Faculty of Engineering

Cooperation and International Work

The department chairs are very active in their scientific communities and organise important conferences. Together with the Frauenhofer Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering and Automation, the Chair of Mechatronics organised the second international “Cable-Driven Parallel Robots” conference. The Chair of Ship Technology, Ocean Engineering and Transport Systems organised the second Colloquium on Cavitation and Cavitation Erosion in 2016 in cooperation with the Ruhr University Bochum. Current research findings were presented to more than 70 participants from universities and industry in 25 specialist lectures over two days. The interdisciplinary workshop on cognitive systems was established by the Chair of Dynamics and Control in conjunction with the Chair of Economic Psychology. The workshop connects research groups across Germany in the areas of Engineering and Psychology and examines issues surrounding interface and assistance, people and automation. The next workshop will be hosted in March 2017 at the Bundeswehr University Munich. Outstanding articles will be published in the online journal “Cognitive Systems” .

An industry 4.0 platform supporting cross-sector networking of business processes has been created by the Chair of Mechatronics together with the start-up company NectOne. The company develops and markets dedicated control and production hardware for native integration in IoT environments.

Of course, the department is also engaged in intensive international collaboration. Teuku Edisah Putra gained his doctorate as part of the scientific collaboration of the Chair of Mechatronics with UKM Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). He investigated “Generating strain signals based on an automobile acceleration model considering road surface profiles”. The examination took place at UKM in 2016.

Since 2014, the CAR symposium, hosted every year by the Faculty’s CAR Institute in the Ruhrkongress Bochum with more than 1200 participants attending, has also been held on an alternating basis in Beijing and Shanghai with approximately 250 participants attending.

The Chair of General Business Administration and International Automotive Management is traditionally internationally oriented. It has consolidated the research collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai with exchanges for professors and doctoral students and with a joint publication. In addition to this, a new research cooperation has also been created with UNESP in Brazil, which is supported by the DAAD program UNIBRAL. Reciprocal visits involving guest lectures have already taken place. The chair is also involved in the international project PRASEDEC with the University of Chile in Santiago. Here, the DAAD is working on behalf of the Federal Government to encourage networking of science and business.

At the Chair of Reactive Fluids, the Mercator Fellows Professors Kyle Daun (U. Waterloo, Kanada), Greg Smallwood (National Research Council, Kanada), Steven Tse (Rutgers U., USA) and Jay Jeffries (Stanford, USA) ensure international links and vibrant interaction with visits to the UDE for several months at a time.