The Smart Systems Technologies and Engineering research area focusses on the development of innovative solutions for a digital society by bridging the gap between humans, the environment and technology. The main goal is the realization of sustainable systems with bespoke mechanical, electrical and biological properties based on biocompatible, recycled, and organic materials as well as their equipment with embodied artificial intelligence. The resulting systems are individually optimized for their application in healthcare, agriculture, construction, environmental monitoring, or Industry 4.0 production processes.
To accomplish these goals, we work on embodied artificial intelligence bridging between the fields of automation, robotics, large-area and organic devices, as well as active materials and thin-film technology to realize intelligent systems, unobtrusive sensors, and biomimetic electronics. Furthermore, synergies between these fields lead to entirely new products such as human-machine interfaces, artificial skin, electronic textiles, or smart labels.
The 3 research groups within the Smart Systems Technologies and Engineering research area focus on: