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Prof. Andreas Knopp, Matthias G. Schraml, (f.l.t.r.).

Award for PhD student Matthias G. Schraml

December 23, 2017 The Institute for Information Technology awarded the “Best Publication 2017 Award” to Matthias Schraml who authored the publication entitled “Blind Estimation of the HPA Operating Point in Multicarrier Satellite Transponders”. The paper, which appeared in the renowned journal ‘’IEEE Communications Letters’’, proposes a novel method for the estimation of the operating point in satellite transponders when the input signal is of multi-carrier type and unknown to the measurement device. Operating point estimation has always been a problem if high practical relevance because satellite operators want to drive their transponders close to saturation for maximum power efficiency while preserving a distinct back-off to limit the intermodulation noise. The novel method opens up a strategy to measure the operating point without any a-priori knowledge about the signal and from any position within the satellite beam. Congratulations to Matthias!
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Gereon Such, Prof. Lankl, (Dean of the Faculty E.E.), Prof. Marquardt (Chairman ITIS e.V.), (f.l.t.r.).

Gereon Such honored for his Master Thesis

December 9, 2017 Master student Gereon Such receives the 2017 “Best Master Thesis Award” issued by the Neubiberg based research funding society “ITIS e.V.”. The award has been presented to Gereon by Prof. Dr. Christian Thienel, the University’s Vice President for research matters. In his laudatory speech Prof. Thienel pointed out that Gereon’s thesis entitled “Performance gain Analysis of a Volterra Series Equalizer for Tactical Satellite Communications” impressively shows how a complex mathematical theory can be systematically tailored and applied to practical systems without loss of exactness and generality. “It is especially this kind of competence that sets apart a great engineer” the Vice President added. Congratulations to Gereon!

Best Publication 2016 Award for “Spatial MIMO over Satellite”

December 8, 2016: The Institute for Information Technology awarded the “Best Publication 2016 Award” to the authors of the paper entitled “Spatial MIMO over satellite: A proof of concept”. The paper has been written by Christian Hofmann, Robert Schwarz, Kai-Uwe Storek and Andreas Knopp and has been published in the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2016).
In their publication the authors report the results of a test campaign intended to prove the feasibility of MIMO transmission via geostationary satellites. After several years of theoretical research on MIMO over satellite it has now been possible to confirm the predicted MIMO channel capacity by channel measurements. Accompanied by the world’s first spatial MIMO transmission via satellite the campaign resolved any doubts about the feasibility of this still controversially discussed technology. MIMO is a potential technique to increase the throughput of satellite communications, meeting the abiding demand for higher data rates. The awarded publication has been considered a milestone in research on MIMO over satellite.
Prof. Andreas Knopp,
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Delamotte and
Dipl.-Ing. Robert Schwarz (f.l.t.r).

Best Student Paper Award

September 8, 2015: Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Delamotte and Dipl.-Ing. Robert Schwarz, both research assistant for Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knopp, have been honored with the „Best Student Paper Award“ on the 8th of September 2015 at the „33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference“ in Gold Coast, Australia. The results presented by Thomas Delamotte, entitled „On the Accuracy of Simplified Volterra Series Models for Multicarrier Systems Using Faster-than-Nyquist Signaling“ deal with the mathematical modelling of nonlinear satellite transmission chains. The core of the matter is to point out which level of mathematical detail is required to accurately model such nonlinear chains. The proposed modeling represents a starting point for the design of new algorithms complying with the high data rate requirements of next generation “High-Throughput-Satellites”.
The „International Communications Satellite Systems Conference” of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world´s most significant technical conference on satellite communications.
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Prof. Andreas Knopp,
Dipl.-Ing. Kai-Uwe Storek and Dipl.-Ing. Christian Hofmann (f.l.t.r).

“Next Generation Meets SATCOM” Award

March 25-26, 2015: The SATCOM research group receives the “2015 SATCOM Advancement Award of the German Space Agency (DLR)” for their poster “MIMO SATCOM Demonstrator: A Frequency Reuse Technology to Increase the Data Rate under Power Constraints”. The award has been handed over to Kai-Uwe Storek and Christian A. Hofmann by the DLR board member Dr. Gruppe at this year’s National Conference on Satellite Communications in Bonn. The winners have been selected by the audience in terms of novelty of their idea, practical usefulness / applicability, and quality of presentation. The award includes a financial incentive enabling the authors to present their results at a major international conferences on satellite communications.
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Prof. Berthold Lankl,
Prof. Andreas Knopp,
Präsidentin Prof. Merith Niehuss and
Dipl.-Ing. Robert Schwarz (f.l.t.r)

Award for Innovators

January 1, 2015: The innovators Prof. Andreas Knopp, Dipl.-Ing. Robert Schwarz and Prof. Berthold Lankl have been honored by the president of the Universität der Bundeswehr München Prof. Merith Niehuss on behalf of the minister of defense Dr. Ursula von der Leyen because of a patent, which has been granted in November 2013. The basic idea of this patent, which is entitled „Verfahren und Einrichtung zur MIMO-Datenübertragung mit einer Höhenplattform“, is an approach that increases the security against eavesdropping of satellite communications links with high data rates. As a main benefit of this approach commonly applied ciphering algorithms, which are bandwidth consuming in general, are no longer required. This innovation is based on long year scientific research activities in the area of “security in information transmission”, which is a focus of research across all faculties of the Universität der Bundeswehr München.

More information can be found here. (in German only)