Professor Horst Puta


Prof. Puta completed a distance learning course in "Control Engineering" at the TU Dresden from 1966 to 1973 (Diploma) and completed his doctorate in 1980 on the subject of "Optimal Control of Dead Time Systems". After an additional 18 months of studies at the TU Warsaw, he completed his habilitation in 1987 and was appointed university lecturer for "System Technology - Optimal Control" in 1988, after he had taken over the leadership of Prof. Reinisch's research group "System Optimization" in 1986. In 1992 he was appointed university professor (C3) for the field of "Dynamics and Simulation of Ecological Systems" at the newly founded "Faculty of Computer Science and Automation".

In teaching he represented the complexes "Static Optimization", "Optimal Control", "Hierarchical Optimization", "Simulation" and "Environmental Systems Engineering". Under his leadership the interdisciplinary course of studies "Engineering Computer Science" was developed and introduced in the winter semester 1996/97.

His research in this field included model development, simulation and model-based optimization/management of complex systems in water management and for agricultural growth processes as well as the integrated management of solar thermal systems with storage. Prof. Puta supervised 18 doctoral students in addition to numerous diploma theses.

He paid particular attention to interdisciplinary and international cooperation. From 1995 to 2013 he was a member of the IFAC Technical Committee 5.4 "Large Scale Systems"; in 1991 he founded the current LEONARDO Office Thuringia to support student and staff mobility for Thuringian universities in a European context. For several years he was active in various DAAD selection committees for research evaluation and student mobility (UK and Nordic countries).

From 1990 to 1993 he was vice dean and from 1993 to 1995 dean of the newly founded Faculty of Computer Science and Automation. He headed the Institute of Automation and Systems Engineering of the Faculty of Computer Science and Automation from 1998 to 2006 and was Vice Rector for Science at the Technical University of Ilmenau from 2000 to 2004.