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Awarded: Doctorate summa cum laude


Robert Höttger received his doctorate - with distinction - for optimizing software in cars, including for future autonomous driving. 

Dr. Robert Höttger

Robert Höttger began his bachelor's degree in Information & Media Technology at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2007, followed by a master's degree in Information and Electrical Engineering. Already after his bachelor thesis at an automotive supplier in 2011, he started working as a research assistant in the EU research project Amalthea alongside his master studies.  

His research activities flowed into his master's thesis and were further developed in his dissertation. He dedicated himself to the optimization of parallel executing software in automobiles. Different, new and resource-saving methods were developed to meet the enormous requirements of modern vehicles that will drive autonomously in the future. 

Publications and projects

Research years included publishing 20 peer-reviewed articles, project leadership in other EU-ITEA projects, supervising numerous project papers, Google Summer of Code projects, bachelor theses and master theses, and consuming tons of coffee. 

His dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. Burkhard Igel  at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Spinczyk (first TU Dortmund and now University of Osnabrück) and is now finished at the University of Osnabrück in 2021. His two supervisors are particularly proud of the result achieved and the grade "summa cum laude". Even for the university sector, such an outstanding doctorate with distinction is rather the exception. 

Since October 2020, Dr. Robert Höttger has been working for the Dortmund-based company Materna, where he is devoting himself to new exciting challenges from the world of cloud for major industrial customers. The period of his life at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts was extremely formative and fruitful for Robert Höttger. His special thanks go to his colleagues at the Institute for the Digitization of Work and Living Environments (IDiAL) and to his two supervisors for their tireless support. 

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