Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Guest Speaker


Cross-disciplinary Model-Based Engineering of Machine & Plant Automation Systems


Prof. Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser


Technische Universitat Munchen


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM


MARC Building, Room Auditorium


Dr. Chris Paredis


To improve quality and reduce cost, an interdisciplinary model-based approach is required in machine and plant automation with its make-to-order production. The talk provides a short introduction to the requirements and specific constraints for the German industry, and shows a survey of already available puzzle pieces for solving the problem and of the remaining challenges. The research results are obtained in the framework of the collaborative research area SFB 768 at the Technical University of Munich.


Professor Vogel-Heuser (b. 1961) conducts research on the development and system evolution of distributed intelligent embedded systems in mechatronic products and production systems, with the aim of improving product quality, the efficiency and consistency of engineering activities and operational availability. She develops methods, descriptive aids and tools for integrating the various perspectives of mechatronic systems (mechanical, electrical/electronic and software) and phases in the life cycle and their interactions. Key non-functional requirements are real-time behavior, modularity, availability and usability. Her research projects range from fundamental research in automation technology to the derivation of requirements from industrial applications and the development of prototype tools. After graduating in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Prof. Vogel-Heuser earned her doctorate degree there (1990) in the area of robot programming in mechanical engineering. She acquired industrial experience over a ten year period, including a position as Engineering Director for the Siempelkamp Group (systems engineering). After various professorships (Hagen 1996; Wuppertal 2000; Kassel 2006), she assumed a professorship in the Department of Automation and Information Systems (formerly: Department of Information Technology) at TUM (2009).


Refreshments will be served.