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The department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering is home to programs including Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Intelligent Mobile Systems and the MSc in Data Engineering. Information influences the life of the individual and the cohesion of societies and cultures in many different ways. Expertise in these disciplines contribute to Jacobs focus on Mobility.
On November 5th the hackathon "JacobsHack!" will take place at Jacobs University Bremen for the eighth time. The programming competition is aimed at students from all over Germany and Europe. In addition to interesting insights, valuable networking opportunities, and helpful tips, there are also exciting prizes to be won.
Black Pearl – the team made up of seven bachelor students from Jacobs University, along with two master students from the University of Pisa, placed third in the overall ranking of the 2022 RAMI (Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection Competition). As first-time participants they were also awarded with the Best Rookie Award for their success. The competition was held at the NATO STO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, in July 2022.
Priority Programs of the German Research Foundation (DFG) are intended to provide tangible impetus for the further development of science in important topics. Two researchers from Jacobs University Bremen are involved in a newly launched program on machine learning for molecular systems in physics and chemistry: Peter Zaspel, Professor of Computer Science, and Ulrich Kleinekathöfer, Professor of Theoretical Physics. This also gives them access to a nationwide network of experts for topical exchange.
The world is in the midst of the digital transformation. Skills in dealing with data are becoming increasingly important; they are a key competence and in enormous demand in all areas of society. Jacobs University Bremen is taking this development into account by offering new study programs. From the fall semester of 2022, the Bachelor's degree in "Computer Science & Software Engineering" and the two minors "Data Science" and "Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Management" belong to the university’s study offer.
It was always clear to him that he would do "something with technology," said Nicklas Vorrink, "I love technology.” Only what that particular ‘something’ could be, he didn't know for a long time. That changed when he was given a pair of virtual reality goggles by a company after an internship- "It's such cool technology," he exclaimed. Now Nicklas, who is studying Industrial Engineering & Management, founded a Virtual Reality (VR) Lab at Jacobs University Bremen. He wants to show students and companies how they can use the technology for their needs.
An estimated 2,000 languages are spoken on the African continent, more than in any other region of the world. The digital world, however, does not reflect their diversity; it is dominated by English. To change this, Bonaventure Dossou, a Master's student in Data Engineering at Jacobs University Bremen, together with his friend Chris Emezue developed a translation and speech recognition software for Fon, a language spoken in his home country of Benin. In addition, they also developed MMTAfrica, a multilingual machine translation for six African languages. Now they are following up with Lanfrica (https://lanfrica.com), a central database for African languages. The basic idea of Lanfrica has already been awarded in a UNESCO startup competition last year.
The systems have to be robust and reliable, able to cope with all kinds of adversity, such as poor visibility. "There are many similarities between underwater robotics and the requirements of waste management," says Dr. Szymon Krupinski. No longer dedicated to deep-sea exploration, Krupinski, Arturo Gomez Chavez and Dr. Christian Müller are using their expertise to increase recycling rates. The scientists, who share a common history at Jacobs University Bremen, want to modernize waste management with their startup "WasteAnt" and contribute to waste prevention.
Computer Science and Software Engineering is the career-oriented Master program that Jacobs University Bremen and its cooperation partner, the Swiss Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT), will jointly offer in a hybrid format starting in the fall semester of 2022/23. The two-year Master of Science will cover knowledge from the fields of Computer Science and Software Engineering, as well as Business and Project Management. The application deadline for international applicants with a good knowledge of Computer Science is June 1, 2022.
The first 5G networks in Germany have only just gone live, and the scientific community, as well as industry, are already looking at the sixth generation of mobile communications. In a joint project, the technology company Continental and Jacobs University are researching future applications of 6G for automotive connectivity and autonomous driving. The project will initially run for three years and create three new positions for PhD students at Jacobs University.
Whether it's changes in the climate, land use or the marine environment, the European Earth Observation Program "Copernicus" delivers a vast amount of data every day with its satellites. The "Centurion" research project, which is funded by the European Union, will use specific big data technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to make the findings more usable and develop new applications. On the German side, Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen, is significantly involved in the research and development of the project.
It was a very emotional moment for her. After all, it was not only geographically a long way from Nepal to the stage in Dresden Drishti Maharjan stood on. In her school, she had often been the only girl to attend inclination courses in natural sciences. And now she accepted the prize for the 3rd place in the Zeiss Women Award 2021. A competition that honors outstanding female students in subjects such as computer science or computer engineering.
COVID-19 has helped online teaching make a breakthrough at many universities. But how do teachers cope with the pandemic in practice-oriented courses such as robotics, where working in the lab has been considered essential and indispensable until now? This is what two scientists at Jacobs University Bremen have been investigating. The work of Andreas Birk, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and psychologist Dora Simunovic was recently published in the "IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine".
The more reliable data is available on past climate periods, the more accurate climate change models can be. Scientists at Jacobs University Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) aim to use new machine learning methods to uncover climate information hidden in sediment cores. To this end, a doctoral position was created at the Helmholtz School for Marine Data Science.
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is one of Japan's central research institutions and is responsible for implementing the country's science and technology policy. In cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the JST is funding three research projects in Germany, including one at Jacobs University Bremen. The project, led by Giuseppe Thadeu Freitas de Abreu, Professor of Electrical Engineering, focuses on the realization of secure wireless networks.
COVID-19 is a driver of innovation in university teaching; Francesco Maurelli, Professor of Robotics at Jacobs University, is convinced of that. Students in the Robotics and Intelligent Systems program at Jacobs University Bremen can now use their robots for autonomous driving at a distance – from their rooms, for example. Professor Maurelli recently held a digital talk about adaptations to teaching due to the virus at the 12th International Conference on Robotics in Education in Bratislava, Slovakia.