Research & development

The automation technology sector is represented in Styria by numerous companies, manufacturers and users.


The following currents trends can be observed: 

  • methodical, system-scientific observation and simulation of processes 
  • modularisation of automated solutions (lower costs through multiple and repeated usage)
  • further-reaching integration of all computer aided methods into the production processes
  • achievement of a competitive advantage vis-à-vis cheap mass production through the taking on board of individual needs and wishes of consumers and also of the industry (mass customisation)

R&D Strategy


Focus of research

Electrical Engineering 

Focus on measuring station automation
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Manfred Pauritsch 

Information Technology

Focus on PLCs, Embedded Systems, Android and C#
FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Lutzmayr

Mechanical Engineering

Focus on virtual factories
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Ernst Stelzmann


Performance for companies

The Degree Programme is available as a partner in various different ways for companies. R&D themes are worked on within the framework of student projects and Bachelor or Master theses in conjunction with teaching. Furthermore, projects are also phased-out that – independently from teaching – lecturers are significantly involved in.


This includes, on the one hand, classic mission research and development, and, on the other hand, all projects falling under the umbrella of advancement for which the Degree Programme is available to act as a partner or as a lead partner.


There are 22 electronic engineering lecturers in the Degree Programme and 13 mechanical engineering lecturers. Many industry-standard software packages are available for use from the specialist areas of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering / electronics and I.T. as well as interdisciplinary products such as those used in simulations.


Contact person

Dieter Lutzmayr


Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Lutzmayr

Tel.:    +43 316 6002-742