Sensors, Actuators and Electronics (SAE)

Sensors, Actors and Electronics are no longer separatable functional units, but are functional and special tightly integrated. The design of such a system without excellent knowledge of the functional and physical properties of the sensors/actors, as well as of the physical readout and associated signal-conditioning by analog and digital electronics is no longer possible.

Career fields

In literally all fields of engineering complex sensor, actor and electronics based systems are present, such as automotive, industrial control and medical engineering, e.g. airbags, precision positioning systems, surgery and diagnostics tools. Efficient miniaturized light sources based of LED or OLED devices are also examples for microtechnology systems. All field relevant sensors and actors are today tightly integrated with the readout electronics.

Teaching focus

SAE is offering a rather compact, but optimally synchronized and quality assured mandatory course catalogue. A broad and practically freely selectable elective catalogue with a special emphasis on labs and seminars allows all students to compile their course catalogue according to their personal interests.

Career fields

Career fields in this area are extremely wide: graduates of the SAE focus area are needed in the automotive, industrial, communication, semiconductor, electronics, precision sensor and medical engineering technology, and even in the embedded software industry. The still ongoing progress on new materials and further integration of SAE systems, as well as the need for more “intelligence” in all industrial application fields will lead to further challenges and unique career opportunities for SAE graduates.

Professors and Chairs

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Hofmann (Speaker)
Integrated Electronic Systems

Prof. Dr. Mario Kupnik (Speaker)
Measurement and Sensor Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tran Quoc Khanh
Light Technology

Prof. Thomas P. Burg
Integrated Micro- and Nanosystems