[Translate to English:] Wilfried Sihn

Univ. Prof. Dr. Ing. DI Prof. eh. Dr. h.c.

Professor Emeritus

Born: November 3rd, 1955, Pforzheim (Germany)


Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn has been active in the field of applied research for more than 30 years now, taking part in more than 300 industrial projects. His areas of expertise include production management, corporate organization, enterprise logistics, factory planning, order management, life-cycle management, maintenance, modelling and simulation, and business process reengineering. Although most of his projects took place in Germany, they also involved partners from the rest of Europe, Africa, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn made a decisive contribution in developing such concepts as the Fractal Company or Decentralized Equipment and Process Responsibility, which have been successfully implemented in a variety of areas such as the automotive sector, aerospace, electrical and electronics industry, shipbuilding, and public administration. His current focus is on implementing Industry 4.0 concepts, such as Smart Maintenance (Predictive/Prescriptive).


Office: Theresianumgasse 7, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-(0)676 888 61601
E-Mail: wilfried.sihn@fraunhofer.at

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  • 1992: Doctorate with the topic: An Information System for Maintenance Control Systems, University of Stuttgart
  • 1982: Diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management, Technical University of Karlsruhe

Current position, employment record

  • Since 2009: Academic Director of the Transnational MBA “Automotive Industry“ at the TU Wien  in collaboration with the Technical University of Bratislava
  • Since 2008: Managing Director of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
  • Since 2004: Professor for Industrial and System Engineering at the Institute of Management Sciences at the TU Wien
  • 2016 – 2017: Head of the Institute of Management Sciences at TU Wien
  • 2009 - 2010: Head of the Institute of Management Sciences at TU Wien
  • 2004 – 2008: Head of the Fraunhofer-Project Team for Production and Logistics Management in Vienna
  • 2000 – 2004: Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1994 – 2000: Division Manager of “Business Management” at IPA Stuttgart and a Member of the Institute’s Board
  • 1990 – 1994: Head of Department of “Production Management and Information Systems“ at IPA Stuttgart
  • 1986 – 1990: Group Manager of “Technical and Organizational Systems“ of the Department of Production Safety at IPA Stuttgart,
  • 1982-1986: Research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart, Germany

Most Important Scientific Awards and Honors

  • 2014: Fellow Member of CIRP, Paris
  • 2009: Honorary Professor of the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest
  • 2007: Honorary Doctorate at the University of Skopje

Most Important Editorships, Chairing Activities and Review Activities

  • Since 2014: Fellow Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Since 2011: Vice president of the Initiative on European Learning Factories.
  • Since 2011: Board of the International Federation of Production Research (IFPR).
  • Since 2010: Board of the German Chamber of Commerce (DHK) in Austria
  • Since 2010: Member of the Scientific Academy for Work and Industrial Organisation (WGAB)
  • Since 2009: Board of the Austrian Logistics Association (BVL)
  • Since 2006: Member of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM)
  • Since 1994: Member of the Supervisory Board of Bertrandt AG
  • Since 1994: Member of the Administrative Board of Glutz AG
  • Since 1994: Member of the Advisory Board of Becom Group


His more than 200 publications, including several books, are making him an active player in scientific and practice-related discussions.

Some of his publications:

  • F. Biebl, R. Glawar, F. Ansari, W. Sihn, et al. "A conceptual model to enable prescriptive maintenance for etching equipment in semiconductor manufacturing" Procedia CIRP, 2020
  • A. Gaal, K. Hofer, T. Ryback, L. Lingitz W. Sihn "An agent-based approach to planning and controlling adaptable cell-orientied assembly systems" Procedia CIRP, 2020
  • A. Schumacher, W. Sihn "A Strategy Guidance Model to realize Industrial Digitalization in Production Companies" Management and Production Engineering Review, 2020
  • M. Nausch, A. Schumacher, W. Sihn "Assessment of Organizational Capability for Data Utilization – A Readiness Model in the Context of Industry 4.0" In: “Proceedings of the International Symposium for Production Research 2019”, M.N. Durakbasa, G. Gencyilmaz (Hrg.); Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020
  • T. Komenda, G. Reisinger, W. Sihn "A Practical Approach of Teaching Digitalization and SafetyStrategies in Cyber-Physical Production Systems" Procedia Manufacturing, 2019
  • T. Nemeth, F. Ansari, W. Sihn "A Maturity Assessment Procedure Model for realizing Knowledge- Based Maintenance Strategies in Smart Manufacturing Enterprises" Procedia Manufacturing, 2019
  • W. Mayrhofer, F. Ansari, W. Sihn, S. Schlund "Konzept für ein Assistenzsystem für arbeitsplatznahes, reziprokes Lernen in hochauto-matisierten Produktionsumgebungen" in: "Arbeit interdisziplinär analysieren - bewerten - gestalten", herausgegeben von: Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V.; GfA-Press, Dortmund, 2019
  • M. Karner, T. Nemeth, W. Sihn " Nutzung von Condition Monitoring zur Effizienzsteigerung in der Produktionsplanung" in: "Digitalisierte Instandhaltung", H. Biedermann (Hrg.); TÜV Media GmbH/TÜV Rheinland, Köln, 2019