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Research field Smart distributed measurement and test systems

Integrated sensor ICs represent the heart of sensor and measurement systems. These can be wireless sensors, handheld diagnostic devices or high-performance stationary device solutions for machine monitoring, for example.

Challenges of increasingly performant sensors

Increasingly performant sensors and their rapidly expanding number lead to immense amounts of data, which are ever more pushing previous technologies to their limits when it comes to transmitting, processing and using them. Therefore, it will be necessary to design systems for sensing, measuring and testing in such a way that they can validate, process and evaluate data automatically in the future. We intend to achieve this by directly incorporating intelligence into the devices. Interconnecting these systems creates the possibility of distributing the tasks in the network. However, new challenges arise in the form of dynamic aspects due to network protocols and changing tasks over time.

In this research field, we therefore focus on three questions

  • How can sensor data be automatically processed into usable information as close as possible to the point of origin in a fast, cost-effective and energy-efficient way?
  • What additional information can be obtained with the help of distributed sensor systems?
  • How can such a system be modelled based on different subsystems in order to evaluate energy requirements, the optimal distribution of functionalities in the network and the influence of topology decisions?

Core topics in this research field

Core topic

Analysis of distributed IoT systems

For complex distributed IoT systems, we model components for system-wide analysis of energy consumption. We put intelligence into the network, enable tasks to be solved flexibly and autonomously, and make individual functions portable and robust.

Core topic

Embedded AI

The numerous existing AI algorithms and methods for high-performance computing are unsuitable for embedded systems. We are researching to optimise AI algorithms and methods so that they can be used on embedded systems.

Core topic

Real-time data processing and communications

New hardware is usually not supported by operating systems for real-time tasks. We are researching which operating system can be implemented in which way for which real-time application and the hardware required there.

Core topic

Modular and mobile test systems

Test capabilities are an integral part of all application developments. We research modular test systems that can be adapted flexibly and quickly to new challenges through optimised functional test units.



Dr.-Ing. Tino Hutschenreuther

Head of System Design

tino.hutschenreuther(at) (0) 3677 874 93 40

Dr. Tino Hutschenreuther will answer your questions on our research in Smart distributed measurement and test systems and the related core topics Analysis of distributed IoT systems, Embedded AI and Real-time data processing and communications, on the lead applications Adaptive edge AI systems for industrial application and IoT systems for cooperative environmental monitoring as well as on the range of services for the development of embedded systems.

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“From my point of view, the numerous outcomes, many of them already validated by demonstrators, speak for themselves. These wireless solutions with their energy self-sufficiency are blazing the trail for quick, cheap and easy retrofitting. I envisage their use not only in manufacturing processes but in other areas such as transport and logistics.”

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