Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

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, phases in the life cycle and their interactions. Key requirements are real-time behavior, modularity, availability and usability.
After graduating in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen, she earned her doctorate degree there (1990) in the area of robot programming in mechanical engineering. She acquired industrial experience over ten years, including a position as Engineering Director for the Siempelkamp Group. After various professorships (Hagen 1996; Wuppertal 2000; Kassel 2006), she accepted the Chair of Automation and Information Systems (form. Information Technology) at TUM (2009). She is speaker of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 768 "Managing cycles in innovation processes" and member of the coordination board of the DFG Priority Program 1593 "Design for Future" and member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).


  • Sonderpreis der Initiative D21 (2005)
  • Borchers-Plakette der RWTH Aachen (1991)
  • GfR-Förderpreis (1990)
  • Adam Opel Award (1989)

Key Publications (all publications)

Vogel-Heuser B, Fay A, Schäfer I, Tichy M: “Evolution of software in automated production systems: Challenges and research directions”. Journal of Systems and Software. 2015; 110: 54-84.


Vogel-Heuser B, Schütz D, Folmer J: „Criteria-based alarm flood pattern recognition using historical data from automated production systems (aPS)”. Mechatronics. 2014: 1-12.


Vogel-Heuser B, Schütz D, Frank T, Legat C: “Model-driven engineering of Manufacturing Automation Software Projects – A SysML-based approach”. Mechatronics. 2014; 24(7): 883–897.


Vogel-Heuser B: „Usability Experiments to Evaluate UML/SysML-Based Model Driven Software Engineering Notations for Logic Control in Manufacturing Automation“. Journal of Software Engineering and Applications. 2014; 7(11): 943-973.


Witsch M, Vogel-Heuser B: „Towards a Formal Specification Framework for Manufacturing Execution Systems”. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. 2012; 8(2): 311-320.