Research Focus

Mechatronic Systems


The Department of Mechatronic Systems at the IPM is involved in the design, layout/optimization and project planning of mechatronic components within the framework of projects financed by third-party funds. For this, modern methods and tools for modeling and simulation, rapid-control-prototyping and HIL are deployed. For data acquisition and processing commercially available as well as custom-designed sensors, measuring methods and software tools based on modern algorithms (Fuzzy, Neural Networks) are used for monitoring, state diagnosis and technical diagnosis or for control engineering tasks. Camera systems with image processing software complement the equipment. For processing of big amounts of data networking is inevitable (grid computing), powerful algorithms structure and reduce that flood of data. Increasingly open-source hard- and software is used in form of embedded systems for this. The experience in these areas is the basis for the successful processing of the requirements to be considered in the projects and the tasks to be mastered. 

Current projects address among others the increase of energy efficiency of turbo machines through usage of novel high-temperature magnet bearings, or plant identification using image-based systems and data acquisition.

Work areas

  • Drafting, design/optimization/functional integration and projecting of systems for automatization technology and mechatronics
  • Modeling and simulation of technical systems - ANSYS, Quickfield, FEMM, MATLAB/ Simulink
  • Rapid-Control-Prototyping, Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) – dSpace
  • Design and construction of mechatronic components - NX, KiCad
  • Measurement and sensor technology - depelopment and application of modern algorithms and measurement methods
  • Construction and commissioning of technical systems
    • experimental tasks
    • measurement data acquisition, processing and evaluation 
  • Monitoring, state and technical diagnosis
  • Data analysis and development of algorithms
  • Control engineering, power electronics
  • Software development - C++, Java, MATLAB, SQL, R
  • Project development and management
  • Design and implementation of human-centered human-machine interfaces for industry facilities, (extended) virtual/augmented reality - Unreal IDE and runtime environment
  • Development/implementation of novel algorithms for intelligent data analysis and for the design of autonomous, self-lerning cyber-physical systems - technology development "AI at the edge"

Application fields

  • Magnet bearing technology
  • Open-sourced technology for embedded systems
  • State evaluation and individual state-related vitalisation of crops
Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Worlitz
head of department
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Frank Worlitz
Institut für Prozesstechnik, Prozessautomatisierung und Messtechnik
02763 Zittau
Theodor-Körner-Allee 8
Building Z IVc, Room C1.17
+49 3583 612-4548