Institute Director | Director of the Scientific Automation research unit
Ansgar Trächtler studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and received his doctorate in 1991 at the Institute for Control Systems under Prof. Otto Föllinger. From 1992 to 1998 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Measurement and Control Systems (Prof. Franz Mesch) at the University of Karlsruhe, qualified as a professor in 2000 and received the Venia Legendi in the field of “Measurement and Control Engineering.” In 1998, he received the Eugen Hartmann Award from the German Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA) and the Measurement Technology Award from the Working Group of Measurement Technology Professors (AHMT) for his scientific work. From 1998 to 2004, he worked at Robert Bosch GmbH, most recently in the “Advanced Engineering of Chassis Systems” division. Since 2005, he has been professor and head of the “Control Engineering and Mechatronics” department at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn, while also heading up the Fraunhofer project group for Mechatronics Design Engineering in Paderborn. In addition to his university work, Prof. Trächtler is involved in the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA) and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).
With this appointment, the Academy recognizes Ansgar Trächtler’s achievements in the fields of intelligent technical systems and design engineering, his commitment to the leading-edge cluster “it’s OWL” and the establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM. He has held the position of Institute Director at the Fraunhofer IEM since 1 January 2016.