The Institute of Automatic Control looks back on a history that started in the middle of the last century. It is known worldwide that pioneering work for mechatronics was done here! And we keep working to make history . . .

1952 Teaching assignment for Dr. Oppelt „Control Problems in Electrical Engineering“ starting at summer term 1952
1954 First chair in the Federal Republic of Germany for „Open and Closed Loop Control“ is decided to be established
1957 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winfried Oppelt appointed for professor (08.06.1957), chair for control systems is established in the faculty of electrical engineering and accomodated in the Institute for Electrical Machines and in an additional building near the university main building, first scientific coworkers: K. Barth, R. Bräu, M. Thoma

Research Areas:
  • Theoretical Fundamentals of Control Systems
  • Control of Vehicles and Airplanes
  • Human Acting as Controller
1959 Branch of Study „Control System and Technical Electronics“ is established and relocated to the building Landgraf-Georg Straße 4
1973 Establishment of two independent laboratories, „Control Systems” (Oppelt) und „Control Systems Theory“ (Tolle)
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Ing. Henning Tolle (01.07.1973) appointed for professor

Research Areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Darmstadt Robotic Hand (Darmstädter Roboterhand)
1977 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. E.h. W. Oppelt conferred emeritus
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Isermann, (29.09.1977), appointed for professor, laboratory „Control Systems Technology”
1982 25th anniversary of the institute (18.06.1982), in conjunction with the Awarding of the Aachener und Münchner Prize of the Dr. Carl Arthur-Pastor foundation to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. E.h. W. Oppelt (100 participants)
1988 DFG special research branch „IMES“ is established, room enlargement of the institute with rented rooms at the Bleichstraße 10 -12
1998 Prof. Dr. rer. nat Dipl.-Ing. H. Tolle conferred emeritus
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Adamy (01.10.1998) appointed for professor

Institute renamed to „Institute for Automatic Control“ (02.07.1998) with laboratories „Control Systems and Process Automation“ (rtp) and „Control Theory and Robotics“ (rtr)
1999 40th anniversary of the IAT (16.10.1999)
2000 Additional rooms in the Petersenstraße 20 (680 m²) purchased, branch of study „Automation Systems“ is redesigned, new branch of study „Mechatronics“ is established
2005 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Konigorski (01.12.2004) appointed for professor
Laboratory„Control Systems and Mechatronics“ (rtm) is established (01.08.2005)
2006 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Rolf Isermann (Research Group Control Systems and Process Automation, rtp) conferred emeritus
2010 The engine test bench moves into the specially set up container at Landgraf-Georg-Straße 4
2011 Renaming of the Institute of Automatic Control to Institute of Automatic Control and Mechatronics (iat)
2014 Relocation of the engine test bench from the container at Landgraf-Georg-Straße 4 to Lichtwiese in the Mechanical Engineering Halls, Jovanka Bontschits-Straße 11, L1|04 rooms 036/038 (opening celebration July 10, 2014)
2013-2015 Core renovation of building S3|10 in Landgraf-Georg-Straße 4 – iat moved to interim accommodation at Holzhofallee 38 in Darmstadt
2021 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Findeisen (01.08.2021) appointed for professor
Laboratory „Control and Cyber-Physical Systems“ (CCPS) is established (01.08.2021)

Prof. W. Oppelt

Microcomputer development system

Darmstadt robot hand

Process computer

Microcomputer controller (early 1980s)

Engine Test Bench 2014

Core renovation of building S3 | 10, 2013-2015