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Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy.  Research Training Groups are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years.

Research Training Group i.c.sens (GRK 2159)

How can the trustworthiness of automated and autonomous systems (integrity) be ensured so that they do not pose a threat to humans? And how can collaboration between the different sensors of such systems be used to achieve this? The PhD students of the Research Training Group i.c.sens. are researching these problems. Since December 2016, the DFG provides the funding for the RTG.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Schön (IfE)

Participating Institutions:

  • Geodetic Institute (GIH)
  • Institute of Geodesy (IfE)
  • Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics (IKG)
  • Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI)
  • Institute of Systems Engineering (ISE)

International Research Training Group 2657

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2657 provides a collaborative framework for scientists from Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and École normale supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay to focus on joint research and doctoral education in computational mechanics. A major goal is the development of sophisticated model order reduction methods with special emphasis on non-linear and high-dimensional problems. Possible applications include fatigue prognoses for engineering structures, stochastic evaluations of processes taking place beneath the surface of the Earth or tools for planning individual surgeries on tablet computers. Each doctoral candidate is supported by at least two supervisors, one in Germany and one in France.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Nackenhorst (IBNM)

Participating Institutions

  • Leibniz University Hannover: Institute of Mechanics and Computational Mechanics, Institute of Risk and Reliability, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Environmental Physics in Civil Engineering, Institute of Structural Analysis, Institute of Applied Mathematics
  • École normale supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay: Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie
IRTG 2657 Website

Participation in other Research Training Groups

International Research Training Group GRK 2309 - TransTiP

The IRTG "Geoecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau" (TransTiP) is an international research training program which grants German and foreign students an international education within the cooperative environments of Technische Universität Braunschweig, Leibniz Universität Hannover and Friedrich Schiller University Jena. TransTiP offers a PhD program specializing in Geosciences with a research and teaching focuses on sediment fluxes, carbon fluxes, and water fluxes and water quality.

Spokesperson: Professorin Dr. Antje Schwalb, TU Braunschweig

Participating Institutions

  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover: Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Umweltphysik im Bauwesen, Institut für Bodenkunde
  • Lanzhou University und Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

Research Training Group 1931 SocialCars

The focus of SocialCars is on significantly improving future urban road traffic, through cooperative approaches. "How can individual travelers make optimal use of the transport infrastructure, so that safety is increased and congestion and pollution are reduced?" is the key question. SocialCars aims to answer this question by investigating the interaction between centralized (system-optimal) management and decentralized (user-optimal) decisions of traffic participants.

Spokesperson: Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Friedrich, TU Braunschweig

Participating Institutions:

  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Leibniz University Hannover: Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Institute of Communications Technology