Herr Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Alexander Verl

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Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Steuerungstechnik der Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungseinrichtungen
Seidenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart


Personal Information

Name: Alexander Wilhelm Verl
Date of birth: 13.07.1966
Status: married, three children (14, 12 and 9 years old)


Academic Qualification

Dipl.-Ing.             Electrical Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1991
Dr.-Ing.                Control Engineering, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, 1997
Univ.-Prof.            Full Professor (W3), University of Stuttgart, 2005


Professional Employment

2005 - present: Full Professor and Head of the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), University of Stuttgart;
Research topics: manufacturing automation, robotics, machine tools, control engineering, simulation technology for production units, drive technology

2014 - 2016:        Member of the Board, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, München;

2006 - 2014:        Head of Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart; (secondary employment)

1997 - 2005:        Founder and Managing Director of AMATEC Robotics GmbH (part of KUKA Roboter GmbH since 2005);
Business areas: high precision robots, temperature compensation for robots, machine vision, palletizing with robots.

1994 -1997:         Research Assistant at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen;
Thesis title: “Nonlinear joint control of the DLR lightweight robot”
Degree: Dr.-Ing. (magna cum laude)

1992-1994:          Development engineer at Siemens AG, Research Center Erlangen AUT 941
Research topic: Control Engineering


Honours & Awards

2014      Diesel Gold Medal from the German Institute of Inventions (D.I.E)

2012      Julius von Haast Fellowship Award by the Royal Society of New Zealand

2012      Honorary doctoral degree (Dr. h.c.) of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2012      Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) of the University of Auckland,
               Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Zealand

2010      Invention & Entrepreneurship Award 2010 (IERA Award) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS), and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

2009      Honorary doctoral degree (Dr. h.c.) of the “ Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania


Activities in Scientific Institutions and Committees

2007 - 2012         Head of WGP Special Interest Group for Robotics and Assembly

2008 - 2014         Committee Chairman SPS/IPC/DRIVES-Conference

2008 - present     Conference Chairman International Symposium on Robotics (ISR)

2007 - 2014         President of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik (DGR)

2010 - 2014         Member of the DFG Committee on Scientific Instrumentation

2012 - 2015         Member of der DFG Review Board on ProductionTechnology

2007 - present   Member of the Board of the Industrial Consortium of the Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology

2004 - present   Member of the Board in SERCOS International

2006 - present   Associate Member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering)

2006 - present   Member of the WGP (The German Academic Society for Production Engineering)

2011 - 2014         Chairman of GSaME: Graduate School of Excellence in advanced Manufacturing Engineering in Stuttgart

2007 - present   Principal Investigator Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology (SimTech Cluster of Excellence)

2012 - present   Member of the Board of the German Academic Society for Assembly and Industrial Robots (MHI)

2010 - present   Chairman of the Research Committee of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR)

2014 - present   Chairman of the Board of the Fraunhofer Foundation (Fraunhofer Zukunftsstiftung)



The following patent numbers can be found under my name according to
<search ((PA=(Alexander (L) Verl)) OR (IN=(Alexander (L) Verl)))>

(in the field of Control, Robotics, Amusement Rides and Manufacturing Automation)

DE000019547010A1, EP000000963816A2, DE000019833953A1, DE000019833953C2, DE000019547010C2, EP000000963816A3, WO002005115700A1, DE102004024378A1, WO002005115700A4, EP000000963816B1, AT000000319538E, EP000001750909A1, CN000001953848A, DE102006010110A1, US020070227274A1, DE102007048012A1, US020090084285A1, US020090099690A1, JP002009082709A, CN000100484725C, DE102004024378B4, US020090181781A1, EP000001750909B1, DE102008005859A1, US000007681468B2, US000007922594B2, US000007971537B2, DE102010021001A1, DE102011105345A1, EP000002572766A1, DE102011114371A1, US020130079169A1, KR102013032849A, JP002013066722A, CN000103071291A, US000008920251B2, DE102013017045A1, US020160075029A1, EP000002572766B1



As of Mai 2016 my Score on ResearchGate was 28.85, my h-index was 16.

Representative Publications:

Verl, A.; Boye, T.; Pott, A.:
Measurement pose selection and calibration forecast for manipulators with complex kinematic structures, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 57/1 (2008), pp. 425-428

Verl, A.; Heisel, U.; Walther, M., Maier, D.:
Sensorless Automated Condition Monitoring for the Control of the Predictive Maintenance of Machine Tools, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 58/1 (2009), pp. 375-378

Krüger, J.; Lien, T.K.; Verl, A.:
Cooperation of Human and Machines in Assembly Lines, Keynote paper, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 58/2 (2009), pp. 1-24

Verl, A.; Frey, S.:
Correlation between feed velocity and preloading in ball screw drives. In: CIRP Annals Manufacturing Technology 59/1 (2010), pp. 429-432

Altintas, Y.; Verl A.; Brecher, C.; Uriarte, L.; Pritschow, G.:
Machine Tool Feed Drives, Keynote paper, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 60/2 (2011)

Groh, Friedemann; Groh, Konrad; Verl, Alexander:
On the inverse kinematics of an a priori unknown general 6R-Robot. Robotica 31 (2013), Nr. 3, S. 455-463

Fantoni, G, Santochi, M, Dini, G, Tracht, K, Scholz-Reiter, B, Fleischer, J, Lien, TK, Seliger, G, Reinhart, G, Franke, J, Hansen, HN & Verl, A:
Grasping devices and methods in automated production processes, Keynote paper, CIRP Annals Manufacturing Technology 63/2 (2014), pp. 679-701

Verl, A.; Frey, S.; Heinze, T.:
Double nut ball screw with improved operating characteristics. CIRP Annals Manufacturing Technology 63/1 (2014)

Verl, Alexander (Hrsg.); Albu-Schäfer Alin (Hrsg.); Brock Oliver (Hrsg.); Raatz Annika (Hrsg.):
Soft Robotics - Transferring Theory to Application; Springer Verlag, 2015, 291 Pages.

Verl, A.; Engel, T.; Lechler, A.:
Sliding Bearing with adjustable Friction Properties, CIRP Annals Manufacturing Technology 65/1 (2016)