题目：The Secret of Innovation
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers, born in 1957 in Papenburg/Ems, has been head of the IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering since 1996.
After his studies of mechanical engineering at the University of Hannover from 1978 to 1983, Prof. Albers had an assistantship at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design under Professor Paland and obtained his doctorate in 1987 with honors (summa cum laude). From 1986 to 1988 Prof. Albers had a position as a senior engineer at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design at the University of Hannover until he changed his employer in 1987 and started his career in industry at LuK, a company of the Schaeffler-Group with focus on clutch- and gear-systems. Before returning to academia in 1996, Prof. Albers was product development manager, responsible for clutch-systems and member of the executive board.
Since 1996 Prof. Albers is head of the IPEK (the former Institute of mechanical design) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and established the research fields drive systems, design-methods and -management as well as mechatronics. He divides product development into its systems, methods and processes. All three areas are worked on by his team in research and teaching in order to satisfy the complexity of today's product development. Round about 50 scientists are currently researching at the IPEK with a range from fundamental research to applied science in cooperation with industry.
Prof. Albers is also well involved in teaching, in particular by restructuring the content of teaching and by applying new teaching methods which especially aim at teaching professional skills. Therefore, the KaLeP – Karlsruhe teaching model of product engineering – as a holistic approach for teaching product engineering was developed and realized successfully.
Innovation - this is what companies always pursuit, which ensure economic success and form the basis of an affluent society! An innovation is therefore something positive, and for this reason, many companies claim themselves as innovative and present this image to the public.
However, the concept of innovation is one of the most frequently misused concept in reality. Because a new invention alone is still far away from an innovation. However, the engineer loves creative fiddling and inventing. In this exciting lecture, Professor Albers will reveal the decisive elements of an innovation in addition to an invention. Based on his many years of experience in successfully creating innovations, he will give an insight with vivid examples during his career as an engineer and researcher in the field of innovation. He will show the audience how developers can be supported while solving problems with technical products through the right development methods. In interactive practices, you will learn how the human brain and creativity works.