Junior Research Groups and Junior Professorships

The unique combination of the competencies of the university and research locations Stuttgart and Karlsruhe will strengthen scientific excellence and the education of young scientists in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

For this the InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM) is establishing several junior research groups and junior professorships at both universities.

Junior Professorships

Risk analysis of cyber-physical production systems

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrey Morozov (IAS, University of Stuttgart)

The research interest of Jun.-Prof. Morozov lies at the intersection of three domains, namely, (i) Networked Automation Systems (NAS), (ii) Dependability, and (iii) Artificial Intelligence (AI). Modern NAS is a particular case of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with the focus on the cooperation of heterogeneous industrial robotic systems. Accurate assessment of reliability, safety, and resilience is essential for NAS because of the high cost of downtime and strict safety requirements. However, the analytical capabilities of dependability evaluation methods, which are currently applied in the industry, are far behind the technical level of the systems in question. These methods cannot adequately describe sophisticated failure scenarios of highly dynamic and intelligent NAS.

Besides that, future NAS will include more and more AI components. However, the reliability and safety analysis of AI is an entirely open question at the moment. An inevitable revolution in the dependability methods is expected in the next years. So, the main goal is to build a strong research team capable of taking a leading role in the development of the next generation of dependability analysis methods for modern and future NAS.

IAS - Stuttgart

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrey Morozov
Jun.-Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rania Rayyes

Highly versatile, area and space mobile system for production

Jun.-Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rania Rayyes (IFL, KIT)

Using pre-programmed robots restricts the robot's adaptability, flexibility and even applicability. Additionally, most complex tasks in production and material handling are still performed manually, which is inefficient, prone to errors, and very costly in time. Robot learning opens up new application fields that could not be automated with conventional and traditional techniques.

The professorship focuses on developing novel machine learning methods and AI systems to introduce a new generation of smart, versatile, and adaptive autonomous robotic systems for flexible material handling and manufacturing tasks. It is intended to strengthen the novel research in flexible production and manufacturing at Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) and innovation for new future at ICM.


Modeling and Analysis in Mobility Software Engineering

Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Maike Schwammberger 
The research group focuses on logical and diagram-based models and analysis methods in the field of autonomous driving. The central research question is: Which requirements should an autonomous vehicle fulfill before it is allowed to share the roads of this world with people and how can these requirements be ensured? For this purpose, system properties such as safety (collision-freedom), fairness, explainability and moral reasoning of autonomous agents are defined and analyzed.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Maike Schwammberger
© Colin Derks Fotografie

Smart converters for emission-free mobility of the future

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Mönch (IEW, Universität Stuttgart)

The research group is working on highly efficient electrical energy converters for emission-free mobility of the future. Smart converters with intelligent operating concepts enable flexible and adaptable system integration of electrical sources, storage and loads as well as the coupling of the sectors electricity, heat and mobility.

In order to accelerate sustainable mobility and the energy transition, the group is researching

  • highly efficient power electronics with new topologies and operating concepts,
  • compact voltage converters for intelligent charging, storage and driving,
  • electrocaloric heat pumps for cooling and heating in mobile applications.

iew – Stuttgart

Cognitive sensor technology for the mobility of the future

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Pfaff (IAS, University of Stuttgart)

Florian Pfaff's research group focuses on advancing the fields of machine learning and tracking. He is specializing in extended object tracking, learning and estimation on manifolds, and the integration of machine learning techniques with traditional estimation and tracking disciplines. This entails the development and refinement of algorithms capable of accurately tracking the position and orientation of objects that cannot be represented as mere points in space, such as vehicles in driving scenarios. By employing machine learning strategies, his group aims to enhance model accuracy and adaptability, enabling the tracking systems to learn from data.

IAS – Stuttgart

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pfaff © Ludmilla Parsyak, Universität Stuttgart

Junior Research Groups

Research and development of key technologies for a universal machine

Dr.-Ing. Michael Jarwitz (IFSW, University of Stuttgart)

New mobility solutions, as well as developments in production technology itself, offer great potential for reducing global CO2 emissions and for more sustainability. This requires correspondingly versatile and universally applicable manufacturing systems.

The junior research group is working on the research and development of the key technologies for a universal machine for a fully digitized production with a highly versatile manufacturing technology for the location-independent, highly efficient production of functionalized components for the emission-free mobility of tomorrow.

IFSW - Stuttgart

Dr.-Ing. Michael Jarwitz
Dr.-Ing. Jan Haußmann

Sensor-based development of H2 fuel cells (SensE2B)

Dr.-Ing. Jan Haußmann (IPEK, KIT)

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC) are a promising technology for avoiding local emissions and reducing greenhouse gases. For mobile applications, a high power density and a long lifetime are necessary. For this purpose, it is necessary to detect critical conditions in the fuel cell and to avoid them by an adapted operating strategy.

Within this junior research group a sensor-based concept is to be developed that links the cell, stack and system levels and thus enables the development of a highly efficient fuel cell system with a long lifetime.

IPEK - Karlsruhe

Digital twins as grey box models for manufacturing engineering

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Hinze (ISW, University of Stuttgart)

The central element of the junior research group "Digital Twins as Grey-Box Models for Manufacturing Engineering" is the model-based representation of the dynamic behavior in the digital twin for the design, control and optimization of manufacturing systems. For this purpose, various identification procedures and methods from machine learning are applied.

ISW - Stuttgart

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Hinze
Dr.-Ing. Florian Stamer

Dynamic quality control for the sustainable production of mobility solutions

Dr.-Ing. Florian Stamer (wbk, KIT)
Quality is a central aspect for the economic success of remanufactured mobility products. The aim of the junior research group is the intelligent quality control of production processes for the economic processing of remanufactured products. This includes both the individual production of components and adaptive pairing in assembly.

wbk – KIT