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 An-Institute for Business 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

  • apl.-Prof. Dr. habil.
    Ingrid Isenhardt
    1. Stellvertretende Direktorin
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    Frank Hees
    2. Stellvertretender Direktor
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Tobias Meisen
    Geschäftsführer
  • Dr. phil.
    Max Haberstroh
    Geschäftsführer
  • Dr. rer. nat.
    René Vossen
    Geschäftsführer
  • apl.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
    Sabina Jeschke
    Senior Advisor
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. em.
    Klaus Henning
    Senior Advisor
  • Bahoz Abbas
  • Anas Abdelrazeq
  • Susanne Alves
  • Chadi Bejjani
  • Jan Bitter
  • Ralitza Bliznakov
  • Esther Borowski
  • Albert Bou Sleiman
  • Pia Bresenitz
  • Sarah Bujarski
  • Andreas Burgdorf
  • Claudia Capellmann
  • Kurt Capellmann
  • Lea Daling
  • Gergana Deppe
  • Maike Diesburg
  • Philipp Ennen
  • Alexia Fenollar Solvay
  • Marion Funken
  • Erman Gözü
  • Kerstin Groß
  • Sarah Güsken
  • Max Haberstroh
  • Marc Haßler
  • Frank Hees
  • Christoph Henke
  • Klaus Henning
  • Max Hoffmann
  • Kathrin Hohlbaum
  • Carola Hoppe
  • Gesa Horn
  • Ingrid Isenhardt
  • Daniela Janßen
  • Sabina Jeschke
  • Andreas Kirmse
  • Christian Kohlschein
  • Vadim Kraus
  • Tristan Langer
  • Feifei Li
  • Johannes Lipp
  • Daniel Lütticke
  • Nicolai Mathar
  • Tobias Meisen
  • Sonja Mertens
  • Richard Meyes
  • Sarah Müller-Abdelrazeq
  • Nicole Nelißen
  • Quang Ha Ngo
  • Katrin Ohmen
  • Thomas Otte
  • Alexander Paulus
  • Jannik Peters
  • Laura Platte
  • Lana Plumanns
  • André Pomp
  • Andres Posada
  • Petra Rogic
  • Vladimir Samsonov
  • Christian Scheiderer
  • Nina Schiffeler
  • Sebastian Schiller
  • Ralf Schmitz
  • Katja Schneider
  • Kathrin Schönefeld
  • Sebastian Schönitz
  • Stefan Schröder
  • Thorsten Sommer
  • Walter Spanjersberg
  • Valerie Stehling
  • Hasan Tercan
  • René Vossen
  • Nadine Voßen
  • Margit Werden
  • Johanna Werz
  • Sebastian Zachow
  • Haoming Zhang
  • Yun Zheng
  • Muhamed Abuaffan
  • Carolin Ackermann
  • Philipp Adis
  • Kathrin Adler
  • Archana Alva
  • Alexander Aschenbrenner
  • Lukas Bahr
  • Maren Baur
  • Jan Birmans
  • Lea Bouché
  • Matthias Bruns
  • Jakob Büch
  • Felix Burkhard
  • Andrea Ciecior
  • Carina Conrads
  • Omar Daouk
  • Carsten Demming
  • Johanna Donauer
  • Sascha Eiteneuer
  • Kemal Erki
  • Yannick Fleischmann
  • Aymen Gannouni
  • Christopher Gebauer
  • Magnus Groß
  • Alexandro Guajardo
  • Yasemin Gülez
  • Neelu Gurung
  • Kinan Halloum
  • Sophie Hallstedt
  • Bernd Hankammer
  • Christoph Hansen
  • David Hashem
  • Philip Heger
  • Tim Heß
  • David Jütte
  • Valeriia Kaliupanova
  • Anne Kerschgens
  • Jan Klingenstein
  • Daniel Klischies
  • Daniel Klober
  • Ronja Köberlein
  • Ekaterina Kokoulina
  • Justin Krause
  • Hanna Kurpiers
  • Kai Lagemann
  • Louis Leithäuser
  • Melanie Lu
  • Sezin Maden
  • Yordan Manolov
  • Sarah Mohammadian
  • Alexander Nasuta
  • Alla Novosad
  • Sibel Özdemir
  • Emma Pabich
  • Kunal Pal
  • Stanislav Panchenko
  • Mirela Peskovic
  • Anna Peter
  • Stefan Pillen
  • Lucian Poth
  • Jan Priesmann
  • Aleksandra Pusica
  • Miriam Redder
  • Vincentius Renaldi
  • Kim Röder
  • Lara Roesch
  • Matthias Rozanski
  • Fabian Scheidt
  • Arian Schischkowski
  • Michael Schlicht
  • Marc Schmelcher
  • Dana Schmidt
  • Daniel Schuster
  • Benedikt Schütz
  • Martin Schwarzbach
  • Christian Schwier
  • Judith Steinfeld
  • Thomas Szpejewski
  • Carolina Tesarczyk
  • Henrik Thillmann
  • Susanne Urhahn
  • Paul Varney
  • Benedikt Völker
  • Anja Zellekens
  • Michael Zhao

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

At the RWTH Aachen University, the Center for Teacher Education (Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum, HDZ), is founded with the participation of Dr. med. Dietrich Brandt and Dr.-Ing. Robert Sell. Its goal is the development of innovative teaching and learning concepts for engineering studies. In addition, the institute is yet addressing questions of the humanization of an increasingly automated work environment.

Dietrich Brandt 1

Within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Henning integrates his teaching area "Cybernetic Methods and Didactics of Engineering" into the HDZ as leader of the new institute. Under the increasing influence of cybernetics as a methodology, first approaches of interdisciplinary research emerge.

Henning Klaus Sept

With his appointment to the chair "Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering (IMA)", Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Henning combines his teaching areas in the HDZ/IMA. The institute moves to the Technology Center at Europaplatz and contributes significantly to establishing interdisciplinary research approaches in the RWTH. The focus is on the system-oriented and socially responsible design of human-machine interactions and software development processes.