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Professur für Mess- und Sensortechnik
Head of Professorship

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olfa Kanoun

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Room: Reichenhainer Straße 70, Weinholdbau: W207
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Consultation hours: Thursday 8:00-9:30 and by appointment

Prof. O. Kanoun researches sensors, sensor systems, and sensor signal processing. She is primarily dedicated to developing intelligent field sensors, wireless sensors, and sensor systems based on nanotechnology and impedance spectroscopy. She specializes in impedance spectroscopy, self-powered wireless sensors, energy harvesting, energy transfer, and flexible polymer sensors based on nanomaterials for physical and chemical measurements. According to an analysis by Ioannidis et al., one of the world's most (top 2%) cited scientists in 2019, 2020, and 2021 ( standardized citation indicatorspress release from Chemnitz University of Technology ), and she is cited in the AD Scientific Index.

Research Metrics

Number of publications   > 550

H index                            > 38

Reviews                           18

Special issues                 > 10

Short Biography

Prof. O. Kanoun studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich until 1995 . From 1996 she worked as a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich and the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich , where she received her doctorate in 2001. Her doctorate on the subject of "calibration-free temperature measurement" at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich was honored with the research prize of the working group of university teachers for measurement technology ( AHMT e. V. ).

From 2002 to 2006 she founded the Impedance Spectroscopy working group at the Institute for Measurement and Automation Technology at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and habilitated abroad. During this time she created the German IM Chapter of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, which received the "Best Chapter Award" from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society in 2006."

From 2006 to 2007 she worked as a deputy professor for measurement technology at the University of Kassel , from where she accepted the professorship for measurement and sensor technology at the Technical University of Chemnitz on October 1st, 2007. At the beginning she created the " International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopy (IWIS) ", which has since established itself as an annual international event. In 2021 she was appointed visiting professor at Midsweden University in the field of "Electronics and Embedded Systems".

She initiated the founding of the "IEEE Student Branch" at the Technical University of Chemnitz, which she now serves as a "chancer". Together with her team, she has received a number of awards and honors, such as B. the international honor for excellence in her field on "National Women's Day" on August 13, 2015 in Tunisia and the appointment as "Distinguished Lecturer" of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society in 2016. In 2018 she was awarded the Faculty Course Award honored by the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.


  • 2023: Best Paper Award, 1st International Conference on Hybrid Societies
  • 2023: Best Paper Awards, 20th International Multi-Conference on "Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD)", Mahdia, Tunisia
  • 2022: Technical Award, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • 2022, 2021, 2020: Top 2% Scientists in the World, Stanford University
  • 2022-2025: Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • 2020-2023: Visiting Professor, University of Central Sweden, Sweden
  • 2020: Outstanding paper, IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT), New Orleans, USA
  • 2020: Visiting Professor, University of Le Mans, France
  • 2019: Best Poster Award, IEEE International Symposium on Measurements & Networking (M&N), Catania, Italy
  • 2019: Best Paper Award, 17th International Multi-Conference on "Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD)" Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018: Faculty Course Development Award of the "IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society"
  • 2018: Best Paper Award (2nd place), IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), Houston, USA
  • 2018: Best Paper Award, International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopy, Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2016-2019: IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • 2016: Best Paper Award, IEEE Workshop Nanotechnology for Instrumentation and Measurement (NanofIM), Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2016: Best Paper Award, 13. Internationale Multi-Konferenz "Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD)", Leipzig, Germany
  • 2015: Auszeichnung für hervorragende Leistungen, "National Day of Women" in Tunisia
  • 2015: Best Paper Award, 12. Internationale Multi-Konferenz "Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD)", Mahdia, Tunisia
  • 2014: Best Poster Award, Internationaler Workshop "Dynamics of Nonlinear Materials Structures in Energy Harvesting", Poland
  • 2014: Best Presentation Award, "10th International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance Analysis", Bulgaria

Plenaries and Lectures

  • "Towards Embodiment of Interaction in Hybrid Societies: Sensors and Systems for Gestures Recognition", 20th International Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals and Devices, 20-23 February 2023, Mahdia, Tunisia
  • "Prospects for Smart Sensors in Medical Applications", Diabetes in Saxony, June 24, 2022, Chemnitz
  • "Prospects of Wireless Energy-Aware Sensors for Smart Factories in the Industry 4.0 Era", 4th International Conference on Applied Automation and Industrial Diagnostics (ICAAID 2022), March 29-31, 2022, Hail, Saoudi Arabia
  • "Wearables for Embodied Interaction in Hybrid Societies: Technologies, Sensors and Systems", IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals & Devices (SSD), May 6-10, 2022, Sétif, Algeria
  • "Symbiosis of energy conversion and system design for efficient energy harvesting solutions", 3rd Energy Harvesting Society Meeting, 4-6. September 2019, Falls Church, Virginia, USA
  • "Modeling and Signal Processing in Impedance Spectroscopy: An Overview", XVII International Conference on Electrical Bioimpedance, 9-13. June 2019, Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • "Potentials and Challenges of Embedded Impedimetric Sensors", 19th Heiligenstadt Colloquium, September 24, 2018, Heiligenstadt
  • "Impedance Spectroscopy: Bridging the gap between Laboratory Measurement and Performant Multifunctional Impedimetric Sensors", IEEE International Conference on Smart materials and Spectroscopy SMS 2018, October 2018, Hammamet, Tunisia
  • "Impedance of Everything: One method with manifold prospects", July 04, 2018, Spanish Annual Seminar on Automation, Industrial Electronics and Instrumentation (SAAEI), Barcelona
  • "Methods of Impedance Spectroscopy: Potentials and Challenges", AMA Sensors and Messystems 2018
  • "Next Generation Wireless Energy Aware Sensors for Internet of Things", IEEE International Multi-Conference on systems, Signals and Devices, March 19, 2018, Hammamet, Tunisia ( Contribution )

Activities in Scientific Panels

  • Vice Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Co-spokeswoman and member of the advisory board of the Collaborative Research Center SFB-1410 Hybrid Societies
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of RKW Sachsen e. V
  • Member of the scientific advisory board in the research association "Next Generation Industrial IoT" (NIIT), Mid Sweden University)
  • Head of IEEE IMS-TC2 "Impedance Spectroscopy"
  • Coordinator of the IEEE Chapters in the German Section (2018-2020)
  • Head of the IEEE chapter "Instrumentation and Measurement" in the German section
  • Chancelor of the IEEE Student Branch of Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Member of the working group of university teachers for measurement technology ( AHMT )
  • Member of the VDE: Association for Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology ( VDE )
  • Member of the "Technical Committee 19" (Environmental Measurements) in the "International Measurement Confederation" IMEKO
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Digital Signals and Smart Systems , Inderscience