Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize 2019 goes to TU Hamburg and RWTH Aachen // Awards presented at Hamburg Aviation Forum on Artificial Intelligence

Hamburg, 15 November 2019: Dominik Pridoehl of RWTH Aachen University and Christoph Schrock of Hamburg University of Technology received the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize 2019 on Thursday evening for the best final theses on aerospace topics. The universities and the supporting employers, CTC Stade and Airbus, are equally delighted. The trophies were presented on the occasion of the 56th Hamburg Aviation Forum at the Hotel Hafen Hamburg. The forum was focused on how the use of artificial intelligence is changing the industry.

The Composite Technology Center Stade (CTC GmbH) has been behind a Young Talent Prize winner for three years in a row now.  RWTH Aachen University graduate Dominik Pridoehl took out the award in the bachelor’s thesis category. His thesis involved the development of a method for optimising composite fibre materials produced in 3D printing. The software developed by Pridoehl produces a structure which is optimised in terms of design and fibre orientation based on the requirements entered; this structure serves as the basis for the 3D printing process.

First prize in the master’s thesis category was won by Christoph Schrock of the Hamburg University of Technology for a concept developed in collaboration with Airbus. Innovative calculation methods are investigated in the master’s thesis, making it possible to forecast the probable service life of metal aircraft components produced using additive manufacturing techniques. The use of such methods in the design of a component renders individual finishing steps unnecessary, thus reducing the production effort.

Images of the winners, finalists and sponsors of the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize

The Young Talent Prize is Hamburg Aviation’s way of giving committed and promising university graduates the opportunity to present their ideas and innovations to the region’s aviation industry. Submissions were received from 16 universities for the seventh iteration of the prize. What unites them all is that the theses have a direct connection with aerospace in Hamburg.

“The winning theses from this year are once again focused on the latest issues facing the aviation industry. Credit for this goes to the teaching and also to the strong partners here in the region who encourage the students to think through their thesis projects from an initial idea to application. The fact that more than a third of entries in the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize this year came from female graduates is also an encouraging indicator of the emphasis being placed on diversity in aerospace-related study programmes,” says a delighted Professor Dr Jens Peter Wulfsberg, Director of the Production Technology Laboratory at the Helmut Schmidt University and member of the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize jury.

The winners of the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize each receive a cash prize of 1,500 euros and may take part in Hamburg Aviation Forum gatherings for the following year free of charge. The trophies were once again sponsored and produced by Hamburg Aviation member Krueger Aviation. The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize is presented by Hamburg Aviation and sponsored by Airbus, Krueger Aviation and Lufthansa Technik. Traditionally, the award ceremony takes place at the Hamburg Aviation Forum.

Looking into the future: Hamburg Aviation Forum focuses on specific use of A.I.

Fitting to this focus on the future, the forum was dedicated to change in the industry resulting from the increasing deployment of artificial intelligence. The programme included an introduction to the trending topic of A.I. from the University of Hamburg, a panel discussion with representatives from Airbus, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Lufthansa Technik, the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research and Lubeck based data company VecCtor, and concrete examples of the application of intelligent software in aviation. Diehl Aviation, for example, is using voice processing to make aircraft lavatories accessible for passengers with reduced mobility. Synergeticon and Scholz Mechanik presented the opportunities and prerequisites for deploying A.I. applications on the workshop floor. And three startups — Jobmatch.me, Panda and Carrypicker — introduced their services in an interactive pitch session.