Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer


Chair of the Board of Trustees

Between 1999 and 2005, Helmut Hoyer was Vice President of ICDE and from 2005 to 2008 Acting President of ICDE. He has been the Program Chair of the 19th ICDE World Conference 1999 in Vienna (Austria) as well as of the 20th World Conference in Düsseldorf (Germany), both with more than 1200 delegates from nearly 90 countries all over the world.

His main task during this time as Acting President of ICDE was the development of the new constitution, which is the framework for ICDE as a modern member-driven and worldwide acting organization.

Since the 1st January 2017, he is the Chair of the ICDE Board of Trustees (BoT).

Helmut Hoyer was born in 1950 in Germany. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and acquired his doctorate in electrical engineering at FernUniversität in Hagen in 1984. After a 3 years research period at the Institute of Robotics Research of the University of Dortmund, where he headed the group 'Robot Control and Multi-Robots Systems', he returned to FernUniversität as a Full Professor and Head of the Chair of Control Systems Engineering. His research activities focus on robotics and assistive technologies for elderly people and people with disabilities.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer was first elected Rector of FernUniversität in Hagen in 1997. Since he was re-elected three times and went out of the rector office to retirement in February 2016. Prior to taking this responsibility, he fulfilled university managing roles as Dean of the Faculty of Computer and Electrical Engineering of FernUniversität and as Vice Rector for Planning and Finance.

Between 2001 and 2002 he was Chairman of the Rectors’ Conference of North Rhine-Westphalia. 2002 he became a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology and 2004 – 2006 he was Academic Director of Centre for eCompetence at Universities in NRW (CeC). From 2007 to 2011 he was a member at the University Council of the University of Bamberg. Currently, he is member of the Scientific Boards of Fraunhofer Technology Academy and of Stiftung Universitaere Fernstudien Schweiz (Switzerland).

He was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Federal Cross of Merit) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005.