Chairs and Research Groups

The institute consists of five departments: HOCOS, CIS, ES, STAR and CA

The Chair of Hardware-oriented Computer Science develops circuit and system architectures based on traditional and on emerging principles, including neuromorphic, stochastic and approximate architectures. Our second area is the systematic design methodology and design automation, with a strong focus on security and reliability. The Chair covers the mentioned topics in research and in teaching. Our members are present in the top conferences of these areas, and we are collaborating with outstanding international scientists. With regard to teaching, we are offering introductory courses in the Bachelor program Computer Science, several advanced lectures in different Master programs, seminars and practical lab courses. We are looking forward to cooperation with partners from industry, academia and other public organizations; please contact us if interested! We are also offering interesting Master and Bachelor thesis topics, projects and research- and teaching-assistance opportunities.


Chair of Hardware Oriented Computer Science: HOCOS

The Department of Computational Imaging Systems is focused on 3D imaging and image processing, 3D computed tomography and imaging sensor technology. The algorithms of these topics are implemented in parallel in software using OpenCL for GPUs and for multi-core CPUs.In the area of imaging sensing, hardware architectures using the modeling language VHDL for FPGAs are developed and investigated.The area of algorithms for computational imaging is highly data-intensive, especially in 3D, and requires data science methods such as deep neural networks (deep learning), novel compression techniques, and intelligent methods of image processing including hardware acceleration using GPUs or FPGAs.In the field of computed tomography, algorithms for improved 3D imaging and 3D image processing as well as their application in the natural sciences (e.g. physics) and engineering sciences (mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering) are of particular interest. One example is the non-contact and non-destructive extraction of electromagnetic simulation models from 3D computed tomography data of inaccessible structures in the packaging of electronic systems (examples: IC packages, 3D integration).If you are interested, we will be happy to discuss the possibilities of 3D imaging and will use our in-house computed tomography system for your modeling needs (email:

For students we offer interesting bachelor, master as well as research work including specialized studies, StuPros or student assistant jobs (HIWI, email: you simply want to analyze an object of your choice with a 3D volume data model or generate an enlarged copy by 3D printing, we are able to generate such a model with our computer tomography.Just contact us for this purpose.Furthermore, we are happy to support startups (e.g.mentoring for students and graduates in the Exist funding programs) in our areas of expertise, such as the now very successful, internationally active company Synapticon.

Chair of Computational Imaging Systems: CIS

The Chair of Embedded Systems is concerned with architectures and design methods for hardware/software systems in technical applications. It pursues research in modelling and simulation of such systems as well as system optimization considering tradeoffs between cost, performance, energy and robustness.


Chair of Embedded Systems: ES

The Chair of Semiconductor Test and Reliability is devoted to research in Machine Learning for Computer-Aided Design (MLCAD) with a primarily focus on design for reliability and design for testing in cutting-edge nanotechnologies. Our work covers both advanced sub-10nm technologies such as nanowires and nanosheets transistors as well as emerging technologies such as negative capacitance transistors and ferroelectric transistors for future ultra-low power circuits and memories. In addition, we develop different novel techniques to increase the reliability and efficiency of neural processing units, which are essential for all applications of artificial intelligence.

Chair of Semiconductor Test and Reliability STAR

Research efforts within the Chair of Computer Architecture pay special attention to topics related to test, reliability and fault tolerance of digital systems as well as innovative architectures for approximative and heterogeneous computing. A part of our work is done in cooperation with various partners coming both from national and international universities and from industry. Master theses address current research of the group, possibly also at the partners' sites.


Chair of Computer Architecture: CA

Mirjam Breitling



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