Innovations and scientific breakthroughs occur especially at the intersection of our disciplines. Where problems, perspectives and methods cross-fertilise each other, creative ideas how to overcome limitations often emerge.
Ulm University actively promotes the scientific discourse at these border areas. In addition to a lively exchange across subject borders, the University benefits also from its focus on the future-oriented MINT area and Medicine as well as its central location in the Science City. Its medium size and therefore short distances create a highly dynamic environment.
This empowers Ulm University to contribute important scientific findings to fundamental societal challenges. These activities are embedded in a fruitful exchange with the economy."

Prof. Joachim Ankerhold, Vice President for Research and Information Technology

Excellence Strategy: Ulm University is in!

Strategic Research and Development Areas

  • Adaptation of Biological and Technical Systems

    Biological and technical systems have the following in common: to survive in the long-run they need to adapt to the changes in their environment. This applies equally to the examples of driver assistance systems and organisms in an ecosystem. Ulm University conducts intensive research into the adaptation of biological and technical systems. The goal is to transfer biological approaches to the realm of technology and vice versa.

  • Ageing Research and Age-Related Diseases

    Everyone ages – but, to a large extent, the underlying molecular processes are still not understood. Beyond our genetic setup, lifestyle and environmental influences also affect ageing. Specialists at Ulm University research this complex interplay as well as age-associated diseases.

  • Data Science

    Medical imaging, clinical studies and Industry 4.0 accrue tremendous amounts of data ('Big Data'). Important information can be gathered from these mountains of data – provided intelligent methods are applied to analyse them. Computer scientists, mathematicians and economists at Ulm University collaborate closely in the new research field of 'Data Science'.

  • Energy Conversion and Storage

    In the Science City Ulm, partners from Ulm University and industry-oriented research institutions optimise batteries and fuel cells for electric mobility and the energy revolution – from fundamental research to the pilot production facility.
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  • Financial Services and Risk Analysis

    Financial services are a central element of our economic system and are consequently subject to social changes. The shift in demographics, for example, has significant impacts on retirement provisions and health care costs. The Faculty of Mathematics and Economics at Ulm University researches ideal structures of financial and insurance markets and product design with regards to macrosocial developments.
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  • Haematology and Oncology

    Ever since its foundation, Ulm University has been conducting outstanding research in the field of blood-forming systems and leukaemias. Medical and natural scientists strive to better understand the mechanisms of disease development and hence identify new therapeutic target structures for personalised treatment. Another research focus is the ageing of blood-forming stem cells, which is also associated with pathological processes.

Strategic Research and Development Areas

  • Highly Automated Driving

    Engineers, computer scientists and psychologists at Ulm University have joined forces to work on the autonomous vehicle of the future. These cars are supposed to safely navigate through traffic without any intervention from the driver. They may even warn each other about traffic jams or dangers.  

  • Human – Technology Interaction

    The technological development continues to progress, however, often at the expense of user-friendliness. Computer scientists, engineers and psychologists at Ulm University transfer central cognitive skills of humans onto technical systems. The aim is for smartphones, cars and cameras to become partner-like service providers that adjust to the skills and needs of their users.        

  • Neurodegeneration

    Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are widespread age-related diseases of the human nervous system. In addition, less widespread but equally devastating neurodegenerative diseases exist – these include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and Huntington’s disease (HD). Ulm University is conducting intensive research to improve diagnostics and to develop therapeutic strategies for all of these intractable neurological disorders.
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  • Quantum Technology

    The understanding and utilisation of the laws of quantum physics pave the way to future technologies like the quantum computer, high-performance sensors and optimised imaging techniques. The interdisciplinary group of researchers focuses on quantum technology in order to master these quantum systems and their application. 
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  • Sensor Technology / Smart Sensing Systems

    High-performance sensors afford us unimagined insights into to human body. It is expected that in future we can even see the structures of individual biomolecules. The research and application of novel sensor systems at Ulm University, however, goes beyond biosciences and medical diagnostics. Materials science, for example, benefits also.
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  • Trauma Research

    Ulm University is one of Germany's strongest players in this relatively young discipline. Trauma research in Ulm focuses both on advancing the understanding and treatment of physical trauma as it occurs, for example, in severe traffic and work accidents as well as psychological trauma as experienced by war refugees, victims of violence or abused children. Scientists and physicians from University, University Medical Centre and strong partner institutions have formed a tight collaborative network for this purpose.
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