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AMA Innovation Award 2014 for Tilted Wave Interferometer

Nuremberg/Berlin, June 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) presented the winner of the AMA Innovation Award 2014 at the SENSOR+TEST on the 3rd of June in Nuremberg. The AMA Innovation Award 2014 was granted for the Tilted Wave Interferometer (TWI) used to quickly and flexibly measure aspheric and free-form surfaces. The device is a joint development of
Goran Baer, Christof Pruss, and Johannes Schindler (Institute for Technical Optics, University of Stuttgart) as well as of Jens Siepmann and Dr. Markus Lotz (Mahr GmbH, Jena).


The prize-winning submission swayed the jury thanks to its combination of flexibility, precision, and short measurement periods, without the need to make compensating optics for different test pieces. “The winning process is characterized by its depth of development and clearly apparent market relevance. The TWI, developed at the Stuttgart University and at Mahr GmbH, is designed for aspheric and non-rotational symmetry free-form surfaces. It offers a broad lateral resolution, short measurement periods – and should be of interest for applications in industries with modern optics production,” stated jury chair Andreas Schütze, University of Saarland, explaining the decision of the jury.


Christof Pruss and the development team will be pleased to receive the 10.000-euro award, which goes directly to the team members themselves. They will be presenting their Tilted Wave Interferometer at the SENSOR+TEST 2014 in Hall 12, at Stand 12/492.


The Association has been presenting the AMA Innovation Award for 14 years now and publishes a brochure providing an overview of the contenders and their submitted projects every year – this year the “AMA Innovation Award 2014 – the Contenders.” Thirty-five projects were submitted this year from Germany and abroad. Three of them were nominated as outstanding:

“EasyPrecision” – high-precision measurement of optical elements

Matthias Eichmann, Dr. Ufuk Ceyhan, David Hilbig
(ePholution GmbH, Bremen; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/377)


“InKa” interaction cable

Dr.-Ing. Jens Teichert, Flavius Hirceaga
(Teichert Systemtechnik GmbH, Lilienthal; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/375)


Ultra-precision positioning sensor with picometer resolution & 10-MHz bandwidth

Dr. Martin Zech, Prof. Dr. Khaled Karrai, Pierre-Francois Braun, Klaus Thurner, Alexander Watanabe
(attocube systems AG, Munich; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/450)
and Björn Habrich, Jens Neumann, Holger Krüger, Gert Franke
(N-Hands GmbH & Co. KG, Idstein)

 The competition for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 will start in October 2014. Individuals as well as developer teams from enterprises or institutes from all over the world can submit their projects.  

AMA Innovation Award 2014: Compete Now

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Submit Market-Relevant Innovations from Sensor and Measuring Technology 

Berlin, October 2013 — The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) requests innovators to contend for the AMA Innovation Award 2014. Innovative research and development projects are to be submitted.


Individuals as well as developer teams can take part in the competition with innovative research and development projects with an apparent market relevance. The AMA Innovation Award is bestowed with 10.000 euros. Startups may also contend for the special Young Enterprise Award. The winner is to receive free participation at the SENSOR+TEST 2014. Projects for the AMA Innovation Award must be submitted no later than 27 January 2014.


The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renown awards in sensor and measuring technology. It has been presented for 14 years now for outstanding research and development achievements. This award is exceptional in that it is presented to the developers or developer teams themselves, rather than their enterprise or institute. Also, all contending projects are published by the Association.

The Jury comprises experts from universities, institutes, and enterprises, who judge the projects based on their scientific merit and marketability. “Every year we get interesting, innovative, and market relevant submissions from all over the world,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Mary of these are remarkable developments from startups as well as from established institutions. To give young enterprises a good chance, we have created the special category Young Enterprises. The AMA invites its winner to present its outstanding project free of charge at the Association’s SENSOR+TEST trade fair.”

The terms and conditions as well as application forms for participation in the AMA Innovation Award 2014 contest and the special Young Enterprise category and the brochure of participants in 2013 are available free of charge at

The final submission date is 27 January 2014. The nominees are to be announced at the Annual AMA Press Conference in March of 2014. The AMA Innovation Award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 3 June 2014 in Nuremberg.