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The research focus of the Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ) is the holistic investigation of optical measurement systems, which includes the design, realization, modelling, characterization and, finally, the application of novel measurement techniques. By applying a rigorous system-based analysis of the measurement systems, the limits of measurability and the respective uncertainty principles are investigated in order to determine and to surpass the limits of state-of-the-art approaches. Beyond pure measurement tasks, automation aspects and the application of quality controls is investigated as well. However, the core competence of BIMAQ is measurement system engineering, which is a key discipline for solving technical and overall social challenges.


Prof. Fischer übernimmt 2024/25 den AHMT-Vorsitz

Prof. Fischer takes over AHMT chairmanship in 2024/25

Prof. Fischer was elected by the members of the Arbeitskreis der Hochschullehrer für Messtechnik e.V. (AHMT) as new chairman for the years 2024 and 2025. We thank you for your confidence and look forward to a good cooperation in the promotion of metrology in research and teaching, including our young academics.


Shaping the energy transition – with measurement techniques!

Metrological competences are required for the operation and ongoing development highly efficient and reliably working wind turbines. As an example, geometry measurements of gears (to assure the component tolerances), wind velocity measurements (for a reliable site assessment as well as für teh efficient and safe control of the wind turbine), and flow state measurements on rotor blades (for maximizing the efficiency and minimizing the sound emissions) are essential measurement tasks.

To bundle the metrological competences, the national metrology institute of Germany that is the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) founded the Competence Centre for Wind Energy (CCW). About the CCW, and about the metrological competences contributed from the industry and the University of Bremen, it is reported in the currently released special issue in the journal „tm – Technisches Messen“ for the first time:

Special Issue: Metrological Competence Centre for Wind Energy

Prof. Fischer (University of Bremen, BIMAQ) and Prof. Härtig (PTB) are the guest editors for this special issue. Both are more than excited to present this unique collection of insights into the fascinating world of metrology and measurement techniques, contributing to a successful energy transition.

Prof. Fischer receives ERC grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Prof. Fischer a Consolidator Grant for the investigation of a groundbreaking research approach. This will enable him to conduct research over a period of 5 years with an interdisciplinary research team to overcome current limits of optical geometry measurements and build the foundation for a new class of measurement instruments.

News report of the University of Bremen

Initiation of a DFG-funded Priority Program

The DFG will fund the research priority program SPP2433 with the title 'Measurement techniques on flying platforms' starting in 2024, and Prof. Fischer from the BIMAQ of the University of Bremen will coordinate this program. As one of six accepted programs in 2023 in Germany, we are very pleased and excited about this honor, about the task of the coordination, and the are looking forward to the expected highlight research results.

Further information is provided in the news report of the University of Bremen, and in the official call of the DFG.

Awarding of the Deutsche WindGuard Young Scientists Award 2023 for Measurement Technology, Automation and Quality Science

In 2023, the DWG Young Talent Award was presented for the seventh time at BIMAQ for outstanding student work at the Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ) in the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen. The prize is intended to promote young engineers and is sponsored by Deutsche WindGuard GmbH (DWG).

In awarding the prize, particular emphasis was placed on progress for science, metrological system understanding and the relevance of the research results for practical measurement tasks. The award is associated with prize money of 500 euros per master thesis.

2023 the awards went to:

Master thesis: Philipp Thomaneck, M. Sc.

Validierung eines ganzheitlichen bionischen Leichtbaudesigns für Verzahnungen hinsichtlich dynamischer Belastungen


Breaking new grounds - with a highly prestigious momentum research grant

The VW Stiftung supports appointees to their first professorship with a highly competitive program - the VW Momentum funding program. Momentum means the crucial moment or is the English designation of the physical quantity momentum. With this regard, the program is for scientiests in an early career stage after the beginning of their first professorship. The aim is to support a further content-based and strategic developement of the professorship. Prof. Fischer has succeeded with his research concept 'Smile - Laboratory for Laboratory for Sensitive Machining of Biological Materials' in a highly competitive, multi-stage evaluation procedure. With this approach the disciplines of measurement science and manufacturing engineering are no longer thought separately, but completely together. With a multisensory approach and a fusion of data and knowledge, the precise manufacturing of inhomogeneous materials with unknown material parameters will be enabled. By increasing the precision for the surgical treatmeant of bones or teeth, as well as the manufacture of future composite materials, an important contribution to our future society will be created.

Furthermore, the laboratory 'Smile' will also directly contribute to the support of young talents, because students can learn within their study program the underlying methods in the lab, thus enabling living demonstrations and action learning.

News report of the University of Bremen

Scientist from BIMAQ receives science award of the OLB foundation

Dr.-Ing. Merlin Mikulewitsch received the second prize of the science award 2022 of the OLB foundation for his outstanding PhD thesis „Model-based optical and photothermical layer thickness measurement for the near- and in-process application in manufacturing“. The jury appreciated the achieved progress in measurement science as well as his successful realizing and demonstration of his innovative approach close to the industrial environment. In addition, his achievements have an enormous potential to save ressources and energy in industrial important manufacturing processes. The awardees have been selected out of more than 65 nominations, and they convinced the jury concerning the high scientifiy quality of the thesis, the impact on the society, the courage selecting the novel approach, and their capability to develop and present a new topic.

For the highly renown award of his PhD thesis, which was awarded on 12/6/2023 in Oldenburg in an festive atmosphere, the BIMAQ team sends cordial congratulations!

Overview over all awardees with laudationes


PhD student (Physics, Systems Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineernig, Production Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)

We are looking for a phd student for the research on "Prozess-near optical and thermographic measurements".
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