Fraunhofer Research Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM

Contact Details

Fraunhofer Institute for
Mechatronic Systems Design IEM
Zukunftsmeile 1
D-33102 Paderborn

Telefon: +49 (5251) 5465 - 101
Telefax:  +49 (5251) 5465 - 102


Intelligence in technical Systems,
Systems Engineering, Model-Based Systems Engineering,
Virtual Prototyping, Digital Collaboration

Director of the institute:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Dumitrescu
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ansgar Trächtler
Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden


Key information

Members of research staff: 90
Employees: 28
Trainees: 2
Student research assistents: 90
Bachelor Students: 12
Master Students: 17


Strategy / Vision for PLM

Systems Engineering (SE) and PLM are increasingly important in a world of complex products developed by experts distributed all over the world. A successful integrated virtual development can only be established using SE as a collaboration basis and PLM as the platform to connect all relevant information. We will enable our customers to take advantage of the benefits of PLM and SE: New methods, faster product to market and a new level of transparency even in complex environments like Intelligent Technical Systems or IoT.

Core competencies / main areas of education

Systems Engineering, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Product development Processes, Distributet Work, Internet-of-Things, business Model, System Architectures, SysML, CONSENS, Mechatronics, PLM training

Main areas of research

  • Systems Engineering
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Integration of MBSE and simulation
  • Methods in Development and Management
  • Industrie 4.0/IoT


  • Intelligente Technische Systeme OstWestfalenLippe (it's OWL),
  • Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering (GfSE) e.V.
  • Heinz Nixdorf Institut, KEM Konstruktion (KONRADIN)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Unity AG
  • University of Twente, TU München
  • Universität Paderborn

Industry projects

  • plementation of MBSE
  • Mechatronic Modularization
  • reorganization of development Processes
  • Systems Engineering-Coaching
  • Mechatronic System description
  • Training and coaching in SE and PLM
  • Tool benchmarks and customizing MBSE
  • Reference architectures

Industry partners

essential Tool-Vendors in the area of MBSE, CaX and PLM,
significant partners from DAX and M-DAX up to Hidden Champion in the area of SMEs