7th International Heinz Nixdorf Symposium - Self-optimizing Mechatronic Systems: Design the Future

Venue: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Location: Paderborn, Germany

Event Date/Time: Feb 20, 2008 End Date/Time: Feb 21, 2008
Registration Date: Feb 18, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jan 20, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Sep 01, 2007
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The integration of mechanical engineering and information technology results in extensive potentials. This is expressed by the term “mechatronics”. This term refers to the symbiotic cooperation of mechanics, electronics, control engineering and software technology, in order to improve the behavior of a technical system. Future mechatronical systems encompass subsystems with inherent partial intelligence due to integrated micro processors. The behavior of the complete system will be characterized by communication and cooperation of intelligent subsystems. From the information technology point of view it is a distributed system of cooperating agents. This establishes fascinating possibilities for the design of mechatronical products of tomorrow. The term Self-optimization characterizes this perspective: Self-optimization of a technical system is the endogenous adaption of objectives as reaction to changing influences and the resulting autonomous adjustment of parameters or structure and consequently of the system‘s behavior. Thus Self-optimization is substantially beyond the well-known control and adaptation strategies; Self-optimization enables systems to act with inherent “intelligence”, to react independently and flexibly to changing operation conditions.
While there are many application examples of mechatronics, the potential of Self-optimization in mechanical engineering appears only in rough outlines. It obviously needs fantasy to define machines with inherent partial intelligence.
Substantial preconditions for the accomplishment of this challenge are the scientific explorationand an adequate presentation for engineering issues of the paradigm of Self-optimization.
The second challenge is the development of a methodology to design self-optimizing mechanical systems. As outstanding characteristic designers cannot anticipate all constellations and the entire behavior. Former design decisions shift from the design into the operation phase of intelligent systems.


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The Symposium Covers the following Topics * Adaptive Control and Self-optimization * “Intelligent Movement” of Multi-Body Systems * Design and Verification of Embedded Systems * Multi-Objective Optimization and Optimization under consideration of Uncertainty * Current Developments in Sensors and Actuators * New Technologies of Domain Spanning Design * Intelligent Agents in Engineering Applications * Safety and Dependability * Prevention of Product Piracy The papers should address to the area of mechanical engineering and related areas like automotive, aircraft construction, medical engineering etc. Please submit your full-papers until October 1, 2007.