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RESEARCH www.tu-ilmenau.de/en/research The highly specialized scientists of the TU Ilmenau are working on the most urgent problems mankind is facing: energy resources running out, growing mobility, ageing society, and so on. The challenges to be met by today’s scientists in developing efficient solutions are so complex that it is hardly possible for one single special field to comply sufficiently with all necessary disciplines. Such highly sophisticated tasks can be solved by the scientists only if they act beyond the borders of their respective special fields. Hence, the borders marked by the traditional Department structure are suspended by the research strategy of the TU Ilmenau and replaced by flexible matrix structures. In simple words: Researchers work together on problems which require joint efforts most urgently. The solutions to the problems of mankind are found by the scientists in the university‘s main interdisciplinary research areas: Microsystems and Nanosystems and Smart Systems Engineering and IT focusing on six research alliances: In these research alliances, the scientists are networked with each other – just as with regional, national and international research and industry – via numerous projects realized in both basic and applied research. FORSCHUNG Microsystems and Nanosystems: Nanoengineering Precision Engineering and Precision Measurement Technology Smart Systems Engineering and IT: Technical and Biomedical Assistance Systems Drive, Energy and Environmental Systems Technologies Digital Media Technology Mobile Communications 19 RESEARCH


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