Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel
Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Before embarking on his academic career, ten Hompel was active as an entrepreneur. In 1988 he founded and later became managing partner of GamBit GmbH (today Vanderlande Industries) a company primarily involved in the development and implementation of warehouse management and industrial control systems.
Michael ten Hompel, who is considered one of the pioneers of the Internet of Things, has published numerous specialist books and over four hundred articles on logistics and IT. He is co-editor of the Lecture Notes in Logistics (Springer) and other specialist publications. Michael ten Hompel is a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences, and in 2012, he was inducted into the Logistics Hall of Fame. In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Miskolc (Hungary). In 2018, he was named a "Citizen of the Ruhr Area," an honor bestowed by the Pro Ruhrgebiet association. In 2019 he received the international HERMES Logistics Award in Vienna.