She had always had a passion for math and computers, so a degree in computer science was an obvious choice. During her time at RWTH Aachen University, Marta Grobelna initially focused on theoretical computer science and completely immersed herself in fundamental mathematical methods and structures. But then, as part of her applied bachelor’s course in mechanical engineering, she took a class on control engineering, and that sparked a major change. She was instantly fascinated by this combination of computer science, mechanical engineering and safety engineering. "It just clicked," Marta says, "and I knew that was what I wanted to do." So she went on to do a master’s degree in this field as well.
Following her graduation, she wanted to continue her scientific work and obtain her doctorate, while also working in applied research at the same time. The 28-year-old can now do both in her role as a research fellow at Fraunhofer IKS. "At Fraunhofer IKS, I can combine my interest in theory with practical applications." She moved to Munich in winter of 2019 — and soon found herself working from home due to the first lockdown. Not an ideal situation! As she loves to get outdoors, at this point she’s most familiar with the regions around Munich that she’s explored through hiking and cycling. "But now I’m hoping to get to know the city a bit better, too. And see some of my colleagues in person for once!"
Conference Paper, 2021
Behavior Prediction of Cyber-Physical Systems for Dynamic Risk AssessmentPublica.fraunhofer.de
At the moment, she’s trying to define the topic for her doctorate. "It’s a work in progress, but I’m nearly there!" She will likely focus on using mathematical models to support dynamic risk management. Another combination of theory and practice! Going forward, the practical aspect of work at Fraunhofer IKS is something she can’t do without. "In projects with industry partners, we work on real problems, not just abstract concepts. I learn so much that way, and I gain a lot from it personally."
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