We drive open domain
software enabled technologies

Established in 2021, SETLabs Research GmbH initiates and researches innovations in the context of domain-open, complex and sustainable systems that are characterized by a high degree of networking, autonomy or adaptivity.


In these kinds of systems, innovations are typically enabled by the skillful and intelligent interaction of software and simulation, as well as the specific HW/SW integration. The resulting application-oriented solutions are used in the automotive or railway sector and are transferred to robotics, logistics, energy and healthcare.


Our vision is to promote sustainable development, production and operation of technical systems by means of trustworthy digital technologies.

Ways of cooperation

National R&D
Funding Projects

EU Funding Projects

Contract Research

Our Guiding Principle

Enabling human well-being by digital technologies for trustworthy and sustainable systems.

Our Vision

Trustworthy & sustainable systems

SETLabs recognizes the profound potential of technological advancements to enhance human well-being. However, we also understand the importance of ensuring that these technologies are trustworthy and sustainable.


Trustworthiness means reliability, security and 24/7 availability to ensure that users have confidence in the systems they interact with.


Sustainability refers to our conviction that technology must do equal justice to economic, ecological and social interests.

Our Mission

Bridging academic research & business development

SETLabs bridges the gap between academic research and business development. We translate cutting-edge research findings from academic institutions into practical solutions that can be implemented in the world of business.


This way, we ensure that technological advances are not only theoretically sound, but also practically applicable, resulting in tangible benefits for society.

Our Values

What defines us and our work


Applied research for constant introduction of innovative technology.


Network, team-up and collaborate in a domain open environment.


Holistic consideration for low cost of change.


Foster new way of working in a living organization.


Accept and benefit from individuals.

Gender Equality Plan (GEP)


SETLab’s corporate values place people at the focus of attention. We stand for a gender-equal, diversity-oriented and discrimination-free environment for all employees.

Learn more about our beliefs regarding equality and inclusion in our Gender Equality Plan (GEP).

Our management team

Gerhard Zrim | CEO

Gerhard Zrim


Besides his role at SETLabs, Gerhard Zrim is part of the management team at VIRTUAL VEHICLE. He brings over 20 years of experience in management, finance and organizational development in the R&D sector.

Martin Benedikt | CTO

Dr. Martin Benedikt


Martin Benedikt shapes the strategic orientation of SETLabs. With his many years of substantial work in international research projects, he knows best the industrial challenges of digital transformation and draws on a vivid scientific network.

Get in touch with SETLabs

SETLabs &


As a 100% subsidiary of Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH, we are part of a renowned research center that specializes in the automotive and rail industry. Based in Graz, Austria, our parent company is the leading Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (COMET), attracting some of the brightest minds in the field.


With a team of over 300 researchers and a vast network of top vehicle manufacturers and system developers, VIRTUAL VEHICLE has made it their mission to revolutionize the way vehicles are developed. Through consistent virtualization, they have opened new possibilities for innovation and optimization.


Here at SETLabs, we continue to work in close collaboration with our Austrian parent company. By combining our extensive knowledge and expertise, we are able to tackle joint projects with unparalleled efficiency and precision. While VIRTUAL VEHICLE places more emphasis on co-simulation and vehicle-oriented development, SETLabs takes a software perspective, focusing on systems of systems and domain-open solutions.