Digitization and Industry 4.0

The aim of expanding the competitive and employment-intensive economy formulated in the federal government’s high-tech strategy is described by means of the Industry 4.0 future-oriented project. This area is closely connected to digitization, digital transformation and the Internet of Things and is the focus of the research area.


The following are actively engaged in the research area:

  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science/IT
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Business


What exactly is being researched:

The Internet of Things will shape the future of our society as a whole, and has the potential to improve our social lives. It enables and requires new business models. Research in this field is active, with a variety of interdisciplinary research projects, as well as cooperation with industry. Research results are directly incorporated into courses, with many students taking part in the research projects.


The current focal points of this field of research are:


  • Cloud computing
  • Software-defined networking
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Human-robot collaboration
  • Virtual development
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Data mining
  • Big data
  • Robotics as a service
  • Energy-management systems


  • Digital transformation
  • Changes to the world of work
  • Smart city


  • Business models
  • Sharing economy
  • Managed services


  • Robotics as a service
  • eHealth
  • Care robots
  • Ambient-assisted living

Transfer activities

  • IoT/I40 start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship
  • The transfer of know-how within the regional and supra-regional economy
  • Cooperation with industry associations and other R&D facilities
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