Course description

Click on the active heading of each course to see detailed information on that specific edition of the summer school.

 Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Tiedemann


Students will obtain a comprehensive overview of technologies, questions and answers concerning the “connected vehicle”. The main focus will be less on connecting a car to the Internet or to mobile user devices, but on connecting the cars among each other. Networked vehicles are a prerequisite for both, vehicle safety and energy efficient driving – key issues of Electric Vehicles. Automotive networking is often described also by the term VANET – Vehicular Ad-hoc Networking.

Key issues

  • Introduction and differentiation
  • VANET applications
  • Wireless communication basics
  • VANET architecture
  • Access layer technologies: 802.11p, 2/3/4G mobile communication technology
  • Network layer technology: VANET routing
  • Security and privacy

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jörg Wellnitz


Students gain a deep insight into bionics and its applications and techniques and learn an applied sciences approach for automotive and aviation. At the end of the day they are able to understand the main principles of bionics in design. 

Key issues

  • Principles of bionics, definition of biomimetic and history of bionics in the last 500 years
  • Main development areas of bionic in the field of IT, structural mechanics and electronics
  • Specific examples of cellular materials, fibre, re-enforced plastics and natural stone laminate
  • Technical application for modern bionics in spider silk, turtle shell, sandfish and other examples form fauna and flora
  • Technical application examples on biomimetics in car industry and aviation with special focus on structural mechanics and design issues

Lecturer: Dr. Thomas A. Shirley (San José State University, USA)


The goal of the seminar "Strategic Management" is to learn the fundamentals of how to manage organizations strategically. Strategic management of organizations is a complex undertaking, which starts with the central question: why do some companies succeed while others fail? The course will require you to examine this question by integrating knowledge from prior business courses, while simultaneously learning and applying new strategic management concepts, principles, frameworks and methodologies.

"Global Leadership" introduces students to global leadership and its development and is designed for students who want to work effectively with people from various cultures. The content and skills taught in this course are very important given today’s global economy and diverse workforce. Taught experientially, the course involves hands-on projects and behavioral tests that assess students’ leadership progress.

Key issues

  • Key strategic management concepts, principles, frameworks and methodologies
  • Multidisciplinary techniques to diagnose and recommend actions appropriate to specific company situation using the case method
  • Strategic management from a German vs. American perspective
  • Key global leadership concepts
  • Personal feedback on global leadership knowledge, attitudes and behaviors
  • Hands-on projects and behavioral tests
  • Leadership from a German vs. American perspective

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Harald Göllinger


Students get to know the challenges and problems of future individual mobility. A new drive train will be used in the future, which consists of batteries, power electronics, electric motors and combustion engines. Students will learn the properties of each individual component as well as several structures of the whole drive train, that differ in complexity and performance. In the end, they will make some experiments on a simple testbed for electric drive trains, an electric kart.

Key issues

  • Introduction to the problems of mobility today
  • Mobility today and in the future
  • Hybrid and electric cars
  • Design of a drive train of an electric vehicle
  • Electric kart as testbed for hands-on experience of future drive trains

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Gerd Schwandner


The students develop competencies in the following fields and will:

  • gain an understanding regarding the automotive industry structure, current issues, industry trends as well as future mobility trends;
  • understand effective leadership and management skills with respect to specials issues surrounding the automotive and mobility industry;
  • know basics of future mobility concepts and realize need for innovations and new business models;
  • be aware of innovation management basics and able to differentiate between technology management, product development and innovation management.

Key issues

  • Automotive markets and structure of domestic and global automotive and mobility industry
  • Technical basics of automotive products and industry/ technology trends
  • Product manufacturing, procurement and logistics in the automotive industry
  • Product development and advanced engineering in the automotive industry
  • Basics of mobility management, innovation management and business development
  • Future mobility concepts and trends

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Schweiger


The lecture will focus on different aspects related to automated driving including sensing, communication and interaction. The students will:

  • learn the basic concepts of automated driving and sensor techologies involved;
  • understand the fundamental problems that may prevent an application of automated cars on broad scale;
  • learn about general human factors-problems in driving with particular application for the future of transport;
  • know some of the interaction concepts we will find in our cars in the near future – for both, manual cars and automated vehicles;
  • have a basic comprehension of ethical and legal issues related to automated driving.

Key issues

  • State-of-the art & problems in autonomous driving/vehicles: Technological concepts; sensor technologies and identified problems; future development
  • The human in the loop: Coexistence of automated and manual driven cars – human drivers are unpredictable…; evolution of human factors in driving (general point of view) with particular application for automated driving (what will drivers do in the car of the future?)
  • New interaction concepts for the future of driving: Manual control will require new interaction concepts - Examples of new modalities and multimodal interaction in the car; interaction of vulnerable road users (VRUs) with automated cars (ambient light concepts, avatars, etc.); interaction concepts for passengers of automated cars: take over requests, hand back concepts;
  • Selection of overall topics: Trust in technology and ethics, acceptance of automated cars (vehicle dynamics, track guiding, decision making, etc.), regulatory issues, legal issues, research visions;
  • Summary and outlook

Lecturer: Ms. Elke Donovan


The students understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases to express their wishes and needs. They will:

  • know how to introduce themselves and others
  • ask and answer questions about personal details
  • communicate and interact in a simple way

Key issues

  • Acquisition of most fundamental language concepts 
  • communication in everyday situations
  • evaluation of situations
  • expressing wishes and preferences
  • basic communication skills, e.g.

- alphabet, numbers and ordinal numbers
- tenses (present and perfect tense)
- accusative and dative cases
- most common regular / irregular verbs, reflexive, modal and separable verbs
- questions and negation


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: 

Dr. Ramona Trufin
Project Manager

Ms. Erika Schlichenmaier
+49 841 9348 3140

We look forward to welcoming you to Ingolstadt!