Press Releases concerning the Leibniz AwardOriginal press releases (German only):
- Pressemitteilung der DFG
- Pressemitteilung der Uni Stuttgart
University of Stuttgart Press Release No. 106/2003 , 5 December 2003
Leibniz Award for Professor of Systems Theory at the University of StuttgartThe Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize will be awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer, Director of the Institute for Systems Theory in Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. This decision was made today by the Grants Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Frank Allgower is specializing in the area of nonlinear systems and control theory, with an application focus in chemical and process engineering. He is one of the internationally leading scientists in this area. The highly prestigious Leibniz Award - sometimes referred to as "The German Nobel Prize" - is valued at 1.55 Mio Euro (equivalent to almost 2 Mio US Dollar).
Frank Allgower, born in Heilbronn, Germany, in 1962, studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart and Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart with highest distinction. Prior to this he worked as a lecturer with the Institute for System Dynamics and Control Engineering at the University of Stuttgart where he established a research group dealing with nonlinear control. Frank Allgower - scholarship holder with the prestigious Studienstiftung des Deuschen Volkes, with the Department
of Foreign Affairs and the Fulbright Foundation - was offered the position of a professor by the University of California at Berkeley as well as the ETH Zurich and decided to go to Zurich in 1996. In 1999 the University of Stuttgart succeeded in winning him for the position of Director of the newly founded Institute for Systems Theory in Engineering, which he preferred to another attractive offer from the University of Duisburg.
The research work of Frank Allgower is characterized by an extraordinary close link between fundamental research and issues regarding the practical solution of technical problems. Moreover he has got a keen sense of promising research areas, like e.g. nano technology and systems biology which is developing from a combination of modern molecular biology with systems sciences. Frank Allgower is establishing these strongly interdisciplinary oriented research areas at his institute. Among his main interests in research and teaching are also nonlinear and robust control theory, analysis of complex nonlinear systems as well as application of modern methods of systems and control theory in various disciplines.