IEEE Milestone for Christian Hülsmeyer
The »Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)«, the world's largest professional association of engineers honored the radar pioneer Christian Hülsmeyer at a historic site in Cologne. On May 17, 1904, the inventor Hülsmeyer, who was only 22 years old at the time, demonstrated his »Telemobiloskop« for the first time at the Hohenzollern Bridge, reliably locating ships even in darkness and foggy conditions. With the support of Fraunhofer FKIE and Fraunhofer FHR, the IEEE has now included this birth of radar as an IEEE Milestone, a very special honor, as to date, only five technical achievements have received this award in Germany. After a ceremony with Cologne's mayor Henriette Reker in the historic city hall, the commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Rhine River on October 19. International radar experts gave speeches about the significance of Hülsmeyer's invention during the evening event.
Radar innovations under the Eifel Tower
Fraunhofer FHR sent a large team to represent the institute at the European Microwave Week in Paris at the end of September, sharing a booth with the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF and another one with the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany FMD. Our experts presented the projects GESTRA, ATRIUM and ORAS, among others, and also gave six specialist presentations, held a workshop, and contributed to two more radar and high frequency subjects at this leading trade show and conference for microwave technology, high frequency techniques, and radar.
From 16 countries to the rhine
It was already the 11th time that Fraunhofer FHR organized the International Summer School on Radar/SAR. 45 participants from 16 nations came to »Haus Humboldtstein« in Remagen from July 5 to 12 for intensive training and an in-depth exchange of knowledge in the radar/SAR area. A high-class agenda awaited the students, postgraduates and young scientists, including 10 presentations and one of six 1.5-day workshops held by international radar experts. The program also included a visit to the institute. Colleagues of different departments displayed great enthusiasm as they gave presentations, organized tours of the measuring chambers, and showed their projects to the guests. Social life was well accounted for as well: A trip to Cologne, a bike tour around the Rhine River in Bonn, or the traditional »Bergfest«, a barbecue at »Haus Humboldtstein«, provided plenty of opportunities for networking and a lively exchange among everyone.