The DSS team looks back on a very interesting and also very successful year. We would like to thank all who have contributed to that: our students that did or do their Bachelor or Master theses with us, our Hiwis, all cooperation and project partners, all people who helped in educational or adminsitrative manner and of course all those that are not mentioned before. Last but not least: very special thanks to all the PhD students that "tranform" a group of very clever and nice people to a really great team ("vom Besten das Besondere").

We hope that all of you will have a nice Christmas celebration, that you will enjoy the few days that are usually free of work and that you have also a good start into the new year. Let's see what 2018 will bring to us.

Merry Christmas

On November 24th, one of our DSS team members, Owe Wisch, took part in the "Jugend forscht Perspektivforum" at the CAU. Thirty young students from the "Jugend forscht" project came to Kiel and participated in three different workshops focusing on career paths in maritime climate protection. Owe Wisch from our chair lead one of the workshops and presented his research topics, beamforming techniques and his career decisions so far to the students aged between 16 and 20 years. 

We hope that we were able to show the students interesting career paths, share our knowledge about digital signal processing and its applications and hopefully some of them will consider studying electrical engineering, maybe even here in Kiel. We believe that exchange of ideas with the next generation of students, who are interested in science, is very important to the university and our chair and we would like to thank "Jugend forscht" for this opportunity.

Recently, Owe Wisch finished his master thesis on speech recognition for swimming googles. The idea was to recognize commands such as "play", "stop", or "pause" while wearing an MP3 Player within the water.

In order to achieve that goal, Owe Wisch added several microphone within and on the outside of typical swimming googles. He used a GMM-based recognizer to map the "bubbling speech" onto several commands. The playback of was done via so-called bone conduction speakers that were also mounted on the side of the googles.

Special thanks to Jonas Wilinski who created the video that you can find below.

On Friday, 21st of June, Jens Reermann defended his research on signals processing for magnetoelectric sensor systems very successfully. After 90 minutes of talk and question time he finished his PhD with distinction. Congratulations, Jens, from the entire DSS team.

Jens worked for about three and a half years - as part of the collaborative research center (SFB) 1261 - on all kinds of signal enhancement schemes for the new types of magnetoelectic sensors that are built by the material science researchers here in Kiel and used by our medical colleagues in the universtiy clinicum in Kiel. Jens implemented a real-time system for noise cancellation as well as a digitally contrlled analogue carrier suppression scheme (in cooperation with HF group) - to mention just a few a his contributions.

Last Thuesday (21.11.2017) we put our first DSS boat for the first time into water. Even if it is not yet christened (to be done soon), we will call it "MISSy". This is an acronym standing for MIMO-SONAR System (thanks to Alexej for creating that name).

MISSy was able to carry three of us and until now we don't have an engine, meaning that we drive it as a bike with muscle force. However, everything was o.k. with MISSy. Now, we will extend it in several ways over the winter time. Our next steps will be an extension for our trailer, as well as artifical SONAR targets, communication and localisation possibilities.

We would like to thank our colleaques from the WTD 71 / FWG for finding an appropriate boat for our purposes and also for their "helping hands".

This fall Jens Reermann left the team after finishing his defense (see last news entry). At the same time - meaning in October/November - three new people entered our team.

Rasool Al-mafrachi was the first one. He came over from Bagdad / Irak with his family (his wife and his son) in October. Rasool will work on in-car communcation - supporting our speech and audio "division". Afterwards Christin Bald and Owe Wisch joined our team at the beginning of November. Christin will continue the work of Jens (medical signal processing with emphasis on magnetoelectric sensor systems). Owe is our third "underwater guy" - he will focus on communication aspects in SONAR systems.

We are very happy that these three clever, smart, intelligent, ... but also very kind - and that's the important thing - guys joined our group. Welcome to the DSS team.

On June 30st, Chirstin Bald and Thorben Kaak were honored with prices form the Faculty of Engineering. Christin Bald finished as the best bachelor student this year in the study program "Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management" and Thorben Kaak did the same but in terms of his master studies in the study program "Electrical Engineering".

Of course, the DSS team congratulates both of them to the price and to their excellent performance during the study periods.

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E-Mail: gus@tf.uni-kiel.de

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Faculty of Engineering
Institute for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering
Digital Signal Processing and System Theory

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24143 Kiel, Germany

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