Industrial Automation

Innovative technologies for the automation and production of tomorrow

The planning of industrial facilities with a high degree of automation is a challenging task since there are numerous influences, constraints and requirements to be considered.

We focus on:

  • Innovative automation architectures with intelligent sensors, actuators and modern networking
  • Automation of manual workstations through mobile robots and innovative control systems that can contribute to the partial automation of traditional manual labour
  • Virtual environments to investigate the effects of product and manufacturing equipment changes on the manufacturing
  • Scenarios for measuring and optimising energy in manufacturing plants as well as for load control depending on networks and tariffs
  • Monitoring of production processes and knowledge-based proactive diagnosis approaches to avoid malfunctions
  • Know-how protection and protection against the manipulation of facilities and controls

Profis for PROFIBUS


The FZI is an accredited competence centre and test laboratory for the standardised communication technology PROFIBUS (Process Field Bus). The fieldbus technology for serial data transfer is available in two versions: PROFIBUS DP (Decentralized Peripherals) and PROFIBUS PA (Process Automation). In industry, it is used to automate control and production processes.


Dr.-Ing. Martin Hillenbrand

Division Manager



Martin Hillenbrand has been working at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) since 2012, and since then he has been managing the department Electronic Systems and Microsystems (ESM) within the research area of Embedded Systems and Sensors Engineering (ESS).

At the end of 2011, he completed his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on the subject of "Functional Security certified under ISO 26262 in the conception phase of the development of electrical/electronic Automotive Architectures".

From 2005 to 2011 he worked as a research scientist in the competence team of Prof. Müller-Glaser at the Institute for Information Processing Technologies (ITIV).  He was in charge of lectures on Systems and Software Engineering as well as their specific characteristics in the field of Automotive and Automation Engineering. As a research scientist, he focused on the areas of Hardware-in-the-Loop Test, electrical/electronic Automotive Architectures and Functional Security certified under ISO 26262.


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