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Professor Dr. Frank Allgöwer

Vice President of the DFG since 2012

Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer

Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer

Born 23 May 1962 in Sontheim, Heilbronn, Germany

Frank Allgöwer is the Director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the University of Stuttgart.


1981 – 1987Study of Technical Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Stuttgart and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
1988 – 1995Research associate at the Institute for System Dynamics and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart
1991 – 1992Visiting Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
1995 – 1996Visiting Research Associate, DuPont Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE, USA
1996Doctorate, University of Stuttgart
Topic: Asymptotic Input/Output Linearization of Nonlinear Systems
1996 – 1999Assistant Professor for Nonlinear Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Since 1999Professor and Director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart
2003 – 2004Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, USA
2010 – 2011Visiting Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Selected prizes, awards and calls

2002NaT-Working Prize of the Robert Bosch Foundation
2004DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
2005Best Paper Award 2004 / 2005, Asian Journal of Control
2006IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
2006Fellow, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
2007State Teaching Award of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2008Best Paper Award, IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice
2011Outstanding Service Award, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
2013Best Paper Award 2012 / 2013, Asian Journal of Control
2015Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Control System Society

Over 20 invitations to give keynote speeches at international conferences in the last five years

Invitations to accept professorships: UC Berkeley (1996, tenure track Ass. Prof.), University of Duisburg (1998), ETH Zurich (1999, professor with chair), UC Santa Barbara (2007)

Editor and co-editor

1997 – 2001Associate Editor, Automatica (Elsevier)
1997 – 2008Associate Editor, Journal of Process Control (Elsevier)
2001 – 2015Editor, Automatica, Process and Computer Control Area (Elsevier)
2003 – 2007Associate Editor, European Journal of Control (Hermes Science)
Since 2008Editor-in-Chief, Springer Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences
2010 – 2016Associate Editor, IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
Since 1998Member of various editorial advisory boards including IEE Proceedings on Control Theory and Applications (since 2006 IET), Journal of Nonlinear and Robust Control, Chemical Engineering Science, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Control Handbook (CRC Press)

Selected offices and memberships in university and academic bodies

Since 1999Dean of Technical Cybernetics, University of Stuttgart
1999 – 2004Deputy spokesperson, CRC 412, University of Stuttgart
2003 – 2012Member of the DFG review board "Systems Engineering"
2005 – 2013Member of the board of the Stuttgart Research Centre Systems Biology, University of Stuttgart
Since 2006Liaison officer for Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
(German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
2006 – 2012Member of the Senate Committee on Structure,
University of Stuttgart
Since 2007Member of the board of the Clusters of Excellence “Simulation Technology” (2007-2018) and “Data-integrated simulation science” (since 2019), University of Stuttgart
Since 2009Leader of the graduate school "Simulation Technology",
University of Stuttgart
2012 – 2017Member of the Nominations Committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG
2012 – 2017Chair of the jury for the Communicator Award,
Stifterverband and DFG
Since 2012Vice President of the DFG
2014 – 2018Managing Director of the Stuttgart Research Centre Systems Biology
Since 2019Deputy spokesperson for the Cluster of Excellence
“Data-integrated simulation science”, University of Stuttgart
Since 2019Chair of the NFDI Expert Committee of the DFG

Selected offices and memberships in associations and organisations

Since 2000Member of the advisory board of the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA)
2001 – 2008Chairman, Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
2001 – 2004Council Member, European Union Control Association (EUCA)
2005 – 2008Member, Policy Committee, Intern. Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
2005 – 2008Member, Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society
2007 – 2012Chairman, International Affairs Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society
Since 2008Council Member, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
2011 – 2014Member, Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society
2011 – 2016Member IEEE Life Sciences New Initiative (LSNI) Project Team
2012 – 2015Member Long Range Planning Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society
2013 – 2014Vice-President for Technical Activities, IEEE Control Systems Society
2014 – 2017Chair, Administration & Finance Committee, IFAC
2014 – 2017Member, IEEE Control Systems Award Committee
Since 2017President, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)

Selected memberships in scientific advisory boards

2002 – 2008Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Research on Complex Automated Systems (CASY),
University of Bologna, Italy
2007 – 2013Member of the Scientific Board of the Institute for Science and Technology Austria (IST-Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria
2007 – 2012Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the P3C Center, Aalborg University, Denmark
Since 2011Member of the International Advisory Board, Estonian Centre of Excellence for Nonlinear Studies, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Since 2012Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Mathematics in Science and Technology (IFM), University of Würzburg


Frank Allgöwer's list of publications includes eight books, over 150 journal papers and book chapters and over 300 peer-reviewed conference papers.
(Google Scholar ID: WQYw3oIAAAAJ)

Ten selected publications from the last ten years

  • U. Münz, A. Papachristodoulou and F. Allgöwer. Delay robustness in consensus problems. Automatica, 46(8):1252-1265, 2010.

  • P. Wieland, R. Sepulchre and F. Allgöwer. An internal model principle is necessary and sufficient for linear output synchronization. Automatica, 47(5):1068-1074, 2011.

  • M.A. Müller, M. Reble and F. Allgöwer. Cooperative control of dynamically decoupled systems via distributed model predictive control. Int. J. Robust and Nonlinear Control, 22(12):1376-1397, 2012.

  • M. Bürger, D. Zelazo and F. Allgöwer. Hierarchical Clustering of Dynamical Networks Using a Saddle-Point Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 58(1):113-124, 2013.

  • S. Yu, M. Reble, H. Chen and F. Allgöwer. Inherent Robustness Properties of Quasi-infinite Horizon Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. Automatica, 50(9):2269-2280, 2014.

  • G. Seyboth, D.V. Dimarogonas, K.H. Johansson, P. Frasca and F. Allgöwer. On Robust Synchronization of Heterogeneous Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Static Couplings. Automatica, 53, 392-399, 2015.

  • J. M. Montenbruck, M. Bürger and F. Allgöwer. “Compensating drift vector fields with gradient vector fields for asymptotic submanifold stabilization”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 61(2):388–399, 2016.

  • S. Zeng, H. Ishii and F. Allgöwer. “Sampled Observability and State Estimation of Linear Discrete Ensembles”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62(5):2406–2418, 2017.

  • F. D. Brunner, D. Antunes and F. Allgöwer. “Stochastic thresholds in event-triggered control: A consistent policy for quadratic control”. Automatica, 89(2):376–381, 2018.

  • W. Halter, R. Eisele, D. Rothenstein, J. Bill and F. Allgöwer. “Moment dynamics of Zirconia particle formation for optimizing particle size distribution”. Nanomaterials,
    9(3):333, 2019.