Research and development includes the areas of Artistic Research, Signal Processing and Acoustics as well as Computer Music. Concerning artistic research, the scientific research methods will be expanded to convey and further develop existing and newly acquired forms of knowledge by means of actual artistic activities. In the research area of signal processing and acoustics, the focus lies on analyzing sound – including the transformation and synthesis of sound – in time, frequency and place. In addition to investigations in signal and system theories, information relevant to the sense of hearing will also be included. Sonification, live electronics and interaction design are the main thematic branches that will be actively investigated in the area of computer music.