Science becomes reality

COMET K2-Center for
Symbiotic Mechatronics

LCM operates a COMET K2 Competence Center called “Symbiotic Mechatronics”. It enables to stay technologically up-to-date in Mechatronics. COMET Competence Centers are funded by the Republic of Austria – specifically the BMK and the BMAW -, the involved federal states as well as the participating companies and research organizations. This funding allows LCM to take calculated risks on innovative projects with various partners at the interface between science and business. The implementation of these projects is handled by 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 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

Our Research Projects


  • 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)

Gender Equality Plan

It is one of the core values of LCM that all people have the same opportunities and development chances in working life. With our management mission statement, we have committed to a culture that sees diversity as an opportunity and differences as an important resource. Our managers recognise performance and development potential and support all people in their professional and personal development. Our GEP focuses on gender equality. But there are also measures in the plan that explicitly aim to address existing numerical imbalances.

Gender Equality Plan

Your Contact Person

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

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

+43 732 2468 6004

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