Research work by Infineon Linz with JKU wins Upper Austrian Road Safety Award

The research project is working on imaging radar sensors to make the mobility of the future even safer.

May 11, 2021 | Business & Financial Press

Linz , May 11, 2021 - In order to raise awareness for road safety, the Upper Austrian State Prize for Road Safety was awarded for the first time this year. Creative proposals, clever concepts and smart ideas were submitted to strengthen road safety in Upper Austria. A jury of experts selected the winners in three different categories.

A total of over 50 submissions made it to the final round. The entries were divided into three categories, each with a main prize and a special prize. In category 1: municipalities, schools, associations and private persons were awarded, in category 2: companies and in category 3: research institutions.

The winner in the research category was Michael Gerstmair's research work. He is radar system engineer at Infineon in Linz and PhD student at Johannes Kepler University. 

Research and innovation from Upper Austria increase road safety

The main prize went to the joint research work in the field of radar sensors by the Institute for Signal Processing at Johannes Kepler University and Infineon Technolgies Linz. Radar sensors are an essential component of modern driver assistance systems and are omnipresent in modern mobility, for example as adaptive cruise control or in lane change and automatic emergency braking systems. Their constant development makes a lasting contribution to safety on our roads. A research project at Johannes Kepler University in cooperation with Infineon Technologies Linz is currently working on the further development of such sensors. Future vehicles are to be equipped with imaging radar sensors that are capable of detecting and localizing road users with very high accuracy. The aim of the project was to efficiently and automatically monitor certain safety-relevant parameters in order to ensure the functional safety of the sensor during operation.

Michael Gerstmair, radar system engineer at Infineon in Linz and PhD student at JKU: "Imaging radar systems are able to determine the position of an object very precisely, even in fog, backlighting or other optical limitations. The method we have developed makes it possible to monitor these radar systems even better and more efficiently. Our research work will thus make the mobility of the future even safer."

A jury of experts selected the winners in three categories. In the category of municipalities, private individuals, schools, associations, Kematen an der Krems took the top prize with its "Walk this way" project, which focuses on safe connecting routes. A special prize was awarded to HTL-Braunau, which developed flashing warning lights for school bags. In the corporate category, the top prize went to AUVA for a moped perfection training program. And in the research category, the Institute for Signal Processing at the JKU and Infineon Technologies Linz secured the top prize for wheel sensors.

Further information: 

Press release of State Councilor for Transportation (pdf in German)

Infineon Technologies Linz

Johannes Kepler University

About Infineon Austria

Infineon Technologies Austria AG is a group subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG, a world-leading provider of semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon reduce the energy consumption of consumer electronics, domestic appliances and industrial facilities. They make a major contribution to the convenience, security and sustainability of vehicles, and enable secure transactions in the Internet of Things.

Infineon Austria pools competencies for research and development, production as well as global business responsibility. The head office is in Villach, with further branches in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Vienna. With 4,517 employees from around 70 countries (including 1,960 in research and development), in the financial year 2020 (ending in September) the company achieved a turnover of € 3.1 billion. With a research expenditure of 498 million euros, Infineon Austria is the strongest research company in Austria.

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  • Michael Gerstmair, Radar System Engineer at Infineon in Linz and PhD student at Johannes Kepler University, Institute for Signal Processing
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  • The Infineon site in Linz is the global competence center for highfrequency technologies for  applications in mobile communications and driving safety systems. Infineon is the world leader in the field of 77 GHz radar-chips.
    The Infineon site in Linz is the global competence center for highfrequency technologies for applications in mobile communications and driving safety systems. Infineon is the world leader in the field of 77 GHz radar-chips.
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  • Michael Gerstmair (Infineon) and State Councilor of Transportation Günther Steinkellner at the award ceremony
    Michael Gerstmair (Infineon) and State Councilor of Transportation Günther Steinkellner at the award ceremony
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