Double success at the AFCEA Study Awards 2019

Friday 13 September 2019
Two graduates of the Autonomous Systems Master's programme were awarded third places for their theses at this year's AFCEA awards(German Forum for Telecommunications, Computer, Electronics and Automation).
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
The winners of the AFCEA Study Award 2019: Priyanka Vokuda on the far right, Padmaja Kulkarni 2nd from the right, supervisor Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger behind her. Foto: Stefan Veres

Padmaja Vivek Kulkarni (Supervisor Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger Department of Computer Science and Prof. Dr. Maren Bennewitz, University of Bonn) received a third prize for her master thesis "Anthropomorphic motion mapping under constraints for direct and intuitive control of a dual-arm manipulator". The thesis studies and realizes an intuitive motion mapping between a human operator and a bi-manual robot system (bmR). For the first time, the successful use of a control element for the seamless transition between autonomy and teleoperative influence is shown. The result is an intuitive user interface that enables bi-manual, semi-autonomous teleoperations. 

Priyanka Vokuda, also from the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (supervisor Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger and Prof. Dr. Ralf Thiele, both Department of Computer Science), received another third prize. Her master thesis "Interactive Object Detection" shows a promising alternative solution for object recognition, which is also feasible for medium-sized companies, without the need for enormous amounts of data, which are currently only available to large IT companies. The "Active Learning" (AL) method, which is applied to medical image data sets, is analysed, implemented and evaluated. An expert is successively presented with new images for initial evaluation or yes/no classification and the system is trained in a loop.

We congratulate both award winners on this success!


For the twelfth time in 2019, the AFCEA Bonn e.V. Study Prize, endowed with a total of 20,000 euros, was awarded on 5 September 2019. In a selection of 11 theses proposed by the respective universities, five theses were awarded prizes. The non-profit association AFCEA Bonn e.V. is a user forum for telecommunications, computers, electronics and automation. It sees itself as a specialist organisation for information and communication technology (ICT) and has set itself the goal of facilitating a diverse communicative exchange between users and suppliers of ICT technology.