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To secure a leading position for the Department Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) also in the future, the strategy reflects the major challenges. It is based on six fundamental engineering disciplines: Robotics, Systems, Control; Mechanics, Materials, Structures; Energy, Flows, Processes; Design, Product Development and Manufacturing; Micro and Nano Systems; Bioengineering, with an overarching trend to increase computational aspects (incl. Cyber Physical Systems, CPS). We provide an essential contribution to the following application areas: Transportation, Mobility, Autonomy; Manufacturing, Product Development and Industrial Processes; Energy and Environment; Biomedical, Life Sciences Processes and Technology.

Transportation, Mobility, Autonomy

Our focus is on the basic principles of autonomous and adaptive systems for a sustainable future centered on people. These intelligent systems have to deal with the complexity of the real world, with its unforeseen circumstances and rapidly changing conditions.

Manufacturing, Product Development and Industrial Processes

Currently, there is a worldwide trend – reflected also in the strategy of the ETH Board - towards research in manufacturing and engineering design. D-MAVT’s key position in Switzerland in this area will be strengthened by basic research on techniques and methods for controlled, reproducible and scalable processes.

Energy and Environment

At the core of this strategic focus is the reduction of the CO2 footprint as an important component of long-term energy security and sustainable environment preservation.

Biomedical, Life Sciences Processes and Technology

This strategic area uses core disciplines of mechanical engineering such as robotics, mechanics, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, and shows great potential in combination with a better understanding and the development of novel technologies. 

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