Our Story

The Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units was established at the University of Stuttgart in 1965 under the name „Chair of Machine Tools B“ and it evolved to bei one of the leading research institutes in its field. After the unexpected and early decease of its founder in 1982, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Guenter Pritschow was appointed as his successor, who directed the institute from 1984 until 2005. From 2005 up to his sabbatical leave in 2014 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl assumed the position of director. Since 2014 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Klemm was provisional director of the institute.

In the course of its 50 year long existence, the research areas as well as the areas of application could be constantly extended. The focus here is on the development and application of control-technological and other computer-aided methods for solving automation tasks. The institute is therefore divided into the eight areas drive control, operation, engineering, communications, mechanical engineering, simulation, control algorithms and control architectures.

The ISW feels equally committed to fundamental research and the application-oriented development, which results in a successful collaboration with public project promoters as well as with the industry. For students these intensive research activities are useful in several respects: seminar papers and diploma theses are carried out within the context of projects, and the results are directly integrated into the teaching. Complemented by internships and seminars, the students of the University of Stuttgart are offered a multitude of lectures. See also our pages regarding teaching.

The work executed at the institute is constantly described in research reports, technical journals and proceedings. For the purpose of scientific exchange and regular contact, the institute has numerous connections to other scientific institutions in Germany and abroad.

For the purposes of scientific exchanges and public relations, the institute maintains numerous links with other scientific institutions in Germany and abroad, which are particularly active through mutual visits.

Former Directors

PicturePeterKlemm   Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Klemm
Professor im Ruhestand

Phone: +49 711 685-82410
PictureGünterPritschow   Mr. Prof. i.R. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. mult. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Günter Pritschow
Professor im Ruhestand

Phone: +49 711 685-82330
PictureAlfredStorr   Mr. Emeritus Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Storr
Professor im Ruhestand

Phone: +49 711 685-82410
PictureGottfriedStute †   Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gottfried Stute †