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Faculty IV Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Die Exo-Skelett-Hand.
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With six institutes, sixty professors and more than 500 scientific staff members, School IV is one the leading faculties of its kind in Germany. Our scientific productivity is reflected both in the large number of publications and the amount of external funding, which reached a record 39 million euros in 2012.  More than seventy young scholars receive their Ph.D. annually.  Our research collaboration with top universities in North America, Europe, and Asia ensures an ongoing international exchange of ideas and information. The numerous honors awarded to the School’s scientists are yet another reason for our outstanding reputation. Three of the School’s professors have been awarded the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize presented by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Further scientific honors include ERC Starting Grants, Emmy Awards, and an Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship.

Currently, groups of scientists at School IV who are enjoying particular success are engaged in efforts related to the future of the Internet, doing research on the coding and transmission of audio and video signals, working on the further development of cloud computing, and making cutting-edge contributions to research on the brain.

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At present, approximately 3,500 students are enrolled in the faculty, of whom about 1,200 are from abroad. All benefit from a broad range of cutting-edge courses. These encompass bachelor’s and master’s programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Technical Computer Science, as well as a bachelor’s program in Business Informatics. Beginning in WS 2013/14, students can also apply for the Business Informatics master’s program. The School also offers two specialized master’s degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Automotive Systems. School IV is also strongly integrated in the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). TU Berlin is the only German university among the 'core partners' of the EIT ICT Labs, a European innovation incubator in the field, and in the context of this effort the TU offers an international master’s program in ICT Innovation. Of interest to School IV’s internationally minded students are joint agreements with several prestigious universities including Shanghai, China’s Jiao-Tong-University and the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. But above all, School IV’s exciting research environment makes it possible for students to become part of major research projects at an early stage, thus strengthening their chances for a future position in a scientific field. 

The School consolidates its research expertise in six organizational structures called 'Labs'. These Labs not only function as a subject-based framework for the expert research, but also as lively interdisciplinary alliances. With these facilities, the School hones its profile as a driver of innovation and creates an inspiring research environment for cooperation, exchange, and a joint vision that, naturally, enriches our educational efforts. Our six Labs comprise the research areas of Cognitive Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Analytics & Cloud, Future Internet Media & Technology, Integration Technology & Photonics and Sustainable Energy Systems & Mobility.

The School is part of a powerful network of research institutes. Around twenty professors hold leadership positions in institutions outside the University including the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK, and the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH).

There are also strong links to

  • the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in the photovoltaic sector,
  • the Department for High Frequency and Semiconductor System Technologies (IHP),
  • the Berlin Daimler Center for Automotive Information Technology Innovations (DCAITI),
  • the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing,
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) - the German national metrology institute providing scientific and technical services,
  • the Berlin Electron Storage Ring Society for Synchrotron Radiation,
  • the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in the field of microsystems technology.

School IV has become part of a particularly innovative partnership with the Deutsche Telekom. In the context of this cooperation we have established several endowed chairs to head the 'Telekom Innovation Laboratories' located on the TU’s Charlottenburg Campus.

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