Innovation Center Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kristin Paetzold-Byhain

Virtual product development

The main tasks of the Virtual Product Development Innovation Center are in the areas of digitization of product development processes and optimal process design through technical problem solutions. For this purpose, the potentials resulting from the transfer of physical and analog models into digital models are consistently used. This enables decision-making and development in complex process and product considerations.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kristin Paetzold-Byhain

Dresden University of Technology
Professorship Virtual Product Development
Zeuner Building, RN 218
George-Bähr-Straße 3c
01069 Dresden

Short Vita

Career and professional stations:

  • Since July 2021 Dresden University of Technology: Holder of the Professorship for Virtual Product Development.
  • 2009 University of the Federal Armed Forces: Professorship for Technical Product Development - holder of the corresponding institute.
  • Research focus on aerospace technology
  • University of Erlangen: Senior Engineer Chair of Design Technology (focus: senior-friendly product development/mechatronics).
  • Establishment of the "user-friendly product development" working group
  • University of Erlangen: PhD


  • Member of the Board of Management of the Design Society
  • Member of the Scientific Society for Product Development (WiGeP)
  • Co-Chair of the Special Interes Group (SIG) "Human Behaviour Design".
  • Professorship is member of the Network Beam Melting

Research and development

  • Digital Engineering
  • Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
  • Human Behaviour Design
  • Reverse engineering
  • Inclusion of 3D scanner and VR/VA technology


  • Digitalization in product development
  • Use of data-driven tools and methods to design information flows in product development
  • Solutions for complexity management in product development and systems engineering
  • Advanced methods for geometry reconstruction in reverse engineering with applications in medical technology
  • human-centered product development:
    • Integration of the user into the development process
    • Integration of developers' knowledge into information flows
  • Agile development of mechatronic system

Reference projects

  • Training on understanding and optimizing R&D processes in an innovative manufacturing company.
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