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Hi, my name is Elias Niepötter. I’m 21 years old and studying mechatronic engineering in a dual study program. Right now I’m in my final year of my Bachelor’s Degree with the main subjects:

  • Vehicle Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • System Modeling

I joined Medium as a writer in December 2020 and…


Math & Math | Introducing Systems Engineering

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This part of engineering fundamentals is going to introduce you to Systems Engineering. I’m going to explain the basic concepts of how to describe a system in the time domain using examples to make things clearer. This story is not about modeling.

  1. Abstract
  2. The basic elements: P, I and D


Top 3 must-know Algorithms as an Engineer in modern CAE

In this part of the engineering fundamentals series, I’m going to cover why engineers need to know their basic algorithms and why this helps to improve CAE. Three different algorithms from three different fields of application are covered with mathematical descriptions, code, pictures and examples.

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  1. Why engineers should know their…


Which tools should you use to boost your workflow?

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There are hundreds of different tools, apps and programs available to us when it comes to creativity and productivity tools. I’m going to present to you my Top 6 tools I currently use in university and I think are best for students. …


How to describe everything with mathematics

This story will give you an introduction to how to model technical systems. It covers why modeling is so important for engineers, some basic techniques, and an example of a technical system describes via an ODE.

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  1. Why modeling is so important as an engineer
  2. Basic techniques & math
  3. A common…


Math & Nature | An introduction to Metaheuristics

This story will cover the fundamentals of Metaheuristics and will give you an introduction to the basic concept of the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm.

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  1. What are Metaheuristics?
  2. Particle Swarm Optimization
  3. What is this useful for?
  4. Summary

What are Metaheuristics?¹

A metaheuristic is a high-level…


A greedy alternative for your Hyperparameter Tuning

This story will show you an alternative Random Search algorithm that might be useful for your Hyperparameter Tuning. I will cover the main concept behind it and give a detailed example of the algorithm.

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  1. What is a greedy algorithm?
  2. The concept of Deep Random Search
  3. Discussion

What is a greedy algorithm?

In informatics, an algorithm…


An introduction to Euler methods

This story will give you a brief introduction to the basics of numerical integration and how it is used to solve Ordinary Differential Equations. I will cover the explicit Euler and implicit Euler method as well as Heun’s method in this story.

  1. How to solve ODEs numerically
  2. Explicit Euler
  3. Implicit…

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