The Department of Information Technology teaches the acquisition, processing and transmission of information by means of sensors, processors and telecommunication systems. Depending on the application in question this involves a wide range of subjects, from mechatronics, sensor technology and electronics to technical computer science.
The Department offers two Bachelor programmes much in demand both with study applicants and industry. The Telecommunications/Electronics programme is largely hardware-oriented and covers the development and application of (micro)electronics in information and automation engineering. The subjects dealt with here are the acquisition of information via measurement and sensor technologies, analogue and digital signal processing, and information transmission by means of electronic circuits, from single transistors all the way to application-specific, high-integration semi-conductor chips and freely programmable processors. The more software-oriented Technical Computer Science programme teaches digital hardware configuration and programming. The subjects range from the design of integrated digital circuits and computer hardware and the programming of micro-computers/digital signal processors to the management of data networks and the design of extensive software architectures. The knowledge thus acquired is then brought together for use in embedded systems.
Graduates from these Bachelor programmes can go on to an in-depth study of selected subject matter in the accredited Master programme on Information Technology. In 2006 this course was ranked by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Association of German Industry Foundations as one of the 10 best Master programmes in Germany.
Research at the Department is interdisciplinary and centres on medical technology and embedded systems, sensor technology, (micro)electronics, software engineering, digital signal processing, communication technology, high-frequency engineering, (mobile) radio systems and language processing. Contacts with industry are extremely close and extend to a wide range of different areas, notably medical technology, telecommunications, automobile construction, automation engineering and the pharmaceutical industry. These company contacts come to fruition in joint R&D projects and also generate many interesting subjects for Bachelor and Master theses.