376.050 Mechatronic Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the basic principles and basics of system integration of mechatronic systems.

This includes system dynamics and the physical working principles of mechatronic components and subsystems, since they are used as high-tech automation solutions in modern mechatronic systems.

In the lecture, a comprehensive approach and related system concepts are presented for technical analysis and the evaluation of existing mechatronic systems, as well as the design and selection of optimal components and working principles.

In the corresponding lab course, the theoretical principles are applied to real systems. Students build up mechatronic systems and analyze/change their dynamic behavior.

Subject of course

Analysis and synthesis of mechatronic systems, including system integration and design.
Systems Engineering, CAD, dynamic of positioning systems and their design (system design), compliance, transmissibility, damping in precision positioning, zero-stiffness actuation, Lorentz actuator, reluctance actuator, linear motor, dual stage actuation, piezo actuators, analog electronics, power electronics, Servo problems, real-time systems (hardware / software), DSP, FPAA, FPGA, regulation and control of mechatronic systems, Iterative Learning Control, system integration (including controllability, observability), measurement technology in mechatronics, Abbe principle , resolution, precision, accuracy, A/D -D/A conversion, quantization, sampling, signal processing, sensors in mechatronics, strain gauges, light lever, encoders, interferometers, vibrometer, LVDT, capacitive sensors, ultrasonic sensors, accelerometers (MEMS based and geophones), measurement amplifiers, optical metrology, speckle metrology, smart cameras, system integration, examples of complex mechatronic systems of high technology, adaptive optics, scanning probe microscopy, nano-lithography systems (wafer scanners)

Teaching methods

Introduction to finite element simulation.

Computational exercises as home-work assignments for deepening the lecture content.

Lectures with examples. Detailed explanations are also given in the book The Design of High Performance Mechatronics (see literature section below).

Mode of examination


Additional information

  • Due to the eased measures against Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2, the lecture "Mechatronic Systems" takes place in presence.
  • The platform for providing documents and information is TUWEL.
  • Make sure to register in TISS for this course, in order to get access to TUWEL, to obtain all the necessary information in time.
  • The exercises begin on 18. october 2022, more information is following soon.
  • The discussion and solution of the computational exercises takes place in the assignment lecture of the next exercise.


Computation exercise (mandatory)

For the successful completion of the computation exercises, a positive result is required for at least three of the four exercises. All the four exercises have to be submitted in any cases (even if the first three are passed already).  Computation exercises must be submitted in the form of a PDF file by uploading it to TUWEL. The deadlines are:

  • Computation exercise 1: at 06PM on 09.11.2022
  • Computation exercise 2: at 06PM on 30.11.2022
  • Computation exercise 3: at 06PM on 21.12.2022
  • Computation exercise 4: at 06PM on 16.01.2023

CAX exercise (mandatory)

For successful completion at least 50% of the total points have to be reached. The files corresponding files have to be uploaded to TUWEL for submission. The deadline is:

  • CAx exercise: 06PM, 04.11.2021



Course dates

Tue11:00 - 13:0004.10.2022 - 24.01.2023EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu11:00 - 13:0006.10.2022 - 26.01.2023EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Mechatronic Systems - Single appointments
Tue04.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu06.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue11.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu13.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue18.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu20.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue25.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu27.10.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Thu03.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue08.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu10.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Thu17.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue22.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu24.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue29.11.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu01.12.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue06.12.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Tue13.12.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung
Thu15.12.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS VO
Tue20.12.202211:00 - 13:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Vorlesung

Examination modalities

This course has an immanent examination character, beginning with the registration for the lab excercises (computational exercises and CAx exercises) in TUWEL.
The successful completion of the CAx exercise and the computational exercises during the course is a prerequisite for admission to the final oral exam - if this prerequisite is not fulfilled a negative grade has to be given for the entire course.

If the prerequisite for the orgal exam is given (successful completion of the CAx exercise and of the computational excercises) it will persist also beyond the respective course run, i.e. you can also do the oral exam at a later stage and you do NOT HAVE TO take the exam within 1 year of the respective course run.

Oral examinations

As of 1. October 2021, the oral examinations will take place at the institute (ACIN) in person.
In time periods when exams in person at the institute are not allowed due to regulations from the government or TU Wien, the oral exams will be taken online via ZOOM.

Board examination

Registration for board examinations is not possible in TISS. For this purpose, please contact us at least two weeks before the examination date by email to mechatronics376050@acin.tuwien.ac.at


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon09:00 - 11:0010.06.2024 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed20.05.2024 09:00 - 03.06.2024 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Wed09:30 - 11:3006.11.2024 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed16.10.2024 09:00 - 30.10.2024 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Wed09:30 - 11:0029.01.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed16.01.2025 12:00 - 23.01.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Fri09:00 - 12:0031.01.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed13.01.2025 09:00 - 23.01.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung - Ersatztermin für Warteliste
Mon10:00 - 14:0003.02.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed23.01.2025 12:00 - 30.01.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung - Erasmus Students
Tue09:00 - 11:0004.03.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed07.02.2025 09:00 - 21.02.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Mon09:00 - 11:0010.03.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed17.02.2025 09:00 - 03.03.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Wed09:00 - 12:0012.03.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed20.02.2025 09:00 - 07.03.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung - Ersatztermin für Warteliste
Wed09:00 - 11:0007.05.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed16.04.2025 09:00 - 29.04.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung
Mon09:00 - 11:0009.06.2025 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421assessed19.05.2025 09:00 - 02.06.2025 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme Prüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.09.2022 12:00 09.10.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 503 Electrical power engineering and sustainable energy systems Mandatory elective
066 504 Master programme Embedded Systems Mandatory1. Semester
066 506 Energy Systems and Automation Technology Mandatory1. Semester
066 515 Automation and Robotic Systems Not specified1. Semester
066 938 Computer Engineering Mandatory elective


This course is based on the book:
The Design of High Performance Mechatronics: High-Tech Functionality by Multidisciplinary System Integration, 2nd revised edition,
R. Munnig Schmidt, G. Schitter, J. Van Eijk,
Delft University Press, ISBN 978-1-61499-367-4 (2014)

The book (900 pages) can be purchased for a discounted student price of €45 (standard price is €180) at the secretary office of Mrs. Grabensteiner at ACIN.

A List with Errata for the book can be found at:

Continuative courses