Faculty IV Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Few fields of specialization are marked by such a high degree of interdisciplinarity as those of electrical engineering and information technology. Nearly all modern technologies, whether telecommunications, automation technology, or medicine, depend on the knowledge that stems from these two disciplines or the products they create. Electrical engineering and information technology play a central role in all areas of modern everyday life. Our faculty offers training and research possibilities that encompass this entire spectrum, with a special emphasis on information and communication technologies. The latter ranges from semiconductor devices and microtechnology, optical and microwave transmission and communications engineering, all the way to communication systems, networks and software technology. Lectures and research projects address the interfaces between humans and their environment and information systems. Several groups of faculty researchers have been particularly successful in their very recent contributions to brain research. The faculty has also been involved in establishing Berlin’s "Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience", which conducts research in the field of cognitive neurosciences. The faculty’s research activities also focus on issues that touch on micro/nanosystems technology, automation technology, electrical engineering technology, software technology and machine intelligence.
With more than 40 professorships, the faculty’s research potential is reinforced by highly successful collaboration with our non-university research partners. As a result of this cooperation we presently have 18 additional chairs, which in and of itself considerably expands the faculty's research potential. These cooperative efforts are built on a solid foundation, since TU professors hold leadership positions in the involved non-university institutions. Examples of this at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are the Institutes of Computer Architecture and Software Technology (FIRST), Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Software and Systems Technology (ISST), Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), as well as the Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI). Other significant research institutes with whom we are associated include Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, with its focus on solar energy research, as well as the Ferdinand Braun Institute of High Frequency Technology. We are committed to promoting forward-looking cooperation with Deutsche Telekom; for example our faculty has established four endowed chairs that are sponsored by the Deutsche Telekom; these four professors head the "Deutsche Telekom-Laboratories", which is located on the grounds of the TU Berlin campus. This wide-ranging research potential offers excellent opportunities for our students to participate in meaningful R&D endeavors early in their studies, thus significantly improving their future employment opportunities in scientific fields, in addition to providing them with valuable experience.
We have reorganized our curriculum to meet the needs of the new Bachelors/ Masters program; degree-level instruction in electrical engineering, information technology and computer engineering will give our students new mobility opportunities both nationally and internationally. In close association with other Berlin universities our faculty also offers an International Masters Program entitled "Computational Neurosciences". Further Masters programs are in the pipeline, e.g. "Automotive Systems". Internationally minded students at our faculty will be interested in our joint-degree arrangements with several renowned foreign universities, e.g. the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.