FeM FIWAK 2005 – the first pictures.

On 1700 the second FeM e.V. FIWAK started. To explain it short what that is:

Around 40 people go into the forest. Take a power generator and a huge number of network and computer equipment with them. 3 big tents and several small ones… of course Wireless LAN Internet access everywhere…

the small tents…

inside the talk-tent

Namenlos at work…

eating! eating!

drinking! drinking!

networking! networking!

Bergfest Movie News

It’s rite at the TU-Ilmenau to make a movie when you have “Bergfest” (half time to make it simple)… so it’s time for a new one:

NICHTS WAS BLEIBT IST WIRKLICHKEIT erzählt die Geschichte von Joe. Eigentlich heißt Joe Johannes, aber so hat ihn schon seit Jahren keiner mehr genannt. Er lebt in einer kleinen Stadt inmitten des Thüringer Waldes und geht dort, mehr schlecht als Recht dem Studium der Physik nach. Eigentlich ist er kein besonderer Student. Vielleicht etwas klüger als die anderen, dafür aber auch schwermütiger, denn es scheint, als würde er eine schwere Last mit sich herumtragen. Das war allerdings nicht immer so. Früher war er aufgeschlossener und fröhlicher. Früher war er glücklich. Vor dem tragischen Schicksalsschlag, der sein Leben so veränderte.
Sein Freund Hagen kennt diesen alten Joe noch. Und vielleicht aus Hoffung, dass diese Lebensfreude wieder zurückkommt, ist er so ziemlich der einzige, der sich noch um seinen Freund kümmert. Joe selbst lebt schon längst nicht mehr. Jedenfalls ist es ihm anscheinend nicht mehr bewusst.
Und wäre da nicht Hagen, er würde wahrscheinlich die meiste Zeit in seiner Wohnung verbringen, tief versunken hinter Büchern sitzen und sich seinen Tagträumen hingeben.
Es ist also kaum verwunderlich, dass Joes seelischer Zustand auch an seinem Körper nicht spurlos vorbeigeht und er eines Tages in der Uni erschöpft zusammenbricht. Im Krankenhaus lernt er Marie kennen und Joe beginnt, sich in dieses lebensfrohe Mädchen zu verlieben, das so komplett anders ist als er. Und auch wenn es zunächst nicht den Anschein macht, so übernimmt das Schicksal langsam wieder das Ruder in Joes Leben…”

Source: http://www.nichtswasbleibtistwirklichkeit.de/

video cutting for iswision

Because namenlos is managing the media storage array we had to visit the video cutting room. There were some teams cutting their videos and I was impressed by the number of G5s available there…

Namenlos dealing with problems, well…nothing more to say ;)

count them!


You can watch the ISWISION broadcasts via live-stream or even better: Live at in the audience in MKR 102.

Student Technology Conference 2005:

The 2nd Student Technology Conference starts tomorrow morning in Kassel. For two days students are invited to discuss interesting and new technologies from Microsoft. There will be several Workshops and a Fun-Part.

As a special highlight the national finals of the Imagine Cup 2005 will be held parallel to the talks.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it. So there it’s going to take place: Kongress Palais Kassel:

From Ilmenau it’s approximately a 2 hour trip. So more fun to come ;)

Here is the final agenda (on the website it’s not up-to-date):

Wednesday, 18.05.2005:

Thursday, 19.05.2005:

Source: STC 2005 Homepage

ISWI 05 is near – only 3 days to go

Only 3 days to go: From 20th to 29th May 2005 the Ilmenau Campus will be the place to be. It’s ISWI time. Under the slogan “one world one vision” participants from all-over the world come together to discus, act and get to know each other.

The ISWI team describes it better:

“The abbreviation ISWI stands for International Student Week in Ilmenau. The festival is open for students of all faculties from all over the world. With approximately 300 participants it is the largest international student festival in Germany. The aim of ISWI is to overcome global differences through personal contacts and mutual understanding. ISWI 2005 should be a meeting platform for young people from different culture areas to get to know each other and discuss their points of view. This further fosters tolerance and understanding of others.”

There’s a quite packed schedule for the participants.

Of course there will be a lot of live and ondemand coverage from the ISWI 05. The daily ISWISION-Live-Show will be the fixed-must-see event of every ISWI-evening.

ISWISION is all about televised media coverage of the International Student Week in Ilmenau (or ISWI). Every two years about 300 participants from all over the world come to Ilmenau for one week to celebrate the largest international student festival in Germany. This event is covered by a group of about 100 students of the Technical University of Ilmenau in form of a daily television show. Most of the people working for this project are members of ISTUFF, the local campus television channel.
The show is produced live and in english every day from 8:00 pm in the University Canteen and there is plenty of public seating – so drop in and take part!”

I likely will have access to the ISWI media server. So expect some articles these days.

Source 1: ISWI Homepage
Source 2: ISWI participants schedule
Source 3: http://www.iswision.de
Source 4: http://www.istuff.de

You provide the light saber. I’ll provide the wireless LAN.

This evening the grey sky of Ilmenau was illuminated by something similar to Yodas green light saber. Actually it IS a laser of unknown power which seems to be used to “draw a straight line” above the roofs of the sleepy Ilmenau citizens.

Fortunately this is just a picture to show you what the laser should look like close-by.

And now cheer for the great pictures that where taken this night. They show the impressive skyline of Ilmenau and the even more impressive light saber by night.

Stay tuned for more light saber action…

Source 1: something about Yoda
Source 2: Wikipedia Laser

The Premiere of “OPERation Rossini”

reply2all VJ Justus Rogman wrote about the premiere of “OPERation Rossini” in which he took part in:

“The premiere of “OPERation Rossini” was a complete success. Endless applause from a nearly sold out audimax took alot of load off our shoulders. Everything went well, just a small softwarecrash, but nobody noticed that and I was there for this emergency case and calmed down everybody so we could continue as nothing would have happened. First reactions from students on the opera & our visuals were positive after the first act so that we could do our job in second act a little bit more relaxed :)

It was just great!! They even forced me to come on stage while applause, so it’s me in background on the very right of following pic. But the applause of course is due to the actors infront. They really earned it! Like the orchestra. Was a great performance, especially in this cultural less-developed town :-p…”

text: Cesare Sterbini / Music: Gioacchino Rossini
musical adaption: Juri Lebedev
text adaption: Maximilian Ponader
staging: Maximilian Ponader, Hamburg
conductor: Juri Lebedev, Weimar

even more technical eBooks…Digital Signal Processing

At the moment I’m reading several technical books in preparation for the exams. Especially the Communication Systems and the Digital Signal Processing exams are known to be very hard. My mate Christian gave me the hint for this outstanding Digital Signal Processing eBook:

You can download the eBook for free. So if you want to know (or you’re expected to know) anything about Digital Signal Processing, get this eBook.

Source: www.dspguide.com

Formula Student

Uhh it seems that there’s some racing stuff going on at my university:

“Formula Student is the biggest and best of its kind in Europe. Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), in partnership with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), it promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging university students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car.”

Today evening (1900) there will be a meeting in ZHS201. I hope I can make some good pictures.

Source 1: http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~fegr-ii/
Source 2: http://www.imeche.org.uk/formulastudent/index.asp

the perfect working environment

Okay. It’s done. I’ve managed to create the perfect working environment for me.

sorry for the distortions but the room is to small
to avoid them with my camera…

From left to right:

  • Mac mini 1.42 Ghz+Bluetooth 1GB RAM + Samsung 910T + Apple Wireless Keyboard

  • custom built PC P4 2.8 Ghz 1GB RAM + Belinea 102580 + Highscreen 19″

  • HP compaq nc8000 centrino notebook (1.5 ghz) 1GB RAM

All three machines are hooked up to the FeM-Net which connects over 1500 machines across the campus with 100 Mbit and is connected to the university uplink with 1 Gbit.

One floor below in the server-room is the fileserver located where I store most of my data(about 800 GByte at the moment). This machine is connected with 1Gbit to the P4 and 100 Mbit to the other machines.

The best of this: it’s absolutely silent.

PS: okay it’s a bit of a show off… but I needed it because I really like my working environment now

EIB in the Office – a short documentation Part 1

After the EIB installation is working the next step is to documentate the whole stuff as detailed as possible. So I start the game with this little article:

Whats the EIB

Wikipedia says:

“European Installation Bus (EIB) is the world’s leading system for “intelligent” electrical installation networking. The bus cable installed in addition to the supply cable combines devices and systems (e.g. heating, lighting or ventilation), which previously functioned separately from one another, into an economical system optimally adapted to individual requirements. Both now and in the future, this domotic network provides new functions which previously were either very difficult to implement or could not be implemented at all. For example, a turn of your house key can switch off forgotten basement light or the power supply to the iron. The result: EIB improves customized home living, security and efficiency – day for day – an entire life.”

What for?

Well and what we are doing with it is:

  1. switch light on/off

  2. dim light

  3. lower/raise the silver screen

and we want to do this via

  1. the switches

  2. a computer interface / web site / application

So we got this requirements so deka started to get a schema of what’s needed:

TLN: the number of the module
AT/S: the switch itself, in our case 4-way
SA/U: is an actor+sensor module integrated into a switch
BA: is a bus coupling module
SU: is the uninterruptible power supply
UD: dimmer module for the light

And now let me show you a floor plan of the office itself:

Each cross is a light that can be controlled over the EIB you can see power outlets, ethernet ports and switch modules.

We even made some sort of drawing on the whiteboard to make clear what this is all about and how it’s structured.

And because this is just part 1 ;) Iam stopping right now. So tune in when EIB comes back for more.

Source 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Installation_Bus
Source 2: working EIB
Source 3: EIB research

working EIB

After some fiddling with the EIB software ThamThon and Deka got the EIB installation working. At the moment you can control four light-groups with four switches. As you can see on the picture below three lights are on and one is switched off. When you just hit the button the light goes on/off. If you press and hold the button it will dim on/off.

When you remove the switch-module from the bus coupling module it will look like this:

you can see the 10 wires that connect the
switches to the actor

and this is the actor-module, manufactured by ABB

I will post a complete description and some schematics shortly. If you want to ask something or want to have something described in detail just comment this article and I’ll see what I can do.

Source: http://www.abb.com/