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Autonomous driving

Autonomous driving is a hot topic not only for vehicle manufacturers but also for the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.

In the Bachelor's program in Computer Engineering and in the Master's program in Applied Computer Science, topics on autonomous driving are taught in their respective specializations in Autonomous Systems.

A team of students has already been working on autonomous driving for several semesters. Since autonomous driving with real vehicles in road traffic is very difficult for legal reasons, the student team uses model vehicles.

The model vehicles are 1:10 scale and are equipped with a Teensy microcontroller and a Jetson TX2 embedded computer board. Both boards analyze data from a video camera with a fisheye lens and various sensors at intervals of a few milliseconds. Acceleration sensors provide information about the vehicle dynamics, and lidar and radar sensors detect obstacles. This is used to generate a realistic mathematical description of the vehicle's surroundings. The steering angle and vehicle speed are controlled using the curvature of the trajectory. The software development is implemented using the open-source Robot Operating System and the programming languages Python and C++.


Project team itmov:ES

To measure the project progress and the acquired knowledge with other student teams, the student project team of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology regularly participates in the Carolo Cup under the name itmov:ES.

The Carolo Cup is an international student competition that offers student teams a platform for the design and implementation of automated RC cars on a scale of 1:10. The annual cup is organized by the TU Braunschweig. The challenge is to implement state-of-the-art algorithmic solutions for vehicle control and environment perception based on a realistic application scenario. The teams present their solutions in front of a jury from science and industry, while international teams from different universities and colleges compete against each other.

The Carolo Cup offer participating teams two difficulty levels. The Basic Cup for beginner teams and the Master Cup for advanced project teams.


Previous successes of the project team itmov:ES

  • 2015 1st place in the Junior Cup
  • 2018 4th place in the Basic Cup
  • 2019 2nd place in the Basic Cup
  • 2020 3rd place in the Basic Cup
  • 2021 2nd place in the Basic Cup
  • 2022 2nd place in the Basic Cup

If you are interested in joining our project team itmov:ES or you would like to do a thesis in this field, please contact the contact persons.

Contact persons

Foto Thao Dang

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thao Dang

Address :

Esslingen Hilltop Campus
Room: F 01.457
Flandernstraße 101
73732 Esslingen

Consultation hours:

Da ich bis März 2024 beurlaubt und deshalb nicht regelmäßig an der Hochschule bin, biete ich aktuell keine regelmäßigen Sprechstunden ab. Bitte kontaktieren Sie mich bei Fragen per Mail.

Foto Markus Enzweiler

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Enzweiler

Consultation hours:

Friday 13:00 - 14:00 (please make an appointment if possible) and whenever my door is open.  

Foto Clemens Klöck

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Clemens Klöck

Address :

Esslingen Hilltop Campus
Room: F 01.454
Flandernstraße 101
73732 Esslingen

Consultation hours:

The consultation hour is

13:30 h - 14:30 h on Tuesdays

on appointment.


Foto Reiner Marchthaler

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Marchthaler

Address :

Esslingen Hilltop Campus
Room: F 01.455
Flandernstraße 101
73732 Esslingen

Consultation hours:

Während d. Vorlesungszeit im Wintersemester 2022/2023

Dienstags 9:00 - 10:00 Uhr (bitte anmelden) 

Standort Flandernstraße, Raum F 1.455

Alternativ auch per webex unter

Apply for winter semester 2023/24!

Start of studies in the summer semester 2023: Direct enrolment in our open-admission programmes is still possible until 1 March 2023.
The application phase for the winter semester 2023/24 begins on 15 April 2023.
(Please note the different application times for our international Master's programmes).

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