Science becomes reality

COMET K2-Center for
Symbiotic Mechatronics

To have one’s finger on the technological pulse of the time, LCM runs the COMET K2 Competence Center “Symbiotic Mechatronics”. This Comet K2-Center is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the State of Upper Austria and the JKU. At the interface between science and economy, this funding enables LCM to execute risky innovative projects with different partners. The handling of these projects takes place via the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

What is Symbiotic Mechatronics?

“Symbiotic Mechatronics is a novel paradigm for mechatronic systems that pursues the stimulation of mutual benefits from the interaction among “symbiosis partners” such as mechatronic systems, their elements, and their respective physical, digital, human and ambient environments.”


The Concept of Symbiotic Mechatronics

With the novel concept of Symbiotic Mechatronics, set out in 2018, we have expanded mechatronics towards new challenges emerging in and around classical mechatronics. Driven by information and communications technology (ICT) and digitalization a virtual layer enbales the useful interaction between mechatronics systems and their respective environments.
Mechatronics systems are indispensable in today’s world. But in the future it will become increasingly important for these systems to interact with each other as well as their physical, digital, human, or climate-specific environment. We are venturing on this path and we are also supporting our partners and customers in transitioning from traditional mechatronics to symbiotic mechatronics.

Research Network

The intensive cooperation between LCM, international universities, and research partners is at the heart of our sustainable internationalization strategy. The scientific results of the Comet K2 research projects, together with the know-how of our employees, form the basis for the successful development of new, smart, networked, and autonomous systems.

Our Research Areas


Actuators, as a core function of every mechatronic system and also the holistic design of complex systems.


Complex mechatronic systems and their digital representation for the purpose of control and optimization.


Sensor technology as sensory organ of systems and combined data processing connected with machine learning.


Transdisciplinary context of Mechatronics and its interfaces to humans, the environment and the digital world.

Performance Numbers

Dissertations | PHD`s


Scientific international publications

Master and diploma theses

since 01.01.2018


  • 4 research areas – 3 multi-firm projects (MFPs) per research area
  • EUR 50 Mio. research budget
  • 5 years duration (2022-2026)
  • 120 researchers
  • 40 company partners
  • 50 scientific partners

Comet K2-Center Key Persons

LCM Area Coordinators

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gerald Jungmayr

Dip.-Ing. Dr. Thomas Gross

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Markus Pichler-Scheder

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Klinglmayr, MA.

Area Coordinators

Assoz. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Gerd Bramerdorfer
a.Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Bernhard Manhartsgruber (JKU)

Associate.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Markus Schöberl
O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Krommer (JKU)

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Springer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Jakoby

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Jakoby (JKU)
Assoz.Prof. Mag. Dr. Susanne Saminger-Platz (JKU)

Scientific und Technologial Advisory Board

Minna Lanz (Finland)

Jiri Sloupensky (Czech Republic)

Aude Billard (Switzerland)

Harri Kulmalah (Finland)

Iris Grässler (Germany)

Peter Steinrück (Austria)

Your Contact Person

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Johann Hoffelner, MSc

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

+43 732 2468 6004

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