Department of Scientific Automation

The Department of Scientific Automation is divided into four groups: Self-Optimization, Automation Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Smart Home. Together we create innovative mechatronic systems for a variety of sectors. To do this we draw on the methods of model-based design, which we then further develop on an individual basis. A firm grasp of established technologies and their advancement are self-evident parts of our work. We combine innovative methods and technologies to fashion customized industry-compatible solutions with a focus on increasing the efficiency of development processes, resource-conserving machines and systems, as well as system networking.    


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The Self-Optimization group addresses both the modernization of obsolete manufacturing processes, as well as the development of new systems that are capable of self-optimizing processes. It uses a broad variety of modern software tools. Manufacturing processes are analyzed systematically and the significant influences elucidated. This forms the basis for the optimized integration of sensor systems and actuators. Intelligent control and regulation technology helps to create a need-based, self-optimizing system that uses the available information to operate consistently at its ideal working point.

Automation Engineering

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The Automation Engineering group develops highly adaptive and automated solutions within the context of cyber-physical systems and industry 4.0. Particular focus is placed on holistic system development, comprising both the hardware and the control and regulating technology, to produce perfectly coordinated subsystems. Besides robotics applications and measuring technology solutions, the group works on condition monitoring systems and innovative actuator concepts. Other key areas include machine and system connectivity, as well as their virtual commissioning.

Automotive Engineering

The Automotive Engineering group analyzes and develops vehicle-specific mechatronic systems, functions and components. Among other things, group members provide support in the development of controllers, sensor systems and chassis, while also preparing companies to face the coming challenges. A systematic approach is applied in order to ensure holistic command of new technologies. Systems are designed and analyzed − from the requirements to the simulation models, test automation and test bed assemblies − in both virtual and real settings.

Smart Home

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The Smart Home group develops intelligent systems in the area of home automation. This includes the creation of innovative technologies as well as control systems to integrate the cognitive functions. Work is always focused on the incorporation of efficient development methods within the design process, which we also refer to as X-in-the-Loop technologies. Applying this procedure in collaboration with partners creates intelligent systems for smart homes that are efficiently brought to market maturity through the systematic application of digital development methods.


Intelligent geregelte Fertigungsmaschinen

  • Adaptive Prozessregelungen
  • Durchgängige Modellierung, Simulation und Optimierung technischer Systeme
  • Ganzheitliches Engineering

Modellbildung, Simulation und Virtualisierung

  • Ganzheitliche Modellierung und Simulation
  • Simulation- und Virtualisierungslösungen

X-in-the-Loop Entwicklungs- und Testumgebungen

  • X-in-the-Loop (XiL) als integrierte Entwicklungs- und Testumgebung