Subcommittee on Internet and Information Technologies in Factory Automation


Thilo Sauter, Danube University, Austria
Michael Weyrich, Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany


Dr. Thilo Sauter is the Head of the Research Unit for Integrated Sensor Systems with the  Austrian Academy of Sciences.
He was a research assistant at the Institute of General Electrical Engineering (1992 to 1996), working in the area of programmable logic and analog ASIC design. Since 1996, he has been with the Institute of Computer Technology, where he was head of the center of excellence for fieldbus systems and leading the factory communications group.
He is member of the Austrian technical committee ÖVE MR65SC and delegate to the CENELEC committee TC65SC, both concerned with fieldbus standardization.
His current research interests are integrated sensor systems and communication networks in automation, with a focus on interconnection issues of fieldbus systems and IP-based networks, as well as industrial Ethernet.
Dr. Sauter received his Dipl.-Ing. and Doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology in 1992 and 1999, respectively.


Prof. Michael Weyrich studied electrical engineering, specialising at university of Applied Science in Saarbrücken, University of Westminster, London and at the Ruhr-University in Bochum Focussing on automation technology Thereafter, he worked with Prof. Dr-Ing. Paul Drews of the European Centre of Mechatronics and was awarded with a doctoral degree in 1999 from the RWTH in Aachen.
Prof. Weyrich worked with Daimler AG for eight years. Were he was assumed the leadership of project “End-to-End Process Flexible Manufacturing” and later a field function of “CAx Process Chain – Production” in Information Technology Management division. From 2004 onwards, he was the head of “IT for Engineering” at DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology in Bangalore (India).
After his return to Germany, he joint Siemens AG and became department leader with direct report to the Business Unit Head of Motion Control in Erlangen for 2 years focussing on innovative technologies.
In 2009 he was appointed to the University of Siegen as a Professor for the Chair of Automation in Manufacturing and was a director of the Automotive Centre Südwestfalen.
In 2013 he was appointed as director of the Institute of Industrial Automation and Software Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He is very interested in research in cyber physical systems for industrial application. He has published over 100 paper and is very active in research and member of the German Engineering foundatios such as VDI/VDE and GMA. Additionally he is an appointed reviewer for the European Commission, the German Research Foundation DFG and a number of other institutions.

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Martin Wollschlaeger Technical University Dresden Germany
Vyatkin Valeriy Aalto University Finland
Georg Frey University of the Saarland Germany
Marga Marcos ETSI de Bilbao Spain
Alexander Fay Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg Germany