About us Innovations arise at the interfaces of disciplines

Research and teaching at the Cybernetics Lab represents consistent interdisciplinarity and cybernetic research methods since four decades. As an interdisciplinary research association, it is an institute of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University. The Institute for Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA) with its integrated approach to information and knowledge management is supplemented by the methods of the Assoc. Institute for Management Cybernetics e.V. (IfU).

Interdisciplinarity is not a strategy but our way of thinking

The main areas of research of the information management section are data analysis, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence in the context of industrial big data, in applied machine learning and in the interaction of complex systems in mobile (intra-)logistics.

The research fields with focus on knowledge management arise from the socio-technical implementation of these core areas: the management of the digital transformation taking into account the dimensions of man, organization and technology, the research of information and communication technologies of hybrid systems as well as the optimization of engineering education.

We are drivers of innovation, research partners and trainers for young academics. We look forward to cooperating with you: in publicly funded projects (DFG, EU, BMBF, AIF and more), bilateral industry research or through services and expertise (for example, consulting, preparation of studies, conception and moderation of organizational processes).

The Institute for Information Management in Mechanical Engineering is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt as director and his deputies Prof. Dr. habil. Ingrid Isenhardt (Academic Director) and Dr. rer. nat. Frank Hees (Deputy Director). Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank Thomas Piller is the scientific director of the Institute for Management Cybernetics e.V.

Together, the two institutes form the Cybernetics Lab.

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Information Management

Information Management in Mechanical Engineering

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Knowledge Management

Information Management in Mechanical Engineering

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Assoc. Institute for Management Cybernetics e.V.

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Management Board

  • Prof. Dr. phil.
    Ingrid Isenhardt
    Akademische Direktorin
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Frank Hees
    Stellvertretender Direktor
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol.
    Frank Thomas Piller
    Wissenschaftlicher Leiter IfU
      • Anas Abdelrazeq
      • Susanne Alves
      • Pia Benmoussa
      • Paulina Blessing
      • Esther Borowski
      • Lea Daling
      • Christopher Eck
      • Chrismarie Enslin
      • Tabea Förster
      • Aymen Gannouni
      • Erman Gözü
      • Frank Hees
      • Christoph Henke
      • Kathrin Hohlbaum
      • Carola Hoppe
      • Francesco Huber
      • Christina Ionescu
      • Ingrid Isenhardt
      • Robert Jungnickel
      • Marco Kemmerling
      • Samira Khodaei
      • Dennis Kreutzer
      • Johanna Lauwigi
      • Feifei Li
      • Daniel Lütticke
      • Nicolai Mathar
      • Ben Mayer
      • Sonja Mertens
      • Tobias Müller
      • Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
      • Andreas Neubauer
      • Quang Ha Ngo
      • Thomas Otte
      • Michael Rath
      • Petra Rogic
      • Vladimir Samsonov
      • Nina Schiffeler
      • Ralf Schmitz
      • Leon Senster
      • Sandra Stockem
      • Felix Szimtenings
      • Margit Werden
      • Johanna Werz
      • Konstantin Zähl
      • Yun Zheng
      • Hans Zhou
      • Sarah Abou-chleih
      • Tala Bazazo
      • Jan Bierotte
      • Sehle Dagaslani
      • Arlind Damjani
      • Yannik Dietz
      • Elif Genc
      • Bernd Hankammer
      • Zahidi Betül Hisim
      • Valeriia Kaliupanova
      • Ronja Köberlein
      • Luisa Kolovrat
      • Lisa Kremser
      • David Meier
      • Alexander Nasuta
      • Ekaterina Nedorubkova
      • Niklas Nolting
      • Bruna Pereira de Souza
      • Anders Petruschke
      • Aditya Pradhan
      • Daniel Schruff
      • Benedikt Schütz
      • Martin Schwarzbach
      • Andrey Stadnichuk
      • Daniela Tongo
      • Tserendolgor Tsendsuren
      • Sebastian Ulrich
      • Muhammad Waqas
      • Lilian Zeiger



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      Progressive since 1974

      IMA/ZLW & IfU becomes the Cybernetics LAb IMA & IfU. The interdisciplinary research continues to focus on knowledge and information management and corporate cybernetics.

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      Within the field of production engineering, the analysis of industrial big data is gaining importance and is being established as stand alone research group. Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sabina Jeschke is appointed by the Deutsche Bahn as the board member for digitization and technology.

      Junior Professor. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Meisen takes over the junior professorship "Interoperability of Simulations in Mechanical Engineering".