Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Stemmer

  • laminar-turbulent flow reversal
    hypersonic boundary layer flows.
    Modeling of supercritical flows and simulations in rocket combustors. 

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Prof. Dr. Christian Breitsamter

  • Configurational aerodynamics of aircraft and spacecraft.
  • Vortex flows and high lift, highly agile configurations
  • Transient aerodynamics and aeroelasticity
  • Helicopter airframe, rotor and propeller aerodynamics
  • Membrane wing and fluid-structure interaction

Astronomical and Physical Geodesy

Prof. Dr. Roland Pail

  • Global and regional modeling of the earth’s gravity field and gravity data from satellites
  • Operational processing of the ESA gravity field mission GOCE
  • Satellite sensor analysis
  • Mass transport process in the Earth system

Autonomous Aerial Systems

Prof. Dr. Markus Ryll

  • Realtime control of aerial platforms in unknown, dynamic and possible cluttered environments
  • Aerial manipulation tasks as grasping, inspection by touching or transportation

Big Geospatial Data Management

Prof. Dr. Martin Werner

  • Geometric as well as geospatial big data
  • Spatial algorithms and data structures
  • Infrastructure for big geospatial data
  • Methods in machine learning, artificial intelligence and in computational geometry and topology

Land Management

Prof. Dr. Walter Timo de Vries

  • Urban and rural development
  • Public restrictions cadastres
  • Capacity development for land policy

Carbon Composites

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler

  • Materials science
  • Structural mechanics and manufacturing technology
  • Fiber-reinforced materials (carbon composites)


Data Science in Earth Observation

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu

  • Signal processing and data science in earth observation
  • Explorative signal processing and machine learning algorithms

Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI)

Prof. Dr. Florian Seitz

  • Realization of global and regional geodetic reference systems
  • Studies of geodynamics
  • Sea level changes and ocean currents from radar measurements of satellite altimetry


Prof. Dr. Sophie F. Armanini

  • Flight dynamics
  • System identification and control
  • Sustainable flight solutions

Earth System Modelling

Prof. Dr. Niklas Boers

  • Earth system science
  • Analysis, modelling, and prediction of extreme events and abrupt transitions
  • Process-based and data-driven models

Remote Sensing Applications

Prof. Dr. Katharina Anders

  • 4D remote sensing for the observation of topographic dynamics
  • Method development for time series analysis in topographic environmental monitoring
  • Applications in Earth observation for process understanding in natural hazard management, climate change consequences and human-environment interactions

Flight System Dynamics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Holzapfel

  • Flight control / trajectory optimization
  • Sensor technology
  • Data fusion and navigation
  • Modeling, simulation and parameter estimation
  • Avionics and safety critical systems


Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe

  • Virtual 3D city and landscape models
  • City system modeling
  • Smart cities
  • 3D geodatabases
  • 3D geoinformation systems, GIS & simulations and indoor navigation

Helicopter Technology

Prof. Dr. Ilkay Yavrucuk

  • Modeling of aeromechanical phenomena
  • Dynamic behavior of helicopter subsystems
  • Overall design optimization

Human Spaceflight Technology

Prof. Dr. Gisela Detrell

  • Life Support Systems (LSS) technologies
  • Human spaceflight simulation
  • Human spaceflight performance



Engineering Geodesy

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Holst

  • Advanced methodologies for geodetic monitoring of infrastructural, industrial and environmental objects
  • Quality analysis of geodetic sensors
  • Technological advances and automatization in static and mobile laser scanning
  • Interdisciplinary applications in the context of digitizing the reality

Cartography and Visual Analytics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Liqiu Meng

  • Cartography and visual analytics
  • Geodata integration
  • Spatial cognition
  • Mixed Reality and visual data mining
  • map-based multimodal navigation services

Aircraft Design

Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung

  • Conceptual aircraft design
  • Aircraft integration and evaluation

Lunar and Planetary Exploration

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Reiß

  • Regolith-Volatiles Interaction
  • Production of Oxygen and Water
  • Instrumentation for in-situ Analysis in planetary Environments

Remote Sensing Technology

Prof. Dr. Marco Körner

  • Developing of methods, algorithms and operational processing systems for extracting geoinformation from remote sensing data
  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
  • Analyzing high-resolution image sequences

Space Systems

Prof. Dr. phil. Alessandro Golkar

  • Satellite Constellation Design and Simulation
  • Federated Satellite Systems
  • Systems Engineering & Systems Architecture Studies
  • Advances Space Mission Concepts
  • Pico- and Nanosatellite Systems

Space Mobility and Propulsion

Prof. Dr. Chiara Manfletti

  • Turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Propulsor technologies
  • Design & make concepts
  • Systems & cycles

Satellite Geodesy

Prof. Dr. Urs Hugentobler

  • Global satellite navigation systems (GPS / Galileo)
  • Precise localization for geodynamic applications
  • Precise orbit determination and modeling for navigation satellites and low-orbit satellites

Aerospace Structure Design

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fernaß Daoud

  • Design of novel aerospace structures
  • Multidisciplinary optimisation of aerospace structures
  • Self-morphing structures
  • Novel certification methodology of aerospace structures based on stochastics

Sustainable Future Mobility

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Jocher

  • Practically viable, longer term solutions that reduce transportation emissions
  • experiments and computational modeling of combustion processes
  • Advancing the Hyperloop technology

Turbomachinery and Flight Propulsion

Prof. Dr. Volker Gümmer

  • Aerodynamic optimization of compressors and turbines
  • Development of technology for future propulsion systems
  • Innovation in design concepts for gas turbine components and systems
  • Concepts of novel heat exchange architectures for gas turbines.

Professors Emeriti

Communication and Navigation

Prof. Dr. Christoph Günther

  • Integer Ambiguity Resolution
  • Joint Tracking Receiver
  • Measurement Campaigns
  • Precise Point Positioning of Geostationary Data Relays

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Stilla
Deceased May 2023.

  • Urban (DEM, building reconstruction, construction)
  • Traffic (vehicle detection, road extraction, driver assistance)
  • Vegetation (forest monitoring, single tree detection, tree classication)
  • Water and glaciers (glacier area, glacier flow)
  • Medical (medical Image analysis, tomography, radiolgy)


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter

  • Satellite systems, in particular for robotic applications
  • Systems engineering (system modeling and optimization)
  • Human space flight systems (life support systems and ISRU)
  • High-velocity impact physics (investigation of micrometeorite impacts)

Honorary Professorships

  • Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. habil. Gerd Buziek
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann Dambeck
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Eineder
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Koschny
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Strunz
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Stützer

Adjunct Professorships

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Schmidt
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Robert Schmucker
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schreiber

Private Lecturer

  • Dr. Dmitry Efremenko
  • Dr. rer. nat. habil. Marco Körner
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Oliver Montenbruck
  • Dr. rer. nat. habil. Alexander Neidhardt
  • Dr. phil. habil. Marcello Passaro