Hamburg professor brings a breath of fresh air to the management team

Hamburg professor brings a breath of fresh air to the management team

Together with professor klaus stefan drese, professor thorsten uphues is taking the helm. His expertise in applied artificial intelligence (AI) and spectroscopy expands the institute’s portfolio and focuses it on current topics in research and application.

Professor drese describes the goals of the interdisciplinary research team: "i would like to make coburg and ISAT even more visible as a research location and a high-quality contact partner for industry with a new and broader portfolio." Professor uphues explains: "we would like to be able to use our competencies at ISAT, especially in the area of AI, with comprehensive knowledge from sensors to hardware to evaluation, in order to provide clear impulses for the region and especially for the manufacturing industry."

Everything about beaming

"We do everything but beam, this is klaus drese’s direction of travel. Thorsten uphues adds with a wink: "not possible, not possible! Only sometimes differently." Given the wide range of possibilities, this is not even an exaggeration: it goes, for example, from water analysis for companies dealing with the treatment of domestic water, to the monitoring of soil quality by infrared spectroscopy, to the quality assessment of packaging processes in the food industry, to the specific prototype development of novel sensor platforms.

ISAT is a contact partner for small and medium-sized companies as well as for large-scale industry in research projects.

Since 2007, a team of natural scientists and engineers has been working at ISAT on a wide range of topics in sensor and actuator technology.

From hamburg to coburg

Prof. Dr. Thorsten uphues was scientifically active at the max planck institute for quantum optics in the field of time-resolved rontgen physics and especially attosecond physics, and used these methods to study the fastest processes in matter in real time. For his work on the further development of time-resolved rontgen physics, he was awarded the otto hahn medal of the max planck society. He is particularly interested in ultrafast light-controlled processes and the necessary sensor technology. He acquired his leadership skills in industry as an IT project manager and consultant, as well as director industrial analytics in the field of applied data science and artificial intelligence, and successfully deepened them in a scientific environment as a junior professor at the center for free electron laser science (CFEL) hamburg.

The move from hamburg to coburg was easy for him: "it is the research professorship, which, in the combination of institute management, applied research and teaching, allows us to be active in applied research and still train our future engineers in the application of the latest technologies at a scientific level. This is exactly what I have found here at ISAT and the university of coburg."

Professor klaus stefan drese is an expert in microfluidics. He has been a professor of sensor and actuator technology at coburg university since october 2016. Before that he was scientific director at the fraunhofer institute for chemical technology in mainz (ICT-IMM). There he was head of the analysis systems and sensor technology department. Professor drese is a member of the research focus on sensorics and analytics. One of his main areas of research in the field of applied sensor technology is acoustic sensor technology. Another field of research is microfluidics, which is mainly used in analytics. Here he brings his expertise in simulation and microsystems technology to bear.