Current Projects

Cockpit 4.0

Project description

The joint project COCKPIT 4.0 researches innovative automation solutions for small series assembly in the aviation industry.

For this reason, prototypical solutions are developed and implemented in research demonstrators. Complex products with high quality demands on components and production processes as well as a high variety of variants characterize the tasks.

The use of novel assistance systems in communication between people and the work environment, cooperating, adaptive robot systems as well as qualification methods that can be adapted to the respective task are central subprojects that lead to a uniform system solution.

Human-centred penetration of real components in the assembly network based on computer-aided implementation techniques is enhanced by advanced digital twinning techniques. As result of this modern technology is the realization of digital twins.

Project Objectives

  • Exploring the interface between humans and the work environment in small batch assembly with a focus on planning and programming functionalities
  • Development of technology-assisted systems for complex components and assembly processes
  • Preparation of procedural knowledge on assembly processes and return to upstream areas such as design and assembly planning


  • Methods of digital twinning in small batch assembly
  • Selected methods of artificial intelligence, such as neural networks in the interface between human and work environment
  • Human-robot cooperation in small batch assembly

The European Union grant the project COCKPIT 4.0 through the Innovation Bank of the State of Brandenburg within the framework of the program for the promotion of research, innovations and technologies (ProFit Brandenburg)

Project partners
The project partners are Rolls-Royce Germany Ltd & Co KG in Dahlewitz, the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) Berlin

Project Duration
01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020, 3 Years

Contact Person
Carsten Wedemeyer

Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center

Project description

The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus helps small and medium-sized enterprises in the Brandenburg region to increase their digital competence. The center provides modular offers that support SMEs in the use of digital solutions, depending on their degree of maturity. The human being is the focus. Employees, social partners and executives are, for example through learning partnerships, actively involved at an early stage in order to introduce new technologies and economic systems in an employee-friendly way. The center has special know-how in the following areas:

  • Qualification,
  • Automation Technology, Digital Factory, Smart Factory,
  • Logistics, cyber-physical systems,
  • Smart Enterprises,
  • IT Security & Privacy.

The free information offered by the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center includes the following concrete offers:

  • information materials and events,
  • business talk and company visits,
  • seminars, demonstration events, trainings in the training laboratory,
  • Training-on-the-job, webinars, online training modules and video tutorials,
  • Learning partnerships
  • Support of implementation projects in companies.

Trainings of the competence center are carried out both in the model factory at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus - Senftenberg, in the training centers of the project partners as well as directly on site in companies.

Project partners

Partners of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus are the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (consortium leader), the University of Applied Sciences Wildau, the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, the IHP GmbH Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics Frankfurt (Oder) and the State Working Community of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Brandenburg, represented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Cottbus.

The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus is one of currently 26 centers of the nationwide initiative »Mittelstand 4.0 - Digital Production and Work Processes« under the umbrella of »Mittelstand-Digital« ('SMEs go digital').

Project duration:

01.11.2017 - 31.10.2020

What is Mittelstand-Digital?

Mittelstand-Digital informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitization. Regional centers of excellence help the small retailer as well as the larger production site with expert knowledge, demonstration centers, networks for the exchange of experience and practical examples. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy enables the free use of all offers from Mittelstand-Digital. Further information can be found at

Contact person:

Dr. Denny Thimm

Innovation Center Modern Industry Brandenburg (IMI)

Project description

Project Innovation Center of Modern Industry (IMI) in Brandenburg

Set up as a central point of contact for small and medium-sized companies (SME) in Brandenburg, the Innovation Center »Modern Industry Brandenburg« supports innovations in the field of automation and digitization.

In addition to offering general information and awareness-raising activities, the facility also operates a model factory where can be demonstrated the possibilities of digitization and automation with examples to the entrepreneurs. In addition, in a four-step process, SME will be assistance in the development of approaches, the concretization of concepts and the implementation of resulting innovation projects.

In July 2015 was the IMI Brandenburg officially launched, located at the Chair of Automation Technology at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Berger. A successful extension of the project, after a positive assessment of the first funding period will be further by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) financed.

During the first two and a half year project period, the IMI Brandenburg team was able to gather valuable experience from the close cooperation with the Brandenburg companies. Based on this, the already existing offer will be tailored to the specific needs of small and medium-sized businesses and give more practical relevance. In addition to the model factory at the IMI in Cottbus, further a locally distributed center created for the exchange of knowledge and experience. In the sense of a "company for company" concept, either implemented digitization and automation projects or projects, which are planned, could be viewed directly on site.

An additional focus based on the intensification and expansion of the existing cooperation and partner network. An establishing of an internet platform will support SME providing them with innovative and technical solutions.

Overall considered, aim all activities at making the subject of digitization and automation as well as all related offers, measures and services available across the area of Brandenburg.

Project Duration:            

36 Months (01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020)

Contact Person

Diana Zeitschel

Befund 4.0

Project description

This project aims to use innovative technologies, espacially digital media, to identify and diagnose technical parts of complex modules more easily. MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg and the Brandenburg University of Technology have therefor designed the project BEFUND 4.0.

Considering highly specialised working processes with very low fault tolerances different concepts for supporting the maintenance staff in different domains of their work are being developed. Additionally the concepts aim to reduce errors and their causes, increase process speed, precision and quality. Those improvements will result in lower costs for maintaining turbines.

The tasks of the BTU are focused on three topics:

  1. Technologies of image recognition are supposed to support the process of identifying components efficiantly. Additionally necessary documents for handling, inspecting and repairing turbines should be provided from the data system.
  2. Different approaches for the depiction of information in a suitable form for the processes at MTU are studied. Information must be presented in an understandable form. Therefor the most important information should be emphasized appropriatly.
  3. Digital transmission of defect information will enable MTU to save information about the process of the inspection as well as transferring those information to other employees in a comprehensible presentation. The digital procedure of the information transfer will be more accurate and efficiant. The technology will also improve the documentation in a components life cycle and reduce paper work.

The project Befund 4.0 is funded by the European Union with the programm „ProFit Brandenburg“.

Project partner

Project partner are the MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (consortium leader) and the Brandenburg University of Technology.

Project's duration
01.01.2018 – 31.07.2018

Marc Gebauer


Smart body cells for a synergetic ramp-up of electrified vehicles

Project description

Development of modular bodyshell cells by an economic mix of flexibility and adaptability in a position to manufacture all derivatives of vehicle architecture and therefore maximum synergies with existing production

Research Projects

  • flexible and versatile Powertrain plant and construction process
  • plug&produce capable and geometry flexible grippung and clamping systems and replaceable Joint heads
  • modulare, inline capable measuring and testing technology
  • scalable quality strategies

Tasks of the chair

  • Draft of CHR cell
  • Development of a security concept for the demonstrator
  • Hedging and acceptance of the CHR employees
  • Exemplary adaptation of flex joint heads on demonstator


6 Partners, 36 Month term (2016-2018)

Contact Person

Martin Heinrich

Graduate School Dependable Cyber Physical Systems (DCPS)

as part of the DAAD program "Strategische Partnerschaften und thematische Netzwerke"

Project description

Projekt DCPS

The graduate school DCPS pursues a multidisciplinary approach enabling the postgraduate students to promote innovations in small and medium sized companies even beyond the limits of their own area of expertise. Therefore, a sound understanding of the overall system is essential, which is provided by interdisciplinary research areas and the cooporation with various universities.

Graduate School DCPS



Contact Person

Philipp Städter

Graduate Research School "Lokale Produktion durch smarte Wertschöpfungsketten"

Project description

Currently, manufacturing procedures conducted locally are predominantly considered as Stand-Alone-processes. The central hypothesis of the granted Graduate Research School Cluster is, however, that the application of these manufacturing processes will increase significantly in order to compensate the lack of scalibility in mass production concerning the manufacturing of small batches, individual parts and individualized product variants. Thus, locally conducted manufacturing procedures have to be acknowledged as a part of new, 'smart' production and value chains.



Contact Person

Philipp Städter

EU SMErobotics

Supplemental Demonstrator - HyLight: Assembly with sensitive compliant robot arms

Project description

Projekt EU SMErobotics (EU-FP7-2012)

Create SME-suitable robots that assist in managing uncertainty by symbiotic Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) and embedded cognition going beyond flexibility by semantic integration

Research Projects

  • Assembly of components with small tolerances
  • process integrated quality control
  • all-in-one solution for the separation of the various components

Tasks of the Chair

  • Design and construction of Demonstation cell
  • Development of a concept for onsite programming
  • Develpoment of identification and localization system for the components


3 Partners, 42 Months (2012-2016)

Contact Person

M.Sc. Kornelius Wächter



Prevation of Contamination by autonomous transport and handling robots in laundry systems

Project description


Design of a novel service robot system for logistic processes in the field of application of industrial laundries

Research Projects

  • Development of operating autonomously, linked transport, separating, sorting and Commission modules
  • Investigation of adequate Identification Technologies
  • Prototypical implementation of the concept and evaluation in real application scenarios

Tasks of the Chair

  • Development of mechanical components for handling, avionics, robotics for laundry sorting (dirty side) and transport robot

  • Experimental validation of the demonstrators (in laboratory environment)
  • Inclusion and integration of the separating and sorting robot in process and environment


5 Partners, 36 Month term (2013-2016)

Contact Person

Carsten Wedemeyer