Airbus Defence and Space boasts outstanding young scientists


As part of the co-operation with research institutions and universities, Airbus Defence and Space has awarded, for the twelfth time, the “Argus” research prize for the outstanding performance of young scientists in the field of communications engineering, radar technology and radio frequency technology, each prize worth 1 500 euros.

New developments in these areas, which are the focal technologies of the company’s Ulm site, are very important in the security and defence electronics businesses, eg, for sensor systems in the field of flight safety and flight management, for earth observation and geodesy or for the protection of aircraft, vehicles and critical infrastructures.

“Close co-operation with the science and research sectors is of fundamental significance for us as a hi-tech company,” said Dr Hans Brugger, head of Hardware Development at Airbus Defence and Space. “Moreover, initiatives such as Argus provide the graduates with valuable contacts to the world of industry.”

The prizes were awarded during the annual Professors’ Day at Airbus Defence and Space’s Ulm site. Professors from renowned universities and colleges as well as company experts make regular use of this platform for exchanging ideas. From 15 final papers submitted, a jury made up of five university professors and five Airbus Defence and Space specialists selected five outstanding papers, one of which came from Ulm University.

Andreas Hofmann from the department of Radio Frequency Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg won the prize for the best bachelor’s thesis, dealing with the development and testing of new frequency synthesis concepts in radar systems for mobile platforms. In addition, the four following master’s dissertations were awarded a prize:

A system simulation method to assess automotive radars in a multi-user scenario, developed by Dora Ahbe at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). A highly efficient power amplifier to optimise the radio frequency properties of radar systems, developed by Steffen Probst from Leibniz University in Hanover. The dissertation on improving the data transmission of mobile radio connections, which had been submitted by George Yammin from Ulm University, was also awarded the Argus prize.

And finally, the concept of a mobile measuring device to characterise the back-scattering behaviour of radar targets on site, eg, in a hangar or port, using imaging procedures, which was submitted by Iban Ibanez Domenech from Aachen Technical University (RWTH). In the meantime, the technical results of some prize winners have been accepted for presentation at international conferences, which underlines the quality of the papers.

Photo: Airbus Defence and Space’s Argus science prize has been awarded for the twelfth time (from left to right): Thomas Dallmann (TH Aachen), Iban Ibanez Domenech, Prof. Dr-Ing. Robert Fischer (University Ulm), George Yammine, Andreas Hofmann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Vossiek (University Erlangen-Nürnberg), Dora Ahbe, Prof. Dr. -Ing. Thomas Zwick (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology), Steffen Probst, Dr.-Ing. Bernd Geck (University Hannover).