About us Innovations arise at the interfaces of disciplines
For four decades, research and teaching at the Cybernetics Lab - a research network consisting of the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management of the WZL and the An-Institut für Unternehmenskybernetik e.V. - has stood for consistent interdisciplinarity and cybernetic research methods.

The team of the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management researches and teaches on the networking of data, people and technologies for intelligent, future-proof production - digital, sustainable and resilient. In doing so, the teaching and research mission starts with the development and successful use of the latest technologies to address today's and tomorrow's challenges - especially those of production engineering. The focus is on the realization of hybrid as well as autonomous systems consisting of human, machine and virtuality on the basis of data processed into knowledge.

As a non-profit, independent, cross-industry and application-oriented research and development institute, the An-Institut für Unternehmenskybernetik e.V. deals with the core topics of economic and social cybernetics as well as mobile robotics. For this purpose, holistic models and solutions for practice are researched and applied in practice, taking into account the recursion levels of human-organization-technology.

Interdisciplinarity is not a strategy, but our way of thinking

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).

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Management Board

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Robert Schmitt
    Leiter WZL-MQ / IMA
  • Prof. Dr. phil.
    Ingrid Isenhardt
    Akademische Direktorin IMA
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Frank Hees
    Stellvertretender Direktor IMA
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol.
    Frank Thomas Piller
    Wissenschaftlicher Leiter IfU
  • Dr.-Ing.
    Anas Abdelrazeq
    Abteilungsleiter Data Intelligence
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Esther Borowski
    Abteilungsleiterin Socio-Technical Systems
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
    Abteilungsleiterin Socio-Technical Systems
    • Anas Abdelrazeq
    • Susanne Alves
    • Hans Aoyang Zhou
    • Pia Benmoussa
    • Esther Borowski
    • Nina Collienne
    • Lea Daling
    • Cathrin Deutz
    • Constantinos Florides
    • Marcos Galdino
    • Aymen Gannouni
    • Rami Ghebor
    • Tobias Hamann
    • Frank Hees
    • Kerstin Hesse
    • Kathrin Hohlbaum
    • Arif Hosan
    • Francesco Huber
    • Ingrid Isenhardt
    • Nural Janho
    • Marco Kemmerling
    • Samira Khodaei
    • Rene Klassmann
    • Anja Koonen
    • Dennis Kreutzer
    • Jonas Kuhn
    • Johanna Lauwigi
    • Antonia Markus
    • Nicolai Mathar
    • Ben Mayer
    • Sonja Mertens
    • Mario Moser
    • Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
    • Sven Münker
    • Alexander Nasuta
    • Sylwia Olbrych
    • Thomas Otte
    • Petra Rogic
    • Ralf Schmitz
    • Sandra Stockem
    • Camélia Taha
    • Margit Werden
    • Jonas Werheid
    • Johanna Werz
    • Michael Zeng
    • Johannes Zysk
    • Adrian Azemi
    • Abisman Balachanthiran
    • Semi Cete
    • Maciej Combrzynski-Nogala
    • Arlind Damjani
    • Cher Dao Tan
    • Shubham Das
    • Gabriel de Almeida Coelho Cruz
    • Tarik Doganay
    • Faten El Zayat-Hajji
    • Mohamed Eldriny
    • Chenyan Feng
    • Nils Frahm
    • Mats Gesenhues
    • Ali Ihsan Güngören
    • Zahidi Betül Hisim
    • Melissa Igneci
    • Johannes Jech
    • Vasilena Koleva
    • Klesti Kurti
    • Silyu Li
    • Mahboubeh Masihi
    • Jaro Matt
    • Biliana Naumova
    • Frederik Jonas Oelert
    • Fatmanur Aleyna Özcan
    • Mihail Padev
    • Anders Petruschke
    • Aditya Pradhan
    • Huang Rui
    • Kamil Rurkowski
    • Murat Sarier
    • Aron Schliep
    • Benedikt Schütz
    • Andrey Stadnichuk
    • Mouhidin Tarakji
    • Zi Xuan Tung
    • Sebastian Ulrich
    • Grigory Vartanyan
    • Felix Voigtländer



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    Progressive since 1974

    On 01 May 2021, the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management and the IMA will merge under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt. The merger will open up new opportunities and perspectives for our interdisciplinary research topics.


    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.