Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Frank Allgöwer

Vice DIrector & Vice Spokesperson, Head of Graduate School, Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC), Coordinator PN 4
Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control


+49 711 685-67733


Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 2.246


  • Systems and control theory
  • Optimization-based control
  • Networked control
  • Data-based control
  • Systems biology

Selected Publications

  1. F. D. Brunner, D. Antunes, and F. Allgöwer. “Stochastic thresholds in event-triggered control: A consistent policy for quadratic control”. In: Automatica 89.2 (2018), pp. 376–381.
  2. S. Zeng, H. Ishii, and F. Allgöwer. “Sampled Observability and State Estimation of Linear Discrete Ensembles”. In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 62.5 (2017), pp. 2406–2418.
  3. J. M. Montenbruck, M. Bürger, and F. Allgöwer. “Compensating drift vector fields with gradient vector fields for asymptotic submanifold stabilization”. In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 61.2 (2016), pp. 388–399.
  4. G. S. Seyboth, D. V. Dimarogonas, K. H. Johansson, P. Frasca, and F. Allgöwer. “On Robust Synchronization of Heterogeneous Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Static Couplings”. In: Automatica 53 (2015), pp. 392–399.
  5. S. Yu, M. Reble, H. Chen, and F. Allgöwer. “Inherent Robustness Properties of Quasi-infinite Horizon Nonlinear Model Predictive Control”. In: Automatica 50.9 (2014), pp. 2269–2280.
  6. M. Bürger, D. Zelazo, and F. Allgöwer. “Hierarchical Clustering of Dynamical Networks Using a Saddle-Point Analysis”. In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 58.1 (2013), pp. 113–124.
  7. P. Wieland, R. Sepulchre, and F. Allgöwer. “An internal model principle is necessary and sufficient for linear output synchronization”. In: Automatica 47.5 (2012), pp. 1068–1074.
  8. P. Wieland, J. S. Kim, and F. Allgöwer. “On topology and dynamics of consensus among linear high-order agents”. In: International Journal of Systems Science 42.10 (2011), pp. 1831–1842.
  9. U. Münz, A. Papachristodoulou, and F. Allgöwer. “Delay robustness in consensus problems”. In: Automatica 46.8 (2010), pp. 1252–1265.
  10. D. Q. Mayne, S. Raković, R. Findeisen, and F. Allgöwer. “Robust output feedback model predictive control of constrained linear systems: Time varying case”. In: Automatica 45.9 (2009), pp. 2082–2087.

Frank Allgöwer is director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control and professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

He studied Engineering Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Stuttgart and the University of California at Los Angeles respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart. Prior to his present appointment he held a professorship in the electrical engineering department at ETH Zurich. He also held visiting positions at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Ames Research Center, the DuPont Company and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

His main interests in research and teaching are in the area of systems and control with emphasis on the development of new methods for the analysis and control of nonlinear systems. Of equal importance to the theoretical developments are practical applications and the experimental evaluation of benefits and limitations of the developed methods. Applications range from control of atomic force microscopes and biomedical applications to the control of roller coasters and systems biology.

At present Frank Allgöwer is Editor for the journal Automatica, Associate Editor of the Journal of Process Control and is on the editorial board of several further journals including the Journals of Robust and Nonlinear Control, IET Control Theory and Applications, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, the journal Chemical Engineering Science and the Springer Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Series. Among others he serves on the scientific council of the German Society for Measurement and Control (GMA), is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control System Society, is chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems, is member of the IFAC Policy Committee and chairman of the International Affairs Committee of IEEE CSS and has been a member of the council of the European Union Control Association.

Frank Allgöwer has been organizer or co-organizer of several international conferences and has published over 150 scientific articles. Frank Allgöwer received several recognitions for his work including the IEEE distinguished lectureship, the appointment as IFAC Fellow and the Leibniz prize, which is the most prestigious prize in science and engineering awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


 Working Experience

  • 2010–2011 Visiting Guest Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2003–2004 Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • since 1999 Full Professor, Inst. for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart
  • since 1999 Dean of Academic Affairs “Engineering Cybernetics”, University of Stuttgart
  • 1996–1999 Ass. Professor of Nonlinear Systems, Electrical Eng. Dept., ETH Zürich, CH
  • 1995–1996 Visiting Research Associate at the DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE, USA
  • 1991–1992 Visiting Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, CA, USA
  • 1988–1995 Researcher, Inst. for Systems Dynamics & Control Engineering, University of Stuttgart

Academic Studies and Degrees

  • 1996 Dr.-Ing., Engineering Cybernetics, University of Stuttgart
  • 1981–1987 Study of Engineering Cybernetics, University of Stuttgart
  • 1985–1986 Study of Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA
  • 2015 Distinguished Member Award, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • 2011 IFAC Outstanding Service Award
  • 2007 State Teaching Award of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 2006 IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2006 Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
  • 2004 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


  • 2007: UC Santa Barbara, Chaired Prof.
  • 1999: ETH Zürich, Full Prof.
  • 1998: University of Duisburg, Full Prof.
  • 1996: UC Berkeley, tenure track Ass. Prof.

• President of the International Federation of Automatica Control (IFAC) (2017–2020)
• Executive Director, Stuttgart Research Centre Systems Biology (SRCSB) (since 2014)
• Vice-President for Technical Activities, IEEE Control Systems Society (2013–2014)
• Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (since 2013)
• Head, Graduate School “Simulation Technology”, University of Stuttgart (since 2009)
• Council Member, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) (since 2008)
• Editor-in-Chief of Springer Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences (since 2008)
• Chairman, International Affairs Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society (2007–2013)
• PI and Member of the Directorate EXC 310 “Simulation Technology” (since 2007)
• Member, Board of Directors, “Centre Systems Biology”, University of Stuttgart (2005–2013)
• Member of the Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society (2005–2008), (2011–2014)
• Member of the Policy Committee, Intern. Federation of Autom. Control (IFAC) (2005–2008)
• Member of the DFG Review Board (Fachkollegiat) for Systems Engineering (2003–2011)
• Editor of “Automatica” (2001–2015)
• Chairman, Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems, IFAC (2001–2008)
• Council Member of the European Union Control Association (EUCA) (2001–2004)
• Member, Board of Governors, VDI/VDE Soc. f. Measurement & Autom. Contr. (2000–2016)
• Deputy Spokesperson of the DFG SFB 412, Stuttgart (1999–2004)
• Editorial Boards: IMA J. of Mathematical Control and Information (2010–2015), IET Proc. Control Theory and Appl. (since 2006), Europ. J. of Control (2003–2007), J. of Nonlin. and Robust Control (since 2002), Chem. Eng. Science (1998–2008), J. of Process Control (1997–2008)

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