Young Researchers Symposium 2018
For the fourth time since 2011, the Young Researchers Symposium (YRS 2018) took place in Kaiserslautern on 22 June 2018. The scientific conference was hosted by the TU-Nachwuchsring of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and the Center of Excellence Simulation- and Software-based Innovation. It was under the direction of Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter (Vice President for Research and Technology of the TUK) and Dr. Konrad Steiner (Managing Director of the Performance Center). In 15 lectures and 20 poster contributions, the participants presented the whole range of research at the location in a very visual form. The contributions, which were all very successful, were lively discussed by all participants, which was a particular challenge for all participants, speakers and listeners in the highly interdisciplinary environment. Typically, research is usually discussed among experts in their own scientific field.
The prerequisite for participation in YRS 2018 was the submission of a scientific abstract, which was evaluated in advance by a jury consisting of young scientists from the TU Kaiserslautern and scientists from the Fraunhofer Institutes. Of the 64 entries submitted by doctoral students of the TU Kaiserslautern, the Fraunhofer Institutes IESE and ITWM, the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), 35 young scientists finally had the opportunity to present their research work to the audience at the conference center of the Fraunhofer Institutes. A particular challenge was to present their own project not only in an interesting and entertaining way, but also in a visual way - because the majority of the audience and the jury did not belong to their own field of expertise, but were made up of scientists from the different departments of the TUK as well as the Fraunhofer Institutes and the IVW. For this reason, in addition to criteria such as presentation style and film design, the ability to explain one's own research topic to an audience not familiar with the subject was also evaluated. The three best presentations and posters were awarded a total of €6,000 at the end of the event. The waiting time until the winners were announced gave the participants the opportunity to network while chilling out with finger food and background music by the jazz band Night & Day.
First place: Prince Saforo Amponsah
TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Biology): "Redox regulation of cellular time-keeping: a novel role for peroxiredoxins and hydrogen peroxide
2nd place: Petra Gospodnetic & Dennis Mosbach
Fraunhofer ITWM (Image Processing Department): "Model Based Inspection Planning for Complex Surfaces
3rd place: Kira Kraft & Tobias Dietz
TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Department of Mathematics): "Improved Channel Coding with Manipulated Matrices
1st place: Matthias Koch
Fraunhofer IESE (Department User Experience & Requirements Engineering): "Decision Support for Smart Ecosystem Evolution
2nd place: Claudia Seck
TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Civil Engineering): "Development of a new self-sealing click-connection system to transmit shear and normal forces
3rd place: Dominic Kris Weibel
TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering): "Faster to the Goal: Ultrasonic Fatigue of Polymer Composites