In 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has updated and put together the structuring of its research activities into strongly interdisciplinary research profiles. These bundle the research activities of most of the subject areas beyond the department’s boundaries. They are based on scientific activities from the members of the Faculty of Engineering and on an analysis of competencies that already has been developed throughout many years. The following criteria were particularly used to define the research profiles:
- Already ongoing significant activities from third-party funds,
- experience in and potential for future-oriented DFG research groups and DFG special research areas,
- external visibility of the identified topics,
- establishment of the research topics in the teaching process, which are included in the main focus of the research profiles,
- integration of the existing scientific central services and institutes, where the engineering is significantly involved in.
As a result, in 2016, four research profiles
- Tailored Materials
- Human-Centered Cyber-Physical Systems
- Smart Engineering
- Energy and Resource Engineering
ensuing from the existing expertise were identified and defined:
The current research profiles should not be considered as final and conclusive, but rather as a starting point for further enhancement and eventual adaptation of the profiles in the next years within a continuous improvement process. For this purpose, the faculty will pursue the research activities carried out in every single research profile by using appropriate measures, and if necessary make reasonable adjustments and thus further develop the research profiles.
In addition to the research profiles afore-mentioned, the faculty is also involved in other research areas, which complement and supplement the research profiles.