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Saarbrücken computer scientist honored for pioneering work on time-critical software systems

The Airbus A380 is the largest mass production civilian airliner. When the wide-bodied aircraft lands safely, its control software has launched countless components over 500 cable kilometers in time. The foundations for the automatic analysis of such time-critical software systems, such as those found in cars, trains and industrial plants, are provided by computer scientists from the University of Saarland around Professor Reinhard Wilhelm. For their pioneering work, published in 2001, they were [...]

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Growing numbers of new students at Saarland University

The number of new students starting at Saarland University is, at over 2,300, currently slightly above last year’s level. In the winter semester, the total number of students at the university is predicted to level out around 16,800. In view of the declining national population, University President Manfred Schmitt regards this as a great success and a proof of the attractiveness and strong performance of the university, which is also reflected by the substantial increase in the number of doctoral [...]

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UPLINX Qualification in the topic machine learning

The joint project UPLINX is a cross-site qualification programme for machine learning with close practical and application orientation. The project will run until the end of 2019 at all DFKI locations throughout Germany with the participation of the Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) under the direction of the Robotics Innovation Center. In autumn 2019, UPLINX will lead to machine learning schools and industry workshops at all DFKI locations.

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Most Influential Paper Award: Producing software like cars in product lines

Companies rely on “product lines” when selling cars or computer programs. The idea behind this: The more common components there are in the product variants, the lower are the production costs. Sven Apel, computer science professor at Saarland University, and two colleagues already published research results in 2008 that transfer this principle to the software industry. The three computer scientists have now been honored by an international commission of experts.

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Saarbrücken scientists research ergonomic, portable electronics

Scientists at Saarland University are working on operating mobile devices via the human body, as this is faster and more intuitive than using multi-touch displays. However, it has so far been unclear how different materials changed the perception of stimuli on the skin and thus also influenced wearing comfort. The researchers therefore investigated how flexible special films can be so that the skin perceives different stimuli. The computer scientists at Saarland University worked together with scientists [...]

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