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Prof. Dr.

Sebastian Trimpe

Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering

Full Professor, Head of Institute


RWTH Aachen University

Dennewartstr. 27 (Room: A2.14)

52068 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 92051 (Office)

Scientific Vita

since 2020 Professor and Head of Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH
Aachen University
2018 - 2022 Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart
2013 - 2018 Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems,
2013 Dr. sc. (Ph.D.), Inst. Dynamic Systems and Control (Prof. D’Andrea), ETH Zurich
2007 Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.), Electrical Engineering, TU Hamburg
2007 MBA, Technology Management, TU Hamburg
2007 Visiting Research Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
2005 B.Sc., General Engineering, TU Hamburg

Academic Activities (select)

since 2021 Member of the Board, Rheinstahl Stiftung
since 2021

Associated Researcher and Co-Lead Expert Group on AI in Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production”

since 2020 Board of Directors, RWTH Center for Artificial Intelligence
since 2018

Faculty/Associate Faculty International Max Planck Research School on Intelligent Systems

2018 - 2020 Co-Speaker PN4 and Participating Researcher in Cluster of Excellence Cluster of Excellence “Data-integrated Simulation Science” (SimTech, EXC 2075) University of Stuttgart, Co-speaker of Project Network (PN) 4
2017 - 2020 Institute Scientific Staff Representative at Max Planck Society, Representative elected by all scientific staff members at the MPI-IS Tübingen/Stuttgart to the Section Meetings of the Chemistry, Physics and Technology (CPT) Section of the Max Planck Society
2019 - 2022 Associate Editor / Conference Editorial Board IEEE Control Systems Society, including main control conferences CDC, ACC
ongoing Reviewing and editorial activities for main conferences in control (e.g., CDC, ACC, L4DC, ECC, IFAC), machine learning (TMLR, NeurIPS, ICML), and robotics (ICRA, IROS, RSS)


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Bio Statement

Sebastian Trimpe is a Full Professor (W3) at RWTH Aachen University, where he heads the newly founded Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering (DSME) since May 2020. Research at DSME focuses on fundamental questions at the intersection of control, machine learning, networks, and robotics. Before moving to RWTH, Sebastian was a Max Planck and Cyber Valley Research Group Leader (W2) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen/Stuttgart. Sebastian obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 from ETH Zurich with Raffaello D'Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. Before, he received a B.Sc. degree in General Engineering Science in 2005, a M.Sc. degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering in 2007, and an MBA degree in Technology Management in 2007, all from Hamburg University of Technology. In 2007, he was a research scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Sebastian is recipient of the triennial IFAC World Congress Interactive Paper Prize (2011), the Klaus Tschira Award for achievements in public understanding of science (2014), the Best Paper Award of the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (2019), and the Future Prize by the Ewald Marquardt Stiftung for innovations in control engineering (2020).