Modelling and Design of Integrated Systems and Circuits


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.

RESPECT research is supported by the Engineering & IT study programs “Integrated Systems and Circuits Design”, “Systems Design”, “Health Care IT” and “Communication Engineering”.

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 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, scripting languages, virtual/executable specifications, incorporating cetain tools and fostering standards play a significant role in the overall design cycle.


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:

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.

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

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

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.

Corporation with other research departments:
Digital signal processing components for the Cap-Size project (SIMS) or contributions to RFFE-LAB, to name a few.

Lecturing at ISCD:
State of the art research is directly incorporated into the Integrated Systems and Circuit study program.

Social projects:
Amateur radio activities especially in the microwave range, high-level expertise for all ham radio activists.

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.


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

Carinthia University of Applied Science
Europastrasse 4, 9500 Villach, 

DI (FH) Wolfgang Scherr
+43 (0)5 90500-2113
Employee profile  –  Wolfgang’s BLOG  –  SystemC-AMS

Partners & Cooperations

Graz University of Technology, Johannes Kepler University Linz, University of Klagenfurt

Research Organisations:
Silicon Austria Labs, Joanneum Research

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

Standardisation Groups:


Respect is part of the CIME research center, you can find the team list there.