Markus Niermann was awarded with the "Borchers-Plakette" in September of this year. The "Borchers-Plakette" is awarded to PhD students at RWTH Aachen University who have completed their doctoral examination with "summa cum laude". The award took place during the graduate festival and was presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Ohm.
The "23rd International Congress on Acoustics" was chaired this year by Prof. Dr. Michael Vorländer and Prof. Janina Fels. And so the visit of the ICA led the scientists of the institute only to the Eurogress. Stefan Liebich and Johannes Fabry presented their research work in the area of "Active Noise Cancellation" as part of a poster session.
We were pleased to welcome Dr. Gary W. Elko and his colleague Dr. Jens M. Meyer to the institute. Dr. Elko is managing director and co-founder of mH acoustics. During the ICA 2019 in Aachen, he took the opportunity to visit the IKS and to personally install the latest hardware for the Eigenmike®. In retun, we offered Dr. Elko and Dr. Meyer special 3D sounds from our IKS|Lab.
The Institute of Communication Systems was represented at the 27th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) in A Coruña, Spain, by Tobias Kabzinski and Matthias Schrammen. Initially, Mr. Kabzinski presented research about robust narrowband direction-of-arrival estimation. After that, Mr. Schrammen presented both his contributions about microphone array geometry estimation with few acoustic sources and a novel approach to efficiently combine beamforming and acoustic echo control for speech enhancement.
This year, a graduate received the Best Master Thesis Award 2019 during the Colloquium Communications Technology. Alexander Bohlender was awarded for his outstanding master thesis "Combined Beamforming and Acoustic Echo Cancellation for Speech Enhancement".
Luis Paulino Méndez Badilla, a former graduate of our institute, was elected new Rector of Tecnológico de Costa Rica on June 13.