Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
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Systems and Control Engineering

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Systems and Control Engineering  is an enabling technology for innovative products and for sustainable industrial production. As such, it is a key technology of the 20th and 21st centuries and will continue to increase in importance in the future. In the research field of Systems and Control Engineering, technical applications are investigated such as automating highly-distributed production systems, building automation, innovative drive systems with energy recuperation, robotics and cognitive systems, energy management in smart grids, and complex communication systems. Research also focuses on laying methodical and technological foundations for these systems, through software and systems engineering, analysis, modelling, regulating and optimising complex dynamic systems, non-linear and distributed parametric multivariable control and soft sensors, sensor networks, complex microsystems, modelling and hardware description languages, development and automation of embedded systems, (opto) mechatronic systems, (intelligent) sensors, actuator technology, precision technology, and process measurement technology.

The common factor of all these fields is the need to “think in systems”, whereby significant increases in reliability, efficiency, quality, and performance can be achieved compared to conventional systems by selectively using information and automation technology. This paradigm shift from developing at the component and subsystem level to the development of complex networked systems is still not yet taking place systematically, and thus opens up challenging research potential for the future in the field of method development, from modelling to analysis and verification to synthesis. Holistically developing the appropriate system, software, and hardware concepts will play a crucial role.

The combination of networked computer systems (cyber systems) with technical and physical systems has led to the term cyber-physical systems. The looming technological revolution here has the potential to outshine the “IT revolution” of the 20th century: cars will be able to independently prevent accidents and increase safety through in and intra-car communication. Automation systems and robots, through networking and adaptive and cognitive methods, will become significantly more flexible, increasing productivity and resource efficiency.

The following institutes are involved:

Automation and Control Institute

Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives

Institute of Computer Technology

Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems