Koenig & Bauer has set up a five-year endowed chair at Germany’s Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. Helene Dorksen has been appointed as chair. The goal of the endowed chair is to promote development and research in the field of document authentication and classification. 

The chair and its laboratory are to be hosted by the Mathematics and Authentication section in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary field embracing mathematics, algorithmics, biophotonics and chemical analysis is a highly future-oriented field of research.

The field focuses on the analysis of documents of all types, including security documents and banknotes, or similarly critical packaging, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as on the analysis of other physical objects that require authentication at points along the value chain. Studies of the implementation technologies, such as embedded and mobile systems, and their usability are also supported.

“The endowed chair was a logical next step and appropriate recognition for the academic achievements of our university partner,” said Claus Bolza-Schunemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer.

The Koenig & Bauer location in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region is the company’s center for image processing technology.

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