Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Dr.-Ing. Robert Bauer


Personal Statement

"Data have become an important driver of modern production plants. Now the focus is on system robustness – because neither data themselves nor the transmission media are free of faults. Biological structures show that decentralized systems with real-time communication and with learning ability that is not time-critical are far superior to central systems. As a result of technological progress, technical systems will also become robust and adaptable by exploiting these principles."

Work experience

 Dr.-Ing. Bauer has been Chairman of the SICK AG Executive Board since October 1, 2006. He is also responsible for technology. He came to the company in 1994 as a division manager in the field of automation technology research and development before assuming overall responsibility for research and development in 1998. He was appointed to the Executive Board on January 1, 2000.

Course of studies

 Dr. Bauer studied electrical engineering with core modules on electrophysics/optics at the Technical University of Munich from 1979 to 1985. He received his doctorate in the field of semiconductor-based integrated optics in 1990.