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Profilbild Dr. Susanne Neubert
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Seminar for Rural Development

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In the course of her research at the Humboldt University, Dr. Neubert deals with land use, the different models, possibilities, challenges and questions that go along with it. She and her team can be described as Land Use Specialists.

Dr. Neubert leads research projects and teaches in the areas of: Rural and agricultural development, water resources management, climate change adaptation. Development and implementation of the participatory impact assessment method: MAPP.

  • Trainings and consultations on topics such as: "International Cooperation for Sustainable Development".
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Profilbild Hillmann
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Animal husbandry systems and ethology

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Professor Hillman's research focuses on the influence of husbandry conditions and management practices on the welfare of farm animals. Her research in the area of animal welfare ranges from the validation of animal welfare indicators, including animal health, to the practical implementation of animal welfare measures.

Hillmann and her team concentrate on animal behavior. In addition, they use information on animal health, such as (stress)-physiological variables and economically relevant characteristics (e.g., meat quality).

Ethical and legal considerations also play a role in her research. However, practical problems in animal husbandry are in the foreground.  Besides classical behavioral observations, often with the help of video recordings, stress-physiological, clinical and cognitive parameters are added, but also techniques for automated recording of animal behavior.
Many problems in animal husbandry are related to a disturbance in behavioral control. Professor Hillmann's basic research in behavioral control thus also leads to solutions of practically relevant behavioral problems in farm, pet, laboratory, and zoo animals. Such solutions work at the roots of the problems because they are based on causal understanding of the underlying control mechanism.
In both application and basic questions, the measurement and consideration of the animals emotion plays a critical role as a component in the control of behavior, as well as in relation to their welfare.

Her research thus moves in the area of tension between scientific/clinical basic research, application and questions from the fields of agricultural economics and social sciences.

Scientific Services
  • Equipment for behavioral observation (video/3D acceleration)
  • NaTiMon (BMEL): Development of basic principles for regular, indicator-based monitoring and reporting on the status of animal welfare of sheep and goats in Germany, as well as its change over time. This animal welfare monitoring is intended to take into account the various dimensions of animal welfare at the relevant stages of the animals' lives (husbandry, slaughter, transport)

  • PanSens ( Agricultural Pension Bank): The object of the sub-project is the application of the reference system for standing and lying times, the basic validation of the parameters movement activity and standing and lying times, and the scientific monitoring of the development work and the iteration for the detection of specific cow diseases. Practice partner: dropnostix GmbH

     

  • Education and training for animal experimenters (selective)
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Profilbild Weidlich
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Process-Driven Architectures

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Prof. Weidlich is a professor at the Department of Computer Science, where he leads the Process-Driven Architectures research group. The goal of his team is to support and improve the design and the analysis of process-oriented information systems (POIS) and event-driven systems (ES). POIS are software systems that help to automate, monitor, and control processes. These systems are established in various domains, from logistics, through healthcare, to infrastructure monitoring. The team’s research focuses on formal methods for behavioural modelling and verification, event-driven approaches to monitor and control processes, as well as questions related to process-driven data integration. The group further works on techniques that optimise the run-time behaviour of event-driven systems. In particular, the evaluation of event queries over streams can be designed more efficiently once regularities within event streams have been detected. In 2016, Prof. Weidlich was named Junior Fellow of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI) and awarded with the Berlin Research Prize (Young Scientist) by the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Scientific Services
  • extensive experience with the documentation of business processes and in training for process management techniques
  • expertise in process mining, data-driven analysis of processes in terms of qualitative (compliance requirements) and quantitative (bottleneck-analysis, management of resource deployment) properties
  • know-how in scalable infrastructures for event stream processing
  • for a leading US cancer clinic: analysis and improvement of clinical processes based on the data of a real-time-locating-system
  • for an international oil and gas group: development of techniques for detecting irregularities in streams of sensor data
  • for a well-known German manufacturer of enterprise software: design and development of add-ons for a business process modelling platform
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Profilbild Ulrichs
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Urban Ecophysiology of Plants

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Prof. Ulrichs is an expert in the field of ecophysiology of plants with a special focus on plants in urban spaces. His team studies processes, which determine plant growth, e.g. stress exposure in an urban environment. The emphasis of his research lies on the analysis of the secondary metabolite balance (incl. its nutritional function), substance allocation, competition and plant-insect interaction. Prof. Ulrichs other major field of expertise is the quality assurance in food supply chains of horticultural products, especially for perishable foodstuffs like fruits and vegetables in temperate zones as well as in tropical/subtropical regions.

Scientific Services
  • molecular methods
  • in-vitro propagation
  • HPLC
  • GC/MS
  • electroantennogram studies
  • trace gas analysis using photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • German specialty chemicals group: development of nanostructured plant protection agents
  • H. Lorberg Baumschulerzeugnisse GmbH & Co. KG (tree nursery): selection of climate-tolerant boulevard trees (Alleebaum)
  • Bein GmbH: development of electrostatic application processes of nanostructured elements
  • Bayer Crop Science: biosensors to prove the existence of plant viruses
  • XEROFLOR: development of vegetation carriers to prevent soil erosion in the Alps
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Profilbild Schmidt
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Biosystems Engineering

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G.F. Schreinzer Positronik, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG, Pronova Analysentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, newtec Umwelt­technik GmbH

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Biosystems engineering works at the interface between engineering and biological production processes. Prof. Schmidt and his team develop engineering solutions for a sustainable agricultural production of crops and other environmental friendly technologies. Prof. Schmidt’s research thus leads to innovative plant farming methods in greenhouses, outdoors and other intensive crop farming systems. Alternative energy supply systems (low energy greenhouses) and closed material cycles for intensive crop farming (water hygiene, sensor systems and algorithms for fully automated nutrient solution supply in closed cycles) are Prof. Schmidt’s research area. His main activity herein is the development of sensors for gas analyses, climate measurement technology and that of software supporting decision making in automation systems. Moreover, the team also provides energetic assessments in complete production systems and parts thereof as well as process analyses.

Scientific Services
  • Experimental greenhouses with energy and material flow analytics, CO2 enrichment, artificial lights and fog systems
  • Plant monitors for continuous measurement of photosynthesis, transpiration, tissue temperature, stomatal conductance, climate measurement, gas analyses (Co2, ethylene), soil moisture sensors
  • Freely programmable automation system for climate and process control in greenhouses
  • G.F. Schreinzer Positronik, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG: Development of an automation system for greenhouses based on measurement details of plants (Phytocontrol)
  • Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG: National collaborative research project „The Low Energy Greenhouse“ („Zukunftsinitiative Niederigenergiegewächshaus“, ZINEG)
  • Pronova Analysentechnik GmbH & Co. KG: Development of ionselective sensors for continuous recording of ion proportion in circulating nutrient solution systems; Development of measuring device to analyse phytometric reactions in plants
  • newtec Umwelt­technik GmbH: Development of re-circulating irrigation system with reduced phytosanitary risk in greenhouses
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