Hannover Centre for Mechatronics
Today the most important progress in technical system design is not achieved by further developing individual components, and then combining them to one complete system, but by pursuing integral approaches with the development of complete integral mechatronic systems.
The Hannover Center of Mechatronics (MZH) established in 2000 and partly funded by the Land of Lower Saxony combines the individual disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. Funded by 16 institutes (with more than 30 researchers) joined in an interdisciplinary research centre, the MZH concentrates core competences in research and education in the study course Mechatronics and reveals new applications in the research topics
In parallel, the visibility of the mechatronics research activities pursued at the Leibniz Universität Hannover is increased on the national as well as on the international level. The focus of the MZH is not only laid on fundamental research topics, but especially on application-oriented research projects, being the basis for an efficient knowledge and technology transfer between all institutes and industrial partners involved. Besides publicly funded mechatronics research activities, application-oriented research work in cooperation with industry plays an important role.
The close cooperation of the institutes joined at the MZH leads to additional benefit, since the concentration of core competences of method-oriented as well as of application-oriented disciplines allows finding optimum solutions for a variety of mechatronic tasks. The 14 member institutes can benefit from the fact that in many mechatronic application fields similar methodic approaches and methods are applied, as for example the development of real-time systems or robust, partly adaptive controls.
Vision of the MZH
- Creation of autarkic systems, i.e. quasi „emotional“ machines which are able to perform all or part of their tasks autonomously.