First Bavarian Distinguished Professorship awarded

The first Bavarian Distinguished Professorship has been awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Wille, who previously taught in Linz and now holds the newly established Chair for Design Automation at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). As part of Bavaria’s Hightech Agenda, the Distinguished Professorship Program is intended to bring standout scientific experts to Bavarian universities. Each appointment made in the program is endowed with as much as five million euros for five years.

As part of the research and development work of the Munich Quantum Valley initiative, Prof. Wille and his team develop software that supports or automates the implementation of applications on quantum computers. "We see ourselves primarily as a bridge between the physical realization of quantum computers and the applications, but also between the involved disciplines of physics, electrical engineering and computer science," says Prof. Wille.

Prof. Wille explains his research as follows: “In principle we solve major puzzles for contemporary technology. Almost all of today’s electronic devices consist of a large number of components which have to interact with one another in a very particular way. It’s like a puzzle with hundreds of thousands, millions or even billions of components, in other words pieces of the puzzle. Humans can no longer handle this manually. Put very generally: We develop methods that make it possible to increase the efficiency of electronic systems. They make sure that planes don’t crash and that autonomous vehicles move more safely through traffic.”

Further information on the Distinguished Professorship Program of the Bavarian Ministry of Science (in German)
Press release of the Bavarian Ministry of Science on the first Bavarian Distinguished Professorship (in German)