Hermann Kühnle is a Full University Professor for “Factory Operations and Production Systems” and Executive Director of the Institute for „Ergonomics, Manufacturing Systems and Automation at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg. He joined the University of Magdeburg in 1994; from 1994 to 2001 he also was Foundation- and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, Magdeburg. Since 1995, Hermann Kühnle is the speaker of the research field “Advanced Production systems in Saxony-Anhalt” and board member of several companies and venture capital groups. From 1980 to 1994 he worked for the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart, on Material Flow Design, Enterprise Planning and – Organisation, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, since 1991 as Research Director and Head of the division Enterprise Planning and Control“, where he was in charge of the Conception as well as the Management of a number of international, national and regional research programmes and projects as well as practical research implementation projects with leading national and international companies. He is author of numerous editions, publications, lectures notes and congress contributions.