17. July 2020 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │17.07.2020 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: Honorary senator + autonomous driving + climate and flying + lightweight construction  asphalt  +  radishes + rammed earth + rainbow

Editor: Viktoria Heyer

► Honorary Senator

Professor Lothar Hagebölling, Chairman of the University Council of the TU Braunschweig, has received the highest award the Senate can bestow . “In recognition of his outstanding services to the promotion of research and teaching at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and his extraordinary commitment to science and culture in the Braunschweig region”, he was awarded the honorary senate title of the TU Braunschweig.

► Four vehicles for autonomous driving

The Institute of Control Engineering and the Institute of Computer and Network Engineering are conducting research in the UNICARagil project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At the mid-term event, the TU researchers presented first prototypes and results for autonomous driving.

► Climate-friendly air traffic

“Without innovative technologies, aviation’s share of climate-equivalent CO2 emissions will increase dramatically,” says Professor Rolf Radespiel. The Aeronautics Research Centre Niedersachsen and the SE2A Cluster of Excellence have the ambitious goal of making aviation more climate-friendly. Their position paper “Climate and Flying” is a signpost to this goal.

► Excellent lightweight design

Lightweight construction is one of these innovative technologies, which is used in air traffic as well as in vehicles. The lightweight construction campus Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF) knows how to do it. Its joint project “LehoMit-Hybrid” has won the coveted “JEC Composites Innovation Award”.

► Sun protection for the asphalt

Did you know? There are also anti-aging products for road surfaces. Goshtasp Cheraghian and Professor Michael P. Wistuba from the Braunschweig Pavement Engineering Centre use nanoparticles of clay and pyrogenic silica in asphalt pavements. This enables them to shield the asphalt from UV rays.

► Molecular tools from mustard oil

Congratulations also to Dr. Philipp Klahn from the Institute of Organic Chemistry. He is investigating how mustard oil glycosides, which are contained in radish, radish and rocket, for example, can be chemically produced and used as molecular tools. For this work he will receive the Max Buchner Research Fellowship of DECHEMA.

► Award for Basic Diabetes Research

We also congratulate Eike Früh from the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy. He receives the Hellmut-Mehnert project funding from the German Diabetes Society. He is investigating alpha cells which, together with beta cells, play an important role in the regulation of the blood sugar level.

► Funding information

Speaking of research: The deadline for the coveted ERC Advanced Grants is August 26th. And until 15 October 2020, applicants can apply for Full Grants in the area of “Artificial Intelligence – Its Impact on Tomorrow’s Society” at the Volkswagen Foundation. Advice and assistance – and even more calls – are available from the Research Service.

► Corona Chronicles 2060

What will we remember in the future from the Corona crisis? In Professor Regina Toepfer’s seminar “Discourses and Narrative of the Plague” students ventured into the year 2060 and looked back on the pandemic in their own texts.

► Virtual guest: Goebel Prize winner Prof. Mitchell

Distinguished guest: During the first virtual computer science colloquium organized by the Department Computer Science, the Gödel Prize winner Professor Joseph Mitchell from Stony Brook University (NY/USA) discussed a whole range of classical and current results on geometric optimization problems.

► Mathematics is great, …

mathematics with software is even better – according to this motto, the renowned international conference “International Congress on Mathematical Software 2020” took place virtually at the TU Braunschweig. Professor Timo de Wolff and his team from the Institute of Analysis and Algebra hosted the conference.

► Participants wanted for online video study

How should automated vehicles drive so that human road users feel safe? The Institute of Engineering Psychology is researching this with the help of an online video study and is still looking for participants.

► Vote now!

With its “robotic fabrication of building components from rammed earth”, the Institute for Structural Design is one of the finalists in the “Research” category of the Sustainability Challenge of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). You can vote for the project until 13 September!

► Darling of the week

Our darling of the week is colourful and can now be seen on the university square. The rainbow flag was hoisted yesterday as a visible sign of tolerance, diversity and openness. There is a report about the event in the magazine, as well as a video clip with quotes from some of the participants.

► We move

Exercise for body, mind and soul: The livestream courses of the sports centre continue during the semester break. Relaxation, stretching, workouts – sports enthusiasts and those who want to become one are guaranteed to find a suitable course.

► Our little program tip for the weekend

Because it was so beautiful, starting this evening we will be showing a few more photos of the light installation at the Haus der Wissenschaft from various perspectives on our social media channels. Take a look!