We control the future: Innovatively. Interdisciplinarily. Scientifically.

According to this guiding principle, we do interdisciplinary research for technology for production and automation for the day after tomorrow. Here the focus is always on industrial applicability.

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. Since 2005, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl is head of the institute. During Prof. Verl‘s leave of absence from 2014 to 2015, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klemm was the provisional head of the institute.

Since November 2016, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Riedel reinforces the management of the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl.

Dr.-Ing. Armin Lechler continues as Deputy Director of the ISW. Prof. Riedel is holder of the newly established chair IT for Production at the University of Stuttgart.

The institute management was further assisted by Junior Professor Andreas Pott between 2013 and 2018.

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 nine areas:

  • Drive Control
  • Operation
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Simulation
  • Control Algorithms
  • Control Architectures
  • Virtual Production

Research Areas

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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.


The work carried out at the Institute is continuously presented in the project sponsor‘s research papers, in technical journals and at conferences. Most reports can be found in the journal "Werkstattstechnik" and in the book series "Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Produktionsforschung" published by Fraunhofer Verlag.


Summer party at the ISW

Our Alumni

We are proud of our alumni and our alumni are proud of us. To promote networking and exchanges, the Association of Friends of the ISW was founded. It has around 200 members from 5 decades of ISW history. Today, most of the members are in top positions in industry and research, but still like to look back at their time spent at the ISW.

Every year, the members of the Association of Friends of the ISW are invited to a number of events in order to stay in touch with the ISW, to meet and exchange or to just have a beer together.

Get in touch with Association of Friends of the ISW:


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Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Alexander Verl

Head of Institute

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Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Oliver Riedel

Head of Institute, holder of the chair "IT for Production"

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Armin Lechler

Deputy Director
Managing Chief Engineer