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With the profiling initiative 2025 "Engineering of Cyber Physical Systems" (intelligent networking of processes, systems and machines), TUBAF is investing in "Processes, Machines and Materials" at the interface between engineering sciences and computer science.

In this way, it is setting the course for continuing to drive forward the industrial transformation through pioneering research. It consolidates the foundation for the future-oriented further development of university teaching in a strong research and multidisciplinary environment. As part of the profiling initiative, five professorships in the field of Engineering of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) will be advertised at TUBAF over the next three years.

To the Call for Professorships

Engineering of Cyber Physical Systems

Intelligent automation of processes, systems and machines

The intelligent networking of machines, systems and processes enables processes to be operated in an environmentally friendly, resource-saving and cost-efficient manner. Mechatronic systems utilise interconnected units of mechanical components, actuators, sensors and microcontrollers to enable dynamic process control that is adapted to current conditions. Cyber-physical systems (CPS), which offer flexible networking via the Internet and thus access to its global services, represent the next development leap. Online networking enables, for example, remote monitoring of machines and systems, production systems that independently anticipate the need for adjustments, for example by incorporating logistics data, or AI-supported optimisation of controls by analysing operating data in the cloud. In addition, the functionality of CPS can be flexibly expanded during operation by means of software updates. All of this enables new services and business models, meaning that CPS are seen as a key component for the realisation of Industry 4.0/5.0. The evolution of mechatronic systems into CPS creates new requirements for research, teaching and knowledge transfer. For example, CPS must have a higher level of self-intelligence and autonomy than previous mechatronic systems. Secure communication between the individual components is of fundamental importance. For the development, project planning and implementation of CPS, systems engineers are needed who have been trained at the interfaces of the various disciplines in a research-intensive university environment.

TUBAF will meet these future requirements in research, teaching and knowledge transfer by establishing five professorships for the time being, thereby further expanding its visibility at the intersection of "Processes, Machines and Materials" and computer science and raising its profile in the field of Engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems.

The Professorships to be established at the Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)

At the Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering

(Faculty 4) the following professorships will be newly appointed:



The following interfaces already exist with the disciplines mentioned:

  • Software Technology and Robotics (Faculty 1)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Databases (Faculty 1)
  • Virtual Reality and Multimedia (Faculty 1)
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Systems (Faculty 1)
  • Networked Mobile Machines (Faculty 4)
  • Measurement, Sensor and Embedded Systems (Faculty 4)
  • Electrical Engineering (Faculty 4)
  • Electronic and Sensor Materials (Faculty 5)
  • ...