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SFB 876

Collaborative Research Center

Since 2011, we are part of the Collaborative Research Centre 876: "Availability of Information through Analysis under Resource Constraints" with the Department of Computer Science, among others.

We are part of project  C3: "Multi-level statistical analysis of high-frequency spatio-temporal process data", under the direction of Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik (Faculty of Computer Science, TU Dortmund University), Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Rhode and Dr. Tim Ruhe (both from this chair).

The main task we are addressing in this project is the ever-increasing data rate of astrophysical experiments.
The current generation of telescopes does not yet require real-time handling of the recorded data. However, this will become necessary in the next generation of large telescopes in astronomy and astroparticle physics, which are currently in the planning or construction phases. This next generation - like CTA, SKA and IceCube-Gen2 - will take data with the highest precision and data rate ( about 1 petabyte/day). At such data rates, due to lack of measurement system memory, data must be selected in real time and signal data separated from background.  Other challenges include the inherent limitations of telescope communications and isolated telescope sites. Our research on different data analysis and machine learning methods will help to solve these challenges.

More information and a list of published papers in our SFB project area can be found on the SFB website.


Competence Center

The Rhine-Ruhr Machine Learning Competence Centre ( ML2R) links the pioneering institutions for the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning in Germany: the Technical University of Dortmund, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin, the University of Bonn and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund.

In order to bring research on machine learning and artificial intelligence to a world-leading level, the close interlinking of basic and applied research provides the ideal basis for innovation.

The goals of ML2R are to establish cutting-edge research, promote young scientists and strengthen technology transfer to companies.

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.