Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter (born in 1957) holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University Berlin (TUB). Following his PhD (TUB, 1990), Bernd Scholz-Reiter served as post-doctoral fellow in the department for Manufacturing Research at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, U.S.A. In 1991 he returned to Germany to become Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Technical University Berlin. From 1994 to 2000 he held the Chair for Industrial Information Systems at the newly founded Brandenburg Technical University at Cottbus, Germany. In 1998 he founded the Fraunhofer Application Center for Logistic Systems Planning and Information Systems in Cottbus, which he headed until 2000. Since November 2000 Bernd Scholz-Reiter is full professor and holds the new Chair for Planning and Control of Production Systems at the University of Bremen, Germany. From2002 until 2012 he also served as Managing Director of the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics GmbH (BIBA) at the University of Bremen.
His research expertise is in the fields of logistics, distributed production systems, process modelling and simulation as well as the planning and control of production systems with a special focus on autonomous control. In 2005 Bernd Scholz-Reiter initiated the Bremen Log Dynamics Research Cluster with its integrated International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics. He was spokesperson of and principal investigator in several large research projects (funded by e.g. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Federal Ministries of Education and Research and of Economics and Technology, Volkswagen Foundation, European Commission). He is a member of several academies of science (e.g. National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, International Academy for Production Engineering – CIRP). From 2007 to 2011, Bernd Scholz-Reiter was Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is President of the University of Bremen since 2012.