Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Vogel-Heuser's (b. 1961) main research interests are systems and software engineering, and modeling of distributed and reliable embedded systems. Especially, her research foci are put on the challenges that result from the increasing demand to produce customer-specific products in the plant manufacturing domain. Engineering and education on hybrid process and heterogeneous distributed and intelligent systems using a human centered approach are also included in her research area.

Prof. Vogel-Heuser received her Dipl. Ing. degree in electrical engineering in 1987 and her Dr.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 from the RWTH Aachen, Germany. She acquired industrial experience over ten years, including a position as manufacturing director for the Siempelkamp Group. After various professorship positions in Hagen, Wuppertal, and Kassel, she was appointed to the Chair of Automation and Information Systems at TUM in 2009. She is speaker of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 768 "Managing cycles in innovation processes", 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).


  • Special Award of Initiative D21 (2005)
  • Borchers Badge of RWTH Aachen (1991)
  • GfR promoting award (1990)
  • Adam Opel Award (1989)

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Vogel-Heuser, B., Ocker, F.: "Maintainability and evolvability of control software in machine and plant manufacturing - An industrial survey". Control Engineering Practice. 2018; 80:157-173.


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.