Prize for Satellite Researcher Oliver Ruf


Oliver Ruf is accepted into the junior staff network of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation

Oliver Ruf is accepted into the junior staff network of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation

Oliver Ruf, employee of the ZfT and PhD student of computer science, was honored for his research on cooperating microsatellites and was accepted into the renowned junior researcher network of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation. The awards were presented on December 13, 2019, at a ceremony at BMW World in Munich.

Professor Schilling is delighted that one of our doctoral students has now been accepted into this network for the second time. It recognizes outstanding young engineers who have made exciting achievements in a broad field ranging from artificial intelligence to quantum technology.

Oliver Ruf developed innovative methods for testing satellite formations and constellations, as the laudation states. He researches novel approaches for the verification of the relative attitude control of cooperating satellites, using high-precision three-axis robots at the Würzburg Research Institute Zentrum für Telematik for motion simulation. The algorithms he has developed represent important improvements in the testing of multi-satellite systems.

According to the foundation, this field is currently gaining enormous importance.

Oliver Ruf studied aerospace information technology at the JMU. For his doctorate he is currently working at the Zentrum für Telematik. Parallel to his dissertation, he is also responsible there for the production technology for satellite constellations in the Space Factory 4.0 project.

Since 1977, the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation has been awarding prizes in the technical and natural sciences to young researchers who have made outstanding achievements in technical research and development and who are generally not older than 35 years. In addition, the foundation creates spaces for interdisciplinary networking and discussion of the framework conditions of the research landscape within a growing network.