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Prof. Dr. Eckhard Steffen

Ahmet Mehic, wiss. Mit.

Promocija doktorskih studija, Mostar, 11-12.03.2010


Paderborn and its University


Our Programs

Our People

Industry Partners

City of Paderborn

North Rhine-Westphalia

>1,200 years of history

150.000 inhabitants

culture, sports & leisure

industry: global players in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering and automotive

nearby airport


University of Paderborn

founded 1972

14,000 students

10 % international students

technology transfer, cooperation with industry & universities


Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Business Computing

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics


Economic area Paderborn…

  • Companies like Siemens, Wincor Nixdorf,
  • Benteler, Hella and Stute are located in Paderborn
  • The city's appeal is also shaped by family-owned SME‘s
  • and global players
  • The Universtiy of Paderborn plays a major role in the
  • well-established Public Private Partnership (PPP)

Paderborn and its University


Our Programs

Our People

Industry Partners


…..Consequently, the question if and to what extent PhD programs could, and should explicitly cope with the demand side of the labor market remained open and unsettled.

(Form Follows Function – Comparing Doctoral Training in Europe and North America; Int. Workshop organized by HRK and UNESCO-CEPES, Frankfurt/Main November 9-11, 2006)

founded 2001
Founded 2001
  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Eckhard Steffen (Directorof Graduate Studies)
  • Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Kleine Büning
  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Dangelmaier
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Dellnitz
  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gausemeier
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Kastens
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Lückel
  • Prof. Dr. Burkhard Monien
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Noé
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Rammig
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rückert
  • Prof. Dr. Leena Suhl
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Thiede
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Trächtler
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Wallaschek
research areas
Research Areas

Database and Information Systems

Programming Languages and Compilers

Knowledge-based Systems

Algorithms and Complexity

Algorithms, Architectures, Applications for Parallel and Distributed Systems

Design of Parallel Systems

Software Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Mechatronics Laboratory

Mechatronics and Dynamics

Control Engineering and Mechatronics

Electrical Engineering & IT

Optical Communication and High-Frequency Engineering

System and Circuit Technology

High-Frequency Electronics

Business Computing, esp. Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Decision Support – Operations Research Lab

Unitary representations, symplectic and non-commutative geometry, non-commutative harmonic analysis, homological algebra, microlocal analysis, function spaces and C*-algebras

Fundamentals, manufacturing and applications of micro- and nanostructures in optoelectronics and photonics: periodic structures and optical micro resonators

we offer a program that is
We offer a program that is…


WechallengestudentstocompletetheirPhD in 3 years. Welookforintrinsicallymotivatedstudentswho will excel in ouracademicculturebased on researchfreedom.

At PACE, mathematicians talk tomechanicalengingeers, andphysisistscollaboratewithsoftwareengineers. Students also profitfrom an extensive academicnetworkfarbeyond Paderborn.


Wehaveexcellentpartnershipswithcompanies such as Daimler andWincor Nixdorf. Through projectswithourindustrypartners, studentresearchcanprovidesolutionsto real worldbusinessproblems.


Ourstudentscomefrom all overtheworld. Duringourprogramtheycantakeadvantageof soft skilltraining, interculturalactivities, companyvisitsand German languageclasses.



Studentsreceivefinancialaid in the form of a fellowship, andfullreimbursementoftravelcosts.

Weevenrefundthecostoftheadmission interview.

We understand doctoralstudentsneedtofocus on research. Thatiswhywe do not requireourstudentstoteach. We also helpstructuretheir 3 yearstoensuresuccess. Andwetakecare time-consumingadministration.


candidates we accept are
Candidates we accept are…

Top of their class






online application procedure
Online application procedure
  • Online procedure
    • Online FAQ, question form and standard procedure allows for high volume
    • Helps track advertising effectivity (where did applicant hear about PACE)
  • Recruitment procedure as in job interview:
    • Personal interviews
    • Pre-selection of candidates by Board
administrative services
Administrative Services
  • Housing search
  • Visa and immigration help
  • German language course
  • Child care
  • Social security and health insurance
quality management
Quality Management
  • Structured student feedback
  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Supervision assessment
  • Intermediate exam
program structure
Program Structure




Intermediate Exam






Soft skill training

Cultural program


ITpreneurship: Kooperative Gründungsoffensive Hochschule –Wirtschaft im IT-Cluster Paderborn

  • ITpreneurshipsupportsstart-ups in the IT sector in cooperationwiththe regional IT industry
  • ITpreneuship links companies, potential founders of a newbusinessand Paderborn University andcreatessynergiestostrengthenthe regional IT-cluster


  • Conjoint finding of new business ideas and creation of a „pool of ideas“
  • Development of actions to bring together companies and potential founders of a new business
  • Advancement of the ideas to the formation of a cooperative company
the pace program
The PACE (+) Program


Skills Training


Skills Training

Scientific Career

Skills Training

Basic Soft Skill Training: communication, projectmanagement, etc.

Successful completion of a PACE (+) track leads to an extra certificate along with the PhD.

facts figures
Facts & Figures
  • more than 15 applications per place to study
  • more than 80 PhD students with degrees from over 20 countries
  • 20% female PhD students
  • > 450 publications
  • > 90 alumni
  • duration: < 40 months (average)
further activities
Further Activities
  • Joint transferable skill program with other NRW-Graduate Schools (Münster, Essen)
  • Representing Paderborn University in the Council of Doctoral Education of the European University Association (EUA)
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Further Activities
  • Participating in the DOC CAREERS Project I and II of the EUA

DOC-CAREERS II will look uniquely at how universities work with their regional partners in doctoral education across Europe.

 Input for the Tempus-Project ProTec-WBC


Paderborn and its University


Our Programs

Our People

Industry Partners

dynamic intelligent systems
Dynamic Intelligent Systems

Construction of embedded or mechatronic systems

(examples: simple electronic teller machines or complex life critical systems like a modern aircraft or railway system)

PhD-projects could be in areas like:

  • Reconfigurable Hardware and Software Components
  • Resource and Communication Management in Dynamic Networks
  • Organization of large Dynamic Networks
  • Interdisciplinary Design Processes
  • Performance-oriented Modelling and Specification Techniques
  • Intelligent Systems in Production and Logistics
  • Intelligent Mechatronic Systems
selected example software engineering self optimizing systems in mechanical engineering
Selected Example: Software Engineering – Self-optimizing Systems in Mechanical Engineering


Products deriving from Mechanical Engineering with inherent partial intelligence

Autonomous and flexible reaction on changing conditions concerning environment and operation

Impulse on innovative products of the automotive industry and railway technology


1. Semester


Introduction (Einführungskurs)

Dynamic Intelligent Systems 1 2 h / 1 E

Lectures 4 h

Reading Class 2 h

Total 8 h + 1 h


2. Semester


Dynamic Intelligent Systems 2 2 h / 1 E

Doktorandenkolloquium 2 h

Reading Class 2 h

Soft Skills 4 h

Total 8 h + 1 h


3. Semester


Dynamic Intelligent Systems 3 2 h / 1 E

Reading Class 2 h

Lecture 2 h

Soft Skills 2 h

Total 8 h + 1 h


4. Semester


Dynamic Intelligent Systems 4 2 h / 1 E

Reading Class 2 h

Soft Skills 2 h

Total 6 h + 1 h


5. Semester


Doktorandenkolloquium 2 h

6. Semester


curriculum remarks
Curriculum - Remarks

i) Dynamic Intelligent Systems 1 – 4:

  • Dynamic Intelligent Systems will be considered from 4 points of view, i.e. from business computing, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
  • Main idea: Different approaches to “Dynamic Intelligent Systems”.
  • creates an IGS-identity
  • Mandatory “Dynamic Intelligent Systems” lectures for all IGS students of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester.
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Curriculum - Remarks


Lecturer: IGS students 2nd and 5th semester

Compulsory attendance: all IGS Students


Paderborn and its University


Our Programs

Our People

Industry Partners


Joel Greenyer

Software Engineering

Natalia Akchurina

Knowledge based systems

Emad Monier Ibrahim

System and Circuit Technology


Semir Osmic

Control Engineering and Mechatronics

Mariana Reyes Perez

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Dalimir Orfanus

Design of Distributed Embedded Systems

Asmir Vodencarevic

Cass April 2010

~ 40 % of our students are from abroad

what our students say
What our students say

“The opportunity for cooperation with industry was the main reason for me to do my PhD in Paderborn. When you’re working for a company, solving a concrete business problem for them, you are not just trying out an idea. Your research has to be viable. It has to lead to the solution of an actual business issue. This is what really made my research interesting.”

-- Jens Peter Kempkes


Dr.-Ing. Dieter ZetscheCEO Daimler AG

Prof. Dr. Tien Pham Van

Technical University of Hanoi

Dr. Maria Balazova

European Commission

alumni industry fellowships
Alumni – industry fellowships

Catherine Cleophas

Lufthansa AG

Simon Altemeier

Daimler AG

Salvatore Parisi

Unity AG

our alumni are employed by
Our alumni are employed by:

BMW, München

CLAAS KGaA mbH, Harsewinkel

Core Optics GmbH, Nuremberg

CTcon GmbH, Düsseldorf,

dSpace GmbH, Paderborn,

Electronic Arts Inc., Vancouver, Canada

European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Gerling Gruppe,

Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Lippstadt

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhard, Düsseldorf

Lufthansa Systems Group GmbH, Berlin

McKinsey&Company, Düsseldorf

National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Orga Systems, Paderborn

Osram Optosemiconductors, Regensburg

Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg

SAP, Walldorf

sd&m Ag, Offenbach

Siemens Research, Princeton, USA

Technical University of Hanoi

Toyota Motor Europe N.V/S.A, Brussels, Belgium

University of Bordeaux 1

University of Duisburg-Essen

University of Magdeburg

University of Paderborn

University of Wroclaw, Poland

ZS Associates IntL, Frankfurt

international advisory board
International Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Brinkmeier, MP North Rhine-Westphalia, Gütersloh, GermanyProf. Dr. Peter Gritzmann, Technische Universität München, Munich, GermanyProf. Dr. Leon J. Osterweil, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USADr. Mathias Pätzold, Secretary General, Wissenschaftliche Kommission des Landes Niedersachsen, Hanover, GermanyProf. Dr. Erik Meineche Schmidt, University of Aarhus, DenmarkProf. Dr. Nikolaus Risch, President of the University of Paderborn (non voting member)Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer, Chair of PACE (non voting member)Prof. Dr. Erik Woldt, Miele & Cie KG, Gütersloh, Germany


Paderborn and its University


Our Programs

Our People

Industry Partners

  • Daimler AG
  • Dr. Arnold Hueck Stiftung
  • dSpace GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
  • Freudenberg & Co. KG
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • German Federal State North Rhine-Westphalia
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Hella KG aA Hueck & Co.
  • Lufthansa AG
  • Siemens AG
  • Unity AG
  • Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH