Research & Development

Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Research at the Institute of Operations and Technology Management is integrated into the research focus "Intelligent Technologies for Sustainable Development (ITNE)" at the Trier University of Applied Sciences. The fields of work at IBT concentrate on energy-efficient systems (EES) and environmentally friendly production processes (UVP).

You will find the respective contact persons and links to their teaching and research areas for the institute's research foci. If you are interested in a joint research project, you can contact the individual professor.

Energy System Technology

In the research area of energy system technology, which belongs to the field of work "energy-efficient systems (EES)" in the ITNE research focus of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, we work on scientific questions concerning the use of regenerative and highly efficient energy systems (photovoltaics, wind energy, combined heat and power plants, etc.) as well as sector coupling.

Contact for Energy Systems Technology and Energy Efficiency

Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Professor FB Umweltplanung/Umwelttechnik - FR Maschinenbau


+49 6782 17-1908


Birkenfeld | Building 9925 | Room 12


nur nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail/only by arrangement via mail

Production technology

Production technology is the second central R&D focus of the IBT. The focus is divided into the following areas:

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

We design and develop three-dimensional objects and components for generative manufacturing. We also use the 3D scan of workpieces to pick up point clouds and to build a model. Subsequently, prototype workpieces and components are manufactured using 3D plastic printers. Finally, the material and surface testing of the generatively manufactured components is carried out with regard to predefined parameters.

Contact for Development, Design and Additive Manufacturing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wahl
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wahl
Professor FB Umweltplanung/Umwelttechnik - FR Maschinenbau


+49 6782 17-1313


Birkenfeld | Building 9916 | Room 136


mittwochs, 8:00-9:00 Uhr


In robotics, we investigate scientific questions regarding machine-robot interactions and gesture-controlled robot assistance systems. We are involved in the Robotix Academy, a cross-border research cluster for industrial robotics and human-robot cooperation. The aim of this project is to create synergies in teaching and research on robotics through cross-border cooperation and thus to establish a permanent research cluster for industrial robotics. The concept of the joint lecture and the technology transfer largely takes over the focal points and goals of the Greater Region: strengthening industry, counteracting the shortage of skilled workers and maintaining and expanding modern jobs. This cross-border research initiative makes it possible to work together on even more complex tasks from industrial practice that each project partner could not solve alone. The initial objectives of the research cluster and the cooperation platform are to exploit the potential of the Greater Region in the areas of research, development and innovation and to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Greater Region. A further goal is to increase the innovative strength of the companies.

Contact for Robotics and Environmentally Friendly Production Processes

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vette-Steinkamp
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Vette-Steinkamp, Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. (FH)
Fachgebiet umweltgerechte Produktionsverfahren und industrielle Robotik


Birkenfeld | Building 9925 | Room 9


Donnerstag, 14:00 bis 16:00 Uhr mit Anmeldung per Mail oder individuell nach Absprache

Product and Process Design

The digitization of production processes as well as entire product sequences is the focus of product and process design. Through the use of conventional and generative manufacturing technologies, innovative approaches in manufacturing can be investigated and further developed together with companies.

Logistics and Organizational Design

In logistics and organizational design, we work on tasks for sustainable supply chain management and supply chain-compatible factory design. In particular, we support companies by Business Process Reengineering (BPR) and the analysis of the business organization with the introduction of operational information systems.



Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Institut for Operations and Technology Management (IBT)
Campusallee 9925
55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach

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