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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Andreas Hermann

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 132
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity

Electronic measurement and communication systems for fisheries and survey technology (specification, application, maintenance and development)

  • Controlled underwater vehicles (ROV, ROTV, AUV)
  • Marine measurement (multi-parameter data loggers, DVL, ADCP, altimeter etc.)
  • Underwater communication (modem, USBL, SBL)
  • Autonomous monitoring systems (remote access)
  • Marine technology (DSHIP, net sensors, CTDs, winches)
  • Video detection and object classification in fishery research (Machine Learning)
  • Underwater camera and lighting systems
  • Imaging sonars (ARIS, Tritech)

Supervision of technical infrastructure for survey technology

  • Electronic Development Lab (Design, simulation and prototyping)
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Software engineering for embedded systems on low-cost architectures
    (BeagleBone, RaspberryPi, ESP32)
  • Optical fibre measurement technology and splicing

Scientific cruise leader


2019-2020: „Entwicklung und Erprobung eines Open-Source-Software-Frameworks zur optischen Datenaufnahme und Bilderkennung für den Einsatz in der fischereibiologischen Forschung und Fischerei“ (funded by: EU);

2018-2020: “DropS (Dolly Rope Suspension)” (funded by: EU, Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen)

2016-2020: „STELLA (STELlnetzfischerei-LösungsAnsätze) - Entwicklung von alternativen Managementansätzen und Fangtechniken zur Minimierung der Konflikte zwischen der Stellnetzfischerei und Naturschutzzielen und Schutzgütern in der deutschen AWZ der Ostsee (funded by: BfN);


  • Supervision of study projects
  • Supervision of interns and students.
  • since 2017: topic „Survey technology“ in lecture series „Spezielle Fischereibiologie“ of the MSc course „Integrative Zoologie“

Research Interests

Member of the following working groups (ICES):          


  • OpenSMB - Open Scientific Length Measurement Board
  • iFO – infrared Fish Observation
  • Baitcontrol Remote– Embedded Controller for fish bait test
  • MOFI Remote – Outdoor Bluetooth remote control device for MOFI App
  • Multinetz Remote – Hydro-acoustic remote control for a 5-stage multi closing fishery net

Pilot studies: HyFiVe  „Hydrography on Fishing Vessels“

Scientific background

Since 02/16: Scientist for Fishery and Survey Technology at the Thuenen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

02/14-12/15: Technical-scientific consultant and lecturer, Project development for measurement and instrumentation, Technical-scientific consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Saudi Arabia (Yanbu), Lecturer and technical trainer

08/12-01/14: Lecturer for Electronics (Bachelor of Engineering) at the German University Riad (former TTC Riad) on behalf of GIZ

09/04-06/12: Electrical engineering office for measurement technology and system development: Project implementation for development and industry projects (contactless optical sensors), Development management, Specification, development, test and production planning, Hardware engineering, Software engineering

01/04-06/04: Interim area manager at the State Commissioner for data protection in Lower Saxony

03/04:  PhD (Dr.-Ing.) at the University of Hanover in the field of electronic design automation for microelectronics

07/98-12/03: Scientist at the Institute of Microelectronic Systems at the University of Hanover (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erich Barke), Doctorate in optimization methods for EDA-Tools, Modeling, simulation and verification of parasitic effects in integrated VLSI-circuits, Coordination, application, reporting and research in international  collaborative projects, Lecturer for electrical engineering and microelectronics, Integrated mixed-signal circuit design

06/96-07/98: Developing engineer, measurement and control engineering for automotive systems

1988-1996: Studies of electrical engineering at the University of Hanover with major subject on measurement and control engineering


Contact Person for

Publikationen (peer reviewed, Thünen)

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    Chladek J-C, Stepputtis D, Hermann A, Ljungberg P, Rodriguez-Tress P, Santos J, Svendsen JC (2021) Development and testing of fish-retention devices for pots: transparent triggers significantly increase catch efficiency for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). ICES J Mar Sci 78(1):199-219, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsaa214

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    Chladek J-C, Stepputtis D, Hermann A, Kratzer I, Ljungberg P, Rodriguez-Tress P, Santos J, Svendsen JC (2021) Using an innovative net-pen-based observation method to assess and compare fish pot-entrance catch efficiency for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Fish Res 236:105851, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105851

  3. 2

    Shantha Kumar RS, Hermann A, Stepputtis D (2020) Hierarchical classification, counting and length measurement of fish using a stacking model approach. In: Längle T, Heizmann M (eds) Forum Bildverarbeitung 2020. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, pp 351-362, DOI:10.5445/KSP/1000124383

  4. 3

    Hermann A, Chladek J-C, Stepputtis D (2020) iFO (infrared Fish Observation) - An open source low-cost infrared underwater video system. HardwareX 8:e00149, DOI:10.1016/j.ohx.2020.e00149

  5. 4

    Hermann A, Stepputtis D, Rödiger M, Hensel J (2019) Open Scientific Measurement Board (OpenSMB). ICES Sci Rep 1(61):30-31

  6. 5

    Hermann A, Olbrich M, Barke E (2003) Placing Substrate Contacts into Mixed-Signal Circuits Controlling Circuit Performance. In: Proceedings of 25th IEEE CICC. pp 373-376

  7. 6

    Hermann A, Olbrich M, Barke E (2003) Substrate Modeling and Noise Reduction in Mixed-Signal Circuits. In: Proceedings of IFIP VLSI-SoC. pp 13-18

  8. 7

    Hermann A, Gärtner R, Schlöffel J, Barke E (2001) Extraktion und Simulation parasitärer Substrateffekte an einer Mixed-Signal-CMOS-Schaltung. In: Tagungsband 10. E.I.S. Workshop. pp 75-80

  9. 8

    Hermann A, Silvant M, Schlöffel J, Barke E (2000) PARCOURS - Substrate Crosstalk Analysis for Complex Mixed-Signal Circuits. In: Proceedings of PATMOS 2000. pp 306-315

    Weitere Publikationen (Thünen)

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      Hermann A, Stepputtis D (2018) Cruise Report FRV Walther Herwig III Cruise WH415. 14 p

    2. 1

      Mieske B, Böttcher U, Stepputtis D, Hermann A, Geraert L, Verschueren B, Naumann M, Breddermann K (2016) Fahrtbericht über die 298. und 299. Reise des FFS "Clupea" vom 24.11. bis 18.12.2015 und vom 06.01. bis 05.02.2016. Rostock: Thünen-Institut für Ostseefischerei, 22 p

    3. 2

      Hermann A (2004) Automatische Platzierung von Substratkontakten in integrierten Mixed-Signal-Schaltungen. Aachen: Shaker, 105 p, Hannover, Univ, Diss

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