Mechatronics cover the technologies that are outlined in products with integrated mechanics, electronics and software as well as the methods relating to product development that lead to creation of mechatronic products.

The research in Mechatronics covers a very broad area with three main constituents:

  • Research in mechatronic systems and components where solutions demand mastery of all three areas M, E and SW.
  • Research in synthesis of mechatronic systems.
  • Research in methodology to create mechatronic products.

Mechatronics Education seminar
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) hosted the International Seminar on Mechatronics Education on June 20-21 at DTU Skylab. The focus of the seminar was to discuss how universities can educate engineers with interdisciplinary skillets; who are ready to tackle the difficult tasks of conceptualizing, designing, implementing and operating Mechatronics-4.0 solutions.

The seminar brought together more than 60 participants; creating a forum of educators, industrialists, students, enablers and decision makers from Europe, USA and Canada.
With a focus on the emerging fields of Internet of Things, Digitalisation, Cyberphysical systems and Mechatronics; the seminar included sessions on how universities try to implement these topics in educational programs, what are the current challenges in the industry, what are needs from newly educated engineers and what are the current best practices in teaching Mechatronics at the leading institutions.

In summary, the discussions concluded that a hands-on approach to teaching mechatronics is essential to stay up to date with the emerging trends and to meet the demands of the industry; and balancing the interdisciplinary nature of the field is one of the main challenges faced by educational institutions.
The seminar was organized by DTU and SEFI and was sponsored by National Instruments and Quanser. A follow up workshop will be organized by NI at the SEFI Annual Conference 2017, in Terceira.