DFG Establishes Priority Programme

The University of Bremen has once again been included in the selection of new Priority Programmes by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The faculty of Production Engineering is one of the six new programs selected from a total of 33 initiatives submitted.

The six new collaborations will receive a total of around 44 million euros for an initial period of three years. The Priority Programmes are intended to examine the scientific basis of particularly current or emerging areas of research. All programs are highly interdisciplinary and feature innovative methods.

Using Drones to Measure Things When It’s Difficult or Dangerous for People

According to William Thomson, “to measure is to know,” which is why advances in measurement technology continuously shape our societal progress. “Measurement technology on flying platforms” – that is the name of the new Bremen Priority Programme that Professor Andreas Fischer will coordinate at the Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ) at the University of Bremen. The program seeks to understand the untapped potential and the limitations of drone-based measurement systems. The aim is to enable new measurements with mobile, flying platforms and to maximize measurement accuracy.
The goal is for quantitative measurements with uncertainties to provide valid data, for example to ensure the safety of structural and transport infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and wind turbines in the future and to enable monitoring of the pollution of soils, rivers, and the environment.

The Priority Programme will consist of around 16 scientific subprojects that bring together the expertise of different fields of research – on measurement principles and methods, sensors, signal processing and communication, as well as the evaluation of measurement quality and resources.


Further Information:



Professor Andreas Fischer
University of Bremen
Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ)
Email: andreas.fischerprotect me ?!bimaqprotect me ?!.de
Tel.: +49 421 218-64600

A DFG Priority Programme is investigating the potential of future drone-based measurement systems to be able to measure with maximum accuracy even in hard-to-reach locations such as offshore wind turbines.