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 of complex machines and plants

Faculty/ University Tasks

1996 - 1998Professor and director of the Chair of Automation at the department of Electrical Engineering, distance learning university Hagen (parallel to ATR)
2000 - 2006Director of the Chair of Automation/Process Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology, University of Wuppertal 2003, Childcare (4 months)
2006 – 2009Director of the Chair of Embedded Systems, faculty of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, University of Kassel
Since 2009Director of the Institute of Automation and Information Systems (former: information technology in mechanical engineering), faculty of mechanical engineering, Technische Universität München
Since 2014Guest Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), University of Cincinnati Starting


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

Honors and Awards

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

Selected Services

1998 - 2005Spokeswoman for the EP group (Real-Time programming – PEARL), Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI, Association for Informatics), 2005-2007 proxy Spokeswoman
2001 - 2003Member of the advisory board and vice chairwoman at KfIT (field of competence for information technology) of VDI (Association of German Engineers)
Since 2012Senior member IEEE
Since 2013Chair of VDI/VDE-GMA FA 5.15 „Agentensysteme“
Since 2013Co-Initiator of DFG funded Priority Program SPP 1593 Managed software evolution
Since November 2013Spokeswoman 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 November 2015Member of the German national academy of science and engineering (acatech)
Since 2015Member of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents (2015-2017 Coordination team of summer school)
Since Summer 2016 Member of the advisory board of sms group GmbH and sms holding
Since April
Member of the Münchner Kreis - the orientation for the Digital Transformation leading independent platform providing orientation for decision makers in the digital world
Since Summer 2017Member of the advisory board of Grammer AG
Since 2017Chair of Technical Committee „3.1 Computers for Control“, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) – from 2012 – 2014 Vice Chair
2019 - 2021 Member of the VDI/VDE-GMA advisory board


2002 – 2009Editor in Chief, atp – Automation Technology in Practice
2003 – 2009atp international – Automation Technology in Practice
Since 2005Editor in Chief, IFAC-affiliated journals
2013Track chair “Information Automation”, IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)
2013Track co-chair T5- Human-Machine Interfaces, 11th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN)
2013Committee of the Workshop "Modern Software Engineering Methods for Industrial Automation" (MoSEMInA)
2013Guest editor, AT – Automation Technilogy special issue “Cyber-physische Systeme”
Since 2013Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
2014Guest editor, AT – Automation Technilogy special issue “Softwaredesign für die Zukunft – geplante und gemanagte Softwareevolution (Software evolution in manugacturing systems)”
2014Guest editor, Mechatronics special issue “1. Model-Based Mechatronic System Design 2. Model Based Enmgineering”
2015Guest editor, Mechatronics special issue “Smart Sensing and Information Processing in Ad-vanced Manufacturing”
2016Guest editor, AT – Automation Technilogy special issue “Cross-discipline modeling and its contribution to automation”
Since 2016Associated Editor IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII)
2017Guest editor, AT – Automation Technilogy special issue “Agenten und Zuverlässigkeit – ein Widerspruch?”
2017Special Session Chair, 2017 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
2018General Chair, IEEE CASE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Munich
2019 - 2023Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE T-ASE)
Since 2019Editor of IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Since Oct 2019Editor of Computers in Industry