Speakers of the ICRM 2016

Prof. Jan Borchers

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

 Media Computing Group

Department of Computer Science 10

RWTH Aachen Unversity

Phone: +49 (241) 80-21050

E-mail: borchers@cs.rwth-aachen.de



Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University. With his research group, he explores the field of human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in new post-desktop user interfaces for smart environments, ubiquitous computing, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video. Before joining RWTH, he worked as assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University for two years, and briefly at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology in 2000, and is a member of ACM, SIGCHI, BayCHI, and GI.

Prof. Peter Letmathe

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Chair of Management Accounting

School of Business and Economics

RWTH Aachen University

Phone: +49 (241) 80-96164

E-mail: letmathe@controlling.rwth-aachen.de



Peter Letmathe (born in 1966) studied business administration at the University of Bielefeld where he graduated as Diplom-Kaufmann. He received his PhD (awarded with summa cum laude) from University GH Essen and completed his postdoctoral stage with his habilitation on “Flexible Standardization” at Ruhr-University Bochum. Between 1993 and 2001, he worked under supervision of Prof. Dr. Marion Steven at both universities – Essen and Bochum – as research assistant in the fields of management accounting, operations management, and corporate environmental management. After completing his habilitation he was appointed Professor of Environmental and Technology Management at University of Bayreuth. Between 2002 and 2011 he held the chair of Value Chain Management with special focus on Small and Medium sized Enterprises at University of Siegen where he founded the SMI (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Institute Siegen) in 2003, which he headed until September 2011. Since October 2011 he holds the Chair of Management Accounting at RWTH Aachen University. His international experience includes multiple visiting professorships at University of Colorado at Boulder and Clemson University. His practical experience comprises more than two years of work in the furniture industry as well as more than 50 projects with industrial firms mainly in the fields of strategic management, management accounting, and process optimization. Besides having published in top business journals, he has been member of several scientific boards, e.g. of IfM Bonn and BAUM e.V.


Research Interests

  • Management accounting
  • Value chain management
  • Environmental management

Prof. Tim Minshall

Cambridge University, U. K.

Institute for Manufacturing

Cambridge University Engineering Department

Phone: +44 (0)1223 766141

E-mail: thwm100@cam.ac.uk


Research and work

Tim Minshall is a Reader in Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering’s Institute for Manufacturing. His research, teaching and outreach activities are focused on collaborative/open innovation, the commercialisation of advanced technologies, and the development of engineering/manufacturing skills.

He is a Fellow and Director of Innovation and Engineering Outreach at Churchill College, Cambridge, a Non-Executive Director of St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd Cambridge, a Visiting Professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and a member of the IET’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel.

Prof. Nis Ovesen

Aalborg University, Denmark

Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology

Aalborg University, Denmark

Phone: +45 9940 9923 (office) +45 26 84 22 83 (mobile)

E-mail: nove@create.aau.dk


Design & Research Education

2009-2012       Ph.D. fellow, Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

2001-2007       Master of Science in Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark


Design Research

 Field of Research

  • Agile processes in Integrated Design and Product Development
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Advanced forms and shapes


CV – Design Practice and Entrepreneurship

2013-         Partner, Lillelykke.dk (webshop in Denmark)

2010-         Partner, BLANK Ideation (Cool hunting, Ideation and Industrial Design consultancy), Denmark

2010-         Managing director, by BLANK (Production and sale of acrylic jewellery), Denmark

2005-2009 Partner, Formfiktion, Online awareness and visual design consultancy, Denmark

2008          Project Manager, Barsmark Interior, Denmark

2007          Inkubator project – Course in Business and Entrepreneurship, Denmark

2006          Industrial Designer, Charlwood Design, Melbourne, Australia

2005          Industrial Designer, Goodmorning Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005          User-centred design consultant, Danfoss Drives, Århus, Denmark

Prof. Bernhard Rumpe

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science 3

RWTH Aachen University

Phone: +49 (241) 80-21301

E-mail: rumpe@se-rwth.de


Research and work

Bernhard Rumpe is teaching Software Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. Earlier he had positions at INRIA/IRISA, Rennes, Colorado State University, TU Braunschweig, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and TU Munich. His main interests are rigorous and practical software and system development methods. This includes agile development methods like XP and SCRUM as well as model-engineering based on UML-like notations and domain specific languages. He has contributed to agile methods, as well as to the UML standard. Already in 2007 he has developed an autonomous car for the Darpa Urban Challenge using agile system development techniques.

He is author and editor of nine books and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer International Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (www.sosym.org). His newest book "Agile Modeling with the UML" is published in 2016.

Prof. Robert Schmitt

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)

Chair of Metrology and Quality Management

RWTH Aachen University

Phone: +49 (241) 80-20283

E-mail: r.schmitt@wzl.rwth-aachen.de




Degree in electrical engineering, RWTH Aachen University


Doctorate at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), Chair of Metrology and Quality Management


Professional Career


Research assistant at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), Chair of Metrology and Quality Management


MAN Commercial Vehicles AG, Munich, “Quality Control Commercial Vehicles, Electrical and Electronic Components”, Head of “Quality Control Production, Plants”, Head of  “Assembly driving cab”


MAN Steyr AG, Steyr (A), Head of “Production “, Light and middle-weight Commercial Vehicles”.

Since 2004

Professor at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University, Head of the Department of Metrology and Quality Management and Member of the

Directors Board of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL/employees approx. 800)


Since 2005



Member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer IPT Institute of Production Technology, Head of the Department of Production Metrology and Quality


Dean of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RWTH-Aachen


Research Interests


Development and optimization of Measuring Technologies

Design and Integration of Measuring Procedures

Systems in Quality Management

Methods and Computer Support of Quality Management


Professional Activity


TQM- and Lead Assessor for the Ludwig Erhard Prize within the German EFQM- Model, Member of the Board of the German Association for Quality (DGQ), Member of the VDI/VDE society for Measurement and Automation Techniques (GMA), Associate Member of College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP), Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Associate member IAQ and other memberships in professional organisations in Metrologie and Qualitymanagement


Publications and Presentations Summary


More than 150 scientific presentations and publications in national and international journals and conferences


Prof. Günther Schuh

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)

Chair of Production Engineering

RWTH Aachen University

Phone: +49 (241) 80-27404

E-mail: g.schuh@wzl.rwth-aachen.de



  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engi­neering (WZL), of Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology (IPT) and of Research Institute for Rationalization at Aachen University (FIR)
  • Member of the German Academic Society of Production Engineering (WGP)
  • Full Member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering)
  • Member of the executive board of acatech – (The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING)
  • CEO of e.GO Mobile AG
  • Member of several supervisory and administrative boards


1978 - 1988 Study of Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration and PhD at RWTH Aachen University

1988 - 1990 Senior Researcher (Chief Engineer) at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of the RWTH Aachen

1989 - 1996 Founder and President of the GPS Complexity Management Inc., Software and Consulting Company in St. Gallen (Switzerland),

Aachen (Germany) and Atlanta (USA)

1990 - 1993 Senior lecturer of Operations Management and Industrial Theory at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Habilitation at the University of

St. Gallen

1993 - 2002 Professor for "Operations Management" and member of the board of directors of the Institute of Technology Management at the

University of St. Gallen

since 2002 Professor for Production Engi­neering at RWTH Aachen University

2008 - 2012 Vice-Rector at RWTH Aachen University


Prof. Tullio Tolio

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Politecnico di Milano

Phone: +39.02.2399.8581

E-mail: tullio.tolio@polimi.it