Teaching assigment for Dr. Oppelt „Control Problems in Electrical Engineering“ starting at summer term 1952


First chair in the Federal Republic of Germany for „Open and Closed Loop Control“ is decided to be established


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


Branch of Study „Control System and Technical Electronics“ is established and relocated to the building Landgraf-Georg Straße 4


Establishment of two independant departments, „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)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. E.h. W. Oppelt conferred emeritus
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Isermann, (29.09.1977), appointed for professor, department „Control Systems Technology”


25th anniversary of the insitute (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)


DFG special research branch „IMES“ is established, room enlargement of the institute with rented rooms at the Bleichstraße 10 -12


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 departments „Control Systems and Process Automation“ (rtp) and „Control Theory and Robotics“ (rtr)


40th anniversary of the IAT (16.10.1999)


Additional rooms in the Petersenstraße 20 (680 m²) purchased, branch of study „Automation Systems“ is redesigned, new branch of study „Mechatronics“ is established


Prof. Dr.-Ing. U. Konigorski (01.12.2004) appointed for professor
Department „Control Systems and Mechatronics“ (rtm) is established (01.08.2005)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Rolf Isermann (Research Group Control Systems and Process Automation, rtp) conferred emeritus