Young Scientists Award

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Young Scientists Award

The Young Researcher Award honours outstanding achievements at HTW Dresden in the field of applied research. Researchers at HTW Dresden and ZAFT e.V. who have started a cooperative doctoral project or completed their doctorate no more than one year ago are eligible to apply. The jury consists of the members of the Senate Commission for Research of HTW Dresden.

Young Scientists Award 2021

Occupational psychologist Franziska Bielefeldt and economist Lisa Obst are the winners of the HTW Dresden 2021 Young Scientist Award, the first time a team has received the prize. They received the prize of 1,000 euros for their doctoral project entitled "Service robot use in inpatient care for the elderly".


Franziska Bielefeldt and Lisa Obst
HTW Dresden / Peter Sebb
This year's award winners: Lisa Obst (left) and Franziska Bielefeldt

With a short film, Lisa Obst and Franziska Bielefeldt explain their research work in more detail.

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In order to counteract the foreseeable nursing shortage, solutions are increasingly being sought in the area of digitization. Service robots are to be used to support therapies and inpatient care. In the interfaculty research project ISRADA, in which Ms. Bielefeldt and Ms. Obst are actively researching, they are gaining a comprehensive understanding of ethical, financial, organizational, psychological and technical aspects of the use of service robots in inpatient care for the elderly. The two researchers are jointly developing an integrative/holistic model that maps all relevant factors from a stakeholder perspective and enables an interdisciplinary as well as holistic view, fed by the findings from three exploratory studies. For example, the analysis scheme provides an overview of the factors that play a role before, during and after the introduction of robots. It also looks at the individual starting position and evaluates the effects of a robot introduction at various levels. In this way, it can provide orientation for managing directors of geriatric care facilities, for example.

With the exposé of their dissertation project, the two young researchers already convinced the jury in the first evaluation stage. As part of the Young Scientist Symposium, they also presented a three-minute explanatory film that briefly and concisely illustrates the content of their work. "This can also be used to illustrate the research activities at HTW in the long term." Gunther Göbel, Prorector Research, is pleased. "My sincere congratulations to the winners, who have taken up an exciting topic that concerns us all." Franziska Bielefeldt and Lisa Obst are pursuing a double doctorate in a cooperative process with Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the Faculty of Economics at HTW Dresden under the supervision of Professor Rüdiger von der Weth.

The HTW Dresden 2021 Young Scientist Award was presented to the winning team by Professor Salchert and Professor Göbel on June 22, 2021. In doing so, the rector emphasized the importance of young academics. "Universities of applied sciences have changed a lot in recent years. In particular, the demand for research has increased. I welcome all young scientists who are consciously taking this path. They enrich our research landscape with their work."

The award ceremony took place for the seventh time at HTW Dresden. Beforehand, the four final candidates presented their projects to the university public as part of the digital Young Scientist Symposium. In addition to Franziska Bielefeldt and Lisa Obst, mechanical engineer Johannes Winter also presented his doctoral project on the characterization of porous solids by means of acoustic measurements. Civil engineer Dr. Carsten Lauer presented his dissertation, in which he developed a practice-oriented soil condition index for mixed-grain soils, which not only enables quantification but also a uniform linguistic classification of a soil condition.

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