Fields of research


Automotive design

Since the exterior and interior design has a significant influence on the experience of a vehicle, when developing new innovative vehicle concepts at the ika, the aesthetic design is also considered f...


Vehicle Concepts & HMI

When it comes to designing mobility solutions concerning efficiency, safety and user experience, conceptual approaches that go beyond advancing the component and system level are becoming increasingly...


Vehicle Structures

In the area of vehicle structures, we focus on concept and design, calculation and testing, benchmarking, lightweight construction, passive safety and operational strength.


Vehicle Dynamics & Acoustics

Both users and observers experience vehicles based on their attributes. The most important aspects for vehicle occupants are vehicle safety, comfort and an emotional driving experience. In addition to...


Energy Management & Drivetrains

At ika, the development of vehicle drives has been a long-standing research area. Research and development in this sector are of paramount importance as we aim to create a future where mobility is env...


Vehicle Intelligence & Automated Driving

Connected and automated driving will significantly shape the future of mobility. In the research area Vehicle Intelligence & Automated Driving, the institute bundles the necessary competencies from co...


Traffic Psychology & Acceptance

In the research area "Traffic Psychology and Acceptance", the ika bundles the psychological competence to evaluate motor vehicle functions, components and systems over the entire development period. I...


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany
+49 241 80 25600

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