Quantum engineer Prof. Wille honored by the State of Bavaria

The information scientist and quantum researcher Robert Wille is appointed first

The information scientist and quantum researcher Robert Wille is appointed first Bavaraian Distinguished Professor. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

The first official Bavarian Distinguished Professorship has been awarded to the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Bavarian Ministry of Science has recognized the information scientist and quantum researcher Prof. Robert Wille, who until now taught in Linz and has now been appointed to the newly founded TUM Chair for Design Automation. As part of Bavaria’s Hightech Agenda, the Distinguished Professorship Program is intended to bring standout scientific experts to Bavarian universities. Each appointment made in the program is endowed with as much as five million euros for five years.

Bavaria’s Minister of Science and the Arts Markus Blume says: "We are strong in the international competition for the best minds: Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder’s billion-strong Hightech Agenda Bavaria and our Distinguished Professorship Program bring top scientists to Bavaria! We’re giving our universities the financial power they need to stay competitive at the highest level of worldwide competition. While the German federal government is cutting funding for science and research, we’re making tremendous investments. This makes it possible for brilliant minds like Prof. Robert Wille to contribute decisively to solving the highly complex questions of our time right here in Bavaria. Our highest-level scientific activities continue to increase our technological brilliance and leverage the future opportunities of tomorrow!"

TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann thanks the Bavarian State government for its first-class research support: "The Bavarian Distinguished Professorship has the necessary leverage to bring outstanding scientists to Bavaria. Every euro invested in talented individuals like Prof. Wille will pay off several times in terms of scientific success, in promotion of students and young scientific staff and in the technology transfer necessary to come through on our claim to technological leadership and to secure jobs in Bavaria."

Prof. Wille explains his research as follows: "In principle we solve major puzzles for contemporary technology. Almost all of today’s electronic devices consist of a large number of components which have to interact with one another in a very particular way. It’s like a puzzle with hundreds of thousands, millions or even billions of components, in other words pieces of the puzzle. Humans can no longer handle this manually. Put very generally: We develop methods that make it possible to increase the efficiency of electronic systems. They make sure that planes don’t crash and that autonomous vehicles move more safely through traffic."


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