Curriculum Vitae

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

Research assistant, PhD candidate,
Dr.-Ing., RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chair of Ergonomics, elected member of scientific staff in Faculty Council mechanical engineering

1981 – 1987

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

Professional History

Since 2023

Speaker of the Vice Deans Research and Innovation, Technical University of Munich

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 supervisory board of Grammer AG, since 2023 head of strategy committee

Member of the supervisory 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, in charge of management and re-accreditation of Master Mechatronic, Robotic, and Biomechanical engineering, elected member of School Councils, including Trainee supervision

Apr 2006 – Jun 2009

Professor, Director, Vice Dean Education (1,5 years)
University of Kassel, Faculty of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Embedded Systems, Dean of Studies since 2008, elected member of Faculty Council, including Trainee supervision

Sep 2000 – Mar 2006

Full Professor, Director
University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology, Chair of Automation/Process Informatics, in charge of accreditation of bachelor information technology, head of examination board bachelor information technology, including Trainee supervision Fachinformatiker (Anwendungsentwicklung)

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

CTO and head of innovation
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

Selected Activities, Honors and Awards

Since 2024 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Since 2023

IEEE Fellow
For contributions to evolvable, adaptable field-level automation architectures for manufacturing systems and logistics; IEEE Senior Member 2012-2023

Since 2023

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


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

Distinguished Lecturer, Co-Chair of IEEE RAS TC for Digital Manufacturing and Human-Centered Automation; Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RAS TC Automation in Logistics

2021 – 2023

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


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

Since 2019

Senior Editor, IEEE RAS Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)
Associate Editor 2016-2019

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, now TC 3.35 working on sheet 5))
GMA report Agents for the realization of Industrie 4.0; more than 1.000 prints distributed

Since 2018

IEEE RAS International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)
General Chair 2018, member of the steering committee since 2019, Invited Keynote Speaker 2022, Program Chair 2023, Industrial & Exhibition Chair 2024

2017 – 2023

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

2015 – 2021

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

2015 – 2020

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


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

Since 2014

Elected member of the Kuratorium of Deutsches Museum

2013 – 2020

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)


Special Award of Initiative D21 (network for a digital society) “Get the best” – more women into research

2003 – 2009

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

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)


Borchers-Badge of RWTH Aachen


GfR-promoting award 1990 for extraordinary technical-scientific works in the field of integration of humanization and rationalization


Adam Opel Award, 21st ISATA 1989 (International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation), Wiesbaden, Germany