Tests for a student dissertation on a readout system for a passive RFID microsensor array, supervised by IMMS. Photograph: IMMS.
Tests for a student dissertation on a readout system for a passive RFID microsensor array, supervised by IMMS. Photograph: IMMS.

Encouragement of young academics

IMMS makes a practice of inviting students of engineering subjects to take aspects of the Institute’s current research projects as challenging, useful academic material on which to base practical placements or dissertations for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Our student colleagues thus make a significant contribution to the success of our research by, for instance, addressing some of the important preliminary issues or assisting the project teams on the development side.

Combining a Master's degree and scientific work

Depending on your specialist expertise and the content of the project, it is possible to combine scientific work at IMMS on a flexible part-time basis with a Master's qualification after completing your Bachelor's degree. This parallel training on the job in a dynamic environment networked with industry is ideal for a career start in application-oriented research and paves the way for a career at IMMS, for a PhD or entry into industry.

Disciplines supervised by IMMS

Young engineers from a variety of disciplines – such as biomedical, electrical or automotive, computer or mechanical engineering, mathematics, mechatronics and physics – are able to work on exciting scientific topics at IMMS and all receive individual supervision.

  • Long-term practical training for challenging research subjects while completing your degree

    The time periods of two to six months normally available for completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertation are usually much too short to enable students to work on complex engineering tasks like developing a microelectronic circuit from schematic design through to production and measurement. Therefore, our students frequently take up our invitation to get involved early in their degree course by taking a student research assistant or internship position with us. In these they learn the practical skills they will need in addressing real engineering problems in microelectronics, electronic system design and mechatronics they will face when doing their BSc and MSc at IMMS. This means that our students get a particularly comprehensive and realistic insight into both technical content and management of engineering projects over time. On occasion, the long-term relationships the students make with us lead to a full-scale research job at IMMS later.

  • Student work in the GreenSense research project

    In the case of the GreenSense joint research project, during the planning phase and then during the three years over which it ran, we had more than 20 student colleagues involved. Between them they worked on more than 30 individual tasks related to the Institute’s research on energy-efficient and energy-autonomous electronic sensor systems. The range of tasks extended from researching the prior art in energy harvesting to technically demanding and time-consuming design work like the development of an RFID base station equipped with field coils in a very particular geometrical shape and the microelectronic interface circuit for RFID sensors.

    Dissertations for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees supervised in the GreenSense project

    • Steven Weyrich, “Schaltungsentwurf des Datenfrontends eines RFID-Sensortags”, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, August 2011
    • Muralikrishna Sathyamurthy, “Development of complete digital control logic for miniaturized RFID smart sensor system for bio-analytical application”, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/Hochschule Darmstadt, November 2011
    • Felix Neumann, “Modellbasierter Entwurf eines RFID-Sensor-Tag-Systems“, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, Dezember 2011
    • Florian Jünger, „Entwurf eines Spannungsreglers für ein passives RFID-Sensor-Tag“, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, April 2012
    • Georg Gläser, „A generic method for cycle-accurate simulation of SystemC/TLM 2.0 models”, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, April 2013
    • Hongyi Zhang, „Simulation eines kapazitiv-piezoelektrisch gekoppelten Energiewandlers“, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, August 2013
    • Karthik Narayanan, „Design methodology for ultra low-power CMOS logic“, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/Hochschule Bremen, Mai 2013
    • Venkatesh Soundararajan, „Design of a low-power CMOS-based pH-Sensor“, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Hamburg-Harburg, Juni 2014
    • Sebastian Kerkmann, „Entwurf eines integrierten Nahfeld-RFID-Frontends für einen energieautarken Mikrosensorknoten“, Master-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, Juni 2014
    • Maximilian Hahn, „Entwurf und Optimierung einer Reader-Antenne für ein Nahfeld-RFID-Transponder-Array“, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, August 2014
    • Philipp Weisbach, „Entwurf und Aufbau eines Reader-Systems für ein passives RFID-Mikrosensor-Array“, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, August 2014
    • Philipp Groß, „Entwurf eines Spannungsreglers für ein Energy-Harvesting-Frontend-IC“, Bachelor-Arbeit, IMMS/TU Ilmenau, November 2014