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IST at a glance

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The Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control was found in 1999 with the aim to specially focus on the research areas systems theory and automatic control. It is part of the Department on Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer holds the chair and is head of the institute since its foundation. The mission of the institute with the abbreviation IST is to conduct research in the fields of systems and control theory and systems biology with the focus on theory and methodology development for engineering applications – mostly in working together with partners.

Entrance of the instituteThe IST has experienced a rapid growth since the foundation in 1999. Starting with one professor and four employees at the beginning, the IST now comprises three professors and more than 25 research assistants who are supported by further administrative and technical staff. On October 1, 2008, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Nicole Radde started to work at the IST. At this time, she held a junior professorship on systems theory in systems biology that was sponsored by the cluster of excellence in simulation technology at the University of Stuttgart. Interestingly, Nicole Radde is the first female professor in the history of the long-established department. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Ebenbauer followed Nicole Radde on April 15, 2009. He was appointed as professor on computations in control. In the year 2015, Nicole Radde became full professor with life tenure.

The Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control substantially participates in the Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology (SimTech) and the Stuttgart Research Centre for Systems Biology.

With regard to teaching activities, the IST is assigned to the study program “Engineering Cybernetics”. In this respect, the IST is responsible for the basic and specialized academic teaching activities in the areas of systems theory and automatic control for all study programs of the mechanical engineering faculties and beyond.

Several members of the institute are an active part of the academic self-administration and participate in selected scientific and academic committees as well as in national and international organizations. Some members are also editor or co-editor of internationally leading journals. At the moment, Frank Allgöwer is e.g. Vice President of the German Research Foundation and President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

More information on the teaching activities, current research projects, our recent seminar program and so on can be found on the corresponding pages.