Key points of the research focus AME are to develop innovative products for the automobile and aviation industry as well as for the biological and medical area. In the field of traffic engineering these research topics are the basis for a more effective material and primary energy consumption and finally for the reduction of pollution. According to this, current research activities work on the characterization, modelling and simulation of localized deformations in different kinds of advanced engineering materials. One vision of AME is the utilization of materials as their own sensors for early damage detection in components on the basis of physically coupled cross effects. A high degree of interdisciplinary and international collaboration is significant for the research projects. Initiated through AME an Augmented Materials Laboratory shall be established at the University of Kaiserslautern in the future in which the simulation and model assisted work of the engaged teams is merged and validated with experimental results.