Going hand in hand with digitization, the transformation of mechatronic toward globally distributed systems that use the Internet to communicate with each other and with us while interacting within a network presents plenty of opportunities for innovation. Key challenges within this development are the greater interdisciplinarity and complexity of the systems themselves. Here, the Department of Product Development addresses the central question of how these complex systems can be created efficiently. Systems engineering is at the heart of this approach, developing methods and means of expression to bring together experts from all specialist disciplines. Key topics are system analyses, modular architecture design, the integration of mechanical and electrical functions and the design of innovative combinations comprising goods and services. The department also investigates how digital technologies such as virtual or augmented reality change everyday routines in product development.