Our 15 research groups work in the areas of information technology, nano-/micro-systems technology, and automation, as well as engineering pedagogy. Information technology is concerned with the design and development of systems for the transmission and processing of information. Nano-/micro-systems technology includes nano-/microelectronics, micromechanics, and photonic nanostructures. In automation, we emphasize measurement and control technology for optimization of industrial processes, regenerative energy, and electromobility.
We are interested both in fundamental and applied research. Our projects receive funding from public sources such as the German Research Council, the federal government and the EU, as well as industry. Some of our activities are concentrated in several research centers (such as the Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn, Fraunhofer ENAS, and the Heinz Nixdorf Institute). A description of some of our exciting research topics can be found here.
Several prizes and awards are testimony to the quality of our research results. For instance, in 2009 the research groups Optical Communications and Circuit Engineering received the research award of the State of NRW, and in 2011, we were honored with the title "An Excellent Place" in the competition "A Country of Ideas," run by the federal government. Moreover, we are participating in the technology network "Intelligent Technological Systems Ostwestfalen-Lippe" (it's owl), which was recognized by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF) as a cluster of excellence.
As a comparatively small department we offer our undergraduate and Ph.D. students an exciting research environment with excellent supervision.
We would like to invite you to get to know our research activities, either by visiting us on-line on this website, or through a personal visit to Paderborn.