about the institute

Today our institute is located in the center of the Technology Park in Warnemünde. With its three chairs for Laboratory Automation, Process Measurement and Control & Simulation, the IAT is devoted to interdisciplinary research topics from the fields of Life Sciences and Maritime Technologies. The employees of the Institute of Automation work successfully on a number of projects financed by research grants. Here the close connection of the Institute to SME and major industry plays an important role. In addition to the scientific and technical employees financed by a state budget, a number of employees financed by research grants are also employed at the Institute. Several major projects with national and international partners have developed from the application-oriented research results at the Institute. This trend was taken into account with the establishment of the application-oriented professorship for Laboratory Automation.

The very successful development of the highly interdisciplinary research topics at the Institute of Automation will be continued over the  next several years with the establishment of a Center for Life Science Automation (CELISCA) according to the model of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). As an international center of expertise, celisca will offer an ideal environment for effective interdisciplinary research and development projects for junior researcher groups.

Several research institutions have been founded as part of the Institute's activities. For example, in 1995 the "Institut für Mess- und Sensorsysteme e.V." (Institute for Measuring and Sensor Systems, IMS) was established, which operates as a non-profit association in the field of applied research. In 1997 the "Institute for Maritime Automation Technology and Navigation" (MATNAV) was founded as the successor institute to the former maritime department at the University of Rostock by former employees and graduates. It concentrates the competence in project planning, development and design of prototypes based on the results of university research.

Technology transfer is also one of the institute's major tasks. As a result, independent spin-off companies were founded with AIGmbH (1997) and amplius GmbH (2003). Upon moving into specially equipped rooms in the "Biosystems Technology" research center in 1997, the foundation was laid for the successful development of the fields of process and laboratory automation.

Collaboration / Cooperation  The IAT is cultivating many national and international cooperations and collaborations. Following you can find some examples. 

Institutions / Universities:
  • Brown University , Providence, Rhode Island (USA)
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago (USA)
  • CBDE, Porton Down (GB)
  • Institut für Ostseeforschung an der Universität Rostock, Rostock (D)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V., Rostock (D)  
  • Hanseatic Institute of Technology, Rostock (D)
  • KFA Jülich, Jülich (D)
  • LINK M/V e.V., Rostock (D)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr (D)
  • Meerestechnische Universität, St. Petersburg (RUS)
  • RWTH Aachen, Aachen (D)
  • TU Braunschweig, Braunschweig (D)
  • TU Gdansk, Poland (PL)
  • TU Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (D)
  • TU Szczecin, Poland (PL)
  • Universität Greifswald, Greifswald (D)
  • University of Glasgow , Glasgow (GB)
  • North Carolina State University , Raleigh (USA
  • University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee (USA
  • University of Zagreb , Zagreb (HR)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA)
  • Hochschule Wismar, Wismar (D)
  • Kinki University Osaka/Nara (JP)
  • Institut für maritime Automatisierungstechnik und Navigation e.V., Warnemünde (D)
  • Bundesamt für Schifffahrt und Hydrographie Hamburg / Rostock (D)
  • Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt, Stralsund (D)
  • Forschungsanstalt der Bundeswehr für Wasserschall- und geophysik (FWG), Kiel (D)
  • Institut fpr Sicherheitstechnik und Schiffssicherheit e. V. (ISV), Warnemünde (D)
  • Analytical Instrument Group INC., Raleigh (USA)
  • Agilent GmbH, Waldbronn  (D)  
  • Beckmann-Coulter GmbH, München (D)
  • Degussa (D)
  • DiaMon, Hamburg (D)
  • Dornier (D)
  • DZ Karlsburg (D)
  • FORTecH GmbH, Rostock (D)
  • Gecko GmbH
  • Gerstel GmbH, Mülheim/Ruhr (D)
  • Waldbronn (D)
  • IbAM (D) 
  • MesSen Nord (D)
  • Nordum GmbH, Kessin (D)
  • Daimler Chrysler, Rostock und Berlin (D)
  • Siemens AG (D)
  • SKW AG (D)
  • URST GmbH, Greifswald (D)
  • Optologic, Rostock
  • EADS, Ulm (D)
  • Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH, Bremen (D)
  • STN ATLAS Marine Electronics GmbH, Hamburg (D)
  • Marine- und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, Rostock (D)
  • STN Schiffseletrik GmbH, Elmenhorst (D)
  • Lotsenbrüderschaft Wismar-Rostock-Stralsund (D)
  • Finnlines Deutschland AG, Lübeck (D)
  •  Scandlines Deutschland GmbH, Rostock (D)
  • MarineSoft GmbH, Rostock (D)
  • MARSIG mbH
  • INTERSCHALT AG, Rostock (D)

Technical Equipment at the IAT

  • Common Computer Equipment: Sparc(Unix), x86(Unix,Dos/Windows)
  • Computer Equipment for Process Control: M68xxx(OS9/LynxOS), Sparc(Solaris2), x86
  • Networks: LAN(Ethernet), Internet Access
  • Interfaces to Plants and Devices
  • Self-contained and portable Measuring Computers
  • Analog Computers
  • Process Control Systems
  • µControllers
  • Laboratory Robotic Systems
  • Gas Chromatograph with different detectors
  • Mass Spectrometers (combination with GC and LC) HPLC
  • Atomic Emission Spectrometer
  • FTIR Spectrometer
  • Röntgenfluoreszenzspektrometer
  • FTICR-Mass Spectrometry
  • Sektor field-MS
  • Robotic systems: ORCA, Zymate, CTC-PAL
  • Horizontal and Vertical Working ADCP's
  • High Accurate GPS/GLONASS Receiver
  • Autonomous or Remote Controlled Surface Vehicle MESSIN
  • Ship Handling Simulator ANS5000
  • NACOS Ship Steering Device   

Offers for Services and Collaborations

  • Specific Problem Solutions in the fields of Measuring and Automatic Control
  • Advisory Service and Expert's Opinions
  • Training: Real-Time-Programming
  • Automatic Data Acquisition
  • Process Analytical Chemistry
  • Modern Control Techniques
  • MATLAB, Forth , LabView, ASYST MATRIXx
  • Theoretical and Experimental Plant Identification
  • Mathematical Modelling for economical applications
  • Data Acquisition and Sensor Development
  • Development of Measuring Systems and Technologies for Environmental Applications
  • Synthesis Control

IAT institute of automation
Richard - Wagner - Str. 31 / H.8
D-18119 Rostock

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kerstin Thurow

Tel.: +49 (0) 381/498-7700
Fax: +49 (0) 381/498-7702


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