Curriculum Vitae


Diplom (Dipl.-Ing), 1987, RWTH Aachen, Electrical Engineering
Promotion (Dr.-Ing) "summa cum laude", 1991, RWTH Aachen, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Modeling of distributed embedded systems in automation and control regarding dependability and usability, Human Machine Interaction in process engineering and operation

Faculty/ University Tasks

1991 - 2000 Siempelkamp Machinery and Plants and ATR Industrial Electronics, Research and Development
1996 - 1998 Professor and director of the Chair of Automation at the department of Electrical Engineering, distance learning university Hagen (parallel to ATR)
2000 - 2006 Director of the Chair of Automation/Process Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology, University of Wuppertal 2003
2006 - 2009 Director of the Chair of Embedded Systems, faculty of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, University of Kassel
Since 2009 Director of the Institute of Automation and Information Systems (former: information technology in mechanical engineering), faculty of mechanical engineering, Technical University of Munich
Since 2014 Guest Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati


1987 - 1991 Research assistant at RWTH Aachen, Chair of Ergonomics
1991 - 1994 Department Head of Electrical measurement and Control Department at Siempelkamp GmbH & Co., Maschinen und Anlagenbau, Krefeld, Germany
1995 - May 2000 Managing Director at ATR Industrie-Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG, Automation Company of Siempelkamp group, Viersen, Germany
Apr. - Aug. 2000 Head of Product Marketing and Development Interface at Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co., Blomberg, Germany

Honors and Awards

Nov. 1989 Adam Opel Award, 21st ISATA, Wiesbaden
Oct. 1990 GfR-promoting award 1990 for extraordinary technical-scientific works in the field of integration of humanisation and rationalisation
Jul.  1991 Borchers Badge of RWTH Aachen (University)
Nov. 2005 Special Award of Initiative D21 “Get the best” – more women into research

Selected Services

1998 - 2005 Spokeswoman for the EP group (Real-Time programming – PEARL), Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI, Association for Informatics), 1998-2007; 2005-2007 proxy Spokeswoman
2001 - 2003 Member of the advisory board and vice chairwoman at KfIT (field of competence for information technology) of VDI (Association of German Engineers)
Since  2012 Senior member IEEE
2012 - 2014 Chair of the Technical Committee „3.1 Computers for Control“, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
Since  2013 Chair of VDI/VDE-GMA FA 5.15 ''Agenten Systeme''
Since  2013 Co-Initiator of DFG funded Priority Program SPP 1593 Managed software evolution
2013 - 2019 Spokeswoman Collaborative Research Centre SFB 768: Managing cycles in innovation processes – integrated development of product-service systems based on technical products
Since  2014 Member of the board of trustees of  ''Deutsches Museum''
Since  2015 Elected member of the German national academy of science and engineering (acatech)
Since  2015 Member of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents (2015-2017 Coordination team of summer school)
2016 - 2021 Member of the advisory board of sms group GmbH and sms holding
Since  2017 Elected member of the Münchner Kreis - the orientation for the Digital Transformation leading independent platform providing orientation for decision makers in the digital world
Since  2017 Member of the advisory board of Grammer AG
Since  2017 Chair of Technical Committee „3.1 Computers for Control“, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) – from 2012 – 2014 Vice Chair    
Aug.    2018  General Chair of IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)
2019 - 2020 Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Awards Committee
Since 2019 Member of the VDI/VDE-GMA advisory board
Since 2019 Member of the IEEE Awards Committee
Since Jul. 2021

Member of Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI),

Core Member of Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI), Technical University of Mnich

Since 2021

Co-Chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committees for Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation

Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee for Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation

Since Oct. 2021 Vice-Dean Research and Innovation


Since 2005 Editor in Chief, IFAC-affiliated journals
Since 2011 Designated Editor Control Engineering Practice (cep); International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)-affiliated journal
Since 2013 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automation Sciences and Engineering (T-ASE)
Since 2016 Associated Editor IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII)
Since 2019 Editorship of IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Since 2019 Editorship of Computers in Industry
Since 2019 Editorship of IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing
2019 - 2023 Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE T-ASE)