PhD Student

Dr.-Ing. Luisa Kautzmann

Dept. 13: Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences

Institute of Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering


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Research Interests

  • Security Research
    • Critical infrastructures
    • Digital methods in disaster management
    • Surveying, GIS and mission control in disaster management
  • Digital recording of existin buildings
    • Photogrammetry, laser scanning
    • Machine learning

PhD Project

Planning system for disaster response exercises focusing on basic infrastructure failure using competency-based learning concepts (working title)

Poster (in German only) (opens in new tab)

A variety of factors influence today's increasingly complex infrastructure systems, so that even a small disruption can quickly lead to the failure of several interlocking systems. In addition to increasing extreme weather (storms, floods, heat waves), fires, and human or technical failures, organized crime and terrorism can lead to the impairment of our infrastructure. The management of such extraordinary crises depends to a high degree on the trustful and constructive cooperation of authorities, operators, relief organizations, police, etc. and the experience and skills of all parties involved. These skills and affected collaboration can only be acquired and developed through regular exercises.

Within the scope of this dissertation project, a planning application for regional, urban disaster control exercises on the level of the Technical Operations Command (TEL) shall therefore be developed, which facilitates their planning and leads to a higher quality of the exercises themselves. The aim is to enable a dynamic adaptation of the exercise process during the exercise without the loss of quality in order to better achieve exercise objectives or to compensate for unforeseen absences of exercisers and exercise leaders. In order to sustainably consolidate the skills, techniques and knowledge of the emergency forces, the exercise concepts of the demonstrator are developed based on competence-oriented concepts of population protection pedagogy.

Research question:

How can the use of digital methods and the integration of concepts of civil protection pedagogy (BSP) be used to design KatS exercises in such a way that

  • skills, knowledge and techniques are better conveyed and consolidated in the long term,
  • while reducing the planning effort?

Goal of the dissertation:

Development of a demonstrator for frame exercises with simulated players with as little artificiality as possible.

08/2015 – 03/2018 Master's degree in Civil Engineering (degree: M. Sc.), Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt
10/2011 – 07/2015 Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Degree: B. Sc.), Technical
University (TU) of Darmstadt
Since 10/2019 Research Associate, Research Training Group KRITIS,
Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt
08/2019 – 09/2019 Research Associate, Institute of Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering (IIB), Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt
07/2018 – 07/2019 Project engineer, BIM 5D – Ed. Züblin GmbH, Stuttgart
01/2016 – 02/2017 Student assistant at Institute of Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering (IIB), Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt
01/2014 – 12/2015 Student assistant at Eisenbahnbetriebsfeld Darmstadt
Since 03/16 Volunteer with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)