Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany

TU Dortmund is a research university with particular strengths in science, engineering, and technology transfer.

The Process Dynamics and Operations Group headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Engell is one of eleven Chairs at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering. It is among the leading research groups in automation in the process industries world-wide and works on employing advanced control and optimization technologies to make production processes more sustainable and environmentally benign. The research of the group bridges between ICT and applications in the process industries, dealing with advanced algorithms for process control and plant management,  scheduling, and systematic design and validation of automation software.  The European Project Office supports scientists in planning and executing European research projects by taking over coordination, management and dissemination tasks. The European Project Office has extensive experience in the coordination of research projects since FP5 and responsibly took over communication tasks in several projects. It won the competition "Development of Project Management Structures at Universities in North Rhine-Westphalia" initiated by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

Professor Engell has extensive experience in international research and has coordinated and contributed to numerous EU-funded projects. He contributes to strategies for stimulating cooperations between researchers from SEA and from the EU and is the principle peer-reviewer of the strategic policy document.

The European Project Office has considerable experience in the coordination of research projects. It is particularly knowledgeable in the integration of dissemination activities into research projects and in the communication of the research results to different target groups. In the CONNECT2SEA project, the European Project Office is in charge of the lead of Workpackage 4, which implements the communication goals of the project.

Short profile of the staff members

Sebastian Engell obtained a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) and the venia legendi in Automatic Control from the Universität Duisburg, Germany, in 1981 and 1987. 1986-1990 he was the head of an R&D group at the Fraunhofer Institut IITB in Karlsruhe, Germany. 1990 he was appointed to his present position as a Full Professor of Process Dynamics and Operations in the Department of Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund. 2008 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He was Department Chairman 1996-1999 and Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations of TU Dortmund 2002-2006 and currently is again Chairman of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering. He served as Co-Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 1992-2000 and as Associate Editor of European Journal of Control and Journal of Process Control. He has graduated more than 55 PhD students at TU Dortmund, thereof several from Asian countries. He initiated two English international Master Programs at TU Dortmund and the Dortmund International Summer School. He was an active contributor to the EU ICT collaboration projects EUCLID (India) and BALCON (Western Balkan). In 2012, Professor Engell was awarded a European Advanced Investigator Grant for the Project MOBOCON – Model-based optimizing control – from a vision to industrial reality. He has contributed to several EU projects; currently he is leading the STREP DYMASOS and the Support Action CPSoS (Cyber-physical Systems of Systems) in the area of management of systems of systems and is the scientific coordinator of the STREP MORE – Real-time Monitoring and Optimization of Resource Efficiency in Chemical Plants. He is also the Coordinator of International Relations of TU Dortmund.

Dorota Pawlucka is head of the EU Project Management Office. She graduated in linguistics from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and obtained a Master of Business Administration from FOM Dortmund with a focus on change management and a thesis on barriers to innovation in research-driven networks. She has 13 years of experience in the coordination and management of EU cooperation projects and innovation management.