups led by Prof. Andreas Rosenauer (Faculty of Physics/Electrical Engineering) and Lutz Mädler (Faculty of Production Engineering) also made valuable contributions to the content of the article.
A school project run in cooperation between the engineering Collaborative Research Center “Micro Cold Forming – Processes, Characterization, Optimization” (CRC 747) and the high school in Brake near Bremen received the incentive prize Optical Technologies 2013.
The prize, which includes prize money in an amount of 1,500 euros, is awarded by the HansePhotonik association. The prizewinning school project “Seminar Laser Technology” is part of a special program for young people run within the CRC called “mikromal”, which teaches the foundations of optics and the laser technology used by the collaborative research center.
In 2013 the Bremen Engineer Prize awarded annually by the Bremer Bezirksverein, a regional branch of the VDI Association of German Engineers, went to a graduate of the University’s Faculty of Production Engineering, Lars Stahmann, for his outstanding Diplom thesis. His thesis is based on studies in the subject Production Processes in the Department of Production Engineering at the Institut für Werkstofftechnik (IWT), and describes how new saving potentials may
be realized in metal hardening processes.
A triumph for Bremen students of production engineering: In the competition “Steel Flies 2013” they took the first place with their self-made model airplane. Sixteen teams comprising a total of fifty students from seven universities had set themselves the creative task of designing and building a flying object weighing not more than 400 grams. The special extra challenge: The materials used must not contain less than 70% steel, and the size of the objects was limited to a cubic meter.
In the gas tanks of automobiles or as the raw material used to make yogurt cups and glues – mineral oil is to be found all around us in our modern everyday lives. This fossil resource is getting scarce, though, and the products made from it either take an extremely long time to degrade biologically – or not at all.
Two groups of Bremen high-school students set themselves the task of coming to grips with this problem and submitted entries in the state-wide “Jugend forscht” competition [a German youth science competition]. The teams from the schools Schulzentrum Rübekamp and Kippenberg Gymnasium developed synthetic materials made from corn starch and gum arabic, as well as a glue made from algae. This brought them the special prize within the “Be a World Rescuer” initiative launched by the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Production Engineering – Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering.
Vanessa Gartelmann, Martin Krikken, Sina-Maria Rugen and Mihaela Korte: These are the names of the four young researchers who were awarded the wiwib e.V. Study Prize 2013 for their outstanding theses on the topic of medium-sized business. The prize giving ceremony took place in the historical Schütting building in the presence of Christoph Weiss, President of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, Prof. Kurosch Rezwan, Vice Rector of the University of Bremen, and Martin Günthner, Bremen Senator for the Economy, Labor and the Ports. The prize includes a total of 6,000 euros.
In November 2013 the Bremen computer scientists Dr. Stephan Eggersglüß, Dr. Robert Wille and Professor Rolf Drechsler travelled to San Jose in California to receive the “Best Paper Award” granted by the “International Conference on Computer-Aided Design” (ICCAD). In their paper the three co-authors from the German Center for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Bremen (Research Group Computer Architecture) presented new methods for testing digital circuits used in manufacturing. The award comes with prize money of USD 6,000. In the past this award has almost without exception been granted solely to US-American researchers at top US universities.
Using a chemical reaction to propel a model vehicle over a specified route and braking after exactly nine meters: That is the goal set by “ChemCar” – a student car race of a very special kind. There is also particular emphasis on the environmental friendliness of the products used to create the chemical reaction. Innovation, realization, and presentation all contribute to the overall assessment.
The 8th Chem-Car competition took place recently in Bruchsal on the occasion of the annual meeting of the expert committee for process, apparatus and systems engineering. Students Fabian Pille, Bennet Brüns and Sven Wittfoth took first place and took away the prize of 2,000 euros. Their idea: An engine that functions as a closed system on the basis of overpressure produced by mixing baking powder and vinegar.
“Superfinishing” is the name of a precision grinding process used to finish the surfaces of high-precision gear wheels: It can be compared with the effect that chewing gum containing micro granular has on whitening our teeth. Gear wheels which shine like a mirror are a visible sign of high quality: The smoother the surfaces of gear wheels are, the longer their industrial life. In December 2012 the Bremen young researcher André Wagner received the Hans Winter Prize awarded by the research association Antriebstechnik e.V. for his research work in the field of precision grinding with elastically bound grinding discs. The Hans Winter Prize is a celebrated instrument for the promotion of young researchers.
Daniel Schneider, a research associate at the Bremen Institute of Structural Mechanics and Production Facilities (bime), received an award for the outstanding presentation of his research results. The 32-year-old received the “Best Presentation Award” during a two-day conference on life-cycle optimized production development at the renowned University of Cranfield near London. The Bremen researcher presented the publication entitled “Angewandte Lagerbestandsplanung für reparierbare Ersatzteile in der Luftfahrt” [Applied warehousing planning for repairable spare parts in aviation], written while he was working at bime.