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With Prof Jürgen Wittmann, the Technology Campus (TC) Cham of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) gains an internationally proven professor. In his field of expertise “Design of Intelligent Sensor Actuator Systems”, he focuses mainly on sensor technology, quality and reliability, as well as the use of Deep Learning in and with the help of sensors.

From Regensburg, where he wrote his diploma thesis at Infineon, Prof Wittmann moved to the USA to East Fishkill, New York. There he worked on an international project with companies from three continents and learned the key to success in teams made up of different cultures and mentalities: a healthy tolerance for different approaches. He retained this in his subsequent work as an international auditor in various companies in Germany. He is therefore well prepared for his work as a professor at the international TC Cham. There, from March, he will work on ways to apply Deep Learning in technical products, such as the intelligent calibration of sensors. If, for example, a sensor signal deviates from the ideal value, this is compensated for by a neural network. Predicting the next necessary maintenance date for machines with the help of Deep Learning, the so-called predictive maintenance approaches, are also part of his specialty.

He gives his students a lot of freedom so that they can work out and develop a new field of knowledge themselves. It is a matter of course for him that they show a certain amount of commitment and independence. In this way, the budding engineers learn to find solutions independently and to implement them in their professional lives. For Prof Wittmann, freedom and the opportunity to choose one’s own topics are also extremely important. This, and the fact that the orientation of the degree programmes corresponds excellently to his competences, were the decisive reasons why he chose the professorship at DIT. TC Cham in particular offers him the opportunity to shape study content and shape the coming growth of the location, says the professor, who loves to familiarise himself with new topics and environments and understand how everything is connected. That is why he has also set himself the goal of further developing the path TC Cham has started on to become an internationally and at the same time regionally attractive university location. To achieve this, he strives for a good and intensive cooperation with local politics as well as with the companies in the region. His systematic, disciplined and consistent manner, without losing his composure, will certainly be helpful.

In order to remain calm even when the situation gets hectic, Prof Wittmann likes to be physically active in his free time, preferably doing handicrafts on his own house or, if time permits, mountain biking. But he is also happy to be found with a good book in his free time.

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In public, the image of the nursing profession is mainly shaped by two attributes: exhausting, because there are too few nurses and also poorly paid. However, there is much more to the interaction between patients and nursing staff. Everyday life can be very moving. For example, in moments when caregivers are the ones who preserve the dignity of a person in need of help. Students of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) will address how dignified care can be in everyday life and what significance it has at the third Nursing Day of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Interested parties are cordially invited to the free event in January.

Students on the nursing course hear a lot about the topic of dignity in their lectures. The topic came up especially in connection with “family and community care”. For example, how care can be provided in the community or at home in a modern way. Therefore, it was their concern to organise the next care day under the motto “How would you care - with focus on dignity”. Seven speakers have been found for 18 January 2021. The first Mayor of the municipality of Furth will give an outlook on how the municipality cares for its elderly citizens and those in need of care and what else is planned for the future. Prof Dr Bernd Reuschenbach will present the topic of Community Health Nursing. “Die leere Wiege” by Birgit and Roman Seidler, Christine Nikl will tell about end-of-life care for babies and parents. From intensive care helping hand, participants will hear more about dignified intensive care at home. There will also be more about the projects DeinHaus 4.0 in Lower Bavaria and 9XOfra. Both deal with the self-determined life of older people and people in need of care in a study. DeinHaus 4.0 is in the preparation phase, 9XOfra has already conducted a similar study and will present results.

The Care Professionals Day will take place from 9 am to 1 pm as a virtual event and is aimed at anyone interested in the topic of dignified care. This can be students or carers, but also relatives who care for their family members in need of care. Since the number of places in the audience is limited, prior registration is required. Contact is student Wiktoria Juszko-Bebawy via e-mail at: Wiktoria.Juszko-Bebawy@stud.th-deg.de.

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In Bavaria, only one in five professorships (21%) is held by a woman. This is despite the fact that, at 51 %, more than half of university graduates are women. For this reason, the State Conference of Women’s and Equal Opportunities Representatives at Bavarian Universities (LaKoF Bayern/HAW) is launching a Bavaria-wide campaign in 2021 entitled “Become a female Professor”. The aim of the campaign is to draw attention to the job profile of the female professor at universities of applied sciences (HAW) and to motivate women to take up this profession. Of course, this is also expressly supported by the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

To launch the campaign, a virtual kick-off event will take place on Thursday, 7 January at 5 pm. The event will begin with greetings from Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, and Prof Dr Christiane Fritze, President of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Deputy Chair of Hochschule Bayern e.V. This will be followed by a lecture on the topic of women in science by Prof Dr Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Sociology of Education and Labour Market Research at Humboldt University Berlin.

Furthermore, the campaign “Werde Professorin” (Become a female professor” will be presented by Prof Dr Christine Süß-Gebhard, spokesperson of LaKoF and women’s representative of OTH Regensburg and Prof Dr Brigitte Kölzer, women’s representative of Technische Hochschule Rosenheim and project manager of the campaign. In addition, female professors will report on their professional experiences. Afterwards, the participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and ask questions in various breakout sessions. The event will be hosted by Prof Dr Elke Wolf, deputy spokesperson of LaKoF and women’s representative at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Further information and registration for the virtual kick-off event is available at https://app.eu.veertly.com/v/kick-off-veranstaltung.