Andreas Kugi is the Scientific Director of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and has been a full professor of Complex Dynamical Systems at TU Wien since 2007. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Graz in 1992 and a Ph.D. (Dr.techn.) from the Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU), Linz, Austria, 1995. In 2000, he got a Habilitation in control theory and automatic control at JKU, and he was a full professor of system theory and automatic control at Saarland University in Germany from 2002 to 2007. He was offered full professor positions at TU Dresden and the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.
His main research interests include the modeling, control, and optimization of complex dynamical systems, mechatronic system design, robotics, and process automation. Andreas Kugi has published more than 350 full peer-reviewed scientific papers, including more than 160 in SCI/SCIE journals.
Moreover, he is the inventor or co-inventor of 157 patents in 46 patent families, and he supervised more than 50 completed Ph.D. dissertations. He received the Mechatronic Systems Outstanding Investigator Award in 2022 from IFAC, the Goldene Stefan-Ehrenmedaille from the OVE Austrian Electrotechnical Association in 2023, and 16 best paper awards.
From 2014 to 2021, Andreas Kugi was the head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Model-Based Process Control in the Steel Industry, and from 2017 to 2023, he was the head of the Center for Vision, Automation & Control at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Apart from many other activities, Andreas Kugi was Editor-in-Chief (2010-2017), now Honorary Editor of the IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice and was Vice President of the OVE Austrian Electrotechnical Association (2017-2023). He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).