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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Michael Hanisch

Head of the Chair for Automation Technology

Phone: +49 345-55-25971


Biographical Sketch

  • Born: 08.11.1957 in Doebeln, Saxony


  • 1978-1982 Study of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnical Institute of Leuna Merseburg, Specialization Process Systems Engineering
  • 1982 Diploma Degree with "Excellent"


  • 1982-1987 Research Assistent, Institute for Automation Technology, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnical Institute of Leuna-Merseburg
  • 16.03.1987 Promotion (PhD Thesis) with "summa cum laude" on "Mathematical Modeling of Discrete Control Tasks in Chemical Process Systems"
  • 1987-1991 Senior Research Assistent at the same Institute
  • 1991-1993 Guest Researcher (funded by a grant for Habilitation by the Deutsche Forschungsmeinschaft) at Process Control Group, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund
  • 1994-1999 Professor at the Institute for Automation Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • 19.04.1995 Habilitation at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund on "Modeling, Analysis, and Controller Design in Hierarchical Discrete Control Systems" , venia Legendi for Automation Technology
  • 2000- Professor for Automation Technology at the Dept. of Engineering Science, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Membership in Organizations:

  • Verein Deutscher Ingenieure
  • Gesellschaft für Informatik
  • IEEE, Senior Member
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband

Supervised R&D Projects:

Approximately 25 Projects (Principal Investigator) funded by:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • State of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Industry
  • University of Magdeburg
  • University of Halle
  • National Science Foundation
  • BMBF


  • Process Control Systems (in collaboration with Prof. Engell, University of Dortmund, 1993)
  • Discrete Control Systems (Basic Course), Univ. of Magdeburg
  • Sequential and Parallel Control Systems, Univ. of Magdeburg
  • Control on Higher Levels, Univ. of Magdeburg
  • Basics of Project Engineering, Univ. of Magdeburg
  • Automation Technology, Univ. of Halle
  • Measurement Technology, Univ. of Halle
  • Control of Batch Processes, Univ. of Halle
  • Specification, Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Control Systems, Rutgers State University, New Jersey, USA, Department of Industrial Engineering, 1996, 1998
  • Topics in Supervisory Control, Rutgers State University, New Jersey, USA, Department of Industrial Engineering,1996, 1998.
  • Discrete Control System Design, Univ. of Halle
  • Process Control and Information Systems, Univ. of Halle
  • Methods of System Design, Univ. of Halle (Seminar)


  • Approx. 120 written publications in reviewed Journals and Conference Proceedings

Supervision of Graduate Students:

  • 7 PhD students completed
  • approx. 60 Diploma Degrees completed

Research Interests:

  • Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems (Modeling, Analysis, Verification, Controller Synthesis)
  • Control of Manufacturing Systems (Modeling, Performance evaluation, Control programing following IEC 61131)
  • Batch Process Control and Optimization (Recipe control, Supervision, Simulation, Decision Support Systems)
  • Distributed Controllers following IEC 61499 (Modeling, Verification, Code generation)
  • Integration of Process and Production Logisitics
  • Reconfigurable Systems (Design, Validation, Implementation)