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Introduction to Research at The Faculty of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology  (KBM)
The institute focuses strategically on research and innovation in the interdisciplinary subjects: Plants for Health, Environmentally Efficient Technologies, IKT ‘from earth to table’ and Robots in Biological Production Systems.

The four areas involve the health and well-being of humans as well as of animals and plants. With the research in Environmentally Efficient Technologies the focus is on the significant global challenges such as environmental problems, food demands and energy demand, global warming and biodiversity. This way, we respond to a strong need to develop and optimise the whole technology chain. IKT ’from earth to table’ opens new opportunities for user-driven food innovation, traceability and documentation of processes across the food chain. 

Department of Technology and Innovation (ITI)
- contributes with new knowledge within a broad spectrum of research areas such as nanotechnology, sensors, energy systems production, innovation and design, applied mathematical modelling and robot technology.

The department researches in nanoscience and works with design and control of optical fields on a scale smaller than the wavelengths of light. Others work with 'experimental modal analysis' which is used in small constructions such as motors, cars and mechanical parts.
Other research areas include drone technology, mechanical robot technology, integrated innovation management and experience design which is concerned with understanding factors which come into play when we experience a product, a service, an interface, an event or an environment. 

Mads Clausen Institute (MCI)
The institute, which is situated at ALSION in Sønderborg, has built strong and international research environments in the fields of User-Oriented Design, Embedded Software, Mathematical Modelling and Control of Physical Systems as well as Business Innovation, which is developed in close collaboration with the university in Flensburg. In addition, ALSION is the home of the faculty’s nano activities with its, among other things, brand new and very well-equipped clean room facilities.

In the future, Mads Clausen will also concentrate on product and business innovation in a broad sense and with primary focus on mechatronic systems, intelligent sensors and actuators as well as on the fields of macro-, micro- and nanotechnology. 

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute (MMMI)
The institute was established in 1997 with focus on the development of new technologies for intelligent autonomous systems – colloquially called robotics. The research at the institute is centred on artificial intelligence, including playware and embedded systems, with a focus on making the systems smaller, more flexible, faster and more secure. Moreover, the institute is involved in Unmanned Aerial Systems (drone technology), software development and robot programming and control, cognitive computer vision systems, modelling and control of modern picking processes.

The Faculty of Engieneering is also the home of RoboCluster. RoboCluster is a network of suppliers, customers and researchers involved in robots, automation and intelligent mechanical systems. Thus, RoboCluster serves as a bridge builder between the University of Southern Denmark and companies and institutions associated with the business of robotics and automation.

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