New institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering

Professor Trimpe in front of a robot Copyright: © Junker / MPI-IS

In May 2020, Sebastian Trimpe was appointed as a Full Professor (W3) in the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Together with his team, Prof. Trimpe is building up the new Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering (DSME).


With cross-affiliation in the Department of Computer Science, Sebastian Trimpe plans to strengthen close connections between engineering and computer science in research and teaching. Such strong links between computer science and engineering are of strategic importance at RWTH, among others, in the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production” and the RWTH Center on Artificial Intelligence, where Prof. Trimpe is on the Board of Directors.

The new institute DSME focuses on fundamental research at the intersection of AI, data science, and engineering. The researchers develop new theory and algorithms in machine learning, control and cyber-physical systems, and apply their insights in innovative testbeds and collaborations with partners in industry and academia. In teaching, Prof. Trimpe and his team teach fundamentals of computer science and data science for engineers, as well as specialized courses on emerging interdisciplinary topics such as “Learning-based control.”

Before joining RWTH Aachen University, Sebastian Trimpe was a Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart/Tübingen, where he was heading the Intelligent Control Systems group. His group is now transitioning to Aachen and continuing its research activities at RWTH.

Website of the Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering