Bavarian Minister-President visits TH Aschaffenburg

Category: Englisch

Dr. Markus Söder is focussing on research and is looking to support the growth of the Aschaffenburg UAS

The Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder visited the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (UAS) on February 27, 2020.
University President Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth welcomed the Head of the Bavarian State Government during his first visit to TH AB together with other members of the university management and the university council as well as professors in the Hock Hall. The Minister for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, and numerous regional leading politicians were also present. "As a university, we would like to thank you for the excellent development opportunities that the high-tech agenda provides us with," Beck-Meuth said to the Bavarian Minister-President. 
"The Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences is a regional node of the Technology Network Bavaria. With the High-Tech Agenda we are creating 15 new professorships and 193 additional places of study. We are promoting research into AI, autonomous driving and CleanTech throughout Bavaria," Söder replied.

Beck-Meuth also discussed the long-standing efforts of the UAS to obtain the grounds of the TVA as an extension area. Here Minister-President Söder expressed his willingness to support the project through a cooperation between the Free State of Bavaria and the region: "We will find a way." 

During his tour of the campus, Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder was particularly interested in the high-tech projects in the field of "Automated Driving". In the vehicle mechatronics laboratory, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Zindler, Vice President for Research and Head of the Competence Centre Vehicle Control and Vehicle Safety Systems, explained how an automatic vehicle steering system works. A procedure was developed at TH Aschaffenburg in the Laboratory for Cooperative Automated Traffic Systems under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Konrad Doll, in which the future behaviour of pedestrians and cyclists can be predicted using methods of artificial intelligence (AI) with the aim of ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists when surrounded by automated vehicles. During a live demonstration, Minister-President Söder saw how this works in practice.

In the BioMEMS laboratory, Markus Söder was very interested to hear Dr. rer. nat. Margot Mayer explain the work being done in the field of cell research and the connection between biology and electrical engineering using a heart cell as an example. He also took the opportunity to take a closer look at the latter through a microscope.