members in total: 52


  • With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2016, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.367 million cars and 145,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group had a workforce of 124,729 employees. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

  • Mercedes-Benz AG is responsible for the global business of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans with 175,000 employees worldwide. Ola Källenius is Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG. The company focuses on the development, production and sales of passenger cars, vans and services. Furthermore, the company aspires to be leading in the fields of connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative drives with its forward-looking innovations. The product portfolio comprises the Mercedes-Benz brand with the sub-brands Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me – as well as the smart brand, and the EQ product and technology brand for electric mobility.
    Mercedes-Benz AG is one of the largest manufacturers of premium passenger cars. In 2018, it sold more than 2.3 million cars and over 420,000 vans. In its two business divisions, Mercedes-Benz AG is continually expanding its worldwide production network with over 40 production sites on four continents, while aligning itself to meet the requirements of electric mobility. At the same time, the company is developing its global battery production network on three continents. Sustainable actions play a decisive role in both business divisions.
    To the company, sustainability means creating value for all stakeholders on a lasting basis: customers, employees, investors, business partners and the society as a whole. The basis for this is the sustainable business strategy of Daimler in which the company takes responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of its business activities and looks at the entire value chain.

  • The KUKA Deutschland GmbH is a manufacturer and provider of all kinds of manufacturing and automation equipment. Starting from single industrial robots and leading up to complete production lines, KUKA provides solutions for very small and also big enterprises like complete car body-shop manufacturing lines.
    Creativity, dynamism and innovation are required to implement these versatile and technologically demanding applications. These attributes are the key to economic success and market leadership. KUKA Deutschland GmbH knows the challenges facing both people and machines, understands its customers" requirements and is developing ideas to meet them. AML helps KUKA to better integrate into the heterogenous tool landscape for the digital factory and provides a seamless information transport form the planning of a plant down to the shopfloor during production."

  • Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the worldwide leading supplier in this field. Products developed by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,528 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of €1.572 billion on sales of €12.848 billion and orders of €14.108 billion.

  • The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2014, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 10.137 million (2013: 9.731 million). The share of the world passenger car market amounts to 12.9 percent.
    In Western Europe, more than one in four new cars (25.1 percent) is made by the Volkswagen Group. Group sales revenue in 2014 totaled €202 billion (2013: €197 billion), while profit after tax amounted to €11.1 billion (2013: €9.1 billion).
    The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.
    Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to low-consumption small cars and luxury vehicles. In the commercial vehicle sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks.
    The Volkswagen Group is also active in other fields of business, manufacturing large-bore diesel engines for marine and stationary applications (turnkey power plants), turbochargers, turbomachinery (steam and gas turbines), compressors and chemical reactors. It also produces vehicle transmissions, special gear units for wind turbines, slide bearings and couplings as well as testing systems for the mobility sector.
    In addition, the Volkswagen Group offers a wide range of financial services, including dealer and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.
    The Group operates 118 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Every weekday, 592,586 employees worldwide produce nearly 41,000 vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.
    The Group’s goal is to offer attractive, safe and environmentally sound vehicles which can compete in an increasingly tough market and set world standards in their respective class.


  • ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enables utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 108,000 people. Of these, 650 are working for ABB Corporate Research to maintain and extend ABBs technology leadership in power and automation products, applications and services. The ABB Corporate Research Center in Ladenburg, Germany, is one of seven ABB Research Centers worldwide.

  • Airbus Group (formerly EADS), is an international group that is part of the aeronautics, space and defence sector. It employs over 144,000 people throughout the world. Airbus is a 100 % subsidiary of the Group, under the same terms as Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Its headquarters are in Toulouse.
    Airbus has become the global leader in aeronautical construction. It receives half of all orders for civil aircraft with 100 seats or more. Its product range is divided into four aircraft families, from the A320 single aisle 100-seater aircraft to the A330 and A350 XWB long-range models, and the world’s largest civil aircraft: the A380. Performance is the driver behind Airbus’ commitment to building the world’s best aircraft, based on innovation, integration, internationalisation and the engagement of its employees.
    Airbus started life thanks to cooperation between four European countries: France and Germany, then Spain and the United Kingdom. Established as an Economic Interest Group (GIE) in 1970, the company created by cooperation between the public enterprises of these four countries changed its status in 2001 to become the major private player in the European aviation market.

  • AmpereSoft GmbH

    Founded in 2008, AmpereSoft is always working with passion for “Simply Faster Engineering”. With a deep knowledge in the field of electrotechnical systems, AmpereSoft develops practice-oriented software tools which are spread around the world in more than 90 countries and provides effective services for optimizing processes. AmpereSoft is well-known for pushing forward the standardization of product data and engineering project data, in particular to get the idea of “Smart Factory” up and running for switchgear manufacturing. The company develops a unique ToolSystem which consists of ProPlan (a well-known and proven detail engineering tool including temperature calculation, auto routing and support for the “Smart Factories”), MatClass (the product and service data management tool, providing data to all engineering tools and helping manufacturers to maintain huge amount of data in classification systems including “Advanced” structure elements) and QuotationAssistant (for creating extensive offers with flexible calculations). Another department cares about the development of rule-based configuration systems for all kind of electrotechnical components and entire power distribution boards.

  • Balluff GmbH, a leading and globally active sensor specialist and connectivity provider with more than 3.200 employees, offers a full range of high-quality sensors, linear displacement and identification systems as well as networking and connectivity solutions for every area of factory automation.
    The company has been in family hands for four generations, and invests a large percentage of sales income in research and development.
    Production and development facilities as well as subsidiaries and authorized representatives are located all over the world. High delivery reliability and short distances to customers are a given.

  • CENIT has been a consultancy and software specialist for the optimization of business processes in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Information Management (EIM), Business Optimization & Analytics (BOA) and Application Management Services (AMS) since 1988. CENIT currently has over 700 employees world-wide. A large number of customers are medium-sized enterprises, particularly in the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, tool and mould making, financial service providers, commerce and consumer goods sectors.

  • COMAN Software GmbH has developed a completely new form of project management software. It automatically combines the digital layout of the construction planning/building site with the scheduling. With our "Smart Objects", customers and suppliers receive an individually standardized overview of the current project status, which is available in real time, worldwide and on every device. Mobile applications reduce the mass of data on site to a relevant minimum and increase transparency enormously. This enables us to meet deadlines on time, enormously increase efficiency and reduce costs in every phase of project implementation. It is already used in the automotive industry by companies such as Daimler, Volkswagen and ThyssenKrupp, but is also suitable for any other form of construction industry.

  • EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG is the perfect interface between product development and plant construction.
    Thanks to our holistic understanding of vehicles and production plants, the company is the leading partner for the fusion of product and production, from development through to implementation in plant construction, thus creating added value. This means that developments are always coordinated, taking into account production-related requirements and restrictions. Throughout, both our vehicle developers and plant constructors are advised by our digital engineering specialists, who work using virtual models and simulations. By conferring together, manufacturing-optimised products are defined, and the vehicle designers informed of the potential offered by new production technologies.
    When working towards the creation of a new production plant, our teams provide all the services along the supply chain that are relevant to the production process. From project management, planning, quality management services, design, the digital factory, production it, robotics and safety engineering services, through to virtual start-up of the production facilities, technical documentation and product cost optimisation.

  • Its current chairman Wolfgang Rücker founded the Rücker group of Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1970. It went public in 2000 and is now a leading globally active supplier of development engineering services to the aviation and automobile industries. Rücker AG employs over 2,500 people, nearly all engineers, at 35 locations in 18 countries. The company has offices close to every major client. This ensures direct personal contact and successful cooperation.

  • As a leading global supplier EPLAN Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG develops CAx, configuration and mechatronic solutions and advises companies in the optimisation of their engineering processes. The development of individual and standardised interfaces for ERP, PDM and PLM ensures data consistency in the product development. Consistent customer orientation, global support and innovative development and interface expertise are success factors. As a global player EPLAN support more than 45,000 customers with more than 120,000 installations worldwide through products of the highest quality and maximised efficiency.
    EPLAN was founded in 1984 and is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. The family company has a worldwide presence with 18 production sites and 78 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,500 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2015. For the eighth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade “Top German Employer” in 2016. In addition Friedhelm Loh Group was recognized as “Top vocational trainer” according to a study of Deutschland Test and Focus Money.

  • Festo is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology. As a globally-oriented and independent family company with its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany, it has become the performance leader in its industry over the last 50 years, thanks to its innovations and problem-solving competence in all aspects of pneumatics as well as its unique range of industrial training and education programs. Today, the company provides pneumatic and electric drive technology for over 300,000 customers in 200 industries world-wide both for factory and process automation as well as cutting-edge training solutions. The Festo Group achieved sales revenues € 2.28 billion in its fiscal year 2013 and with 16,700 employees is represented world-wide in 250 locations.

  • Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH was founded in 1986. Today, the company has more than 260 employees at 10 locations worldwide. With the philosophy of continuous growth based on its own resources, the company is a reliable partner for its customers.
    For more than 25 years, the focus has been on industrial communication, and the range covers all fieldbuses and all Real-Time Ethernet systems.
    Hilscher’s technology takes the device data of encoders, IP67 I/Os, RFID controllers, drives and valve islands and manages the data exchange with the control system via the various Real-Time Ethernet systems. This makes Hilscher at home wherever data is generated in the production plant.
    Together with the corresponding metadata, this information needs to be transported into the cloud in order to generate added value within the context of the Internet of Things. Hilscher is an expert in this regard and sees it as an extension of our core technology. Depending on the scope, the technology can be retrofitted in existing devices by means of software and integrated into new designs with additional security functions.
    Hilscher collects device information on the network via so-called Edge-Gateways and transfers it to the cloud using special services, independent of the PLC.
    Thus generates considerable synergies which allow to deliver, in a single design, all Real-Time Ethernet systems and an end-to-end IoT system automation solution together with the Edge-Gateway.

  • The HIMA Group is the world"s leading independent specialist in solutions for safety-critical applications. With more than 35,000 installed systems and TÜV-certified hardware and software, HIMA qualifies as the leading technology company in this sector. For over 45 years, the world"s largest oil, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy-producing companies have relied on HIMA products, services and consulting to provide uninterrupted plant operations and protection for people and the environment. HIMA solutions are also leading the way to increased safety and profitability in the rail industry, logistics and machine operations. An independent family-owned company, HIMA operates from over 50 locations worldwide, has a workforce of approximately approx. 800 employees and in fiscal year 2015 generated sales of nearly €119 million.

  • inpro provides its shareholders with a competitive advantage through innovations in production technology. The core competences of INPRO are process simulation, production systems and information processes, manufacturing and automation technologies, coating and composite technologies, innovation management and technology watch.

  • As a world-wide specialist in drive and automation technology, Lenze offers products, solutions, systems and services for mechanical and electronic drives as well as complete automation systems from a single source. Lenze is one of the most innovative companies in Germany and employs approximately 2,900 staff throughout the world. Around 300 of these are employed in research and development, working on these products.

  • logi.cals - kirchner SOFT is an independent software development house which offers both open automation platforms and functional specification environments in accordance with a range of standards. logi.cals" products are used by leading engineering companies for functional specification, programming and in the running of large scale plants in manufacturing and processing industries.

  • Mewes & Partner is located in Hennigsdorf near Berlin/Germany. The business areas of the Company for the real-time simulation in automation include the fields, system development, direct sales, support and update service, education, consulting and engineering. The development of their products is characterized by a high value on innovative solutions for the efficient treatment of problem statements. The company is involved in different research projects and cooperates with well-known universities on the area of automation technology.

  • With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, as well as in products for the energy sector, water and waste water, transportation and building equipment.
    With around 129.000 employees the company recorded consolidated group sales of 36.0 billion US Dollar in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.
    Sales offices, research & development centres and manufacturing plants are located in over 30 countries.

  • In one sentence: Murrelektronik makes sure that you have the best connections. The best connections and power distribution in different kinds of machines and systems across many different industries - worldwide. Or to express it in a different way - we develop and produce top quality products for the electric and electronic machine and system installations. Our products deliver power and signal from the control cabinet over our interfaces into the field using active or passive IO technology.
    Murrelektronik was founded in 1975 in Oppenweiler. With a wide product range, innovative design, our own test center, top customer service and fast deliveries, we are today one of the global leading electronic product manufacturers for machine installations.
    With 24 branches around the world and many regional sales teams, we are always there for our customers to answer individual questions or help them design in an entire system. We have industry experts from all industries including Food & Beverage, Packaging and Automotive to help develop the right products for the industries. More than 2,000 employees in over 50 countries worldwide make sure to stay connected - not only within the technical world, but also building relationships that reach across borders.

    Because we are Murrelektronik - stay connected!

  • OMRON Industrial Automation Business stands for making innovation happen.
    We do this working together with you to explore new possibilities and by supporting you to bring your ideas to life through responsible manufacturing. We work across your organization from R&D, through the factory floor, to the service and support function continuously bring you the latest thinking in sensing and control technology enabling you to operate more quickly, more efficiently and more smartly than your competitors.
    We strive to be your trusted partner in Automation, providing you with the support you need to operate globally. Our business is to help your business achieve manufacturing excellence through thinking of new ideas and making them real. ity and streamlined efficiency.

  • The main business of the Paradigma Software GmbH are software products and consulting for Asset LifeCycle Management.
    Their ASSIST Software Suite supports manufacturers and operators of manufacturing plants with integrated solutions fordata preparation, data migration, and process management for maintenance and service.

  • Phoenix Contact is a leading manufacturer of components and system solutions for electrical engineering and electronics. Founded in Essen in 1923, the worldwide acting company today has more than 10,000 employees. Sales subsidiaries and partners provide service in close proximity to the customers in 80 countries.

  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit our homepage.

  • As experts for IT solutions and software integrations in the retailing sector and along the supply chain, SALT Solutions provides IT solutions ensuring an efficient and reliable support of your business-critical processes.
    The experts assist projects right from the planning all the way to the implementation, the international rollout and offer a 24/7 support according to ITIL.
    Lufthansa, Daimler, BMW, Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland, Otto Group, Würth and many hidden champions represent SALT Solutions’ long-term customers. SALT Solutions currently employ 450 experts in Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Wuerzburg.

  • Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

  • SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company, which was founded in 1946 by Dr. Erwin Sick and has its headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg in Germany, is among the technology market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as many agencies, SICK has a presence all over the world. In the 2016 fiscal year, SICK had more than 8,000 employees worldwide and a group revenue of just under EUR 1.4 billion.

  • The SMS group is, under the roof of SMS Holding GmbH, a group of global players in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals processing industry.
    SMS group covers the following product range: plants for the steel, aluminum and non-ferrous metals processing industries from ironmaking, steelmaking technology, continuous casters for flat products and rolling mills, surface-finishing lines for hot and cold strips, steelmaking / continuous casting technology for long products, pipe and tube plants, forging technology, copper and aluminum plants, closed-die forging plants right through to ring rolling machines including compatible heat technology, electric and automation as well as appertaining service.

  • tarakos GmbH, headquartered in a building called Denkfabrik in Magdeburg/Germany, has been developing and marketing virtual reality software applications for the industrial midrange market since 2000: Low entry costs concerning software and training and easy usage due to standard pc technology provide a unique selling proposition to the product range. taraVRbuilder is used to model, animate and optimize factories, conveyor and storage systems as well as material flows on personal computers. taraVRcontrol is used to create and view production processes in three dimensions, which are controlled by programmable logic controllers (PLC). Direct sales to key accounts are only one foot in the market: tarakos expands its sales network within Germany and other countries.

  • Based in Espoo, Finland Visual Components has long been known worldwide as the developer of one of the most advanced factory simulation software suites. The software allows users to visualize production line layouts and simulate them with robotics and material flows as well as PLC verification and the modeling production line components based on CAD models. The software also comes with a massive online component library with robots from most major robot manufacturers.


  • The control systems business unit develops selected control system components and implements total solutions for the production industry. This unit addresses the areas of: Production-planning and control, monitoring and control of production processes, determination and provision of production and plant parameters, assistant functions for service-supported production process control, construction and processing of recipes, specialized systems platforms for control system tasks.
    With our control systems technology we provide total solutions from conceptualization and development to commissioning and subsequent servicing. This requires the highly specialized know-how of the systems integrator which our institute has developed through 30 years experience in the field of control technology with special emphasis on the implementation of control system applications in the production and process industries.
    Our clients are producers and suppliers of control systems as well as control system users mainly in the car manufacturing, textile, and steel industries.
    The clients using our control systems enhance the efficiency and quality of their production through higher transparency of the production process. The producers and suppliers of control systems gain a competitive edge through innovative solutions.

  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA is an institution of the Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research headquartered in Stuttgart. The key focus of the research and development work carried out at Fraunhofer IPA is finding solutions to organizational and technological challenges, particularly within the production environment of industrial enterprises.
    The "Robot and Assistive Systems" department designs robot systems and automation solutions for industrial applications and for the services sector. Key technologies are developed and implemented in innovative industrial robots, service robots and intelligent machines.
    With 40 years experience in robotics and automation, multi-disciplinary teams, a unique network, comprehensive know-how and superbly equipped laboratories and workshops, it is able to offer a wide range of services in robot technology and application.

  • The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Young researchers come to the FZI in order to do research for their doctorate. The collaboration with customers helps them to gain experience for future management tasks. After their time at the FZI, our researchers often work in management positions. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. Scientific excellence and interdisciplinary practice are therefore well established at the FZI. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

  • Hanyang University is a comprehensive research university established in 1939, which combines education, research, and industry to realize the development in an all-around way. The university provides students a variety of projects to strengthen their research capacity, precisely meeting the mainstream of modern educational thought.

  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a nonprofit R&D organization engaging applied research and technical services. Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 270 innovative companies, including the well-known UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. The Mechanical & Mechatronics Systems Research Laboratories (MMSL) as part of the ITRI, MMSL has been pursuing core technologies of intelligence, miniaturization and green energy for many years. For the future, MMSL will keep working on intelligent robot and automation systems, thin film design & manufacturing, intelligent mechatronics, and advanced vehicles.

  • With more than 6,200 students, Pforzheim University is one of the state"s largest University of Applied Sciences. Today, the School of Engineering, the School of Design and the Business School combine creativity and the urge to innovate with business administration studies and technical precision - a combination that makes it a highly attractive partner when it comes to questions and research contracts from industry and the world of business. 137 years of successful professional education: Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences dates back to 1877 when the historical predecessor of the School of Design was founded. In today"s form it exists since 1922, developed in the transitional phase of past and present. In cooperation with regional companies the Chamber of Industry and Commerce developed a solid range of innovative and future-oriented study programs.

  • The Helmut Schmidt University is one of the two universities in Germany that serve the scientific study and the academic education of armed forces" officers. It increases the attractiveness of the profession. The Helmut Schmidt University takes its tasks by research, theory and further training in the autonomy guaranteed by the responsible body and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
    The Institute of Automation Technology focuses its research on description languages, methods and tools to improve the engineering of large-scale automated systems. Head of the institute is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Fay.

  • Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute of China (ITEI) was founded in 1980. With a focus on the research of the generic and cutting edge technologies in the fields of instrument, measurement, control and automation, ITEI aims to provide support for the government management of industry and the development of industrial policies and strategic plans. Meanwhile, it also provides such public services as standardization, testing, assessment, consultation and technology promotion.

  • Founded in 1966, the Johannes Kepler University is one of Austria’s youngest institutions of higher education. As a contemporary, progressive and modern university, the JKU has managed to build and maintain a close interdisciplinary relationship between its four faculties – the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine - to fulfill today’s business and social demands. Research in five cross-faculty, interdisciplinary areas is currently being conducted: “Digital Transformation”, “Sustainable Development: Responsible Technologies & Management”, “Transformation in Finance and Financial Institutions”, “Clinical Ageing Research” and “Healthcare Research”. In addition, the Linz Institute of Technology was created in 2015, giving the JKU unique opportunities to finance high-risk, high-gain projects. The LIT Open Innovation Center supports targeted, low-threshold knowledge transfer that can be applied directly to industries and businesses. By establishing competency centers such as the Christian Doppler Laboratories, as well as spin-off companies, the JKU has become an internationally appreciated partner for technologically focused corporations. Research is characterized by an interdisciplinary nature, innovative technical solutions, contemporary research and development results as well as modern alignment.

  • The Institut für Automation und Kommunikation Magdeburg (ifak) is an independent research institute. The institute carries out applied research in the fields of process control and automation technology, industrial communication, measurement and sensor technology, information management for automation and environmental systems, mechatronics and traffic and transport telematics. In around 70 projects annually, ranging from feasibility studies to complex development projects, ifak is a partner to industry and the local authority.

  • The Institute for Man-Machine Interaction (MMI) belongs to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University and was founded in 2006 by its director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Roßmann. The main focus of MMI is to bridge the gap between fields of robotics and virtual reality in order to develop, implement, and apply new concepts of advanced control, man-machine interaction, and communication. The Institute maintains a strong network of partners in research, transfer, and industrial contacts and develops approaches on the interactive 3D simulation of robotic systems in industrial and space applications based on Virtual Testbeds, where virtual and real robotic systems are co-developed, simulated, and controlled in the context of their respective work environments.

  • On October 01, 2009, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe. The basis was the KIT Merger Act that was adopted unanimously by the Baden-Württemberg state parliament in July 2009. KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation.

  • SBA Research is a research centre founded in 2006 and since 2010 as COMET Excellence Centre the only Austrian non-university competence centre in the field of information security. In 2017, the funding of the COMET Centre (SBA-K1) was extended for further eight years. SBA Research employs approx. 100 people and is by now the largest research center in Austria, which exclusively addresses information security.SBA Research researches and develops solutions for information security in the following core areas: Networked Systems Security, Software Security, Privacy and Secure Societies, Applied Discrete Mathematics for Information Security and Security Industry 4.0. An important aspect of SBA Research is the bridge between research and business. Within the framework of numerous projects and cooperations, concrete problems are treated with the aim of making research results accessible to IT decision-makers.

  • The Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg is a technical oriented institution. In the AutomationML project the University is represented by the Centre for Distributed Systems (CVS) which deals with the application of the latest software technologies within the area of control systems.
    Works at the CVS are aimed at the development of distributed control systems based on distributed intelligence.

  • The Chair of Production Systems (LPS) focuses on modelling, analysis, design and optimization of production systems ranging from manually to fully automated ones.
    The research foci of the LPS lie on various fields important for production technology ranging from the production management of flexible manufacturing structures to the technology- related production automation. The research group of production management focuses on “innovation management”, “piracy of products protection”, “resource efficiency”, “availability management” and “adaptability of production systems”, while the research group of production automation focuses on “incremental forming”, “incremental archetypes”, “ microsystems technology” and “medical technology”. The research group “Industrial Robotics” focuses on robot based automation technologies for a wide range of different applications. Offline programming, CAD based robot program generation and work cell simulation as well as virtual commissioning are important key activities of the overall chair and are forming a bridge between the three different research groups.
    For the purpose of validation the LPS has its own learning and pilot plant consisting of several CNC, NC and conventional machines as well as robotic work cells. Within this plant internal orders of the LPS as well as external orders by companies are processed. The LPS-learning factory is operated by an engineer and a number of technicians. In addition the LPS-learning factory is utilized for training purposes in the subjects of resource efficiency, lean management and employee participation.

  • Technische Hochschule Nürnberg (THN) / Nuremberg Campus of Technology (NCT) With more than 13.000 students the THN is one of Germany‘s biggest technical universities of applied sciences, offering Bachelor and Master courses in twelve faculties. The Nuremberg Campus of Technology is a research cooperation of the THN and the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and conducts research, amongst others, into the field of automation technology. The department of automation technology at the NCT is working on efficient engineering of control systems, automated generation of control code and digitalization. Further research fields are industrial robotics, human-robot-collaboration, as well as efficient control strategies for the process automation.

  • Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of the largest technical universities in Germany. The range of subjects encompasses disciplines such as medicine, engineering, the natural and life sciences, business studies and education. In addition the TUM is an old university that was founded in the end of the 19th century.
    The campus in Garching is home to the faculties of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Garching research reactor.
    The Institute of Automation and Information Systems, which belongs to the faculty of engineering, focuses on the modeling of distributed embedded systems in automation and control regarding dependability and usability, Human Machine Interaction in process engineering and operation.

  • TU Wien was founded in 1815 as Imperial-Royal Polytechnical Institute. It was the first University of Technology within present-day German-speaking Europe. Today, the university finds high international and national recognition in teaching as well as research and is a highly esteemed partner of innovation-oriented enterprises.
    In the Business Informatics Group (BIG) of the Institute of Information Systems Engineering at TU Wien, researchers conduct teaching and research in business informatics that integrates theory and methods of organizational science and computer science. In particular, BIG works on those information technology aspects that have a significant effect on the way organizations do their business. Thereby, BIG addresses the gap between the business strategy on why/what to do and the information technology aspect on how to do it by electronic means. In this respect, BIG puts particular research emphasis on model-driven engineering, data engineering, process engineering, Web engineering, and service engineering.

  • Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’) was established in 1969 with the focus of providing tertiary education opportunities for young Malaysians. The University College started with a single campus in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur and have since expanded to five branch campuses established in Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah. To date, TAR UC has produced over 210,000 graduates which are globally recognised and garnered numerous regional awards in higher education. The Centre for Autonomous Systems and Robotics Research (CASRR) was founded under the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FOET) of TAR UC to achieve the vision of becoming a pioneer in the advancement of autonomous technology research through the synergy between global research opportunities, applications of technology, industry partnership and project collaborations, in both academic and industry sectors.