We are proud of our diversity and interdisciplinarity.
Passionate, tolerant and courageous.
Christian GülpenManaging Director
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Kathleen DienerScientific Director
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank Thomas PillerScientific Director
Tabea FörsterHR & Finances
Christoph Henke, M.Sc.Research Group Leader
Christina Ionescu, M.Sc.Research assistant
Alexander Redlich, M.Sc.Research Group Leader
David Schnermann, M.Sc.Research assistant
Konstantin Zähl, M.Sc.Research assistant
OscarMobile Service Robot
TORstenMobile Intralogistics Robot
As a registered not-for-profit association, IfU e.V. is supported by its members. Members benefit from direct access to a wide range of information on the current state of cybernetics, new methods for innovation and value co-creation, and new business models. They participate at the insights in the fields of economics and engineering gained by IfU through its wide range of applied projects.
At our annual meeting, but also in direct exchange, members gain direct access to current topics from research and industry. A profound program ensures active networking and exchange among members and further institute partners.
Above all, however, we repeatedly involve our members’ companies in our research projects (however, memnership is no nessessary conditions for participation — we are open to all interested research partners).
If you would also like to become part of the IfU network, please feel free to contact us.
We would be happy to welcome you at our next general assembly.
The Executive Board of IfU steers the work of the Institute in close consultation with the Scientific Board of Trustees and the Management. It is responsible for the affairs of the association and is elected every three years at the general meeting.
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank PillerScientific director and Chair
Lehrstuhlinhaber Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement an der RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert SchmittVice Chair
Lehrstuhlinhaber Fertigungsmesstechnik und Qualitätsmanagement des WZL & Informationsmanagement im Maschinenbau (IMA)
Dr.-Ing. Christian JacobiBoard member
Management of Agiplan GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr
Dipl.-Ing. Michael BernasBoard member
Head of Research Production Systems, Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen
Scientific Board of Trustees
In addition to the board of directors and the scientific management, the scientific board of trustees – consisting of renowned representatives from research and industry – supports the institute in an advisory and pioneering capacity. The board of trustees advises, examines and accompanies our research projects and ideas, especially with regard to the scientific and economic benefit of the research results for practice. The aim is to give small and medium-sized enterprises access to the latest state of the art and thus increase their international competitiveness. The feedback of the trustees flows directly into the processing and acquisition of excellent research projects and ensures the high scientific quality standards of the institute.
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten
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