In the following, you will find a selection of possible topics for qualification theses at the research group. Further topics within the scope of the research activities of the ressearch group are possible at any time after individual arrangement.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Ms. Dipl.-Soz.Ök. Anja Heß

All topics listed below can be supervised in German or English language.

1. Antenna design and measurement

Active research staff: M.Sc. Ehtisham Asghar, M.Sc. Syed Naser Hasnain, M.Sc. Ashish Kumar, PhD, M.Sc. Umais Tayyab

This research field deals with various topics on antennas, arrays and system applications. The focus is on the design of novel antennas with enhanced functional performance for applications like automated and connected driving on roads and rails, robust satellite navigation, and advanced antenna measurement and data processing techniques. Our partners come from automotive industry (e.g., Mercedes-Benz), tier-1 automotive suppliers (e.g., Continental), local antenna industry (e.g., Funkwerk, Desay SV Automotive Europe, Wiegand), as well as signal-processing and software houses (e.g., Microwave Vision Group, AVL, IPG).

2. Emulation and characterisation of the wireless propagation channels for mobile communications and automotive radar in virtual electromagnetic environment

Active research staff: M.Sc. Berk Altinel, M.Sc. Philipp Berlt, M.Sc. Sreehari Buddappagari, M.Sc. Andreas Schwind

In view of the extremely high relevance of functional safety and system validation of mobile communications and automotive radar, antenna and microwave technologies merge with driver assistance systems and virtual test environments. Our unique research facility is the “virtual road – simulation and test area” (VISTA), aiming at a complete coverage of radio propagation and connectivity issues related to wireless applications in road and rail traffic over a wide frequency range. Beside research partners like those listed for the topical area 1, the topics benefit from potential connections to the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems and world-level industrial associations like the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium or the 5G Automotive Association, as well high-level industrial partners from Japan.

4G/5G mobile communications

Radar cross-section, and radar system and scenario emulation

3. Electromagnetic compatibility

Active research staff: Dr.-Ing. Christian Bornkessel, M.Sc. Willi Hofmann, M.Sc. Lisa-Marie Schilling

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) characterises how well a device or system is suited to operate in an environ-ment without introducing electromagnetic disturbances that interfer with the operation of other electrical products in the environment. The human exposure to electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields and possible adverse health effects is a sub-category of EMC, the electromagnetic environmental compatibility.

The following projects reflect hot topics in the wider EMC field and offer the potential to cooperate with other global players in academia and industry.


4. Microwave and millimeter wave systems for modern satellite technologies

Active research staff: Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Stehr, Dipl.-Ing. Steffen Spira

Robust and accurate satellite navigation positioning is a key enabler for many fields of applications. In the research project ROSANNA, we investigate novel receiver systems for automotive and unmanned aerial applications. The new concept is based on distributed phase-synchronized sub-arrays, with a number of exciting challenges related to system design, receiver synchronization, and multi-standard antenna arrays. Our research partners are  DLR Institute for Communication and Navigation, RWTH Aachen, Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg GmbH, and IMMS GmbH (subcontractor).

A second focus area addresses future trends on satellite communications, i.e., millimeter wave circuit design for various applications, including quantum key-based communications. Our main research partner is the Fraunhofer IOF in Jena under the roof of the Thuringian Center of Innovation Inquosens.