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About us

The RESPECT department at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is researching fields ranging from integrated circuit design over data/signal processing to system modeling as well as development of application driven embedded systems.

Integrated Circuits

IC design and test of analogue as well as digital and embedded processor building blocks using automated methods, including internally developed HDL code generators with constrained random testing on top using standardised methodologies and languages.

System Integration

Modeling, simulation and verification of systems up to System-in-Package (SiP) or even printed circuit board (PCB) level. Important fields of expertise are electromagnetic field simulations, analog/digital/RF lab measurements & debugging, HW/SW systems and high-level M/S modelling approaches using state of the art EDA tools and prototyping hardware like FPGAs.


Telematics applications, sensors for active and assisted living (AAL), smart/wireless sensor networks and proximity sensors for robotics is just a selection of applications, where integrated circuits within RESPECT are developed.

Automation and Overall Methodology

One key aspect of the development cycle is efficiency. This requires well-thought methodologies and using automation wisely. This ensures e.g. that standard blocks can be developed and tested fast based on re-use and well defined specifications, which leaves more time and effort for new developments. Thus, meta-modelling, scripting languages, virtual/executable specifications, incorporating cetain tools and fostering standards like IP-XACT or SystemC play a significant role in the overall design cycle for us.


The RESPECT department is associated to different study programs within the faculty of Engineering & IT. It enables close research cooperation and know‐how exchange between different related fields of expertise, which is a requirement to handle complex “multi‐disciplinary” related research and development tasks.

A main focus of the department is to be a strong and attractive R&D partner for local industry as well as a competent research partner for national and international cooperative research projects.

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Projects & Activities

The following projects are examples of research and development activities within the department:

PMF-COM (Polymer fibre communication):
Research on high-speed communication (in the GBit range) with millimeter-waves (60GHz) on low-cost polymer fibres.

EWM (EMC and wireless system modelling):
This project is dedicated to establish procedures in modelling for electromagnetic compatibility on RF readers as well as high-level modelling for wireless ultra-wide-band communication and EMC using SystemC/SystemC AMS.

IEEE 1666.1 (SystemC AMS):
Participation in the Accellera SystemC AMS working group, side-by-side with leading industry partners from the EDA and semiconductor world.

ANAGEN (Analog Generators):
Development of an agile-analogue design methodology where the IC analog engineering knowledge will be captured in executable generators written in Python or other scripting languages.

Automated development and tests of IP building blocks using XML, Python, SystemC, SystemVerilog, VHDL and other languages.

Concept and design of application specific instruction processors and their tool chains.

Basic research on full‐duplex high‐speed on‐chip data communication.

Corporation with other research departments:
Digital signal processing components for the Cap-Size project (SIMS), digital/system level automation for the Josef Ressel Centre (SODA) or contributions to RFFE-LAB, to name a few.

Lecturing at ISCD (web page) and Systems Engineering (web page):
State of the art research is directly incorporated into the Integrated Systems and Circuit Master Program (Design Project, Digital 1/2, SoC, Methods, Automation, …), some selected topics are also taught in the Systems Engineering Bachelor Program (Basics of Integrated Circuits).

Citizen science:
Amateur radio activities especially in the microwave and millimeter range, high-quality expertise for all ham radio activists.

Partners, Cooperations & Workgroups

Graz University of Technology (TUG), Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKL), University of Klagenfurt (AAU)

Research Organisations:
Silicon Austria Labs (SAL), Joanneum Research

Industry Partners:
Infineon Technologies, NXP, COSEDA Technologies, Intel, Austria Microsystems, Max Linear

Standardisation Groups:

The research group RESPECT is a member of

CIME – Carinthia Institute for Microelectronics

The Carinthia Institute for Microelectronics (CIME) is a competence center for research and development of integrated electronic systems. CIME is strongly associated to the department of Integrated Systems and Circuits Design (ISCD) with a strong network to other department within the faculty of Engineering & IT at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and is also based on the research of Josef Ressel Center “Interact” which was operated at CUAS until 2019.

Click here for more information on CIME.



RESPECT – Research group
Modelling and Design of Integrated Systems and Circuits

Carinthia University of Applied Science
Europastrasse 4, 9500 Villach, Austria

DI (FH) Wolfgang Scherr, MSc
Key Researcher, Group Lead, Lecturer ISCD, SE
+43 (0)5 90500-2113
Employee profile  –  Wolfgang’s BLOG  –  SystemC-AMS


Respect is part of the CIME research center, you can find the team list here:  go to the CIME team page

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