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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Industrial Engineering and Automation


The main research of IEA deals with product development, manufacturing and assembly processes, design and management of production systems as well as mechanical and mechatronic design, automation and digitization techniques in the context of Industry 4.0, with a focus on the specific requirements of small and medium manufacturing, construction and agricultural businesses.

Covered topics

Mechanical Engineering Design

  • New Product Development and Design Creativity
  • Material Characterization and Advanced Machine Design
  • Design Optimization of Lightweight Structural-Mechanical Systems
  • Kinematics and Dynamics of Multibody Systems

Automation and Manufacturing Technologies

  • High-Performance Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Automatic Control and Motion Planning
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Joining Technologies
  • Unmanned Vehicle Systems and Field Robotics

Production and Supply Chain Management

  • Global Manufacturing Strategies and Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Industry 4.0 and Cyber Physical Production Systems
  • Construction 4.0 in the Make-to-Order (MTO) Environment
  • Digital Transformation of Supply Chains and Organizations

Field Robotics

  • Design, development and dynamic modelling of field robots and their mechatronic components
  • Real-time path and trajectory planning for mobile robots and manipulators
  • Automatic, remote and shared human-robot control of field robots
  • Detection and perception for field robots



Dominik Matt


Field Robotics South-Tyrol Lab

Technical Room Materials Characterization Lab

Mechanical Lab

Smart Mini Factory Lab