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Sensitive prostheses, long-term stable brain implants, autonomous robots, sustainable energy systems or intelligent, self-healing materials - that's how versatile our projects are.

The Faculty of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive engineering faculties in Germany. With the unique constellation of the Department of Computer Science (IIF), Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) and the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH), the cooperation with five Fraunhofer institutes and the Hahn-Schickard institutes, the Faculty of Engineering offers an ideal environment for research at the highest level. Research and teaching are closely intertwined; the exchange across the institutes and faculty boundaries is a daily practice.

The University of Freiburg ranks among the ten universities nationwide whose innovations are the strongest advances in scientific and technical progress and have the greatest impact on the global economy (Thomson Reuters Innovation Ranking 2019). Our work with successful publications, patents and spin-offs has contributed significantly to this leading position.

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Coopted Professor (Kooptierte Professuren)


Adjunct Professor (Außerplanmäßiger Professor)


Associate Professor

  • Brandenburg, Albrecht
  • Breunig, Ingo
  • Gombert, Andreas
  • Paust, Nils


Junior Research Groups



Professors of Universities of Applied Sciences with equal rights in Ph.D. affairs

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mescheder, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bahman Azarhoushang, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Knut Möller, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hadi Mozaffari-Jovein, Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences


Former Groups

  • Arras, Kai |  Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
  • Asplund, Maria | ElectroActive Coatings group | BrainLinks-BrainTools Research Group Lead
  • Basin, David | Sodtware Engineering
  • Becker, Bernd | Computer Architecture
  • Behnke, Sven | Humanoid Robots
  • Bennewitz, Maren | Humanoid Robots
  • Burgard, Wolfram |  Autonomous Intelligent Systems
  • Burkhardt, Hans | Pattern Recognition and Image Processing
  • De Raedt, Luc | Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
  • Fischer, Peter |  Web Science
  • Haußelt, Jürgen |  Materials Processing
  • Korvink, Jan G. |  Simulation
  • Kuhl, Matthias | Modeling and Design of Integrated Interface Circuits
  • Lausen, Georg |  Databases and Information Systems
  • Lienkamp, Karen | Bioactive Polymer Synthesis and Surface Engineering | Emmy Noether Research Group Lead
  • Manoli, Yiannos | Microelectronics
  • Meier, Matthias | Microfluidic and Biological Engineering | Emmy Noether Research Group Lead
  • Menz, Wolfgang | Process Technology
  • Nebel, Bernhard | Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Ottmann, Thomas |  Algorithm and Data Structures
  • Ragni, Marco | Cognitive Computation
  • Reindl, Leo | Electrical Instrumentation
  • Reinecke, Holger | Process Technology
  • Riedmiller, Martin |  Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
  • Schwarz, Ulrich T. |  Optoelectronic
  • Tangermann, Michael | Brain State Decoding Lab | BrainLinks-BrainTools Research Group Lead
  • Van Laerhoven, Kristof | Embedded Systems


Main research areas


  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Information Systems for Life Sciences
  • Neurotechnology and Robotics
  • Optical Systems
  • Microanalysis Systems and Biomedical Technology
  • Intelligent Materials and Bio-inspired Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Network
  • Resilience

Excellence Initiative / Excellence Strategy


The Faculty of Engineering participates in:

Excellence Strategy (2019–2026)

Excellence Initiative (2005-2019)

Collaborative Research Centres, Collaborative Training Groups, Doctoral Programs

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  • Planar Optronic Systems (SFB/TR 123, 2013-2017) / Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans Zappe, Department of Microsystems Engineering


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  • Micro Energy Harvesting (GRK 1322, 2006-2015) / Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter Woias, Department of Microsystems Engineering
  • Embedded Microsystems (GRK 1103, 2004-2014) / Contact: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard, Department of Computer Science


humaoide-roboter-16x9.jpgState-funded structured doctoral programs

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grossprojekte-16x9.jpgResearch Networks

The Faculty of Engineering is embedded in several regional, national and international research networks. The Faculty’s most important partners include the five institutes of the Fraunhofer Society in Freiburg, the Hahn-Schickard Institute and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with its Professorship of Materials Process Technology.

The Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) is also key member of the Technology Cluster MicroTEC Southwest.

EU Projects

ERC Advanced, Consolidator and Starting Grants

ERC Advanced Grants


ERC Consolidator Grant


ERC Starting Grants


 Horizont 2020


7. Forschungsrahmenprogramm

Publications and Projects

You will find an overview of this year’s publications and projects here:

Doctoral / PhD Program and Postdoctoral / Habilitation Program

humaoide-roboter-16x9.jpgInformation, Forms, Contact persons and Dates you find here.