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Research Building for Brain-Machine Interfaces

The Science Council has given the University of Freiburg’s proposal for a new research building for the “Freiburg Institute for Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology” (IMBIT) an outstanding evaluation and has recommended the project for funding. The State of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Freiburg have agreed to provide 36.77 million euros for the new research building together with the federal government as part of the program “Research Buildings at Universities.”

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Christoph Rüchardt Scholarship

For the winter term 2014/15 and the summer term 2015, the Master students Gazmend Alia, Yannick Folwill, Oksana Kutkina, Gabriel Kalweit und Jonas Weber have been granted a Christoph Rüchardt scholarship. On 30 January they received their scholarship certificates in presence of Prof. Dr. Christoph Rüchardt, former Rector of the University of Freiburg. The Christoph Rüchardt scholarships are granted every year for excellent performance.
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Prof. Wolfram Burgard elevated to IEEE Fellow

Prof. Wofram Burgard (Autonomous Intelligent Systems) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, for his "contributions to mobile robot navigation and simultaneous localization and mapping". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.
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Self-Shedding Surfaces

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop an alternative approach. In the future, medical devices or sensors made from functional polymers may be able to “shed” their surface when they are exhausted, allowing them to regenerate and be reused.
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