Frank Allgöwer


University of Stuttgart

Frank Allgöwer’s research focus lies in the development of new, high-performance methods of system and control theory and non-linear, networked, predictive and data-based control. Application areas include process control from the point of view of process engineering, mechatronics, biomedical technology and nanotechnology. Another research focus is in the area of systems biology.

Frank Allgöwer is director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the University of Stuttgart. He is a member of selected academic and university bodies as well as national and international organizations, as well as being the publisher and co-publisher of a range of international journals. For example he has been Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2012 to 2020, Vice-President of the IEEE Control Systems Society from 2013 to 2014 and Chairman of the VDI-GMA Division for Principles and Methods since 2000. He has received various awards, including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2004, the Teaching Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg (2007) and the IFAC Outstanding Service Award of the International Federation of Automatic Control in 2011.
2022, the German Research Foundation awarded Prof. Frank Allgöwer one of the rare Reinhart Koselleck grants. The goal of his project is to develop a new, unified control theory that combines data and models without the need for mathematical system models. This would be the basis for a completely new control theory that promises simpler and more cost-effective applications, for example in manufacturing, digitization or autonomous vehicles.