Research Profile

Digital Engineering addresses the ideal interaction of methods (systematic approach and procedures), IT tools (functional integrated tool chains), models (suitable representations) and processes (aligned workflows) in the development, production and operation of technical systems. In research, we are engaged in designing this interaction, in particular using technological drivers such as IoT, Advanced Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud Services/Platforms.

Our research focuses on the following topic clusters with application focus on Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) and Product Service Systems (PSS):

Product Lifecycle Information Management & Digital Twin Concepts
  • Digital Twin Model Representation
  • Feed Forward/Backward Information Flows

Systems Engineering Tools & Assistant Systems
  • Model Integration of Structure, Function, Logic, Behaviour, Technology,…
  • Design Automation/Generative Design
  • Engineering-Manufacturing Integration

VR/AR & Advanced Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Individualized and Context Aware Information Provision
  • VR/AR for Engineering, Training, and Education

The main goals of our research activities are, on the one hand, the complete model-based definition and description of complex technical systems with their properties and behaviour and, on the other hand, the integration and optimization of IT procedures for cross-domain and multidisciplinary product information management. Aspects of system modelling and information technology integration of product development, production system development and production are considered holistically in the context of research projects with industrial partners. This includes methods for the operational introduction of IT systems (PLM, ERP, MES) as well as the reorganization of engineering processes in the industry.

To carry out our projects and student work, the chair has extensive hardware and software equipment. It consists of market-leading engineering software systems from the fields of CAD, simulation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).