Wilhelm Bauer

Director of Fraunhofer IAO Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Bauer

  • Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart (until December 31, 2022 Executive Director)
  • Managing Director of Fraunhofer Italia Research s.c.a.r.l.
  • Member of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer is leading a research organization with about 650 employees as the Executive Director. He is in charge of research and implementation projects in the fields of innovation research, technology management, live and work in the future and smarter cities. As a member of various committees, he advises government and industry. He is a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission and a Co-Head of the Working Group Future of Work and Human-Machine Interaction of the Plattform Lernende Systeme – Germany‘s Platform for Artificial Intelligence. As an author, he has over 400 scientific and technical publications to his name. He is an associate lecturer at the Universities of Stuttgart and Hannover. In 2012, Prof. Bauer received the honour of the State of Baden-Württemberg as a »Day after Tomorrow Maker«. 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Bauer

Since 1.3.2016

Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart (until December 31, 2022 Executive Director)

2017 – 2023

Chairman of the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research

2016 – 2024

Acting Director of IAT University of Stuttgart


2013 – 2016

Acting Director of Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart and IAT, University of Stuttgart


Appointment to honorary professorship by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

Since 2011

Executive director of Fraunhofer Italia Research s.c.a.r.l.

2009 – 2013

Division and deputy director at Fraunhofer IAO and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management IAT University of Stuttgart

Since 2009

Head of Company Development and Work Design at Fraunhofer IAO and IAT University of Stuttgart

2003 – 2009

Director and member of the Board of Directors at Fraunhofer IAO

1996 – 2003

Head of the New Work competence center as well as work with the Virtual Environments competence center and the Ergonomic Engineering and Public Health market strategy teams at Fraunhofer IAO

1991 – 1996

Head of Work Design at Fraunhofer IAO

1983 – 1991

Scientist at Fraunhofer IAO and the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF, University of Stuttgart


Award of engineering doctorate: “SYVERA – development of a system for virtual and ergonomic work design”

1979 – 1983

Research assistant at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and at the Institute of Process Engineering and Power Plant Technology IVD, University of Stuttgart


Thesis for engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.): “Criteria for defining and evaluating mixed forms of work”

1977 – 1983

Student of mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart

  • Member of property rating working group, Society of Property Researchers, Germany
  • Member of professional discussion forum for executives, Wirtschaftsverband industrieller Unternehmen Baden e.V.
  • Member of working group for human factors technology and working practice, GfA – Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft
  • GeSBC – German Sustainable Building Council
  • DNB – German Office Network
  • e-mobil BW GmbH – Landesagentur für Elektromobilität und Brennstoffzellentechnologie Baden-Württemberg – Beirat
  • European Commission – Member of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management
  • Member of expert panel, Bertelsmann Stiftung, “Work and life perspectives in Germany”
  • GreenTec Awards – Member of the jury
  • Hochschule Reutlingen – Member of the University Council
  • HR Innovation Award – Member of the jury
  • IFPR – International Foundation for Production Research – Member of the Board
  • IG Metall – Beirat Zukunft der Arbeit
  • Jugend forscht – member of the jury for Baden-Württemberg state competition
  • Lenkungskreis der Allianz Industrie 4.0 des Landes Baden-Württemberg – Member
  • Member of the editorial board »Mensch & Büro«
  • RKW Rationalisierungs- und Innovationszentrum der Deutschen Wirtschaft e. V. – Member of the Advisory Board
  • WGAB – Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Betriebsorganisation – Member
  • VDI – Association of German Engineers – Chairman of state association Baden-Württemberg



  • Outstanding Paper Award der 23rd ICPR für das Paper »Priority Rules for the Control of Flexible Labour Utilization«, Manila, Philippines


  • Honored by the Land of Baden-Württemberg as one of the people shaping the future


  • Innovation prize for technology management – special prize


  • FpF prize – research prize from the Verein zur Förderung produktionstechnischer Forschung e. V.