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 "Data Intelligence" department are data analysis and artificial intelligence in the context of industrial big data. The main focus is applied machine learning for automated and interactive systems in different domains taking into account the digital transformation aspects within working environments.

Taking into account the dimensions of human, organization and technology, the department “Socio-Technical Systems” focuses on research and technologies of knowledge systems as well as sustainability aspects. This comes along with the research on 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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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
  • Dipl. Inform.
    Daniel Lütticke
    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
    • Paulina Blessing
    • Esther Borowski
    • Tobias Brünker
    • Lea Daling
    • Cathrin Deutz
    • Maike Diesburg
    • Christopher Eck
    • Chrismarie Enslin
    • Tabea Förster
    • Aymen Gannouni
    • Rami Ghebor
    • Eimen Hamedat
    • Frank Hees
    • Christoph Henke
    • Kathrin Hohlbaum
    • Francesco Huber
    • Christina Ionescu
    • Ingrid Isenhardt
    • Robert Jungnickel
    • Marco Kemmerling
    • Samira Khodaei
    • Carola Kleinehollenhorst
    • Anja Koonen
    • Dennis Kreutzer
    • Johanna Lauwigi
    • Daniel Lütticke
    • Nicolai Mathar
    • Ben Mayer
    • Sonja Mertens
    • Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
    • Quang Ha Ngo
    • Sylwia Olbrych
    • Thomas Otte
    • Bruna Pereira de Souza
    • Michael Rath
    • Petra Rogic
    • Vladimir Samsonov
    • Nina Schiffeler
    • Ralf Schmitz
    • Leon Senster
    • Sandra Stockem
    • Margit Werden
    • Johanna Werz
    • Konstantin Zähl
    • Tala Bazazo
    • Lisa Brüggemann
    • Maciej Combrzynski-Nogala
    • Sehle Dagaslani
    • Arlind Damjani
    • Shubham Das
    • Yannik Dietz
    • Shams Dulaimi
    • Elif Genc
    • Bernd Hankammer
    • Zahidi Betül Hisim
    • Arif Hosan
    • Melissa Igneci
    • Johannes Jech
    • Siddhant Kadwe
    • Valeriia Kaliupanova
    • Ronja Köberlein
    • Vasilena Koleva
    • Lilian Kolovrat
    • Lisa Kremser
    • Michel Mantsch
    • Alexander Nasuta
    • Ekaterina Nedorubkova
    • Niklas Nolting
    • Frederik Jonas Oelert
    • Mihail Padev
    • Anders Petruschke
    • Aditya Pradhan
    • Nele Proff
    • Ana Reinartz Groba
    • Kamil Rurkowski
    • Benedikt Schütz
    • Martin Schwarzbach
    • Andrey Stadnichuk
    • Nusrat Suha
    • Arpan Sur
    • Tserendolgor Tsendsuren
    • Sebastian Ulrich
    • Muhammad Waqas



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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.

    Logos Ifu Ima Aufkleber

    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.