MOOC@TU9 is a joint project of the alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) to plan, develop and execute an English-language Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The goal of MOOC@TU9 is to detail the quality, the variety and the different perspectives of engineering science studies in Germany. The participants receive initial insights into graduate courses of study and become familiar with the wide-ranging offers available at the TU9 Universities.

An overview on Automation Technology is provided in the lecture “Models in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering – from Smart Materials to Smart Factory”. The recordings of the lecture of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weyrich of University of Stuttgart are provided below. There are links to interviews and lectures, background information on the university as well as instructions to an exercise for students.

Module Industrial Automation Systems in MOOC@TU9


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weyrich
Pfaffenwaldring 47, 2. Stockwerk, Raum 2.116

Telefon: +49 711 685 67301
Telefax: +49 711 685 67302

Module Description

The “Industrial Automation Systems” lecture provides a glimpse of the made in Germany World of Automation Technology. Particularly, emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things currently change the way of developing and realizing manufacturing systems. Present day systems tend to be static and are difficult to alter. We will explain the automation approach of today and sketch future ideas of how automating systems work. However, intelligent components of the future would enable plug and play solutions for smart factories. In Germany, these new technologies are intensively researched supported by all related industries. Researchers, experts from industry and our students pursue this exciting goal to realize this quantum leap towards smart automation systems.

Lecture Recording

Simulation Game

You will have the opportunity to learn about German Engineering by taking over the role of an automation engineer. Your task is to plan smart automation systems in an interactive online simulation game.

Please go to At the end of the simulation game you can download a certificate that you can upload via the submission form here.

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