prof.Dr.-Ing. S. Thiede (Sebastian)

Full Professor, Chair of Manufacturing Systems

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I´m interested in the planning and operation of manufacturing systems/factories. This includes the interaction of different processes over the process chain but also with other factory elements like technical building services. Besides technological developments, digital methods and tools play an important role. Thereby, obviously the technical and economic performance but also environmental and social perspectives need to be taken into account:

  • Smart manufacturing solutions based on Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) framework (e.g. data acquisition strategies, machine learning and factory simulation, decision support and control)
  • Methods for factory planning and operation (e.g. layout planning, planning and control, quality management, lean management)
  • Innovative manufacturing systems/factory concepts (e.g. flexible production systems, scale up scenarios)
  • Sustainable manufacturing (e.g. energy and resource efficiency)
  • Human factors in manufacturing systems (e.g. occupational health and safety, ergonomics, workplace design)

Application areas range from mechanical/mechatronic products in general, batteries (see also https://www.utwente.nl/tcabt), surface technologies but also food industry. 

A more extensive overview can be found here: https://www.utwente.nl/en/research/researchers/featured-scientists/thiede/ 

I´m also the chairman for the department Design, Production and Management in the Engineering Technology faculty, https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/dpm/ 


Engineering & Materials Science
Energy Efficiency
Environmental Impact
Industrial Plants
Life Cycle
Lithium-Ion Batteries
Sustainable Development


  • European Research Council (ERC)
    ERC Reviewer and Panel member
  • NWO
    NWA Smart Industry Route Ambassador


Zietsch, J., Kulaga, R., Held, H., Herrmann, C. , & Thiede, S. (2024). Multi-layer edge resource placement optimization for factories. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 35(2), 825-840. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10845-022-02071-3
Groeneveld, T., Ghafoorpoor, P., Huisken, M. , & Thiede, S. (2023). Methodology for systematic design of cleanroom assembly workstations. Procedia CIRP, 120, 410-415. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2023.09.011
Flick, D., Vruna, M., Bartos, M., Ji, L., Herrmann, C. , & Thiede, S. (2023). Machine learning based internal and external energy assessment of automotive factories. CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, 72(1), 21-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2023.04.038

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