Dimensions of Intelligence in Materials

Monday 22.08.2022 - Thursday 25.08.2022
an International Summer School
organized by the
Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials (DCIM)

Innovative materials are one of the key technologies for keeping products and industrial processes economically competitive and ecologically sustainable. Modern materials science requires a multi-discipline approach embracing chemistry, physics, engineering, as well as data science.

The DRESDEN-concept Summer School Dimensions of Intelligence in Materials 2022 will be held from 22.08. to 25.08. in Dresden. In the 4 days of the event, we show the different aspects of materials that are called "intelligent": These materials may be performing intrinsic computations, they may self-assemble, they may, for example, have sensor and actuator capabilities, or they may be parts of larger systems to enhance functionality.

We will be approaching the subject starting from the lab-scale and the fabrication approaches for intelligent materials. Then, we will show how simulation, modeling and design can help to bridge the gap to applications. Finally, we will look at the application scale and how we can integrate intelligent materials into working systems.

The application time ended on June 15th. Thank you very much for the numerous and excellent applications!

Confirmed Keynote Speakers


On every day, there will be an introductory keynote by an internationally renowned scientist. Then, there will be lectures by the members of our Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials (www.dcim.science/people) about the subjects of the day. They will give a beginner-friendly introduction to their specific methods of their field. In the afternoon, other DCIM members will give insights with contributed talks into cutting-edge research about their types of intelligent materials. On the end of the days, we will visit our member institutes in Dresden, where intelligent materials are researched: The IPF Dresden, the Helmholtz-Center Dresden Rossendorf and the TU Dresden. There will also be the possibility for an optional conference dinner at the Schillergarten Dresden (Self-service area, ask for DCIM). The final day will close with a plenary discussion about the different dimensions of intelligence in materials and, optionally, a guided tour at the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden.

Monday 22.08. (Synthesis)
Tuesday 23.08. (Design)
Wednesday 24.08. (Application)
Thursday 25.08. (Wrap-up)
09:00 Welcome & Opening
09:30 Keynote Lecture
Salvador Vidal:
Materials for Small-Scale Robots
Coffee Break
11:00 Lecture 1
Christian Rossner
cRAFTing nanomaterials: paradigms for the assembly of hybrid polymer/inorganic nanomaterials
12:00 Lecture 2
Juliane Simmchen
Designing materials for biomimetic behaviours in active colloids
14:00 Contributed Talk 2
Mariana Medina-Sanchez
Motion at low Reynolds numbers: From bioinspired to biohybrid micromotors
14:30 Contributed Talk 2
Igor Zlotnikov
Recruiting unicellular algae for the mass production of nanostructured perovskites
Travel to the location
Laboratory visit: IPF Dresden
09:00 Morning crafting in the Makerspace (optional)
09:30 Keynote Lecture
Nik Petrinic
“Passive Intelligence” in Materials for Extreme Environments
Group Photo & Coffee Break
11:00 Lecture 1
Adrian Ehrenhofer:
Continuum modelling of interactions with intelligent materials
12:00 Lecture 2
Larysa Baraban
Tuning the properties of active colloids to actuate their motion on a chip
14:00 Contributed Talk 1
Marco Salvalaglio:
Tailoring self-assembly in thin-films and nanostructures
14:30 Contributed Talk 2
Maria Lissner
Material systems in the additive manufacturing framework
Travel to the location
Laboratory visit: Helmholtz-Center Dresden-Rossendorf
09:00 Morning crafting in the Makerspace (optional)
09:30 Keynote Lecture
Iain Anderson
Dielectric elastomer devices and sensors: from the ocean depths to the far reaches of space
Coffee Break
11:00 Lecture 1
Denys Makarov
From curvilinear magnetism to skin-conformal magnetoelectronics
12:00 Lecture 2
Angelos Filippatos:
Design of multi-material systems - Intelligent Systems with material-inherent control functions
14:00 Contributed Talk 1
Franziska Lissel
Soft, Stretchable and Sustainable - Triblock Copolymers for Skin-Compatible Electronics
14:30 Contributed Talk 1
Markus Henke
From Postdoc to CEO – how to transfer academic results into successful smart materials business
Travel to the location
Laboratory visit: ILK at TU Dresden
18:00 optional "Conference Dinner" at the Schillergarten Dresden (Self-service area, ask for DCIM)
09:00 Morning crafting in the Makerspace (optional)
09:30 Keynote Lecture
Martina Zimmermann
Challenges in Transfering Design of (Intelligent) Materials into Engineering Reality – the Significance of Process-Structure-Property Correlations
Coffee Break
11:00 Plenary Discussion:
What is intelligence in materials?
12:00 Conclusion
Lunch (optional)
14:30 - 16:30 Visit (optional) at Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden

Application (closed)

Applications will be accepted until June 15th. The summer school targets Master students and early PhD students working on or interested in computational and experimental materials science and topics related to synthesis, modelling and integration of intelligent/smart/active materials, novel fabrication methods and high-throughput methods. To apply for the school the following documents are needed (and have to be uploaded as a PDF in the online form.

  • cover letter motivating your participation in the school (maximum 1 page)
  • short CV with list of publications (if any)
  • and at least one reference letter from your supervisor.

The participating students will be selected from the applications as soon as the application period ends (June 15th) and be informed about the decision shortly afterwards. Participation scholarships will be awarded, which include access to all the lecture material, the possibility to discuss with the lecturers and a certificate.

All applicants are automatically considered for the scholarship, there is no additional application needed.

The application time is over. Thank you very much for the numerous and excellent applications.

Scientific Board/Organizers

Organizing Board


This event is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Saxony within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Federal States. The measure DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus supports, among others, Summer Schools in order to strengthen the cooperation of the implementing institutions, to bundle their research competencies, especially in interdisciplinary topics, and thus to increase the attractiveness of the location for (inter)national students and postdocs.