Photonics and Machine Vision


This is Photonics and Machine Vision (Optotechnik und Bildverarbeitung - OBV) - the innovative engineering discipline that helps us shape our future with light.

  • Do you like programming and want to make a difference in the real world?
  • Do you want to solve the technical challenges of our time?
  • Are you looking for an engineering degree programme with attractive career paths for your personal development?

Then Photonics and Machine Vision is exactly the right degree programme for you!

With artificial intelligence and innovative lighting, you will teach industrial systems to see and thus increase the sustainability of production processes. Seeing robots help people with dangerous work and alleviate the nursing crisis by supporting carers. In autonomous driving, laser sensors and image processing enable the vehicle to recognise its surroundings. Medical image processing is an important pillar of modern diagnostics and improves our quality of life. Optical sensors make it possible to precisely analyse the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and help us to better understand climate change. In optical design, you will develop new ideas for high-performance lenses, e.g. for the next but one generation of smartphone cameras.

The combination of image processing and optotechnical systems is the key to success here!

Would you like to study, but need to earn money or want to get started in practice straight away? With our dual study model, you gain industry experience right from the start, earn money from the first semester and still have time to study during the lecture period! Interested? We will be happy to put you in touch with a partner company!

The OBV course is very practice-oriented. The theoretical content of the lectures is deepened in laboratory work during the course. Great importance is attached to the fact that the instruments and measuring devices correspond to the current standards of the industry, so that students encounter familiar equipment when they start their careers. At the same time, students are introduced to scientific teamwork. Within the framework of projects, these teams work independently on a topic, from planning, through experimentation and documentation, to presentation. This also makes our graduates fit for their career entry.

"I am very happy to have studied OBV" - Voices of graduates

Marcel Kaufmann:

I just want to say 'thank you': From the first very positive meeting until now, I am very happy to have studied OBV. OBV is a degree program that has opened the doors to the world for me.

[OBV bachelor's and master's degree graduate, PhD student at Polytechnique Montreal, Canada (since 2017) and visiting scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA (2020-2022)].

Nils Küpper:

My start here in Silicon Valley and at VW has been very good. The high expectations have already been far exceeded, and the temptation to stay here longer is very strong. In terms of work, things are also going great here. It's very interesting to see that the competencies you bring as a student of our program are also very much appreciated here.

[Nils Küpper wrote his bachelor's thesis externally at Volkswagen Group of America in 2015].

Sarah von Hagen:

I first started as a software developer, where I was the only one who had not completed a degree in pure computer science. There I noticed that this was not a problem at all, but on the contrary, it is even a great advantage in software development to be familiar not only with image processing, but also with the entire optical system.

[Graduate 2020, Software Developer and Start-Up Founder]