Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael ten Hompel

Director Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

Personal Statement

"Future production will be based on bio-intelligent networks and ecosystems. After the development of individual systems and autonomous machines (as part of the 4th Industrial Revolution) the central research of future manufacturing has to focus on creating a virtualised ecosystem in which humans and machines can interact in a social way. It is about developing a "social networked industry" whose complexity will also require a disruptive technological change. As with the development of individual autonomous systems there are good reasons to think about nature-analogous methods and natural habitats as models for such a bio-intelligent environment."

Work experience

2000 –Univ.-Prof. and holder of the Chair of Material Handling and Warehousing at the University of Dortmund and Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute Material Flow & Logistics and Director of Fraunhofer Institute Software and Systems Engineering
1988 – 2000Founder and managing director of GamBit GmbH
(now: Vanderlande Industries Logistics Software GmbH)
1987 – 1989Scientific employee
Fraunhofer-Institute Transport Technology and Goods Distribution
1986 – 1987Scientific employee
Chair of Material Handling and Warehousing

Course of studies

1991Graduation Dr. rer. med. at the University Witten/Herdecke
1986Dipl.-Ing. (Studies of Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen)