Degree Dr rer nat, Dr Ing Course language(s) Most courses specific to the GRK1564 are held in English. Admission semester Any time Beginning Rolling admission Programme duration Six semesters Application deadline We have a rolling admission process, so applicants can always apply. Please see http://www.grk1564.uni-siegen.de for further information. Course content Imaging technologies are one of the most important cross-cutting technologies for national and international research activities, high-tech industries and information societies. This is especially true for civil security applications. Here, the primary challenge is the development of highly automated systems, which take into account the results of the ongoing ethical and legal discussions regarding this topic.
The field of research within the Research Training Group 1564 is structured according to application scenarios and fundamental techniques. There are close methodological interconnections and significant synergies between the individual projects which obey this structure.
New civil security applications require enhanced imaging functionalities, which, as a consequence, require more powerful and efficient concepts regarding both sensor concepts and sensor data processing methodologies. The focal idea of the Research Training Group is to seize recent developments in imaging for different modalities in order to facilitate innovative approaches to the field of civil security applications. The focused civil security scenarios include person detection and biometry, material detection and analysis, as well as scene observation. The targeted enhancements of civil security systems address further functionalities and increased robustness which can be achieved due to the particular orthogonality and redundancy of the information delivered by the individual sensor modalities.
Sensor data processing is the focal point for the Research Training Group, bringing together the potential of the new sensor technologies and the specific needs of the targeted civil security application. Within this scope, various data processing and information extraction concepts will be comprehensively investigated. Sensor models, as part of the sensor development, deliver essential sensor characteristics as a basis for developing efficient sensor data processing techniques.
The Research Training Group addresses new sensor concepts, especially distance range sensors based on Photonic Mixing Device (PMD) technology, enhanced THz-sensors and multi-spectral VIS-sensors (colorimetric arrays).
For efficient and robust information extraction for new sensor modalities, new mono-modal techniques will be developed. Multi-modal approaches, on the other hand, aim at the registration, merging and representation of data delivered by several diversified sensor modalities. This also covers cross-modal methods which deal with the relation of specific information between different modalities. For many of the research projects specific illumination set-ups and their influence on imaging are important issues. Furthermore, the addressed civil security applications often require fast processing of large amounts of data.
Educational organisation The main objective of the Research Training Group is to ensure an efficient education of the PhD students in combination with high-quality research. Therefore, several structural elements are introduced, ensuring an attractive and interdisciplinary research environment for the research training group. The key idea is to provide optimised support in the propagation of essential knowledge with respect to the individual research topic. This is achieved by a tight integration of the students into the research groups as well by a strong and active network among the members of the Research Training Group and with the respective national and international research communities.
Concerning the structure and realisation of the training programme, the engaged project leaders have long-term experience in structural graduation training programmes like MOSES and IPP hosted at the Center for Sensor Systems (ZESS).
The curricular programme of the Research Training Group covers the following modules, held mainly in English:
- Introductory Courses, chosen as complementary to the individual pre-knowledge within the interdisciplinary research topics
- Research-Oriented Courses focusing on individual research interests
- Soft Skills Courses, such as language courses
- Workshops dealing with ethical and social aspects
- College Seminar, mainly held by invited guest professors
- Doctoral Seminar for interdisciplinary cooperation and monitoring of progress
Study abroad unit(s) The GRK1564 programme includes possibilities to undertake research activities abroad. Research fellowships for the USA and Europe are available (maximum six months per year). General promotion / funding German Research Foundation Course-related German language courses Yes Course objectives The Research Training Group is designed to bring forth young academics as future scientists and leaders in an innovative industry. The Research Training Group strengthens the human resource basis by addressing all research topics on both a conceptual and a detailed technological level. The practical and scientific realisation of prototypes forms the foundation for a promising career in research facilities and in the safety industry, as well as in the aircraft, automotive, automation or pharmaceutical industries.
Tuition fees There is no tuition fee. Enrolment fees Approx. 250 EUR per semester for a public transport ticket (valid for six months in the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia), social services contribution and students' activities Costs of living The city of Siegen is one of the German cities with very moderate costs for accommodation, but it has excellent living conditions. Living expenses including accommodation and health insurance range from 650 to 750 EUR per month. Funding opportunities within the university Programme members are employed as scientific staff members at the University of Siegen.
Language requirements Applicants must provide proof of their German and English skills. There are no formal requirements, however. Applicants can attend German classes to improve their language skills. Academic requirements Master's degree or equivalent Where to apply Universität Siegen
Computer Graphics and Multimedia Systems Group
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kolb
Arrival support Personal support after arrival is provided by the staff of the Department International Student Affairs, a tutor, or an experienced programme member. Services and support for international students All international students are supported by the Department International Student Affairs, a tutor, and experienced members of the individual programmes. Accommodation German universities usually do not have campus systems like the universities in some other countries where students can find accommodation directly on university property. Therefore, students must find rooms on their own. Rooms in private accommodation cost 280 EUR on average. Rooms in student residences cost between 220 and 400 EUR. Direct support for finding suitable accommodation is offered by the Department International Student Affairs.
Detailed information concerning general accommodation can be found at:
Our International Office (http://www.uni-siegen.de/isa) will also provide you with further information about private accommodation.
Course website www.grk1564.uni-siegen.de About the university "Designing and shaping a humane future" is the slogan of the University of Siegen. This motto is realised in four large faculties offering a variety of degree programmes such as Bachelor's, Master's, structured doctoral training programmes, and also teacher training programmes as well as complementary additional courses in the form of interdisciplinary cooperation. The University of Siegen has committed itself to interdisciplinary research that focuses on central scientific research institutions, e.g., the "Interdisciplinary Center for Sensor Systems" (http://www.zess.uni-siegen.de), the "Research Center for Micro- and Nanochemistry and Engineering" (http://www.uni-siegen.de/cu/), etc. Science, research, and doctoral training and teaching and training of Bachelor's and Master's students form a synergetic relationship that offers students the full scope of scientific education in a vast area of thrilling applications in science and industry.
Numerous facilities maintained by the university, the library, and the Centre for Information and Media Technology (ZIMT), for example, help to provide students with a very good study environment. The sports and recreation department (ZB-SB) offers an extensive programme with over 50 different kinds of sporting activities each semester. The "Studentenwerk" (Student Services) is responsible for providing accommodation and catering for the students in Siegen. The Department International Student Affairs helps international students with all organisational problems concerning their studies.
Total number of students 19,000 Total percentage of international students 12 % About the city The city of Siegen (http://www.siegen.de) is located between Frankfurt and Cologne, about one and a half hours by train from both cities. Siegen is home to approx. 105,000 inhabitants. The history of the Siegerland as an area of mining and iron processing dates back to the sixth century BC. The mining industry and iron production influenced the history of the city from the Middle Ages up to the 1960s. Nowadays, with the presence of many high-tech companies, the innovative structural change that has taken place is obvious.
The district Siegen-Wittgenstein is characterised by its excellent quality of life. It is the most densely forested area in all of Germany and offers hundreds of miles of hiking paths.
The city of Siegen is the birthplace of the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens.
Siegen offers a variety of leisure activities: cultural events (e.g., the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, the new Apollo Theatre), shopping in various parts of town, or sporting activities in the beautiful countryside.