Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial Informatics and Automation (IIA)

We investigate the potential of distributed intelligent control architectures in various industrial application areas.


Major fundamental research topics and expertise areas include:

  • Function block architecture IEC 61499 for distributed measurement and control systems.
  • Holistic and cyber-physical approach to the design of complex distributed automation systems.
  • Simulation of complex distributed systems.
  • Agent-based architectures and bio-inspired control in complex industrial infrastructures.
  • Intelligent mechatronics.
  • Formal semantics of distributed systems.
  • Embedded hardware/software platforms for intelligent distributed control.
  • Networked control systems and wireless sensor networks.
  • Formal verification by model-checking and automatic test generation.
  • Software tools for visual development of automation systems.

We have applied our research results in the following application areas:

  • Modular material handling systems, in particular airport Baggage Handling Systems (BHS).
  • Energy generation and distribution, SmartGrid.
  • Manufacturing and assembly.
  • Agriculture and food processing.
  • Machining and Computer Numeric Control.
  • Smart energy saving homes.
  • Smart mechatronic modules.

The research and teaching is supported by a number of sponsoring companies, which provide the use of advanced commercial tools in educational and research processes.