Technology & Life Sciences

Electronics

Electronics

In addition to classical mechanical engineering, applied electronics has established itself as a competence field of mechatronics, as illustrated by numerous industrial cooperations and several successfully completed research projects. The focus on electronics consolidates the activities beginning with circuit design up to the holistic simulation of process plants.

 

Embedded Systems

Industrial applicability of theoretical results requires both powerful and reliable hardware platforms - embedded systems - built on FPGAs, standard processors or microcontrollers form the ideal basis for this. Thus, for example, sophisticated algorithms of control engineering can be efficiently implemented on real-time systems.

Industrial Control Engineering

Especially the department of mechatronics defines itself with control engineering as its backbone. In addition to modeling in the various physical disciplines, controller design and system simulation, the focus is on implementation on modern hardware. Low-cost floating-point hardware paired with automatic code generation tools allow the efficient and cost-effective development of highly specialized controllers even for small and medium-sized enterprises. Especially for nonlinear systems, modern methods based on neural networks are used in addition to conventional methods.

Measurement Systems

Control engineering and process technology without measurement technology would be inconceivable. The field of measurement systems meets this challenge in the most diverse branches of industry - the application of image-based methods can be mentioned as an example. Competence is available along the entire development chain - from problem analysis and the development of the measurement strategy to small series production of electronic systems.

Contact
Ing.  Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc | Senior Lecturer Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3931

If you have any questions regarding this research area, please contact us: electronics@mci.edu


Ing.  Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc | Senior Lecturer Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3931
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn. | Head of Department & Studies Master's program Medical Technologies
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn. Head of Department & Studies
 Martin Schiestl, BSc, MSc | Teaching & Research Assistant Master's Program Mechatronics & Smart Technologies
Martin Schiestl, BSc, MSc Teaching & Research Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3951
 Andreas Albrecht, BSc | Teaching & Research Assistant Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Andreas Albrecht, BSc Teaching & Research Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3953
Dr. Maurizio Incurvati | Senior Lecturer Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Dr. Maurizio Incurvati Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3936
Dr. rer. nat. Harald Schöbel, BSc | Senior Lecturer Bachelor's program Biotechnology & Food Engineering
Dr. rer. nat. Harald Schöbel, BSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3837
 Davide Bagnara, MSc | Project Assistant Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Davide Bagnara, MSc Project Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3956
Prof.  Yeongmi Kim, PhD | Professor Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Prof. Yeongmi Kim, PhD Professor +43 512 2070 - 3933
Dipl. HTL Ing. Dr. med. Michael Sieb | Senior Lecturer Master's program Medical Technologies
Dipl. HTL Ing. Dr. med. Michael Sieb Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 4431
 Bernhard Hollaus, PhD. | Lecturer Bachelor's program Medical-, Health- and Sports Engineering
Bernhard Hollaus, PhD. Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 4431
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Mechatronics
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle Head of Department & Studies

Safe Aviation Tyrol
Duration:
2020 - 2023

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Kenneth Hakr

Thomas Lucian Rauth, BSc MSc

Evelin Steiner

Stephan Jäkel

Description:
The overall project goal of SafeAviationTyrol is to find practicable and quickly deployable solutions for the security issues associated with drones. This includes a) the location of drones and aircraft close to the ground, b) the avoidance of collisions with civil aviation, and c) secure, high-speed radio data links. Through preliminary work and user surveys, the company partners quickly recognized and analyzed where technical solutions are still needed on the ground and in the air. With the support of their scientific partners, the company partners are now focusing on the development of these strategically important hardware components and the creation of system-supporting technical infrastructure. The project follows the new regulatory requirements of the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), currently Opinion 01-2018 and the European ATM (AirtrafficManagement) master plan. The central starting point for all IT solutions is the secure central database of all live flight movements included in this project. The subsequent further expansion to functionally complete and validated operational information solutions for aviation (Uspace 1 -4) can take place quickly through the selection and system integration of suitable operational software solutions. These are being developed and evaluated internationally.

Project partners:
Institut für Mechatronik
Universitäten Inland

Emerging Applications Lab
Duration:
2016 - 2021

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Andreas Albrecht, BSc

Andreas Mark, BSc, MSc

Stephan Jäkel

Martin Schiestl, BSc, MSc

DI Dr. Siegfried Krainer

Evelin Steiner

Description:
Establishment of a sustainable cooperation model in the form of an application-oriented competence center | Realization of product prototypes | Opening of new markets and applications using and using Infineon products | Anchoring of Infineon hardware and software products at MCI's Technology & Life Science Departments | Integration of Infineon products into current and future research and development projects of MCI's Technology & Life Science Departments

IFX-Designer Application Circuits
Duration:
2016

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Andreas Albrecht, BSc

Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH Norbert Imlig

Description:
Infineon Designer is a digital prototyping engine making it easy for our mass market customers to get to know, select and design - in the right product for the right application in a very short time. The task of this project is to generate attractive, easy to understand real world application circuits that will be simulated in online web browser in shortest time. All circuits will be documented and tested against the reference circuit proposed in datasheet, application note or evaluation board. A circuit shall simulate as fast as possible (ideally below 1 minute, maximum is 10 minutes) and the accuracy shall be in the range of 5-10% compared to real world for min/max signal amplitudes, timing and efficiency. The circuit layout shall be attractive and well structured according to the standardized template. Example Circuit: http://design.infineon.com/tinademo/designer.php?c=56b529b60818e:67668&act

Project partners:
DEM MMG OLM&DG
Unternehmenssektor Ausland

SSM Sensor Security Module
Duration:
2019 - 2020

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Evelin Steiner

Gerald Streng, BSc, MSc

Andreas Ascher, BSc, MSc

Description:
The dedicated goal of the project is the development of the Tributech Sensor Security Module, which represents a hardware component that can then be used in order to ensure origin and integrity of any kind of data. The solution should provide an easy integration into existing systems. The module stores private key material and uses its own connectivity for the submission of the signed merkle tree root hashes in order to verify the data at its source. The Microcontroller on which the Merkle-tree hashes are computed is chosen to be a XMC4700 ARM-Cortes M4 MCU with 2 MB of Flash Memory. This MCU incorporates six serial communication channels (USICs) which are ideally suited to realize the necessary communication interfaces to the Trust-M ECC security chip as well as to the COMM Modules 1&2. The USB connection will be used to power the module and to allow data transfer via a virtual COM port for easy integration in existing systems. The COMM Modules represent a versatile hardware-interface to populate the module with different Radio Transmitters, like e.g. LTE, WIFI, NFC.


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