The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the first funding period for the International Research Training Group (IRTG) on July 1, 2014. The subject is the “Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing Systems and Processes”. The partner university of the TUK is the University of California, located in Berkeley and Davis. This program is Germany's first international graduate program in the field of production engineering. The second funding period is now approved and will start in January 2019 for another 4.5 years.

The aim of the research in the college is to provide the planning of production on a new basis. Production is already planned from a single machine to a complete factory with the help of computer models. What these models are lacking, is a description of the actual physical properties. Based on such models, it will be possible to calculate key properties of a production line as the quality of the products or the energy consumption of a factory in advance and to perform targeted improvements. In particular, the physical interactions of the three levels: factory, machine and process are to be considered.

The topic is content-driven, mainly by the two disciplines, engineering and computer science. Through the application of scientific knowledge and advanced computer-based methods in conjunction with physical models on an unrealized level in the past, technologies and methods are promoted, which can be used for planning and optimization of manufacturing systems and processes. As a result, fundamental understanding as well as extensive systems, tools and computational algorithms which significantly improve the integration of advanced computational methods for solving problems of manufacturing systems and processes will be available.

In addition to the excellent research program, the International Research Training Group is characterized by a unique training and support concept of the students involved. This enables every students to finish their PhD in three years in their respective field of research, but also the training of key qualifications, as well as the seamless exchange of scientific knowledge and staff at all levels and in all disciplines. Thus, the lectures are specially designed for the individual subject areas for doctoral candidates, in which background information and current methods are taught for the IRTG.