Biomedical Computer Science and Mechatronics

Division for Mechatronics Lienz

The Division for Mechatronics Lienz started in November 2016 as an academic unit within the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Mechatronics. The division is part of the newly emerging Campus Technik Lienz in East Tyrol. The intense cooperation with regional, national and international industry and research partners enables efficient problem solving and fostering creative competence.

The division is active in the field of smart dynamics. The control of dynamics is of crucial importance in today's world. Dynamic vibrations in terms of noise are key factors for design and cost in household appliances, in industrial machines, in collaborative robotics, in medical engineering, in microscopy, and so on. Vibrations themselves can cause improper functioning and fatigue, and even affect our physical health. Dynamic problems are becoming more and more prominent because of the ongoing trend towards lightweight energy-efficient systems, since this typically results in designs that are more prone to external disturbances.

Passive, semi-active or active control techniques for vibration reduction are necessary for these systems, starting at passive material layers (passive rubber) over smart materials (piezoceramic, shape memory material) and active suspensions (electro- and magnetorheological) to system tuning and adaptronics. Which measures are necessary to achieve a desired vibration reduction depends very strongly on the system and its design space. A general recipe is not applicable and an individual measure needs to be designed regarding efficiency and costs.