The chair of automation technology is part of the Faculty 3 for mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering of the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus and was founded along with the BTU Cottbus in 1991. In 2001, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Berger became the Chair-holder of the Chair of Automation at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.
The thematic focus of the Chair is in the areas of control technology of machines and plants, robot and CNC technology and industrial automation using modern test and simulation systems. When it comes to student education, complex teaching and learning environments are used, which are distinguished by a combination of programming environment and system simulation.
Research at the Chair of Automation focuses on topics such as the validation of PLC user programs in safety-related applications and for numerically controlled machines, with the emphasis on simulation and testing of user programs with the help of 3D-simulation environments. In addition to research projects with well-known German companies, international EU projects are also carried out at the Chair of Automation.