Doctorate Michael Schuster

The Institute of System Dynamics (ISD) Konstanz and the Faculty EI congratulate Dr.-Ing. Michael Schuster very warmly to the doctorate, which was awarded the top score of summa cum laude. The doctorate was supervised by Prof. Reuter in cooperation with Prof. Wanielik, professor of communications engineering, at TU-Chemnitz. Mr. Schuster is thus the second doctoral candidate of the ISD working group on control engineering and sensor data fusion, founded in 2010.

In addition to maritime scenarios, the co-operation with the TU-Chemnitz also involved questions on the field of environment recognition for automotive driver assistance systems. In the course of time, the concrete scientific questions emerged, to which Mr Schuster wanted to contribute. Multi-sensor data fusion is an area with especially high research activity due to the requirements for automated driving.

A central scientific result is the exact formulation and solution of the general filter equations for the tracking of extended multiple targets based on random matrices, the so-called Multiple-Detection Joint Integrated Probabiilistic Data Association Filter (MD-JIPDA). With this method, in addition to the state estimation of multiple targets under interference conditions, the extent of the tracked objects can also be determined based on e.g. Radar data. In addition to the theoretical elaboration in a variety of simulatory and experimental investigations, Michael Schuster compared his approach with the state of the art and proved that his MD-JIPDA filter in many cases provides better results than with methods currently available.

We congratulate Mr. Schuster on the successful doctorate and we wish Dr. Schuster all the best for the private and professional future.

Michael Blaich, research associate at the Institue of System Dynamics, has successfully completed his doctoral procedure at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg on June 10th 2016. His dissertation is entitled "Path Planning and Collision Avoidance for Safe Vessel Autonomous Navigation in Dynamic Environments".

We congratulate Mr. Blaich on the successful doctorate!