Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 75 institutes and research
institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around
29,000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros.
In the course of the fourth industrial revolution, modern technologies are increasingly being integrated
into existing industrial networks so that different machines can now be networked and data from
various sources can be analyzed together. Based on these possibilities, physical states can be mapped in
the digital world and represented in the form of a digital twin. Although digital twins have already been
discussed extensively on a conceptual level in academia, the implementation of digital twins for
companies turns out to be far more complicated. The reasons for this include a poor understanding of
how to set up a digital twin and a lack of a systematic approach to implementation. In order to help
companies with this, a digital twin for a robot controller will be developed in the course of this thesis,
and a methodical procedure for companies will be derived based on this example.

What you will do

  • Support in the development of the robot control system
  • Extraction of data and development of a digital twin
  • Visualization of the digital twin using a front-end framework
  • Validation and documentation of the results

What you bring to the table

  • You are studying industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or a
    comparable subject
  • A high degree of initiative, motivation, and team spirit
  • Good language skills in German and/or English
  • Previous experience with OPC-UA or MQTT is advantageous
  • Previous experience with frontend frameworks like Vue.js, React, or Angular is advantageous

What you can expect

  • Professional supervision and technical support in the preparation of your thesis
  • Scientific development of a highly relevant and exciting topic
  • Targeted and fast processing of topics
  • Participation in innovative research and development projects with renowned industrial partners
  • A state-of-the-art machine park equipped with edge cloud systems and 5G infrastructure

Notice: You can write your project work or thesis with us immediately and in direct cooperation with
the Chair of Metrology and Quality Management. According to the guidelines of the RWTH Aachen
University, the internship is preferably to be completed at a manufacturing company and can only take
place with us in exceptional cases.

Interested? Apply online now with your informative application documents:

Questions according to this position will be answered by:
Alexander Kreppein M.Sc.
Research assistant production quality
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstraße 17, 52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 8904-289

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