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
Ronald Stärz
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3931

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Ronald Stärz
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3931
Alexander Hörbst
a.o. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Alexander Hörbst, Bakk.techn. Head of Department & Studies
Andreas Mehrle
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle Head of Department & Studies
Andreas Albrecht
Andreas Albrecht, BSc Teaching & Research Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3953
Maurizio Incurvati
Dr. Maurizio Incurvati Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3936
Gerald Streng
Gerald Streng, BSc, MSc Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3925
Davide Bagnara
Davide Bagnara, MSc Project Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3900
Yeongmi Kim
Prof. Yeongmi Kim, PhD Professor +43 512 2070 - 3933
Martin Schiestl
Martin Schiestl, BSc, MSc Teaching & Research Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3951
Bernhard Hollaus
Bernhard Hollaus, M.Sc. Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3934
Andreas Mark
Andreas Mark, BSc, MSc Teaching & Research Assistant +43 512 2070 - 3926
Harald Schöbel
Dr. rer. nat. Harald Schöbel, BSc Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 3837

Safe Aviation Tyrol
Duration:
2020 - 2023

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Kenneth Hakr

Thomas Lucian Rauth, BSc

Evelin Steiner

Barbara Jenewein, BA

Stephan Jäkel

Description:
Übergeordnetes Projektziel von SafeAviationTyrol sind praktikable und rasch einsetzbare Lösungen für die mit Drohnen verbundenen Sicherheitsthematiken. Dazu gehören a) die Ortung von Drohnen und Luft- fahrzeuge in Bodennähe, b) die Vermeidung von Kollisionen mit der zivilen Luftfahrt, sowie c) gesicherte schnelle Datenfunkverbindungen. Die Unternehmenspartner haben durch Vorarbeiten und Anwender- Befragung rasch erkannt und analysiert, wo es zu Boden und in der Luft noch technische Lösungen braucht. Sie fokussieren sich nun mit Unterstützung der wissenschaftlichen Partner auf die Entwicklung dieser strategisch bedeutenden Hardwarekomponenten und Schaffung systemtragender technischer Infrastruktur. Das Projekt folgt dabei den neuen regulatorischen Vorgaben der EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), dzt. Opinion 01-2018 und dem European ATM (AirtrafficManagement) Masterplan . Zentraler Ausganspunkt aller IT-Lösungen bildet die in diesem Projekt enthaltene sichere zentrale Datenbank aller Live-erfassten Flugbewegungen. Der anschließende weitere Ausbau zur funktionell vollständigen und validierten operative Informationslösungen für die Luftfahrt (Uspace 1 -4) kann zügig durch Auswahl und Systemintegration geeigneter operativer Softwarelösungen erfolgen. Solche befinden sich international in Entwicklung und Evaluierung.

Project partners:
Institut für Mechatronik
Universitäten Inland

Emerging Applications Lab
Duration:
2016 - 2020

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

EZITROL: Development of a controllable evaporator head for e-cigarettes
Duration:
2016

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Benjamin Hupfauf

DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle

Thomas Gabloner, BSc, MSc

Reinhard Neuner, BSc MSc

Alejandro Secades Rodriguez, BSc MSc

Dr. Georg Norbert Strauss

Dipl.-Ing. Günter Höfert

Description:
The goal of the development is to put the evaporation process in the e-cigarette on a technologically new basis in order to achieve on the one hand a higher taste stability and product safety and on the other hand to bring a substantial part of the added value for these e-cigarettes to Austria. For this purpose, a chemically inert membrane is developed, which has a defined porosity and has a defined permeability to the resulting gas during heating. The heating should take place with a conductive layer applied to this membrane, which is driven by an electronic system which can regulate the temperature at this conductive layer. Thus, it is to be achieved that a constant stream of liquid evaporates at a defined temperature (converted into the gas phase).

MCI Quadcopter - Flying PCB
Duration:
2015

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle

Description:
In the framework of a master students project MCI mechatronics wanted to make a ARM Cortex M4 processor fly. Due the spontaneous support from Infineon Austria the choice fell on a XMC 4500 from the Villach fab. The students implemented communication with the RC control, the motor drivers, and the IMU unit as well as the position control algorithms so that by the end of the semester a quadcopter was flying through MCI. Due to the huge success (Figure: Infineon Technologies PMM unit head Andreas Urschitz with the MCI quadcopter) Infineon mandated MCI mechatronics to further develop the platform. By the end of the project it should be downsized, using Infineon Semiconducturs exklusively and comprise interfaces to modern sensors.


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.

MIEDA
Duration:
2013 - 2016

Project Lead:
Ing. Ronald Stärz, BSc, MSc

Team:
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle

Description:
The aim of this project is to develop and manufacture a compact and automated measuring system for the analysis and monitoring of PVD processes and to bring it to the market as an industrial product. The concept of the MIEDA system (Multichannel Ion Energy Distribution Analyzer) realizes small, automatically operating process sensors that can be installed directly in the vacuum or coating systems and measure and monitor the manufacturing process online. Through the scientific preparatory work, we have succeeded in analyzing and preparing the delivered process data so that an assessment of the process status and thus an online process monitoring and quality control is possible. Furthermore, a know-how and knowledge management should be developed and implemented at PhysTech, which ensures that the results and findings from the various research projects are collected and processed accordingly and are available as an internal knowledge database. This is a central topic, because currently the knowledge of many project-related employees is lost.


  • Benjamin Hupfauf, Marc Koch, Ronald Stärz, Thomas Obholzer, Marco Rupprich; Online-Konzentrationsbestimmung von Lackflüssigmaterialien im Prozesswasser; Präsentation, Industrietage, Wassertechnik, Management und Behandlung industrieller Prozess und Abwässer, 30. November - 1. Dezember 2009 Fulda
  • B S Schneider · S Costea · C Ionita · R Schrittwieser · V Naulin · J J Rasmussen · R Stärz · N Vianello · J Kovacic · T Gyergyek , "Robust highly emissive probe for plasma potential measurements in the edge region of toroidal plasmas ", 1st EPS conference on Plasma Diagnostics; 05/2015, European Physical Society, Rome, Italy
  • C. Ionita, J. Grünwald, Ch. Maszl, R. Stärz, M. Čerček, B. Fonda, T. Gyergyek, G.Filipič, J. Kovačič, C. Silva, H. Figueiredo, T. Windisch, O. Grulke, T. Klinger, R. Schrittwieser, "The use of emissive probes in laboratory and tokamak plasmas", PLASMA diagnostics 2010, International Conference on Diagnostic Methods involved in Research and Applications of Plasmas (Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France, 12-16 April 2010; 16 April 2010).
  • R. Schrittwieser, C. Ionita, K. Rahbarnia, J. Gruenwald, T. Windisch, R. Stärz, O. Grulke, T. Klinger, "Measurements of HF-plasma oscillations by means of a laser-heated emissive probe", 9th International Workshop on Electric Probes in Magnetized Plasma (Iaşi, Romania, 21-23 September 2011; 22 September 2011), Programme & Book of Abstracts (Faculty of Physics, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iaşi, Romania), p. 29, http://langmuir.plasma.uaic.ro/IWEP2011.

  • “0x0 – 0xF” FROM SCRATCH TO AUTONOMOUS - Entwicklung autonomer Multicopter, R.Stärz