The industry driven approach to the research areas taken up here is promising and though the business and governance environments in India and Germany are quite different, I hope to initiate some activity of joint interest.
You already know Kaiserslautern from previous stays; what do you like about the city? What do you think about the research environment?
I find that Fraunhofer ITWM itself has a large core of scientific personnel, and I think together with the other institutions in the area, most notably TU Kaiserslautern, the research base is very strong.
About the city, it is in a beautiful part of the country and though I am not a very active outdoors person, I hope to explore some of the areas around.
The town itself is just the right size: big enough to have a variety of activities and good public transport, but not so big as to be impersonal and congested and with the problems of big cities. Also, I see that FC Kaiserslautern has returned to the Bundesliga 2 after quite some years, so this bodes well for the city!
What is your preferred mode of transportation?
I do not drive, and I am happy to walk even medium and sometimes long distances. I am a fan (and also a student!) of public transportation, so I use it quite extensively. If I get access to it, I may try to bicycle around the city a little, as well.