Department of Engineering

Electronics and Computer Engineering

My Studies


Student projects

You’ll get the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity in a number of student projects. Whether programming autonomous vehicles or developing electronic components for robots, you can try out and practise what you’ve learnt in practical applications.

Right from the first semester you’ll take part in small group lab tutorials, which will prepare you for what is required in your future career. You’ll be taught and coached by experienced professors and experts from industry to provide you with the best possible training for your professional career. In addition to small-scale practical sessions, from the third semester you’ll also work on larger team projects: together with fellow students you’ll optimise industrial facilities for Industry 4.0 using real time processing by intelligent sensors, for example, and learn about object-oriented software development through self-balancing electric scooters.

Current student projects

E-telescope – electronic focussing and tracking for a portable, motorised telescope

Before they can be used, portable telescopes need to be focussed and adjusted by hand, a time-consuming process. The e-telescope project deploys an electronic control system to position and track a telescope in relation to an arbitrary constellation. Advanced electronics, sensor technology and algorithms reduce the time required for adjustment and substantially increase flexibility. To achieve this, algorithms for positioning and tracking the telescope are implemented on a microcontroller. The microcontroller, together with the sensor system, is linked to the telescope via interface electronics. Communication with a tablet via WiFi is also provided to allow the telescope to be fully configured and controlled using the open source Stellarium program.

  • Duration: 01/06/2015 – 31/12/2015
  • Semester: 5th semester
  • Project manager / contact: Stefan Haas

Crazy Car

The Crazy Car autonomous vehicles project

Students study microcontroller technology in the Embedded Computing class. They learn how this type of mini-format computer functions and put into practice what they have learnt in the Crazy Car autonomous vehicles project. In the project, a model car is required to drive itself along a defined track with the aid of sensors. This involves programming a microcontroller, which replaces the receiver in a conventional model vehicle. The intelligent software stored in the microcontroller decides how the vehicle navigates the course and reacts to any obstacles.

  • Duration: annually
  • Semester: 3rd semester
  • Project manager / contact: DI (FH) Markus Krenn, MSc.