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.
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.
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.
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.
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