Dr.-Ing. Peter Detzner

Professional Experience


2023 – until today: Deputy Head of DepartmentFraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and LogisticsDortmund

2017 – 2022: Research Associate, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Dortmund

2019: 3-month guest residency at the Chair of Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringPolitecnico di Milano, Milan

2017: Software Solution Architect, Anaxco GmbH, Schwelm

2007 – 2016: Development Engineer, Insta Gmbh, Lüdenscheid




2023: Mechanical Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)Technische Universität Dortmund

2011: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.), Distance University Hagen

2007: Computing & Networks (B.Sc.), University of Abertay Dundee

2006: Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.)South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences


Research Interest


  • Self-Organization in cyber physical production systems in the context of Industry 4.0
  • Scalable in cyber physical production systems
  • Decentral organized communication middlewares
  • Distributed Systems
  • Domain-specific languages (DSLs)


Projects at Fraunhofer IML



Publications (Selection)



  • J. Gödeke and Peter Detzner: A Simulative Approach to AMR Fleet Sizing in Decentralized Multi-Robot Task Allocation – Link to the Paper
  • P. Detzner, J. Gödeke, L. Tönning, P. Laskowski, M. Hörstrup, O. Stolz, M. Brehler and S. Kerner: SOLA: A decentralized communication middleware developed with ns-3 - Link to the Paper



  • P. Detzner, A. Ebner, M. Hörstrup and S. Kerner: PFDL: A Production Flow Description Language for an Order-Controlled Production - Link to the paper
  • P. Detzner, J. Gödeke and S. Bondorf: Peer Discovery in Tree-Structured P2P Overlay Networks by Means of Connected Dominating Sets - Link to the paper



  • P. Detzner, J. Gödeke, S. Bondorf: Low-Cost Search in Tree-Structured P2P Overlays: The Null-Balance Benefit. IEEE - Link to the paper



  • P. Detzner, P. Salhofer: Analysing FIWAREs Platform - Potential Improvements. HICSS 2020. - Link to the paper



  • P. Detzner, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Novel Task Language for Natural Interaction in Human-Robot Systems for Warehouse Logistics. IEEE  - Link to the paper
  • P. Detzner: How to make Robots Plug and Play. FIWARE Global Summit May 2019 (Genova).
  • P. Detzner: FIROS-Helping Robots to be Context Aware - Part II. FIWARE Global Summit May 2019 (Genova) 



  • S. Neuhaus, R. Groll, R. Funke, H. Frey, P. Detzner, M. Sangermann: A novel mesh layer for large scale wireless building automation networks as a basis for KNX IoT. KNX Scientific Conference 2016.




  • 2016: Heating system for buildings - device for parameterization of a situation detector
  • 2015: Method for detecting the energy consumption of an electrical load
  • 2014: Method for controlling at least one actuator with a portable control unit
  • 2014: Method for operating a building installation with a situation monitor and building installation with a situation monitor
  • 2014: Method for setting functionalities of a situation monitor as well as building installation
  • 2013: Control unit
  • 2013: Method for controlling building system actuators
  • 2010: Operating unit
  • 2010: System for collecting status messages from participants of a distributed building installation system
  • and method for collecting such status messages
  • 2010: Building installation system


Further Engagement


  • 2021-2023: Minitrack-Chair at the HICSS 
  • 2020-2023: Member of the "Technical Steering Committee" at the FIWARE Foundation for "Interface to Robotics"