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 Cybernetics Lab is lead by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann as acting director and his deputies apl.-Prof. Dr. habil. Ingrid Isenhardt and Dr. rer. nat. Frank Hees.

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Information Management

Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering

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Knowledge Management

Chair of Knowledge Management in Mechanical Engineering

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Assoc. Institute for Management Cybernetics e.V.

Management Board

  • Prof. Dr. phil.
    Ingrid Isenhardt
    1. Stellvertretende Direktorin
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Frank Hees
    2. Stellvertretender Direktor
      • Anas Abdelrazeq
      • Susanne Alves
      • Marco Becker
      • Pia Benmoussa (geb.Bresenitz)
      • Jan Bierotte
      • Jan Bitter
      • Esther Borowski
      • Claudia Capellmann
      • Kurt Capellmann
      • Lea Daling
      • Gergana Deppe
      • Carlaluisa Di Pumpo
      • Maike Diesburg
      • Chrismarie Enslin
      • Dennis Fleischer
      • Aymen Gannouni
      • Erman Gözü
      • Kerstin Groß
      • Sarah Güsken
      • Matthias Hansen
      • Marc Haßler
      • Marvin Heckroth
      • Frank Hees
      • Christoph Henke
      • Max Hoffmann
      • Kathrin Hohlbaum
      • Carola Hoppe
      • Francesco Huber
      • Ingrid Isenhardt
      • Christina Jansen
      • Robert Jungnickel
      • Marco Kemmerling
      • Alexander Kesler
      • Samira Khodaei
      • Feifei Li
      • Daniel Lütticke
      • Nicolai Mathar
      • Sonja Mertens
      • Atul Mohan
      • David Müller
      • Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
      • Nicole Nelißen
      • Andreas Neubauer
      • Quang Ha Ngo
      • Mihaela Nikolic
      • Katrin Ohmen
      • Thomas Otte
      • Emma Pabich
      • Andres Posada
      • Michael Rath
      • Petra Rogic
      • Vladimir Samsonov
      • Nina Schiffeler
      • Ralf Schmitz
      • Leon Senster
      • Felix Szimtenings
      • Julia Theissen
      • Valerie Varney (geb. Stehling)
      • Nadine Voßen
      • Margit Werden
      • Johanna Werz
      • Sebastian Zachow
      • Haoming Zhang
      • Yun Zheng
      • Hans Zhou
      • Muhamed Abuaffan
      • Mohamed Alhaskir
      • Alexander Aschenbrenner
      • Leonie Beator
      • Riza Bektas
      • Jan Birmans
      • Andrea Ciecior
      • Sehle Dagaslani
      • Arlind Damjani
      • Christopher Eck
      • Eashwara Erahan
      • Yannick Fleischmann
      • Bernd Frauenknecht
      • Bernd Hankammer
      • Zahidi Betül Hisim
      • Antonia Holzapfel
      • Fabian Hübenthal
      • Nural Janho
      • Valeriia Kaliupanova
      • Anne Kerschgens
      • Jannis Kirchgässner
      • Lars Klingen
      • Ronja Köberlein
      • Luisa Kolovrat
      • Justin Krause
      • Bopaul Lutalakuemo-Nsiafumo
      • Hannah Markgraf
      • David Meier
      • Sarah Mohammadian
      • Noemi Garcia Naranjo
      • Alexander Nasuta
      • Ekaterina Nedorubkova
      • Niklas Nolting
      • Lucas Paashuis
      • Lukas Pereira
      • Luis Rickert
      • Lara Roesch
      • Sourajit Saha
      • Konstantin Sapovalov
      • Nicolas Schaaf
      • Arian Schischkowski
      • Camill Schneider
      • Pia Scholz
      • Daniel Schruff
      • Benedikt Schütz
      • Martin Schwarzbach
      • Andrey Stadnichuk
      • Judith Steinfeld
      • Nikita Surya
      • Thomas Szpejewski
      • Tserendolgor Tsendsuren
      • Sebastian Ulrich
      • Paul Varney
      • Benedikt Völker
      • Muhammad Waqas
      • Faizan Zafar
      • Konstantin Zähl

      Employees

      115

      Student Co-workers

      16 + 10

      Technical and Administrative Staff (including Azubis)

      64

      Scientists

      Disciplines

      29%

      Natural Sciences

      Naturwissenschaften
      34%

      Engineering

      Ingenieurswissenschaften
      29%

      Humanities

      Geisteswissenschaften
      8%

      Economics

      Wirtschaftswissenschaften

      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".