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Prof. Albert Albers

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers

Head of Institute
Institute of Product Engineering
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room: 802, Geb.10.23
phone: +49 721 608 42371
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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers, born in 1957 in Papenburg/Ems, has been head of the IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering since 1996.

After his studies of mechanical engineering at the University of Hannover from 1978 to 1983, Prof. Albers had a assistantship at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design under Professor Paland and obtained his doctorate in 1987 with honors (summa cum laude). From 1986 to 1988 Prof. Albers had a position as a senior engineer at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design at the University of Hannover until he changed his employer in 1987 and started his career in industry at LuK, a company of the Schaeffler-Group with focus on clutch- and gear-systems. Before returning to academia in 1996, Prof. Albers was product development manager, responsible for clutch-systems and member of the executive board.

Since 1996 Prof. Albers is head of the IPEK (the former Institute of mechanical design) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and established the research fields drive systems, design-methods and -management as well as mechatronics. He divides product development into its systems, methods and processes. All three areas are worked on by his team in research and teaching in order to satisfy the complexity of today’s product development. Round about 50 scientists are currently researching at the IPEK with a range from fundamental research to applied science in cooperation with industry.

Prof. Albers is also well involved in teaching, in particular by restructuring the content of teaching and by applying new teaching methods which especially aim at teaching professional skills. Therefore, the KaLeP – Karlsruhe teaching model of product engineering – as a holistic approach for teaching product engineering was developed and realized successfully.


University Education

1978–1983      Studies in Mechanical engineering, University of Hannover, Germany, Graduation with distinction


Scientific Degrees

1987                Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering (summa cum laude), University of Hannover, Germany (Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.-G. Paland)


Professional Experience

2007–present Guest professor at Tongji University, Chinese German academic association

2001-2012     Principal Investigator in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 588 „Learning and cooperating humanoid Robots“

2000-2011     Principal investigator in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 499 „Primary Shaping of Microsystems“

2000-2011     Spokesman of the DFG Collaborative Research Center 483 „High performance sliding and friction systems based on advanced ceramics“

1998–2004     Deputy head of the institute of ceramics in mechanical engineering at the for-mer University of Karlsruhe (TH), now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

1997–present Guest Lecturer at TU Sofia, Bulgaria

1996–present Full professor for product development at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

1989–1995     LuK GmbH & Co. OHG, Bühl, manufacturer of clutch systems, torsional vibra-tion dampers und power train systems for the automotive sector. Resigned as head of the development department for clutch systems and deputy member of the executive board.

1986–1988     Research associate and senior engineer at the department of Machine Elements, University of Hannover


Activities and Awards (Selection)

2016               Schaeffler FAG Foundation Honorary Award 2016 for excellence in technical research and education

2015–present  Member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society

2012–2015      Spokesman of the DFG Review-Board 402 (Mechanics and Constructive Mechanical Engineering)

2011–present  Founding Member and Chairman of the Scientific Association for Product En-gineering (WiGeP)

2010-present   President of the Allgemeiner Fakultätentag AFT e. V., the German General Faculty Association

2005–present  Member of acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering

2005–present  Member oft he advisory board oft he VDI-Society “Development – Engineering – Sales (EKV)

2000               Honorary Doctorate of the Technical University Baku, Aserbaidschan


Research Fields

  • Strategies, methods and tools for supporting the product development process
    • Development methods for mechatronic systems
    • Management of product development processes
    • innovation management
    • CAE methods with focus on computer-aided form and shape optimization as well as the simulation of complex drive systems
  • Drive systems (in particulary vehicle drive systems) and their components with focus on dimensioning, dynamics, NVH, acoustics and comfort as well as energy efficiency
    • Friction and bearing systems
    • System performance, dynamics and dimensioning of complex power trains
    • Condition monitoring
  • Validation of mechatronic Systems
    • XiL – X-in-the-Loop – A framework for validation of complex mechatronic drive syste
      • Drive systems
      • Robotics
      • Mechanical micro-systems
  • Competence-Oriented Education and new teaching concepts for expertise and professional skills



An overview of publications can be found on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar.


Top 10 Publications


Important Publications (Excerpt)

  • Eckert, Claudia; Albers, A.; Bursac, Nikola; Chen, Hilario; Clarkson, John; Gericke, Kilian; Gladysz, Bartosz; Maier, Jakob; Rachenkova, Galina; Shapiro, Daniel; Wynn, David (2015) Integrated Product and Process Models: Towards an Integrated Framework and Review. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design
  • Albers, A.; You, You; Klingler, Simon; Behrendt, Matthias; Zhang, Tong; Song, Ke (2014) A NEW VALIDATION CONCEPT FOR FUTURE AUTOMOTIVE DEVELOPMENT. Proceedings of Fisita 2014
  • Albers, A.; Behrendt, Matthias; Schroeter, Jens; Ott, Sascha; Klingler, Simon (2013) X-in-the-Loop: A Framework for Supporting Central Engineering Activities and Contracting Complexity in Product Engineering Processes. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
  • Albers, A.; Wagner, Daniel; Ruckpaul, Anne; Hessenauer, Benjamin; Burkardt, Norbert; Matthiesen, Sven (2013) Target Weighing – A New Approach for Conceptual Lightweight Design in Early Phases of Complex Systems Development. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
  • Albers, A.; Zingel, C. (2013) Extending SysML for Engineering Designers by Integration of the Contact & Channel – Approach (C&C²-A) for Function-Based Modeling of Technical Systems. Procedia Computer Science
  • Albers, A.; Becker, Jürgen; Behrendt, Matthias; Sander, Oliver; Schille, Fabian (2014) Methode zur kundenorientierten Validierung im Entwicklungsprozess innovativer Fahrzeugsysteme. Entwerfen Entwickeln Erleben – EEE2014
  • Albers, A.; Meyer-Schwickerath, B.; Siebe, A. (2013) Vorausschau im Kontext des Produktentstehungsprozesses mittelständischer Unternehmen - Ein Ansatz auf Basis des integrierten Produktentstehungs-Modells (iPeM). 9. Symposium für Vorausschau und Technologieplanung
  • Albers, A.; Reiß, N.; Bursac, N.; Walter, B.; Gladysz, B. (2015) InnoFox ? Situationsspezifische Methodenempfehlung im Produktentstehungsprozess. Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung
  • Albers, A.; Braun, A. (2011) A Generalized Framework to Compass and to Support Complex Product Engineering Processes. International Journal of Product Development, 15(1/2/3), (pp. 6-25) Inderscience, Genèva.
  • Albers, A.; Matthiesen, Sven; Bursac, Nikola; Moeser, Georg; Klingler, Simon; Schmidt, Sebastian; Munker, Florian; Scherer, Helmut; Kurrle, Armin (2016) Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in der Karlsruher Schule: Fünf Jahre Forschung für die Anwendung. develop^3 systems engineering
  • Albers, A.; Radimersky, A.; Ott, S. (2016) Systematic definition of objectives for battery systems considering the interdependencies in electric vehicle. AIMS Energy
  • Albers, A.; Reichert, Uwe; Ott, Sascha; Radimersky, Aline (2016) Software supported development of a Battery Electric Vehicle powertrain considering the efficiency. 16th International VDI Congress – Drivetrain for Vehicles 2016
  • Albers, A.; Yan, Steven; Behrendt, Matthias (2016) Validation Support for Distributed Vehicle Development Based on the XiL-Approach. FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress
  • Suwelack, Stefan; Stoll, Markus; Meyer, Annika; Slavetinsky, Steffen; Serf, Manuel; Bursac, Nikola; Albers, A.; Dillmann, Rüdiger; Speidel, Stefanie (2016) Towards Cognitive Computer Aided Engineering. NAFEMS Americas Conference 2016
  • Albers, A.; Hasel, M.; Ebert, C.; Behrendt, M. (2015) Virtual Calibration of TCU Shift-Strategy Software Functions. CTI-Symposium
  • Albers, A.; Maul, Ludwig; Bursac, Nikola; Heismann, Robert (2015) Connected Creativity - A Human Centred Community Platform for Innovation Impulses. Proceedings of The Third International Conference on Design Creativity
  • Albers, A.; Kurrle, Armin; Moeser, Georg (2014) Modellbasiertes Anforderungsmanagement von Systems-of-Systems am Beispiel des vernetzten Fahrzeugs. Tag des Systems Engineering 2014
  • Albers, A., Fischer, J., Landes, D., & Behrendt, M. (2014). Method for Measuring and Analyzing the Transfer Path of Acoustic Phenomena into the Driver Cabin of a Battery Electric Vehicle. SAE Int. J. Engines 7(3):2014, .
  • Albers, A.; Klingler, S.; Wagner, D. (2014) Prioritization of Validation Activities in Product Development Processes. DS 77: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2014 13th International Design Conference
  • Albers, A.; You, Yin; Klingler, Simon; Behrendt, Matthias; Zhang, Tong; Song, ke (2014) Supporting globally distributed product development with a new validation concept. 24th CIRP Design Conference
  • Albert, Albers; Lüdcke, Robert; Bursac, Nikola; Reiß, Nicolas (2014) Connecting knowledge-management-systems to improve a continuous flow of knowledge in engineering design processes. Proceedings of TMCE 2014
  • Siegel, Antje; Husung, Stephan; Weber, Christian; Mahboob, Atif; Albers, A.; Landes, David; Behrendt, Matthias (2016) VIRTUAL ACOUSTIC MODEL FOR THE SIMULATION OF PASSING VEHICLE NOISE. ASME IDETC 2016
  • Albers, A.; Munker, Florian; Zingel, Christian; Behrendt, Matthias (2013) Integrative Systemmodellierung von Hardware- und Softwarekomponenten in SysML am Beispiel eines innovativen Datengateways. Tag des Systems Engineering 2013
  • Albers, A., Behrendt, M., & Ott, S. (2010). Validation – Central Activity to Ensure Individual Mobility. In FISITA 2010.
  • Munker, F.; Albers, A.; Wagner, D.; Behrendt, M. (2014) Multi-View Modeling in SysML: Thematic Structuring for Multiple Thematic Views. PROCS
  • Albers, A., Reiß, N., Bause, K., Burkardt, N., & Behrendt, M. (2016). DETERMINATION OF SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS AND VALIDATION STRATIGIES FOR INTEGRATED ELECTRO MOBILITY. In 11th International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (15). Proceedings of TMCE.
  • Albers, A.; Gladysz, Bartosz; Pinner, Tobias; Butenko, Viktoriia; Stürmlinger, Tobias (2016) Procedure for Defining the System of Objectives in the Initial Phase of an Industry 4.0 Project Focusing on Intelligent Quality Control Systems. Procedia CIRP
  • Albers, A.; Pinner, Tobias; Yan, Steven; Hettel, Rolf; Behrendt, Matthias (2016) Koppelsystems: Obligatory Elements within Validation Setups. Proceedings of DESIGN 2016
  • Bause, Katharina; Munker, Florian; Reiß, Nicolas; Rupalla, Armin; Behrendt, Matthias; Albers, A. (2016) System-integrated data acquisition in validation and operation of electric vehicles. 16TH STUTTGART INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AUTOMOTIVE AND ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
  • Bursac, Nikola; Albers, A.; Schmitt, Thomas (2016) Model Based Systems Engineering in Modular Design - A Potential Analysis using Portal Type Scraper Reclaimers as an Example. CIRP Design 2016
  • Albers, A.; Boog, S.; Koch, C.; Müller, O.; Ott, S. (2015) Optical analysis and measurement-based determination of spring behavior in clutch disc damper systems during dynamic operation. Getriebe in Nutzfahrzeugen
  • Albers, A.; Behrendt, Matthias; Brezger, Friedrich; Matros, Kevin; Steiger, Benedikt; Holzer, Heidelinde; Bohne, Wolfram (2014) Definition and implementation of a benchmarking in order to derive success factors of hybrid powertrains. 14. Internationales Stuttgarter Symposium "Automobil- und Motorentechnik"
  • Albers, A., Alexander Schwarz, & Matthias Behrendt. (2013). Integrated approach for system oriented analyses and optimization of complex hybrid powertrain applications by means of vehicle-in-the-loop roller test bench. In ASME 2013 International Mechanical Enginieering Congress & Exposition. ASME
  • Albers, A.; Heinrich, D.; Brezger, F. (2013) Ein Ansatz zur Fahrermodellierung bei Lastuntersuchungen von Fahrzeugkomponenten. Mensch-Maschine-
  • Albers, A.; Hettel, R.; Schwarz, A.; Behrendt, M. (2013) Systematisch zu Mobilitätslösungen – Integrierte Umweltsimulation zur Optimierung von Fahrstrategie, NVH und Effizienz. 42. Jahrestagung, Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation
  • Albers, A.; Turki, Tarak (2013) Bedeutung von Erfahrungswissen in der Produktentwicklung. Konstruktion : Zeitschrift für Produktentwicklung und Ingenieur-Werkstoffe
  • Albers, A.; Enkler, Hans-Georg; Frietsch, Markus; Yan, Wenjie (2010) Effiziente Entwicklung mechatronischer Systeme - Einsatz genetischer Algorithmen bei frühen Entwicklungsaktivitäten. Mechatronik Tage
  • Albers, A.; Bursac, Nikola; Walter, Benjamin; Hahn, Carsten; Schröder, Jan (2016) ProVIL - Produktentwicklung im virtuellen Ideenlabor.
  • Pinner, Tobias; Jost, Franz; Schmid, Daniel; Albers, A. (2015) CONSIDERING USER'S IMPACT IN VALIDATION ACTIVITIES – AN APPROACH FOR THE DETERMINATION OF REQUIREMENTS. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15)
  • Pinner, Tobias; Radimersky, Aline; Ott, Sascha (2015) Energy Optimal Gear Change Strategy for Electric Vehicles. 14. Internationales CTI Symposium – Fahrzeuggetriebe, HEV- und EV-Antriebe
  • ALBERS, A.; You, Y.; Klingler, S.; Behrendt, M.; Zhang, T.; Song, K. (2013) A new validation concept for globally distributed multidisciplinary product development. The 20th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Albers, A.; Haug, Fabian; Heitger, Nicolas; Arslan, Masis; Rapp, Simon; Bursac, Nikola (2016) Produktgenerationsentwicklung - Praxisbedarf und Fallbeispiel in der automobilen Produktentwicklung. Proceedings 12. Symposium für Vorausschau und Technologieplanung 2016 (SVT 2016)
  • Albers, A.; Reuschlé, Thibaut; Babik, Adam; Schönknecht, Andreas (2016) Multi-Objective Optimization of Plug-In Hybrid Powertrains – Certification Procedure Sensitivity. Elektrische Traktions- und Hilfsantriebe für die Elektrifizierung und Hybridisierung von Kraftfahrzeugen