Alexander Fay was born in Germany in 1970. He received the Diploma (with honours) and the Ph.D. (with honours) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He had worked five years at the ABB Corporate Research laboratories in Heidelberg and Ladenburg before he was appointed Full Professor at the Institute of Automation Technology at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg, Germany, in 2004. His main research interests are models and methods for the engineering of large automated systems, especially in the process and manufacturing industries, in buildings, energy distribution, and transportation systems.
Professor Fay received several awards, such as the Ring of Honours of VDI (German Association of Engineers) and the Badge of Honours of NAMUR (German Association of Automation in the Process Industries). In 2002, he was chosen as one of the “World’s Top 100 Young Innovators” by M.I.T.’s “Technology Review”.
Professor Fay is a Senior Member of IEEE. He was General Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair of the IEEE Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation in 2008 and 2015. Between 2011 and 2017, he served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. In 2018, he was Program Committee Co-Chair of the 14th IEEE Int. Conf. on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE).