CERM involves institutes from different faculties of RWTH Aachen University to ensure a holistic and interdisciplinary research approach. The expertise of experts on different research fields merges in CERM.



The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering and directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes the staff of the institute creates and design the future vehicle. In cooperation with car manufacturers and suppliers the ika is making an acknowledged contribution to help solve current and future global challenges.

Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. Philipp Themann

Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika)
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstr. 7, 52074 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49 241 80 25673
Fax: +49 241 80 22147
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The Institute of Automatic Control at RWTH Aachen University is specializing in research on modeling and control of complex technical systems. Main focus areas include model predictive control, robust control and networked control systems.

Besides acknowledged methodical contributions the institute emphasizes application oriented research. The six divisions „Automotive“, „Industry“, „Combustion“, „Energy“, „Galileo“ and „Medical“ represent its major areas of application.

The division „Automotive“ is dedicated to the development of innovative control strategies for vehicles and vehicle components. Current applications include intelligent energy management strategies for hybrid vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. By establishing two test areas for the Galileo global navigation satellite system, the IRT has gained extensive experience in the field of satellite positioning and navigation.

Tobias Quack, M.Sc.

Institut für Regelungstechnik
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstr. 54
52074 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49 241 80-27505
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Institute for Urban and Transport Planning

The institute and chair are part of the civil engineering faculty of RWTH Aachen University. The institute is involved in all scientific aspects of urban planning, urban transportation and land-use planning. The research- and practical oriented works are to model the cities and regions in term of land-use, transportation, structure and infrastructure and organization. The mean goal is the sustainable development of cities and regions as well as the transportation system. Special attention is devoted to the demographic change, climate protection and efficiency of resources (land, energy, financial capitals etc.). Since 2008 Dirk Vallée is professor for Urban and Transport Planning and the head of the institute.

Dipl.-Ing. Miriam Geulen

Stadtbauwesen und Stadtverkehr (ISB)
Mies.van-der-Rohe-Str. 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
Phone: +49 241 80-26206
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The Institute of High Frequency Technology (IHF) has gained a lot of experience in RF technologies, antennas and optics since its foundation in 1950. Current research fields are focusing on:

  • Antenna, RCS and material measurement
  • Antenna and RF-technology design
  • Wave propagation
  • Communication technologies for instance in space applications
  • High frequency technology in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI

By means of the mechanical workshop, three anechoic antenna measurement chambers and the corresponding measurement equipment, antennas and other RF hardware components can be designed, built and measured in the institute. As part of the CERM consortium the activities of the IHF consist of:

  • Planning and setup of an ITS-G5 network and WLAN covering the whole area of the ATC.
  • Generation of real-world urban wave propagation effects and scenarios on the CERM road junction by evaluating potentially suited building materials.
  • Electromagnetic characterization of the communication channel on the road junction.

The aim is to build a test site and to create some benchmark scenarios for wave propagation where new vehicle based communication technologies like ITS-G5 and LTE using MIMO can be evaluated.



The Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems (ICE) is jointly directed by Prof. Gerd Ascheid (Chair for Integrated Signal Processing Systems, ISS) and Prof. Rainer Leupers (Chair for Software for Systems on Silicon, SSS), who collaborate closely in research and complement each other with their expertise.

ICE's mission is to contribute to the advancement of Embedded Systems Design with particular focus on the challenges of emerging communication structures.
In allingment with the objectives of CERM, ICE conducts research in the domain of machine-to-machine communication (M2M), sensor networks, and vehicular communication (V2X). The institute is structured into three tightly connected research groups (algorithms, architectures, and tools), thereby having the critical mass to cover all major aspects of system design.

The key research areas at ICE are:

  • Algorithmic and architectural concepts for cutting-edge sensor applications
  • Transmission schemes and receiver algorithms for wireless digital communication systems
  • Hardware and chip architectures for embedded systems, in particular multiprocessor systems-on-chip (MPSoC)
  • Electronic system-level (ESL) design tools for complex integrated circuits and systems

To provide relevant solutions for the modern information society, the developed algorithms must be feasable within the constraints of current and future signal processing systems. This is especially challenging when targeting battery-powered devices. Accordingly, the aforementioned research aspects are tightly related and induce advancements in each individual domain.

Major requirements are:

  • High amount of flexibility, to enable multi-standard systems and short product development cycles
  • Extremely complex signal processing, to achieve best possible quality of service with least possible resource utilization
  • Lowest power consumption for maximum battery operating time, heat reduction, and energy savings

These challenges demand for optimally tailored hardware architectures, such as processors with application specific instruction sets (ASIP, Application Specific Instruction Set Processors), as well as efficient design tools helping to manage the complexity and producing a high quality of result.



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Lehrstuhl communication science

The Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University is an interdisciplinary research institute located at the newly established RWTH Campus Melaten and is a derivation of the excellence initiative. The four faculties that form the HCI Center are the Chair for Media Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction, the Chair for Text Linguistics and Technical Communication, the Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design and the Chair for Communication Science. The research at the HCI Center focuses on usability, design, development, evaluation of new user interfaces, as well as determination of factors that predict user acceptance of technologies. Guided by industrial demands, research guidelines, and scientificmethods the research at HCI Center leads to balanced results out of several disciplines with respect to application and real world demands.

Teresa Schmidt, M.A.

Human-Computer Interaction Center
RWTH Aachen University
Campus-Boulevard 57
D-52074 Aachen (Germany)
Phone +49 241 80-49226
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The Institute of Rail Vehicles and Materials-Handling Technology at RWTH Aachen University specializes in research of railway vehicles. Key subjects are bogie development, experimental and theoretical investigation of wheel-rail-contact problems, automatic and autonomous operation of railway vehicles, driver assistance systems and the European Train Control system ETCS.
IFS is located near the Aachen West railway station and has its own testing track with connection to the public railway network. The institute owns several rail vehicles, such as the diesel-powered "IFS Erprobungsträger I", an experimental rail vehicle platform for research and development in automatic train control, sensor development and driver assistance systems. Stationary test benches allow for extensive tests and real-world verification of simulation results for wheel-rail-contact problems.

Dipl.-Ing. Florian Eßer

Institut für Schienenfahrzeuge und Fördertechnik
Seffenter Weg 8
D-52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 80-25567
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