Over 120 years of research and development

For more than 120 years, we have been investigating fundamental questions of vehicle technology as well as specific applications in our research. As one of only a few public research institutions worldwide, we at the ika are able to research the entire vehicle, including its systems and complex interactions.

Mobility is one of the central basic needs - making it possible for everyone in an ever more complex world is our drive and our task.

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Modern test benches, up-to-date CAE tools and research vehicles form the basis of our application-oriented research.

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Topic-specific training for companies to prepare them for the automotive future.

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Our expertise in research forms the basis for the comprehensive range of courses we offer and the supervision of student work.

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We see the promotion and training of young scientists as one of our essential tasks.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Eine offene Software- und Hardware-Architektur für zukünftige Fahrze

Der Einsatz von Elektronik und Software in Personenkraftwagen und Nutzfahrzeugen hat zu zahlreichen Innovationen geführt.…

Monday, January 09, 2023

Attraktive Lebensräume fürs Braunkohlerevier – Projekt BaLSaM hilf

Aachen, 09. Januar 2023: Was wird eigentlich aus den Braunkohlerevieren, wenn die Bagger abrücken? Langfristig sollen…

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Introducing LENS, a new Horizon Europe project on noise and air pollut

Aachen, 27.10.2022: LENS (L-vehicles Emissions and Noise mitigation Solutions) is a 36-months project funded by the Horizon…

Monday, June 06, 2022

IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium lockt internationale Expert*innen

Aachen, 06.06.2022: Der erste Tag des Events war neben einem spannenden Vortragsprogramm von interaktiven Sessions sowie…

04-20-2023 18:00 o'clock, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge

Wie neue Technologien das Design bewegen – Automatisiertes Fahren & Design


04-27-2023 08:00 o'clock, Test track and buildings of ika

Girls' Day 2023


05-05-2023 16:00 o'clock, RWTH Campus Melaten

RWTH Campuslauf



Current events


Automated Driving


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Vehicle Concepts and Design


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Vehicle Concepts and Design


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All our research projects


Research projects



Traffic noise is an important factor for the design of pleasant living spaces. Perception-based prediction of noise exposure…


Proactive SAFEty systems and tools for a constantly UPgrading road env

SAFE-UP combines the competences of 18 partners including leading universities and selected industrial partners to develop…

Vehicle Concepts and Design


A central prerequisite for the successful market launch of partially, highly and fully automated driving functions is, in…


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

+49 241 80 25600

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