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Campus of the Senses – get People together

Who is who at the Campus of the Senses

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andrea Büttner studied food chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). She received her doctorate's degree and qualified as a university lecturer at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the area of aroma research. In 2007 she founded the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV, which she was leading until 2019. In parallel she established the group for Aroma Research at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) where she was appointed W2 Professor of Aroma Research in 2012 and W3 Professor of Aroma and Smell Research in 2017. Since 2017 she was the Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IVV, she was appointed Director in 2019 and is executive director of Fraunhofer IVV since April 2020.

Prof. Albert Heuberger Since 2011, Prof. Albert Heuberger is executive director of Fraunhofer IIS. He also holds the chair for information technology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research interests are communication technologies for Internet of Things and 5G communications. He oversees numerous technology development activities for cognitive sensor technologies for mobility, industrial control and health applications.

Dr. rer. nat. Thilo Bauer studied chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and continued his academic career in the Engineering of Advanced Materials excellence cluster, gaining a Ph.D. on the simulation of electron flow in organic semiconductors. Thereafter he was sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation to develop a method for information extraction from molecular datasets. He is an expert on digitization in industrial production, with a special focus on game theory, recognition of chemical structural patterns, information extraction and retrieval from molecular structures, and block chain technology. Since August 2018 he has headed the AutoChem Attract-Group at Fraunhofer IVV.

Dr. rer. nat. Jonathan Beauchamp graduated in physics at University College London (UCL) and took his doctorate in environmental physics at Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck.
He joined the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV as research associate in 2008, where he established and currently manages the area of on-line gas-phase analysis. His research interests focus on characterizing (odor-active) volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from foods, non-food consumer products, and the human body (the volatilome). 

Melanie Bergmann studied Food Science and Engineering at TU Berlin and University of Hohenheim and completed her master studies in 2016. Between 2016 and 2019 she worked with Testo SE & Co KG Aa as a market manager with focus on strategies in sales and marketing, as well as shaping and defining new features in the field of digital quality management for the food industry. As a Business Development Manager at Fraunhofer IVV she is now responsible for the business area Product Performance.

Campus der Sinne - Bastian Dögl

Bastian Dögl studied Political Science with Business Administration at the University of Bamberg and got his diploma in September 2012. From April 2012 to February 2018, he was project manager in market research at GfK in Nuremberg with responsibility for conducting international brand and communication studies. Since March 2018, Bastian Dögl is project manager for the »Campus of the Senses« at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen. In this function, he is responsible for operational project management and also supports the project lead on content-related and strategic issues.

Prof. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Jessica Freiherr completed her degree in nutrition science at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 2003. She then took a doctorate in neuroscience at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich on "Central processing of multimodale sensory stimuli". From 2008 to 2010 she was a postdoc in the Neuroimaging Lab at Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, USA. She was appointed W1 Professor for Functional Imaging of Chemosensory Systems at RWTH Aachen University in 2011 and W2 Professor for Neuroscience of sensory perception at Friedrich Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2019. Since 2013 she has also worked as an expert on "Multisensory Integration" in the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV.

Campus der Sinne – Jens Garbas

Dr.-Ing. Jens Garbas received his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. (summa cum laude) degrees in electrical engineering from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in 2004 and 2010, respectively.
In 2010 he joined Fraunhofer IIS. He was appointed head of the Intelligent Systems group in 2011 and deputy head of the Electronic Imaging department in 2012. He is responsible for industrial and public research projects as well as software licensing in the area of real-time computer vision, affective computing, and facial analysis. In 2017 he completed the Fraunhofer Research Manager program, so extending his qualifications and expertise in the area of entrepreneurship, organization, corporate governance, strategic development, and open innovation. 

Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Graunke studied chemistry at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen and received his diploma there in 2008. He then worked as a research assistant in the Sensor and Microsystem Group of Prof. Udo Weimar at the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Tübingen. From January 2010 to June 2019 he worked as an R&D Engineer in the Environmental & Audio Sensors Division of ams AG in Reutlingen. At the same time, he began his PhD at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg at the Laboratory for Gassensors of Prof. Jürgen Wöllenstein. Since July 2019 he has been a research assistant in the research field "Smart Sensing and Electronics" at the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen. His research interests focus on methods for increasing the selectivity of gas sensors.

M.Sc. Sebastian Hettenkofer studied mathematics from 2009 to 2014 at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH) and the Bilkent University in Ankara with a focus on function theory. Since 2014 he has been a research associate in the group Intelligent Systems at Fraunhofer IIS. There he mainly deals with applications of machine learning and the management of research and industrial projects.

Dr. rer. nat. Nadine Lang studied physics from 2004 to 2010 at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Université de Science et Technologie Lille I in France, focusing on medical physics. Her doctoral work at the Department of Biophysics on "The influence of matrix properties on cell migration in disordered 3-dimensional biopolymer networks" was completed in 2014 with distinction (magna cum laude). In 2010 she was a guest scientist at McGill University in Montreal. Since 2015 she has worked as a scientist at Fraunhofer IIS in the "Medicinal communication and biosignal processing" group. Besides being responsible for the scientific coordination she also became leader of the pilot project "Low-Power Electronics in Sport and Fitness Applications" at the High Performance Center for Electronic Systems. Since 2016 she has been an IPMA certified project manager (Level D) and in the same year joined the Erlangen-Nürnberg Excellence Track.

Dr. rer. nat. Helene Loos studied food technology at the University of Hohenheim. She received a doctorate from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in 2015 for her work on the aroma composition of breast milk and neonatal responses to milk odor. She then worked as a research associate in the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV. Her work has focused on sensory evaluation and multisensory perception. In 2017 she started a postdoctoral position in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at FAU focusing on human psychophysiological responses to olfactory stimulation.


Dr. rer. nat. Eva Ortner studied food chemistry at Technical University of Munich (TUM). She took her doctorate from 2012 to 2015 at TUM on "Thermally induced changes in key odorants of rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) and mustard seed (Sinapis alba L.)". After successfully completing her state examination in June 2016 to become a certified food chemist by the Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Food Safety, she joined the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV as a research associate. Since January 2018 she has been Deputy Head of the department. Her work focuses on odor identification in non-food areas.

Dr. rer. nat. Buket Sahin studied food chemistry at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. After completing her second state examination in June 2009 as a State-Certified Food Chemist, Mrs. Sahin joined the work group of Prof. (emer.) Dr. Peter Schieberle at the Technical University of Munich to obtain her PhD in the area of food and aroma analysis. She gained her expertise in the real-time analysis of the retronasal flavor release and perception using Proton Transfer Reaction- Mass Spectrometry. After a short stay in the work group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann at the Chairt of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science, where she analyzed taste-active substances in Sherry wines, Mrs. Sahin moved to the United States late 2013. She worked as a Flavorist and Sr. Scientist on innovative food, beverage and alternative tobacco products. Since April 2019, with her return to Germany, Mrs. Sahin is leading now the Department of Sensory Analytics at Fraunhofer IVV in Freising as Deputy Head. 

Dr. rer. soc. Brid Karacan studied psychology at RWTH Aachen focusing on "Work, business, and organizational psychology" and completed an MSc in 2012. She then took her doctorate in the Department of Business and Organizational Psychology at the University of Hohenheim and was involved in the interdisciplinary postgraduate program "Interactions of people in rooms" (Stuttgart) on the subject of "With all my senses: Restorative environments through holistic sensory impressions". This involved laboratory and field studies on the effect of sensory impressions (room scents, acoustics, visual impressions) on human wellbeing and restorative potential. From April 2015 to May 2016 she worked for a consulting company in Munich in the area of innovative learning and working environments. Since January 2017 she has worked as a research associate at Fraunhofer IVV in the Department of Sensory Analytics, with strong involvement in the area of multisensory integration.

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Völker studied electrical engineering at TU Berlin focusing on the "Development of Integrated Circuits", graduating with distinction in 2005. Since then he has worked as a scientist at Fraunhofer IIS. In 2016 he became leader of the "Integrated Sensor Signal Processing" workgroup. He has headed a number R&D projects on circuit development for a wide variety of sensors and actuators. He completed his doctorate in 2014 at the University of Ulm on "Oscillator based analog to digital converters applied for charge based radiation detectors in positron emission tomography". A key interest of his workgroup is the control and utilization of environmental sensors using integrated circuits. This covers capacitive chemical sensors for recording gases and liquids and also metal oxide and optical gas sensors.

Frank Kressmann
Procter & Gamble
Research and Development, Baby Care

Prof. Dr. Hans Kudlich
Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institut für Strafrecht, Strafprozessrecht, Kriminologie
Lehrstuhl für Strafrecht, Strafprozessrecht und Rechtsphilosophie