Head of the Institute of Mechatronic Systems (IMS)
Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
Institute of Mechatronic Systems IMS

Prof Dr.-Ing. Hans Wernher van de Venn studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. As research associate with the European Centre of Mechatronics at RWTH Aachen he worked in the fields of fluid technology, field bus systems, robotics, mechatronics and remote service. He obtained his PhD Degree for a thesis entitled: Internet based remote diagnostics and servicing of machines and devices.

In June 2000, he was nominated professor of mechatronics, automation and microsystems engineering and head of the microsystems engineering group at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Since 2006, Prof. van de Venn is heading the Institute of Mechatronic Systems (IMS) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). In addition to his research and development activities, he teaches at different academic levels and participates in the planning and organisation of Bachelor and Master Curricula of the Swiss universities of applied sciences. He has given invited lectures at many national and international conferences, has published one Book and has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific papers.

As former president of the national technology platform, ManuFuture-CH, he represented the Swiss universities of applied sciences on a national and international level. At present he is amongst others co-ordinator of the EU FP7 Research Project Robo-Mate (http:// www.robo-mate.eu) and founding president of the Swiss Mechatronics cluster (www.swiss-mechatronics.ch).