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long and vivid


The group has a long and vivid history in­clu­ding some changes of focus. It traces back to the chair for machine parts and handling systems under the lead of Prof. Dr. Willibald Kreis († 30 | Sep | 2003). Afterwards, the focus shifted towards industrial robotics under the new lead of Prof. Dr. Bernd Kuhlenkötter. Finally, automatic control became the group's main focus,  where the transition from robotics to control coincided with the interim professorship of PD Dr. Jobst Bickendorf. Since 2020, Prof. Dr. Moritz Schulze Darup is leading the group and sharpening its profile towards in­no­va­ti­ve control for cyberpyhsical systems.

The actor Ralf Richter playing Scrabble with an industrial robot ©
A special moment in the group's history was the involvement in an image film for the Ruhr.2010 campaign (within the European Capital of Culture program). In the scene shown above, the actor Ralf Richter (a.k.a. Kalle Grabowski) played Scrabble against an industrial robot provided by our group (IRPA).

The evolution of the group and its various denominations (in German) are summarized below.

Period Denomination Head of the Group
04 | 1984 - 03 | 2005 Lehrstuhl für Ma­schi­nen­ele­mente, ‑gestaltung und Handhabungstechnik (MGH) Prof. Dr. Willibald Kreis
04 | 2005 - 03 | 2015 Lehrstuhls für Industrielle Robotik und Produktionsautomatisierung (IRPA) Prof. Dr. Bernd Kuhlenkötter
04 | 2015 - 09 | 2020 Lehrstuhl für Regelung und Automatisierung von Produktionsprozessen (RAP) PD Dr. Jobst Bickendorf
since 10 | 2020 Lehrstuhl für Regelungstechnik und cyberphysische Systeme (RCS) Prof. Dr. Moritz Schulze Darup


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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