Young Researchers Symposium 2018


YRS 2018  - June 22, 2018


For the fourth time since 2011, the Young Researchers Symposium (YRS 2018) took place in Kaiserslautern on June 22, 2018. The scientific conference was organized by the TU-Nachwuchsring of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (RPTU) and the Center for Simulation and Software-based Innovation. It was held under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter (Vice President for Research and Technology at RPTU) and Dr. Konrad Steiner (Managing Director of the High-Performance Center). In 15 lectures and 20 poster contributions, the participants presented the entire spectrum of research at the site in a very vivid way. The consistently very successful contributions were the subject of lively discussion by all participants, which was a particular challenge for all participants, speakers and audience alike in the highly interdisciplinary environment. Typically, research would normally be discussed by experts in their own scientific field.

The prerequisite for participation in the YRS 2018 was the submission of a scientific abstract, which was evaluated in advance by a jury consisting of young scientists from RPTU and scientists from the Fraunhofer Institutes. Of the 64 contributions submitted by doctoral students from RPTU, the Fraunhofer Institutes IESE and ITWM, the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), 35 young scientists ultimately had the opportunity to present their research work to the audience at the Fraunhofer Institutes' conference center. A particular challenge was to present their own project in a way that was not only interesting and entertaining, but also vivid - because the majority of the audience and jury did not belong to their own specialist area, but were made up of scientists from the various departments at RPTU, the Fraunhofer Institutes and IVW. Therefore, in addition to criteria such as presentation style and slide design, the ability to explain one's own research topic to a non-specialist audience was also assessed. The three best presentations and posters were awarded a total of €6,000 in prize money at the end of the event.  While waiting for the winners to be announced, participants had the opportunity to network while chilling out with finger food and background music from the jazz band Night &Day.

(Translation of the press release from 26.06.2018)

Picture gallery YRS 2018

The award winners

Best talk:

1st place: Prince Saforo Amponsah

TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Biology): »Redox regulation of cellular time-keeping: a novel role for peroxiredoxins and hydrogen peroxide«

2nd place: Petra Gospodnetic & Dennis Mosbach

Fraunhofer ITWM (Image processing department): »Model Based Inspection Planning for Complex Surfaces«

3rd place: Kira Kraft & Tobias Dietz

TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mathematics): »Improved Channel Coding with Manipulated Matrices«


Best poster:

1st place: Matthias Koch

Fraunhofer IESE (User Experience & Requirements Engineering department): »Decision Support for Smart Ecosystem Evolution«

2nd place: Claudia Seck

TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Civil Engineering): »Development of a new self-sealing click-connection-system to transmit shear and normal forces«

3rd place: Dominic Kris Weibel

TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering): »Faster to the Goal: Ultrasonic Fatigue of Polymer Composites«