Institute of industrial automation (iAi)

Institute of Industrial automation

A renowned multidisciplinary technological body founded in 1999, the Institute of Industrial automation provides support in the fields of automation, robotics and mechatronics.

Trust your project to a versatile team of experienced professors and skilled engineers, and get an effective turnkey solution.
Institut iAi - HEIG-VD

Some exemples on the institute's website



Areas of expertise



  • Analysis and optimization of production methods by means of systems and/or motion sequences for improving cycle times,
  • Cooperative mobile robotics for household applications,
  • Mechatronics and automated cognitive processing.



  • Complex opto-mechanical and opto-electronic integration,
  • Adaptive optics,
  • Biomedical optics,
  • Photonics,
  • Modeling and end-to-end simulations of optical systems.



  • Acquisition and processing of biosignals (eg ECG, EEG),
  • Monitoring of vital signs and physiological parameters,
  • Medical imagery,
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic systems,
  • Regulatory requirements for medical devices.

Mechatronics & Regulation

  • Design of devices with both mechanical and electronic parts,
  • Modeling of industrial processes,
  • Regulation and control techniques,
  • Optimal control and optimization of trajectories, 
  • Motion control, active vibration damping,
  • Robust control and auto-tuning,
  • Machine safety.

Computer control

  • Full design and development for machine control software,
  • Industrial automation software (standard IEC61131-3),
  • Fieldbuses and Industry 4.0 protocols,
  • Machine controls, path calculation and CNC,
  • Graphic interfaces, UML/C#/C++ expertise,
  • Internet of things (IoT), web and cloud.

Signal processing

  • Signal acquisition techniques,
  • Linear and non-linear filtering, statistical processing, linear system identification, speech processing,
  • Acquisition chain design, choice of scanning system,
  • Real-time signal processing in DSP and fixed point microcontroller,
  • Rapid prototyping of signal processing solutions on dedicated targets.


Industrial electronics

  • Development of electronic devices, from prototype to final industrial version,
  • Analog, digital and power electronics,
  • Development of power amplifiers for motor controls or electromagnetic actuators,
  • Spark generation, process control and axis control in spark erosion,
  • Power electronics for electric vehicles; contactless energy transfer,
  • Energy outputs, optimization of production costs and reliability of power supplies using low and medium wattage (1 W - 1000 W),       
  • Rapid prototyping of electronic systems,
  • Electromagnetic compatibility and pre-certification compliance,
  • Characterization of high-frequency data links, cables, connectors and PCBs, up to 10 GHz.

Sensors, Instrumentation, Metrology

  • Current sensors (eg Hall effect, Rogowski coil),
  • Energy metering: measurement of the phase voltage, current and grid frequency,
  • Wireless transmission of measured values (eg Bluetooth, ZigBee),
  • Development of specific eddy current brake sensors for NDT applications,
  • High-precision absolute position sensors, self-sensing electromagnetic actuators,
  • Precision measurement in a suitable metrological environment,
  • Ultrasonic sensors for process control.

Machine vision

  • Image acquisition: lighting design, choice of optics, sensor selection, optical filtering,
  • Theoretical analysis: modeling, optimum processing algorithms, simulation on real data, process robustness,
  • Rapid image processing: implementation of algorithms for real-time execution in DSP or CPU, optimization in GPU for critical cases, capitalization of developed algorithms in a portable C++ image processing library,
  • Software development: management of all software production phases (design, development, testing, on-site integration), software engineering workshop, market-standard or specific development tools
    according to needs.