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Chair of Mechatronics

The video presents the Chair of Mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Current projects in vehicle technology, cable robotics and the automation of inland vessels are shown.

Head of Institute

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Dieter Schramm
Room MD 222
E-Mail: dieter.schramm@uni-due.de

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-3275

Research Group Leaders

Akademischer Oberrat

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Bruckmann
Room MD 334
E-Mail: tobias.bruckmann@uni-due.de


Dr.-Ing. Frédéric Etienne Kracht
Room MD 229
E-Mail: frederic.kracht@uni-due.de

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Sieberg
Room MD 226
E-Mail: philipp.sieberg@uni-due.de


Tel: +49 (0)203 379-1908



Tel: +49 (0)203 379-3951



Tel: +49 (0)203 379-1862


Room MD 223a
E-Mail: patrizia.fichera@uni-due.de

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-2199

Fax: +49 (0)203 379-4494


University of Duisburg-Essen,

Campus Duisburg
Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften
Abteilung Maschinenbau
Lehrstuhl für Mechatronik

Mailing Address:

47048 Duisburg

Visiting Address:
Lotharstraße 1, MD 222-230
47057 Duisburg 

We stand for equality!

Heute Studentin! Morgen Doktorandin?

Is a doctorate right for me and what career opportunities does a doctorate offer?

We will answer your questions in a two-part information event. Interested female students from all subject groups are cordially invited!

Graduate Center Plus

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The "Higher Education Integration Award of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research" will be awarded for the first time in 2021 to higher education institutions and initiatives that aim to integrate refugees into their studies, into society and into the labour market.

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MOTION – MObility TransformaTIONCAR turns into MOTION

The CAR Institute at UDE is realigning itself and becoming significantly larger. "In the future, the fields of work will not be limited to automotive engineering and economics, but will also include other areas of mobility. These include ship technology and transport logistics," explains Prof. Dr. Dieter Schramm, Dean of Engineering. Consequently, more members will strengthen the institute and it will get a new name: MOTION - MObility TransformaTION.



Research and teaching at the Chair of Mechatronics are not an end in themselves. Rather, they have to serve the benefit of society. For this reason, we attach great importance to the transfer of knowledge, results of research projects and people to the economy and society. This endeavour is implemented through a large number of cooperative publicly funded and bilateral projects with industry, the preparation of young academics for responsible positions in companies or employment with public employers. Last but not least, this is reflected in the involvement of faculty members in the founding of start-ups.


mercatronics GmbH

In the realisation of mechatronic system solutions, mercatronics GmbH uses a well-equipped toolbox: in addition to the development and production of mechanical and electronic components, microcontrollers (including Arduino and ARM), PLC technology and robot systems are integrated into cost-effective solutions and supplied from prototype to small series. Project management and software development complete the portfolio. Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile as user interfaces are increasingly gaining customer interest.


SHS plus GmbH

Increasing productivity & product quality as well as automation & digitalisation in plastics processing

To this end, SHS offers solutions from the four business areas of:

  • Consulting
  • Simulation
  • Automation
  • Virtual assistance


NectOne® was founded as a spin-off from the Chair of Mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2015. The founder, Dr. -Ing. Sebastian Feldmann worked several years as solutions architect of ERP and CRM systems at various integration projects. While finishing his PhD he was the leading engineer for several key-projects like the humanoid robot HUMECH (www.humech.de) and FAROMIR (www.faromir.de).  NectOne supports customers in development and implementation of industry 4.0 solutions at complex mechatronic systems, in Robotics, Industrial Production and Automotive application.


Further educationMaster „Automotive Engineering & Management Executive“

Since spring 2016, new opportunities have opened up for a Master's degree in "Automotive Engineering & Management".

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen offers the five-semester Master's programme, which is unique in Germany, on a part-time basis for professionals who have successfully completed a suitable degree programme and have relevant professional experience.

The Master's programme combines economic and technical study content that is specifically geared towards the automotive industry. This enables you to further substantiate your experience already gained in practice professionally and to acquire a further degree.

Automotive Engineering & Management

University exchangeDouble Degree & ERASMUS Programme

Study once - collect twice: Double degree with the University of Bologna





ingenieur.de vom 05.01.2022 - Der schwebende Maurer-Roboter ist da

Lokalzeit aus Duisburg from 27.10.2021 - from minute 04:03: LINK

idw Informationsdienst Wissenschaft from 27.10.2021: Neuartiger Seilroboter vorgestellt: Mauern, schleppen, mörteln

Press release UDE from 27.10.2021: Mauern, schleppen, mörteln

WAZ on 05.10.2021: Sparkasse zeichnet in Moers innovative Nachwuchsforscher aus

Laderotoboter: Premiere auf der IAA MOBILITY 2021: Die Zukunft des Parkens ist automatisiert

madeinbocholt on 19.07.2021: Wüstenameise dient in Bocholt als Vorbild für Laufroboter

innocam.NRW Kompetenznetzwerk für automatisierte und vernetzte Mobilität NRW on 04.03.2021 - Seeroad und AutoBin: innocam.NRW – Kompetenznetzwerk automatisierte und vernetzte Mobilität

Campus.Report from 07.12.2020: Welle des Erfolgs - Zu Besuch im Entwicklungs­zentrum für Schiffs­technik und Transportsysteme DST  (Download: Link)

RWE-Group from 06.11.2020: Flüssiggas als umweltfreundlicher Alternativtreibstoff bringt Verkehrswende voran

Press releasse UDE from 06.11.2020: Flüssiggas statt Diesel

JRF from 22.10.2020: Versuchs- und Leitungszentrum autonome Binnenschifffahrt - Feierliche Eröffnung durch das NRW-Verkehrsministerium

IHK from 22.10.2020: FEIERLICHE ERÖFFNUNG DURCH DAS NRW-VERKEHRSMINISTERIUM Versuchs- und Leitungszentrum autonome Binnenschifffahrt

Abenteuer Ruhrpott.info from 22.10.2020: Eröffnung Versuchs- und Leitungszentrum autonome Binnenschifffahrt (VeLABi) am Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V. der Uni Duisburg-Essen

Mobiltät NRW Twitter from 23.10.2020: Wir erforschen und entwickeln die autonome Binnenschifffahrt!

DST from 22.10.2020: VeLABi wurde durch das NRW-Verkehrsministerium feierlich eröffnet

NRZ from 19.10.2020: Wegweisende Projekte für die Binnenschifffahrt von morgen

intellicar.de from 13.10.2020: Logistikforschung: Der Hafen als Labor

LokalKlick Online-Zeitung Rhein-Ruhr from 12.10.2020: NRW-Ministerium fördert Hafenforschungslabor

Press release UDE from 08.10.2020: Der Hafen als Labor

DST from 08.10.2020: Am DST kann nun am Hafen der Zukunft geforscht werden

Ingenieur.de from 29.09.2020: Pro Klimaschutz: Wasserwege statt Landstraße

IN from 23.08.2020: Ferngesteuerte Binnenschiffe – Perspektiven für die Zukunft der Binnenschifffahrt

Participation in SolarCar Makeathon (17.08.2020)

Neue Ruhr Zeitung Duisburg-Mitte from 19.08.2020​: Uni DUE und ITQ starten Solarauto-Projekt

Technology Review from 10.09.2020: Steuermann von Bord (Project FernBin)


  • IEEE ITSS Germany PhD Dissertation Award 1st Prize: Dr.-Ing. Tobias Rehder (Dissertation
  • Doctorate in engineering with outstanding success – Our best – Honour for outstanding graduates of the University of Duisburg-Essen as part of the Dies academicus 2021: Dr.-Ing. Frederic Kracht
  • Innovation Award 2020 of the Sparkasse am Niederrhein for outstanding and application-related dissertations in the field of engineering: Dr.-Ing. Frederic Kracht


  • Innovation Awards Engineering Sciences 2021
The Sparkasse am Niederrhein offers two prizes for outstanding and application-oriented dissertations and master's theses in the field of engineering sciences. The winning dissertation will be awarded 2.500 euros, the winning Master's thesis 1.500 euros.
All master's and diploma theses as well as dissertations with a rating of "very good" are eligible. Applications from the natural sciences, culture and social sciences are also welcome, provided the work submitted is directly related to the engineering sciences and deals with application-related problems.
All students of the University of Duisburg-Essen are eligible to apply.
  • Grade of the thesis "very good" 
  • Direct reference of the thesis to the subject area of engineering sciences
  • Endorsement of the supervisor's statement

Application deadline
Until 28 February 2022 (for theses with a completion date of 1.1.2021 to 31.12.2021)
Application procedure
A letter of application, a copy of the thesis and a statement by the supervisor must be submitted.  The evaluation and selection will be made by an independent panel of experts appointed by the Förderverein Ingenieurwissenschaften Universität Duisburg-Essen. There is no right of appeal. The prize winners will be notified in writing.
Please send the application letter addressed to the Board of Directors of Sparkasse am Niederrhein by email to: veranstaltungen@sk-an.de 
For queries: 02841 / 206­8303

Please upload your thesis and the statement of the supervisor to the homepage of the Förderverein Ingenieurwissenschaften Universität DuisburgEssen: