Technical Modules

The Technical Modules provide a deep insight into topics which are closely related to your own research project. Handling of LabVIEW, e.g., is very important for scalable measuring or control applications.

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Finite element method-based simulations are used in many areas of science and engineering, and COMSOL Multiphysics is one of the most versatile finite element packages available. The course is aimed at people who wish to learn the basics of COMSOL and the finite element method common to all disciplines, emphasizing simulations in optics, electronics, and mechanics.

Date of Next Module: December 1, 8 & 15

Deep Learning

This module provides an introduction to deep learning techniques and related application areas. The first two days  introduce the core concepts of artificial neural networks, training artificial neural networks, and deep neural networks  (including stacked autoencoders, convolutional neural networks, and region proposal networks). Participants also take a look on more elaborated concepts like generative adversarial networks, recurrent networks, and transformers. The third day focuses on various application areas including autonomous driving and microscopy. Finally, the viewpoint changes to reinforcement learning and biological neural networks and the learning processes in the brain.


25.9.23 9:00-12:15, 13:15-16:30
26.9.23 9:00-12:15, 13:15-16:30
27.9.23 9:00-12:15, 13:15-16:30
28.9.23 9:00-12:15, 13:15-16:30

Theoretical and practical introduction to micro- and nanotechnology, overview of technology facilities at KIT.

  • Optical lithography for patterning
  • Theory of photo resists, photochemical reaction, mask aligners, optical mask technology
  • Thin film deposition
  • Thermal evaporation, electron gun evaporation, sputtering
  • Micro optics and related technologies
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Introduction in the technique of direct laser writing for fabrication of photonic crystals
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy and Focused Ion Beam

Date of Next Module: October 17-21, 2022

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Are you interested in the application of basic optical principles in advanced medical equipment? Learn how Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and low coherence light interferometric biometers operate.

Basic optical principles and their application in the design of modern optical medical equipment will be introduced. You will gain insight in the design of optical medical devices. In addition, you will work on exercises as well as a technical challenge. Work will be done in a simulation environment and in a hands-on breadboard setup.

Date: May 28-29, 2024

Microscopy is a core optical technique used in almost every field of modern experimental science. The module will first familiarize you with the working principles of contemporary wide field light microscopes. Building on this foundation, it will dive deeper into methods deploying laser scanning and photon collection via CCD/CMOS cameras as opposed to photon multipliers. Eventually, the concepts of cutting-edge super-resolution techniques, which have revolutionized the field of microscopy in recent years, will be introduced.

Date of Module: May 2024 (tbd)

This module explores cutting-edge lithography technologies for nano- and micro-patterning and their varied applications. Over four days, it provides participants with a strong foundation and practical experience. The student will gain advanced skills and specialized knowledge in lithography at IMT, where X-ray LIGA was pioneered in the early 1980s, revolutionizing microfabrication for high-precision, high-aspect-ratio structures.

Date: October 2024 (tbd)

The module "Computer Vision" offers a 3-days introduction to basic computer vision topics and applications. It introduces image filtering, edge detection techniques, and basic image segmentation methods. It introduces camera models and camera calibration methods. Furthermore, we discuss 3d stereo vision and visual 3d scanning. The module will be composed out of lecture classes and exercises. While the methods and algorithms will be introduced in the lecture classes you will get hand-on experience in the exercises. We will use python in the exercises. The module replaces the formerly offered module "Digital Signal Processing".

Date of Module: March 11-13, 2024

Lecturers: Dr. Martin Lauer, Sedef Otlu

  • Finding solutions to those equations that describe the properties of light and its interaction with matter in a numerical sense
  • Computational methods are often essential to understand actual experiments
  • Simplify the design of optical materials and functional devices prior to any fabricatio
  • Theoretical lectures and hands-on training using different software package
  • Methods that solve rigorously Maxwell’s equations
  • The methods and tools we discuss, therefore, can be applied to systems, where wave optical properties are important
  • Combination of internal and external scientific and industrial experts that will offer theoretical lectures and hands-on training
  • Gain a solid knowledge of the basics of computational photonics and competences to solve a large variety of different problems
  • The acquired knowledge will help in your everyday research

Date of Module: TBA

  • Research on most efficient and cost-effective solar cell possible
  • potential active materials
  • last advances of (nano)photonics, materials science and applied physics
  • insights into the field of photovoltaics by discussing design, fabrication and characterization aspects
  • lectures, lab tours or visits of two recognized PV research centers

Date of Module: TBA

The KSOP-module will cover the National Instruments LabVIEW-courses “Core 1+2".

Date of Module: TBA

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