Directors

apl. Prof. Dr. habil. Mario Trapp

Mario Trapp is Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK.

In 2005, he obtained his PhD with distinction from the University of Kaiserslautern, where he also did his habilitation in 2016. In 2005, he joined Fraunhofer IESE, where he was initially responsible as a department head for the topic area of safety-critical software before being head of the “Embedded Systems” division from 2009 to 2017. After being appointed Acting Director of Fraunhofer ESK effective January 1, 2018, he assumed this role on a permanent basis on May 1, 2019.

For many years, Mario Trapp has been contributing his expertise in the development of innovative embedded systems in the context of successful partner projects, in cooperation with both leading international corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises. His current personal research focus is on safety assurance for autonomous and distributed systems, which form the technological basis of many future scenarios such as Industrie 4.0 or automated driving.

Mario Trapp is the author of numerous international scientific publications and teaches as an apl. Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Kaiserslautern.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudi Knorr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudi Knorr is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK. He also holds the Chair for Communication Systems at the Faculty of Applied Computer Science at the University of Augsburg. In this position he is mainly engaged in fundamental research of future topic areas of self-organizing communication systems and Next Generation Networks.    

Rudi Knorr is a member of numerous scientific associations, including the Münchner Kreis, the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the professional group 5.3.5 of Information and Communication Society (ITG), the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (CAST), the SDL Forum Society as well as the registered association aitiRaum e.V., amongst others.

His research activities focus on self-organizing adaptive systems whose underlying methods are becoming increasingly important in the fields of connected mobility, industrial environments, especially of Industry 4.0, and smart grid communication.

He joined the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 1995 and took over as head of Fraunhofer ESK in 2000. He established the broadband communication area of research within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which he has continually expanded and developed.

He earned a doctorate with honors at the Technical University Munich in 1993.

Dr. Sabine Sickinger

Dr. Sabine Sickinger is Head of Organizational Strategy and Administration at the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK. Prior to obtaining a degree in business mathematics at the University of Ulm, Dr. Sickinger went to the US to undertake a parallel studies program in mathematics at Syracuse University (New York State). Upon her return to Europe, she obtained a doctorate at Technical University Munich with a dissertation on »Stochastic dynamic medical device allocation«.

She then took a postdoc position at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, where she continued to work in applied mathematics in the area of health care and the environmental analysis. After seven years she decided to further her career in the area of scientific management. This was followed by Financial Resource Management, after which she served as deputy head of the Finance Department at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich.

She then joined the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in November 2018, precisely Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe where she focused her activities on organizational development. She also developed the strategic recruiting program at the institute.

Dr. Sickinger is an active member of Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen (VdU).