Doctoral Research Group Engineering

Product and Process Innovation, Business Information Systems, Resource Protection and Resource Management, Industrial Engineering: Our key interests are related to the current and future development of products and production processes. Research focuses on production systems, intelligent components, hardware-related intelligence, production-related information systems and networked production, but equally on planning and managing systems and production processes. Together with a multitude of national and international business partners, universities, and through EU-supported projects, we carry out target-oriented and interdisciplinary research and thereby develop a sound scientific foundation.

Areas of Research

In the Faculty of Management and Technology, subject areas from the fields of engineering, the natural sciences and technology can be studied. The main focuses of doctoral research activities conducted to date at the Institute of Production Technology and Systems (IPTS) can be summarized as follows:

  • Intelligent systems
  • Production automation
  • Industrial production technologies
  • Control techniques and motive power engineering
  • Robotics, autonomous vehicles
  • Process technology and industrial metrology
  • Sensors and detector development
  • Hardware-related software development
  • Digital factory
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Control technology
  • Technical optics
  • Electronics
  • Micro and nanotechnology
  • New materials
  • Bio/medical technology

Other subject areas related to the Dr. rer. nat. or Dr.-Ing. can be studied in the Doctoral Research Group Technical Sciences.

Doctoral Degrees

Depending on the subject and method of the dissertation, the respective faculty confers the following doctoral degrees:

  • Dr. rer. nat.
  • Dr.-Ing.


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noomane Ben Khalifa

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Ulf Brefeld
  • Prof. Dr. Anthimos Georgiadis
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Heger
  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Norbert Hort
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noomane Ben Khalifa
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Klusemann
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paolo Mercorelli

Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral candidate at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses to the extent of 30 credit points, which include (inter)disciplinary colloquia (Research Forum I and Research Forum II) and furthermore comprises four interdisciplinary modules on research ethics, research methods, scientific practice and current perspectives on science. Please find more information about Leuphana's doctoral courses here.


If you wish to pursue your doctorate at Leuphana, you must be enrolled as doctoral student. Information about admission to the doctorate at Leuphana and the application procedure can be found here.

Leuphana Graduate School offers advice and coaching to academics in the qualification phase. The Graduate School's advisor will be happy to support you in questions of decision-making, challenges in the course of your doctorate, and career planning and development. You can find more information about the counselling and coaching services here.