Welcome to Aalen Actuators & Sensors Laboratory

The Aalen Actuators & Sensors Laboratory forms part of the Faculty of Optics and Mechatronics. In addition to general actuator and sensor technologies and their application to mechatronic systems, our main focus is on innovative actuators based on shape memory alloys (SMA).

Foto: Größenvergleich zwischen einem Streichholz und einem Werkstück. Das Werkstück ist kaum größer als der Streichholzkopf

What courses are available on the subject areas?

Various bachelor and master lectures are offered on the topics of actuator technology, sensor technology and system dynamics. In a number of laboratory experiments, the theoretical contents of the lectures are applied in practice. In all laboratory experiments, the focus is on the application and on solving technical problems in small teams.
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What are the research topics?

The use of smart materials offers a lot of potential for actuator and sensor development in various application fields. Our research focus is on utilizing shape memory alloys (SMA). In various projects, systems based on SMA are developed and realized. The focus on one specific research area combined with the excellent equipment at Aalen University and cooperations with industrial partners provide prime conditions for generating innovative results. As one of the leading research-oriented Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany, Aalen University offers optimum conditions for the conduction of research projects.
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Who is part of the team?

Our lab follows a 'North American‘ approach towards research. The research team consists of a Ph.D. student and a number of research master students. The Advanced Systems Design research master program offers the possibility to work on own research projects over a period of several semesters. The team is supplemented by other students who work on their bachelor or master theses or mechatronic projects in the laboratory. Prof. Arif Kazi is closely involved in the individual projects. Interested students have the opportunity to actively participate in projects.

Prof. Dr. Arif Kazi (on the right) and his team.