Further Information The focus of robotics is on new types of programming and control of industrial robots. The conventional programming of motion sequences of such systems is facilitated for many manufacturers by the use of a teach panel with a built-in touch screen. Robot arms can now be moved to machines and parts that are to be manipulated and thus points and tool paths can be taught in a simple way. The aim of our research is to develop alternatives to the control and programming of industrial robots. We use everything from game console controllers to tablet PCs or even interactive glasses.In the field of manufacturing we deal with the optimization and simulation of production processes as well as automotive technologies. Typical simulation tools such as Mathlab® and Simulink® are used in both teaching and applied research (e.g. HMI³ project). A particularly scientific field of activity is the construction competition Formula Student. The disciplines of mechanical engineering, production technology and electronics and pneumatics work together on the development of a gasoline-powered racing car. It is planned to participate each year in the international Formula Student competition in Spielberg in Styria. An electrically powered variant of the student car could also be implemented.