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Doctorate with "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 started his Bachelor's degree in Information & Media Technology in 2007, followed by a Master's degree in Information and Electrical Engineering. After completing his Bachelor's thesis at an automotive supplier in 2011, he started working for Fachhochschule Dortmund as a research assistant in the EU research project Amalthea alongside his Master's studies.

His research activities found their way into his Master's thesis and were further developed in his dissertation. His main focus was the optimization of parallel executing software in automobiles. Various, new and resource-saving methods were developed to meet the enormous requirements of modern vehicles that will drive autonomously in the future.

20 peer-reviewed articles published

Over the years, his work included publishing 20 peer-reviewed articles, project leadership in other EU-ITEA projects, supervising numerous project papers, Google Summer of Code projects, Bachelor's and Master's theses, and consuming tons of coffee.

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

As of October 2020, Dr. 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 the Fachhochschule Dortmund was extremely formative and fruitful for Dr. Robert Höttger. Special thanks go to his great colleagues at IDiAL and especially to his two supervisors Professor Igel and Professor Spinczyk for their tireless support.

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