Systems integration is the main focus of IMS research, meaning the creation of complete systems from sub-systems or components. The five main system components comprise of the mechanical base system, actuating elements, sensor system, process computer including software, as well the human-machine interaction.

During the development of mechatronic systems, on the one hand, the modeling and simulation, and on the other hand, the characterization and the experimental identification are of great importance. Further important elements of the research are the specific configuration of the overall product (geometrical integration) as well as the developing of functionality by solving synthesis problems (functional integration).

Furthermore, the system development, which generally involves a large number of engineers from different disciplines, calls for efficient new methods and organizational structures.