The University of Passau in Germany has a Faculty of Informatics and Mathematics with about 400 students and 14 professorships. In the recent 2009 CHE ranking of computer science faculties in Germany and neighboring countries, the faculty was ranked in the top group of only four faculties.
According to our research activities, our own current teaching activities span the wide field from technical foundations of computer science to computational intelligence and data analysis.
- Technical Computer Science: Real-Time Systems, Technical Foundations of Computer Science, Computer Architectures, Combinatorial and Sequential Circuits
- Computational Intelligence: Technical Applications of Soft Computing Techniques, Soft Computing I / II, Pattern Recognition, Data Mining Algorithms, Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems
All these lectures are complemented by tutorials.
Topics of seminars in the past were Computer Architectures, Biometrics, Evolutionary Algorithms, Support Vector Machines, IT Security, Organic Computing, and Computationally Intelligent Systems.
Practical courses are always offered in all research projects on request. We also assist you in applying for internships in companies.
The video shows the actions of a so-called inverted pendulum investigated in a student project. Three phases can be recognized: swinging up, rolling over, and sinusoidal move.
Specialized Project-Based Courses (“Projektstudium”):
- Waggling Table (neural, fuzzy, and conventional control)
- Speaker Verification (with ICONNECT)
- RoboCup (with two Pioneer robots)
- Biometrics (handwriting analysis and signature identification)
The image shows the hardware of the Waggling Table. Basically, a user may set up an arbitrary maze on a tiltable table. A camera above the table observes the scenario. The task is to move a ball through the maze without touching the walls. Solutions were realized based on fuzzy, neural, and conventional (PID) controllers.
The video shows some actions of a fuzzy controller moving the ball through the maze.
In a specialized project-based course (“Projektstudium”) in the field of robotics, a team of students trained two Pioneer robots to play soccer against each other.
- Diploma, Master’s, and Bachelor’s Theses: We supervised more than 70 theses up to now. Two theses received an award of the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK-Preis). Many theses on practical topics were offered in cooperation with companies such as BMW, Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, Micro-Epsilon, Wacker Chemie, T-Systems, or HUK Coburg. Theses on more theoretical issues are offered in all our research projects on request. We will be happy to define a topic depending on your knowledge and interests. Just ask.
- PhD Theses: We currently supervise several PhD projects in various research projects. One thesis is completed up to now (C. Gruber; “Online-Unterschriftenverifikation basierend auf Methoden des Maschinellen Lernens”; in February 2009). If you are interested in working towards a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), just ask.
Other Teaching Activities and Material:
- Summer Camp: The University of Passau offers computer science courses for high school students in August. In this context we offered lab courses on robotics (Fischertechnik and Lego Mindstorms) or measurement and control ICONNECT, for instance.
- On-line Courses: We realized three multimedia teaching and learning modules in the field of soft computing (multilayer perceptrons, self-organizing maps, fuzzy systems) for the Wissenswerkstatt Rechensysteme (Knowledge Factory for Computing Systems). This e-learning project was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research within the program “Neue Medien in der Bildung” (New Media in Education). These courses (and some others) can be found here.
- Applets: Some applets addressing various soft computing paradigms are integrated into the on-line courses. Applets showing the behavior of radial basis function neural networks can be found here, others on evolutionary algorithms are here.
High school students spent one week at the University of Passau and learned to realize recursive functions: Here, small robots realized with Fischertechnik construction kits play the well-known „Towers of Hanoi“, which is a kind of mathematical puzzle.