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Mastering Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

At Kempten University, students can sign up for an ADAS master's degree program.

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On the road towards an autonomous future, the industry’s demand for specialists is steadily increasing. In response, Kempten University of Applied Sciences has established the world's first master's degree program in “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” (ADAS).

A great deal of advanced driver assistance systems are already in use worldwide, providing more safety and comfort (and economy) on the roads. They have taken over driving tasks such as longitudinal- and transverse control (of the vehicle) or emergency braking for e.g. pedestrians, vehicles, or static objects. They assist us by traffic sign recognition and blind spot cameras or navigate us combined with bypassing traffic congestion.

The design, development and maintenance of advanced driver assistance systems are (thus) key factors to the international competitiveness of the automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. The master course intends to prepare students for challenging tasks, specifically, for engineering responsibility in the Automotive Industry at OEMs and suppliers (but also for leading positions).

Therefore, the industry requirements have been assessed in several rounds of discussions with automotive representatives from BMW, Bosch, Continental, Fendt, etc. and formed an important input for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum. Started in summer semester 2014 the ADAS-Master Course at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences has already been accredited. The master course was supported by Continental AG, through the endowment of a professorship.  

The curriculum basically combines the four fields of

  1. electrical engineering
  2. electronics
  3. information technologies
  4. mechanical engineering.

 This includes modules such as:

  • Real Time Systems: architectures, operating systems and software development of real-time systems based on principles of software engineering
  • Vehicle Dynamics: dynamics and vehicle behavior with and without electronic vehicle dynamic assistance;
  • Sensors for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: environment detection through radar and other relevant sensors;
  • Computer Vision: 2D-Image Processing, segmentation and features detection as well as creation of 3D-Scene Geometries;
  • Functional Safety: ISO 26262 “Road Vehicles, Functional Safety” and other concepts;
  • Design of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: concepts of system theory, design guidelines, human-machine-interaction, etc. for ADAS and their impact on architecture and development of such complex systems;
  • Pattern Detection: pattern detection and machine learning;
  • Car-to-X-Communication and Telematics (planned): technologies and applications for ADAS, e.g. Connectivity, Protocols and Encryption.

It is completed by management modules like Automotive Innovation- and Project-Management (planned). Thus, students do not only obtain engineering knowledge but also leadership skills.

The campus of the Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

A wide range of partnerships with business opportunities provide an excellent framework for the applied studies. The living lab - which is currently being set up - will offer an interdisciplinary research landscape for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. It will allow students, scientists, business partners and society members to develop new concepts starting from their initial idea and going all the way to production level. The modern technical equipment will enable them to test new development methods in real-life scenarios representing future application conditions.

The combination of curriculum and business framework makes Kempten University of Applied Sciences a pioneering location not only in Germany but worldwide when it comes to academic qualifications in the field of advanced driver assistance systems respectively automated driving.

Further information:

Administrative Information on the Master of Science ADAS program (German)

Information Flyer on the Master of Science ADAS program (German)

Certificate course “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”

The offer of the master course for students with bachelor degrees is complemented by a certificate course “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” for experienced practitioners from the automobile industry.

The objective of this certification course also has an interdisciplinary approach and should qualify for research and development and management tasks, such as design, implementation, testing, integrating and maintaining relevant advanced driver assistance systems. A comprehensive training enables the students to identify significant correlations and acquire the flexibility that is needed to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology.

The Kempten University of Applied Sciences has more than 6,200 students.

The teaching methods of the certificate course are summarized as follows:

  • Interactive exchange of practical expertise and experience on specific technologies and methods.
  • Acquiring knowledge through practical oriented teaching in close cooperation with the industry or in research projects.
  • Hands-on project work and support.
  • Experience “self-tests” for advanced driver assistance systems on proving ground and developing evaluation / personal processes.

Further information:

Certification course for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (English)

Certification course for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (German)

Lectures, Trainings and Round Tables

Alongside offering the master degree and the certificate course in “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” the Kempten University of Applied Sciences is also hosting events outside of the campus.

The innovative working conference Lectures and Trainings in ISO 26262 in the Vöhlinschloss in Illertissen, Bavaria, near Ulm, is organized with FSC.automotive and in collaboration with the master course.

And on June 16th and 17th 2016 the first Round Table on Autonomous Driving took place in Illertissen. Initiated with the German Association for the Facilitation of Research Transfer (GFFT) and sponsored by AVL List GmbH, around 50 international scientific and industrial experts came together to their first meeting.

The intention of the round table is to find an interdisciplinary approach to autonomous driving and to reinforce the international cooperation between European and Japanese experts. In diverse workshops of the two-day kick-off meetings at Bavarian Vöhlin Castle in Illertissen the participants discussed, among other topics, about ethical issues and the challenges towards road safety.

The discussions addressed different global conditions and implications on agglomerations and rural areas. A further question was how to manage the test effort to validate autonomous vehicles. The participants also thought about new business models that may arise from the technological leap of self-driving cars and the challenges in the change of traditional automobile organizations.

Further information:

Lectures and Trainings(English)

Round Table on the purpose of AD (English)


Prof. Dr. Stefan Schneider

Coordination Master Course Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving

Master Course Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving

Fakultät Elektrotechnik

University of Applied Sciences Kempten / Allgäu

Bahnhofstrasse 61

87435 Kempten / Allgäu

Map Link to University of Applied Sciences Kempten / Allgäu

e-mail: stefan-alexander.schneiderhs-kemptende

Further information and links

Flyer Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Study and Examination Regulations Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Press Release Continental

Ministerpräsident Seehofer visiting Lindau: Skills Shortages slows Bodenseewirtschaft

Course at University of Applied Sciences Kempten / Allgäu: Master Course Advanced Driver Assistance Systems starting in Summer 2014

ADAC Technik Zentrum in Landsberg / Lech 

Technologienetzwerk Allgäu

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