Research Interests

Modelling of distributed embedded systems in automation and control regarding dependability and usability, Human Machine Interaction in process engineering of complex machines and plants.


1987 – 1990

PhD, Dr.-Ing., RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

1981 – 1987

Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Dipl.-Ing., RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Germany

Professional History

Since 2021

Core Member of Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI), the Technical University of Munich’s research institute for data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence

Lead of Sector "Work" at Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI), a Technical University of Munich Integrative Research Institute researching the future of human-robot interaction in work environments

Consortium partner at KI.FABRIK Bayern, part of the Hightech Initiative of the Bavarian federal state to develop innovative mechatronic manufacturing capabilities

Since 2021

Vice Dean Research and Innovation

Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Engineering and Design,

Since 2017

Member of the advisory board of Grammer AG

Member of the advisory board of HAWE Hydraulik SE

Since 2009

Full Professor, Director

Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Engineering and Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Automation and Information Systems

Apr 2006 – Jun 2009

Professor, Director, Vice Dean Education (1,5 years)

University of Kassel, Faculty of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Embedded Systems

Sep 2000 – Mar 2006

Full Professor, Director

University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology, Chair of Automation/Process Informatics

Apr 2000 – Aug 2000

Head of Product Marketing and Development Interface

Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co., Blomberg, Germany

1996 – 1998

Full Professor

Distance Learning University Hagen, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Professorship of Automation (parallel to ATR, see below)

1995 – Mar 2000


ATR Industrie-Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG, Automation Company of Siempelkamp group, Viersen, Germany

1991 – 1994

Department Head, Electrical, Measurement and Control Department

Siempelkamp GmbH & Co., Maschinen und Anlagenbau, Krefeld, Germany

1987 – 1991

Research assistant, PhD candidate

RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chair of Ergonomics

Selected Honors and Awards

  • CASE 2016 Best student paper award finalist D. Regulin, D. Schütz, T. Aicher and B. Vogel-Heuser. "Model Based Design of Knowledge Bases in Multi Agent Systems for enabling Automatic Reconfiguration Capabilities of Material Flow Modules," in 12th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), IEEE, Aug. 2016, pp. 133-140. (All co-authors are PhD candidates of Vogel-Heuser)
  • Adam Opel Award, 21st ISATA 1989 (International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation), Wiesbaden, Germany
  • GfR-promoting award 1990 for extraordinary technical-scientific works in the field of integration of humanization and rationalization
  • Borchers-Badge of RWTH Aachen, 1991
  • Special Award of Initiative D21 (network for a digital society) “Get the best” – more women into research (2009)

Selected IEEE RAS Activities

IEEE RAS International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)

  • Invited Keynote Speaker, 18th IEEE CASE on evolvable, adaptive field-level architectures (2022)
  • General Chair, 14th IEEE CASE (2018)
  • Several workshops at IEEE CASE (since 2018)

IEEE RAS Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)

  • Associate Editor IEEE T-ASE (2016-2019)
  • Senior Editor IEEE T-ASE (since 2019)
  • Lead of the T-ASE Ad Hoc Committee on Competitive Advantages in the Open Access Era (2022)

IEEE RAS Awards Committees

  • Member of IEEE RAS award committee (2020-2021)
  • Member of Best Paper Award Committee for IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2017)

Participation in IEEE RAS Technical Committees (TC)

  • Co-Chair of IEEE RAS TC for Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation (since 2021)
  • Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RAS TC for Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RAS TC Automation in Logistics (since 2021)

Automation Coordinator of the IEEE RAS Technical Activities Board (TAB) (since 2022)

Selected Other IEEE Activities


Contributor to IEEE Standard 2660.1-2020 “IEEE recommended practice for industrial agents: Integration of software agents and low-level automation functions”

2015 – 2021

Member of Steering Committee and Lecturer of IEEE TC Industrial Electronics Society (IES) international summer schools on intelligent agents in automation


Invited plenary speaker on IEEE IECON (Topic: Cyber Physical Production systems / Industry 4.0- challenges in research and industrial application)

Since 2012

Senior member IEEE

Since 2005

Member of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents (TC-IA)
Member of IEEE IES Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS)

Selected Non-IEEE Activities


Initiator of the Open Invited Track “Transformation of legacy software in manufacturing and logistics systems as enabler for reconfigurable, agent-based automation architectures” at IFAC World Congress 2023, Yokohama

Since 2022

Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA), founded in 2021 in Hong Kong with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence in diverse application areas

Since 2022

Co-Initiator of the DFG-funded Priority Program 2422 “Data-driven Process Modelling for Forming Technologies”

Since 2021

Organizer and lecturer of the EIT Digital summer school, co-funded by the European Union

2019 – 2021

Member of the GMA advisory board (association of measurement and control), National membership organization of IFAC

Since 2018

Initiator and main author of four rule sheets (VDI/VDE 2653) of the German Automation Society (GMA TC 5.15)
GMA report Agents for the realization of Industrie 4.0 with more than 1.000 prints distributed

Since 2017

Chair of Technical Committee „3.1 Computers for Control“, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) – from 2012 to– 2014 Vice Chair

Since 2015

Co-Initiator of DFG-funded Priority Program SPP 1593 “Managed Software Evolution”

Since 2013

Spokeswoman of the DFG Collaborative Research Project CRC 768 “"Managing Cycles in Innovation Processes – Integrated Development of Product-Service Systems Based on Technical Products” (12 years funding scheme with about 2 million € every year)

2003 – 2009

Editor in Chief, atp international – Automation Technology in Practice, Oldenbourg publishing house, "IFAC-affiliated journal" since September 2005

2002 – 2009

Editor in Chief, atp – Automation Technology in Practice; Oldenbourg publishing house

2001 – 2003

Member of the advisory board and vice chairwoman at KfIT (field of competence for information technology) of VDI (Association of German Engineers)

1998 – 2007

Spokeswoman for the Real-Time programming TC (GI, society for informatics, national membership organization of IEEE Computer Society)