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Whether in teaching, research or on campus - sustainability is lived and practiced by students at TU Ilmenau. They not only deal consciously with resources in everyday life, but also get involved in the university's task group sustainability, drive the expansion of photovoltaic systems or organize Thuringia's first sustainable music festival. We asked five students how they are committed to sustainability.

Eleonora Hamburg

Sofia Mikhailova, 24 years old, Voronezh, Russia

Media Economics, 3rd semester Master

I am involved in the association Initiative Solidarische Welt (ISWI). At ISWI e.V., the issue of sustainability is very close to our hearts. For example, we have set up free shelves in the cafeteria and in House A. The idea is that people give things that are in good condition and that they no longer need to others for free. This helps to reduce waste and avoid unnecessary purchases. Our Umsonstfest, which we hope to hold again at the beginning of next winter semester, is based on the same concept. In addition to exchanging things for free during the festival, we also organize upcycling, sustainability and repair workshops there. In the club, we try to be as sustainable as possible with resources. For example, we do without paper cups and use hard plastic instead. We are also happy to lend this tableware to other associations such as the ILSC for events in order to produce less waste.

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Aneke Hansen, 23, Wyk auf Föhr

Applied Media and Communication Studies, 5th semester Bachelor

I am currently involved in ILMPULS e.V. on a voluntary basis. I have been a member since the middle of last year and have been on the board and treasurer of the association since November 2022. Together with my colleagues on the board and the entire ILMPULS team, I plan and organize Thuringia's first sustainable festival, which takes place every summer and combines the fun of a festival with environmental protection, sustainability and regionality. The goal is to show visitors how easy it can be to protect nature and the environment and still not have to do without anything. From small things like pocket ashtrays, to re- and upcycling, to plastic- and disposable-free food and drinks, it's all here. Of course, we are always looking for new ideas to develop the festival sustainably and are always happy to receive new input and new members.
I am also a student assistant with the Sustainability Task Group in the Department of Empirical Media Research and Political Communication. Here, together with two other students, I help to collect ideas and plan actions to make the university and everything that goes with it more sustainable. With our action, a clothes swap party, we want to show that it is not always necessary to buy new clothes immediately and that everyone can easily save large amounts of CO2 by buying locally and second hand.

Eleonora Hamburg

Florian Feix, 20, Wiesbaden

Applied Media and Communication Studies, 3rd semester Bachelor

I try to integrate sustainability into all aspects of my life. For example, I buy my clothes second-hand or take the bike for my way to university and daily errands. I do without the car completely and use the train. Therefore, I am very happy to be involved in the Task Group Sustainability as a student assistant at the Department of Empirical Media Research and Political Communication. In the task group, my input as a student is taken seriously, which I think is great! Also, I take all suggestions and proposals from university members sent to and forward them to our task group. My big wish is to motivate my fellow students and fellow students to live more sustainably as well. With the clothing swap party in the cafeteria, which I initiated together with two fellow students, I want to show that we don't always have to buy new clothes and thus give an impulse for sustainable consumption.

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Jasmin Calmbach, 27, Göppingen

Doctoral student at the Group of Engineering Thermodynamics

I studied Renewable Energy Technology at the TU Ilmenau and would like to use my knowledge of energy generation, storage and grids to drive forward the energy transition. I place a special focus on solar power, because it is cheap and, in addition, photovoltaic systems are long-lasting and comparatively easy to recycle. Together with a team, including current and former members of the university, I am involved in the nationwide competition "Wattbewerb" for the expansion of photovoltaic systems in Ilmenau. We want to motivate companies and private individuals to install more photovoltaic systems in order to reduce the city'sCO2 emissions and contribute to increased local self-generation. To this end, we organize information events as well as talks with the municipal utilities, housing associations and companies from the region.

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Christina Schiml, 28 years old, Ingolstadt

Industrial Engineering and Management, 4th semester Master

As a student assistant at the Group for Sustainable Production and Logistics Management I deal with production-theoretical basics that are oriented towards real problems. Among other things, I help prepare lectures on production, logistics and sustainability management. This includes topics such as global supply and value chains, fair trade, and business ethics. The group also deals with issues related to the circular economy. As a solution to resource scarcity and climate change, the life cycle of products should be made more sustainable and not end with disposal. It is therefore important to consider recycling options as early as the development stage, so that materials can be used again in manufacturing processes after reprocessing. For me as a budding engineer, this is the future. Later in my professional life, I would like to help optimize the use of finite resources. In my master's thesis, I will investigate the method of life cycle assessment in connection with circular economy aspects. In my private life, sustainability is also very important to me: I cover the vast majority of my journeys by bike or train, avoid air travel, use appliances until the end of their lives and buy some second-hand clothing.

Communication Science 2.0

Jun. Prof. Emese Domahidi talks about new digital research methods. Big Data is being used to uncover misinformation and fake news, but computer-based research methods also offer completely new opportunities to study communication.

Who's Who?

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Berkholz

Algorithmics specialty

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Newly appointed

Prof. Dr. Christoph Berkholz has been head of the Algorithms Group at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science of the Department of Computer Science and Automation since August 2022.

Prof. Berkholz received his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in 2014. After postdoctoral stays in Stockholm, Berlin, and Berkeley, he was Junior Professor of Logic and Complexity at the Institute of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2019 and head of the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Representation Complexity of Enumeration and Counting Algorithms. His research interests are in theoretical computer science, in particular the study of algorithmic methods and their principal limits. The scientist published about 30 papers on these research topics and participated in program committees of several international conferences and symposia on AI, Theoretical Computer Science, and Foundations of Database Systems.

The research and teaching of the Algorithmics Department is guided by the following two core questions: Under what conditions do efficient algorithms exist and how does the structure of "light" and "heavy" input instances differ? And what are the possibilities and the principal limits of concrete algorithmic strategies and solution methods? The methods investigated so far range from classical decision problems (such as the satisfiability test of propositional logic) to counting and enumeration algorithms (determining the number or generating all solutions) to dynamic algorithms that support efficient update operations. Concrete application areas of this research are query optimization and query evaluation on relational and probabilistic databases as well as methods and data structures in the area of SAT and constraint solving.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ing. Thomas Dallmann

Radio Technologies for Automated and Connected Vehicles Research Group

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Newly appointed

Prof. Dr. Ing. Thomas Dallmann was appointed junior professor at the Radio Technologies for Automated and Connected Vehicles Research Group and started his work as head of the group in October 2022.

After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University, he worked there as a research assistant at the Institute of High Frequency Technology (IHF) from 2010 to 2016. He completed his PhD in 2017 and published his dissertation titled "Polarimetric Radar Cross-Section Imaging". For the thesis, he developed imaging techniques that spatially resolve radar reflections on objects and visualize polarimetric effects such as multiple reflections.

Subsequently, Prof. Dallmann established a research group at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) in Aachen, which was dedicated to mobility topics, including the verification and validation of automotive radars. As part of this activity, he and his team built a radar target emulator whose radars can be used to simulate virtual traffic scenarios. At the TU Ilmenau, he will further deepen his previous research focus, the verification and validation of automotive radars. In addition, the department head will look into the merging of radar and communication systems - this promises to enable more efficient use of frequency resources as well as a more comprehensive representation of the environment. Both research areas aim to make automated and connected driving safer, more sustainable and more comfortable. As part of his teaching activities, he is currently giving a lecture on the fundamentals of radar technology - in the summer semester, he plans to offer another in-depth lecture on radar technology.

Univ.-Prof. Emese Domahidi

Computational Communication Science

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Newly appointed

Emese Domahidi was appointed University Professor by the President of TU Ilmenau, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler, on September 12, 2022. Since October 2017, Emese Domahidi was a junior professor (with tenure-track) responsible for the Computational Communication Science Group at TU Ilmenau. After the positive final evaluation, she was appointed university professor.

Emese Domahidi studied Communication Science, Modern German Literature and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. She worked as a research assistant in the ERC project "The social fabric of virtual life: A longitudinal study on the social foundations of online gaming (SOFOGA)" with Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt first at the University of Hohenheim (2010-2012) and finally at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2012-2015). In September 2015, she received her PhD for her thesis "Online media use and perceived social resources. A meta-analysis" at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as a postdoc in the Social Media Research Group with Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz at the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media in Tübingen.

As head of the Computational Communication Science Group at TU Ilmenau, Emese Domahidi researches digital media content and communication processes and related changes for individuals and society. Her research focuses on biases in digital media, well-being and digital media, and crisis communication via digital media.

In addition to traditional methods of communication science, Emese Domahidi is primarily interested in the development, application, and evaluation of computational methods and pursues these research interests in numerous externally funded projects at TU Ilmenau. In the future, Emese Domahidi will further expand these key research interests and, in particular, also focus on and strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann

Automotive engineering

Newly appointed

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann has been appointed university professor and head of the Group of Automotive Engineering at theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering as of January 01, 2022. With this appointment, the fields of competence of the Thuringian Innovation Center Mobility (ThIMo) are once again fully staffed.

After studying mechanical engineering and working for four years as a research assistant at the Group of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt. Thomas Bachmann moved to industry in 1997, where he most recently worked in the BMW Group's Digital Car, Automated Driving development area as vehicle project manager of the fully automated driving pilot fleet. Prior to that, he worked on topics such as vehicle safety, driving dynamics, networking and driver assistance.

Prof. Bachmann will contribute his expertise to the ThIMo core competencies of vehicle technology and drive technology. With the new leadership, the Group has been renamed from "Kraftfahzeugtechnik" to "Fahrzeugtechnik". In addition to research, Prof. Bachmann will also be intensively involved in teaching and training the students of the Automotive Engineering program.

Prof. Bachmann is married and has two children aged 23 and 17.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Yury Person

Large Networks and Random Graphs Group

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Newly appointed

Yury Person has been University Professor and Head of the Large Networks and Random Graphs Group  at the Institute of Mathematics at TU Ilmenau since September 10, 2021.

Previously, he was Endowed Junior Professor of the Carl Zeiss Foundation since May 2018. In his research, he searches for patterns in large discrete structures that appear chaotic. This often involves the interplay of structure and randomness as a tool of proof. This also has application references in computer science, for example in property testing.

Yury Person studied mathematics at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently received his PhD in computer science from the Humboldt University of Berlin (2010). After PostDoc at the Institute of Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin, he became Junior Professor of Discrete Mathematics and its Applications at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (2013 - 2018). From 2014 to 2016, he was a fellow in the Main-Campus-educator program of the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main. In 2017, he was nominated by the students of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Goethe University for the 1822 University Award for Excellence in Teaching. Yury Person has had several extended research stays at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (Los Angeles), the Hebrew University Jerusalem, and the Universidade de São Paulo.

Yury Person spends his rare free time with his wife and daughter. He loves improvisational theater, musicals, traveling, and good food.

Univ.-Prof. Kathy Lüdge

Department of Theoretical Physics II

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Newly appointed

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Kathy Lüdge has been appointed to the Technische Universität Ilmenau as of November 1, 2021, where she will head theDepartment ofTheoretical Physics II.

Kathy Lüdge studied physics at the Technische Universität in Berlin and received her doctorate there in 2003 in solid state physics in the field of surface analysis. She completed her habilitation on nonlinear carrier dynamics in quantum dot-based lasers in 2011 at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at TU Berlin, for which she received the Karl Scheel Prize of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in 2012.

During her scientific career, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002, a visiting professor at Freie Universität in Berlin in 2015, and a Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2016. From 2016-2021, she worked as a university professor at TU Berlin, where she headed the Department of Nonlinear Laser Dynamics. She is known to the scientific community through more than 100 articles in renowned journals.

At the TU Ilmenau, Prof. Lüdge will investigate the emission properties of semiconductor devices using numerical methods and develop new approaches for their optimization and innovative applications. The focus is on simulations of spatio-temporal dynamics and machine learning methods.

Niko Krohn

Student Consul

New in office

Niko Kron has been the new student consul at TU Ilmenau since the beginning of the summer semester on April 1, 2022. He succeeds Jan Lemmen in office and will form an important link between university management, student body and the numerous university and student committees in the coming months of his term.

As a student on the bachelor's degree program in mechatronics, Niko Krohn was already active in the university's student council (StuRa) before taking up his post as consul and is therefore close to the issues and interests of the students: "I consider good representation of these interests at the university to be extremely important and am looking forward to taking on some non-technical work after completing my bachelor's degree as consul," says the 24-year-old, explaining his motivation for the post.

In the first few weeks of his six-month term of office, a lot of information has already poured in on the new student representative: "As student consul, I am allowed to take part in many committee meetings of the university as an advisory member, pass on information to improve the exchange between the members of the various committees, and am in direct contact with the presidium every week. This way, I can bring the concerns of the student body to the presidium and, conversely, inform the StuRa about news from the presidium."

Niko Kron is particularly concerned about the interests of the numerous international students in Ilmenau: "As a representative of a university with a high proportion of international students, it is important to me to include their interests and to integrate them well in the committee work." At the same time, Niko Kron would also like to support the volunteers in the committees: "The student committees at the TU Ilmenau are almost exclusively made up of volunteers. There are a lot of administrative tasks involved, and it's important that I can take on at least some of these tasks so that the volunteers can better concentrate on the substantive work."

Sebastian Hübner

Advisor to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

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New in office

On 01.08.2021 Sebastian Hübner started his position as an advisor for the Vice President for Studies and Teaching.

The native of Thuringia studied mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden. During his studies he gained a wealth of experience in the field of student and academic self-administration. Among other things, he was a senator at the TU Dresden and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Center for Quality Analysis. He acquired the necessary expertise in the course of his multiple expert activities in programme accreditation procedures at home and abroad. For his commitment, TU Dresden awarded him the Lohrmann Medal in 2018. With this award, the university honors its best graduates for their outstanding achievements.

After successfully completing his diploma, Sebastian Hübner began a scientific career at TU Dresden at the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology. In 2020, he moved to TU Ilmenau to the Department of Quality Assurance and Industrial Image Processing.

He now wants to use his experience in both scientific and administrative areas of the university profitably for the entire TU Ilmenau.


Jan Lemmen

Student Consul

New in office

Since the beginning of the summer semester Jan Lemmen is the new student consul and succeeds Mr. Jan Angerer, who was consul for the previous semester. The student of the Bachelor of Computer and Systems Engineering already brings experience from the student body of the Student Council for Computer Science and Automation to his office.

Jan Lemmen's term of office was and is particularly marked by the pandemic. In combination with the quality management, which is in a state of upheaval, and the revision of all study programmes, there are great challenges. As a link between the university management, the student body and the university and student committees, the consul has the task of ensuring the flow of communication and steering it on the student side. Especially due to the good and constructive cooperation on all levels of the university, this is currently succeeding in the face of the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Lemmen at or send a message on Telegram to @KonsulTUI.


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