Institute for Virtual Product Engineering (VPE) University of Kaiserslautern

Contact details

University of Kaiserslautern
Institute for Virtual Product Engineering (VPE)

University of Kaiserslautern
P.O. Box 3049
D-67653 Kaiserslautern

Gottlieb-Daimler Straße 44
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone: +49 (0)631 205 3871
Fax: +49 (0)631 205 3872



Faculty for Mechanical and Process Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern

Institute Head / Chair-holder: Professor Dr.-Ing. Jens C. Göbel

Founding Date:
October the 1st 1994

Key information

Scientific employees: 12
Employees: 3
Apprentices: 0
Student assistents: 30
Bachelor students: 400
Master students: 60


Strategy / Vision for PLM

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) characterizes the  management of  product related information within and beyond the whole organization. Thereby all the people, needed to solve a particular issue, get involved regardless of their current location and the organization they are working for. PLM's goal is the integrated, federated and interdisciplinary support of all product data generating and manipulating processes. (Figure 1: PLM Vision)

Core competencies / main areas of education

  • PLM/PDM Competence
  • Interdisciplinary Product and process modeling
  • Systems engineering as part of a modern construction methodology
  • Sustainable product engineering
  • Engineer's future work place (Multi-Touch, Mobile Interaction)
  • Human factors in the product engineering
  • Engineering in reverse
  • ICT for the  engineering
  • Entire engineer education (after RFLP)
  • Specialist and methodological competence
  • Social-communicative skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Practice-oriented learning

Main areas of research

  • Interdisciplinary product and process engineering
  • Functionality extension of PLM-Solutions
  • Systems Engineering (Process integration RLFP)
  • Sustainable product engineering
  • Importance of human factors in the product engineering


  • ProSTEP iViP Association
  • Scientific society for engineering design and product development -  WiGeP
  • The Design Society – a worldwide community
  • Virtual Vehicle Competence Center (ViF)
  • Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern

Industry projects

Alongside with the core scientific work the institute offers consulting and further services. That gives enterprises the possibility to use the latest scientific knowledge for solution of industrial problems:

  • Optimization of PEP
  • Evaluation and review of PLM Implementations
  • Workshops about new methods, processes and IT-solutions in the product engineering
  • Support of the standardization of data exchange and visualization
  • Acceptance management (Change Management) in the implementation of new processes and/or new IT methods

Industry partners

Leading industrial companies from following sectors:

  • Automotive Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Machinery and Plant Engineering
  • Appliance Industry