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German Research Foundation Continues Funding for Collaborative Research Centers at TU Dort­mund University

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) is continuing the funding of two Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) at TU Dort­mund University: The in­ter­na­tio­nal CRC/Transregio 160 “Coherent Manipulation of Interacting Spin Excitations in Tailored Semiconductors” and the CRC 876 “Providing Information by Resource-Constrained Data Analysis” will be funded for another four years. The DFG is making a total of 17.2 million euros available for this purpose – 9.3 million euros for the CRC 876 and 7.9 million euros for the CRC/Transregio 160. CRC spokespersons Professor Katharina Morik and Professor Manfred Bayer are delighted with the renewed funding: “The DFG thus recognizes the quality of our scientific work.”

Complex, fast, always changing: Very large amounts of data, also known as big data, push classic methods of data processing to their limits. In CRC 876, scientists are therefore exploring methods that can be used to collect, evaluate and use such amounts of data. Compared to the inflowing data, the resources of computing and communication capacity, memory and energy are limited. The scientists are working on systems that filter and analyze data in real time and then obtain information that is available promptly, comprehensibly and without great energy requirements at the point of use. To this end, the research areas of data analysis and embedded systems are brought together. The methods are used, for example, in the investigation of galaxies in astroparticle physics, in the fight against cancer in medicine and in learning systems on the Internet of things. An integrated graduate school promotes interdisciplinary cooperation among 50 doctoral students.

Third funding period for CRC 876

The spokesperson of the CRC 876 is Katharina Morik, professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Computer Science at TU Dort­mund University. Since 2011 the DFG has been funding this large-scale research project, which in 2015 was transferred to the second funding period. Five faculties of TU Dort­mund University are involved: Computer Science, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Physics. TU Dort­mund University is also collaborating with the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen University Hospital, ARTES Biotechnology GmbH and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences - ISAS e.V.

The intrinsic angular momentum of electrons in semiconductors is the focus of the CRC/Transregio 160. This quantum mechanical quantity, the so-called spin, influences the magnetic properties of a material and can be specifically controlled by a magnetic field. In the field of spintronics, spin effects are already used today for storage media. The scientists in the in­ter­na­tio­nal team of the CRC/Transregio 160 are working on the basic principles so that spin can also be used for switching processes for processing information that is superior to previous techniques: The spin excitations in semiconductors are to be manipulated in such a way that the accompanying energy consumption is minimized. This is referred to as coherent processing. The CRC/Transregio 160 covers the necessary spectrum of material technology, coherent spectroscopy and detailed modelling.

Cooperation with Russian Ioffe Institute

The spokesperson of the CRC/Transregio 160 is Manfred Bayer, professor of Experimental Physics - Laser Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter at the Faculty of Physics of TU Dort­mund University. The DFG funded the large-scale research project from 2015 onwards over an initial period of four years. Cooperation partners are the Russian Ioffe Institute, which belongs to the Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University. The Russian side is supported by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research with an additional three million euros. In addition, Ruhr-Universität Bochum is participating in the CRC/Transregio 160.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the university: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Universität S".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.