Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Stolz

Chair for Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems
Head of Safety Technology and Protective Structures, Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI

Alexander Stolz conducts research to develop methods and concepts to make socio-technical systems sustainable and resilient.


Ensuring efficient system functionality in the face of any crisis

To successfully use and implement existing as well as new sustainable technologies and solutions, they must also offer a certain level of resilience.

Only if the solutions are able to withstand shocks and crises, and to recover quickly from them, a successful and ultimately sustainable implementation can be guaranteed.

Resilience is a key property of a system to successfully deal with crisis-related shocks and maintaining the ongoing function of systems. To this end, resilience systematically considers all aspects before, during and after a crisis with the goal of emerging from the crisis stronger.

In this context, the imperative to actually quantify resilience derives from the competing trends of increased efficiency while demanding increased robustness and fault tolerance. Moreover, incentivizing resilience can only be successful in the long term if one can measure the "return of investment."

This is where the research of the professorship "Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems" comes in, by making the resilience of complex socio-technical can be quantified on a strategic level. In addition, methods, measures and technologies are developed on this basis in order to be able to increase resilience efficiently.


How can applied resilience engineering preserve the security of societal life and its assets and ensure the continuity of critical functions through enhanced resistance and recovery capabilities?

Quantification and visualization of resilience

Development of metrics that lead to quantitative measures for resilience and its change in complex, multidimensional systems.

Full-physics, cross-scale numerical simulation methods.

Modeling and analysis of complex systems at high accuracy and detail at the various scales from components to objects and all the way up to entire networks and their interconnections.

Resilience-specific monitoring concepts

Development of methods to capture the state of structures, the stressors acting on them, and their effects, including integration into simulation environments.

Technical-physical solutions to increase resilience

Development of new robust and resilient structural elements using approaches from biological transformation.


The chair "Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems" (RTS) currently conducts research in the areas:

ErfASst: Increasing the degree of automation for the evaluation of bridge stability

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RESISTO: Resilience enhancement and risk control platform for communication infrastructure operators

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 11/2020 | Professorship (W3, full professor) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Chair for Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems.
  • 2017 - 2020 | Business Unit Manager "Safety" at Fraunhofer EMI
  • Since 2014 | Head of Department at Fraunhofer EMI "Security Technology and Structural Protection"
  • 2011 - 2014 | Group Leader at Fraunhofer EMI "Safety of Structures"
  • 2010 | PhD (Civil Engineering), Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • 2008 - 2010 | Scientist in the Structural Dynamics Group at Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI
Awards and outstanding achievements

  • 2012 - 2020 | Appointed topic group coordinator of a European expert group within the European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection ERNCIP
  • Since 2017 | Appointed international member of the Transport Research Boards in AMR 10 Standing Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection
  • 2003 | Award of Association of German Engineers, Bergischer Berzirksverein

Further information


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Stolz

Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
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