Welcome to our group! (:biggrin:) Here are some useful tips for you to get started at our chair if you just joined us as a HiWi, Diploma, Master, or Bachelor thesis student. Most of this applies to you as a new PhD student as well, but, in addition to this page, check out our welcome page for new PhD students here. In case something is still not clear, talk to our postdoc Simon Voelker.

Who to talk to

  • The first person to talk to if you have any questions is always the PhD Student ("Assistant") that you work with.
  • Clarissa can help you with contract issues and reimbursements for small orders. Please talk to her before you spend any money that you plan to get back from our chair.
  • Our i10 Help Desk, headed by Christian Cherek, will help you with any technical questions your PhD student can't solve. Just create a ticket by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fastest response. It also has an extensive FAQ of common issues to answer your question directly. Please don't email/call/visit Christian Cherek or the other helpdesk folks if you can put your problem in a ticket instead.
  • Should you ever encounter any problems or questions that you cannot resolve with your advising PhD student, Clarissa, and the Help Desk, contact Jan directly. Email him the facts and problems, and talk to him in person to discuss the issue. Don't wait until you have lost months of your time because of something - we're here to help.

What to do to get started

First Day

Start by printing the Welcome Checklist. You and your supervising PhD student ("Assistent") will fill it out step by step to help you keep an overview of the things you need to do to get started today!

Next Steps

Regular Events @ i10

  • Mon-Fri 11:45--12:30 We usually leave at 11:45 to get a light lunch from the bakery, mensa, cafeteria, or bring stuff from home, then meet in the kitchen to have lunch together. (Staff and Hiwi/thesis students)
  • Monday 09:30-10:30 Research Breakfast (Jan and PhD students)
  • Thursday 13:00-14:00 Club i10: weekly group meeting where you can catch other student's kickoff and final talks, trip reports (e.g., from CHI), and conference practice talks from our PhD students, where you can meet interesting guests visiting our chair, and where we discuss plans and projects in general. Everybody, whether PhD, Hiwi or thesis student, is expected to attend.
  • See our i10 group calendar "i10 Events" for current times and more events

Additional Stuff

  • Check out our custom i10 software utilities to quickly check today's Mensa menu, type umlauts on a U.S. keyboard, etc.
  • Read Jan's file READ ME FIRST.rtf on our file server, oliver, and follow the guidelines there for naming conventions and folder structures when you put stuff on oliver
  • Get a T-Shirt
  • Please use the official logo and templates, located under oliver/Public/Public Relations, for all i10 presentations or posters
  • If you find any broken or missing equipment (hardware and software), please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief description of the defect. We will try to fix it as soon as possible.
  • Coffee and soft drinks are charged using the kitchen iPad on the drinks fridge.
  • And when it's time to leave our chair, please check our Bye page for helpful information what to do.

Emergency Information

Please remember these simple but possibly life-saving facts:

  • Clarissa is a trained first-aid helper - if you find someone who, say, went into shock after waking a Mac from sleep to find Windows running on it, and you don't know what to do, get to her.
  • First-aid boxes are located in the kitchen and in the Fab Lab
  • For heart attacks, a new defibrillator is downstairs in the sports tract. The Hausmeister knows how to use it, but it's designed to be usable by anybody (it checks ECG heart activity automatically before applying shock).

Apart from that, have fun, and remember the Secret Motto:
And We Get Paid For This! - Jan

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