Research competences of the Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilität completely filled

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The President of TU Ilmenau, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler (left), presents Dr Thomas Bachmann with the certificate of appointment as Professor of Automotive Engineering.

With today's (20.12.2021) appointment of Thomas Bachmann as Professor of Automotive Engineering, the central scientific core competencies of the Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilität (ThIMo) are once again occupied. After the departure of the ThIMo founder and head of the Group Automotive Engineering, Prof. Klaus Augsburg, all five research areas of the Innovation Center, which is located at the TU Ilmenau, are once again under excellent scientific leadership with Prof. Bachmann: Drive Technology, Automotive Engineering, Radio and Information Technology, Plastics Technology and Lightweight Construction as well as Power Electronics and Functional Integration.power electronics and functional integration.Since its foundation 10 years ago, the Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilitätwith its modern research infrastructure has advanced the transfer of research, technology and innovation in the mobility sector throughout Germany, Europe and the world.

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The new head of the Group of Automotive Engineering, Prof. Thomas Bachmann

The President of TU Ilmenau, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler, today presented Prof. Thomas Bachmann with the certificate of appointment as Professor of Automotive Engineering. Starting in the new year, Prof. Bachmann will contribute his expertise to the core competencies of the Automotive Engineering and Powertrain Technology Innovation Center. At the same time, following the retirement of his predecessor Prof. Klaus Augsburg, he will become head of the corresponding group at the TU Ilmenau, which has been renamed from "Automotive Engineering" to "Vehicle Technology". In addition to research, Prof. Bachmann will also be intensively involved in teaching and will train the students of the automotive engineering course. After studying mechanical engineering and working for four years as a research assistant at the Group of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt, Prof. Thomas Bachmann went to industry in 1997, where he most recently worked for the BMW Group in the Digital Car, Automated Driving development area as vehicle project manager of the fully automated driving pilot fleet.

Excellent scientist and didactician

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Der Direktor des Thüringer Innovationszentrum Mobilität, Prof. Matthias Hein

The director of the Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilität, Prof. Matthias Hein, is happy to have won Prof. Bachmann as a future colleague and research partner for the Group of Automotive Engineering: "To have filled this ThIMo core competence with an excellent scientist and didactician is for me the crowning achievement of the joint efforts of the ThIMo, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Presidium of TU Ilmenau and the Thuringian Ministry of Economics and Science."

In addition to the new appointment of Thomas Bachmann as Professor of Automotive Engineering, the scientific officer responsible for the ThIMo core area of power electronics and functional integration, Prof. Tobias Reimann, will also be available to the Innovation Center on a long-term basis after the endowed professorship in industrial electronics was made permanent in the summer. With the completion of this scientific staffing, the Thuringian Innovation Center Mobility can purposefully expand its almost 11 years of successful research and development work in all fields. Supported by state-of-the-art technological equipment in measuring and testing facilities, it develops technologies across disciplinary boundaries and in close cooperation with research institutions and industry for safe and networked, environmentally friendly and resource-saving, low-emission and efficient mobility of the future.

Interdisciplinary cooperation in the ThIMo

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Research and development at the Thüringer Innovationszentrum Mobilität

As recently as October, the Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilität signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the automotive thuringia industry association to jointly tackle the challenges of digitizing mobility, decarbonizing the economy, and transferring technology and qualifying skilled workers. The interdisciplinary cooperation in the ThIMo, in which scientists from 13 departments and four faculties of the TU Ilmenau work, has resulted in numerous large research and development projects, not only with partners from Thuringia, but also in Germany, Europe and worldwide. A year ago, for example, a large-scale German-Japanese research project was launched, led on the German side by TU Ilmenau's Group of High Frequency and Microwave Technology, which aims to make highly automated vehicles safe for traffic. Scientists and development engineers from German and Japanese companies and research institutions are developing test procedures that will help vehicle manufacturers in the future to prove the safety of new self-driving vehicles even before they are approved.



Prof. Matthias Hein

Director Thüringer Innovationszentrums Mobilität
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