Prof. Dr. Valentin Plenk

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk received a diploma in electrical engineering from Technical University of Munich. After graduating as Diplom-Ingenieur in 1991 he joined the team of the institute for Precision Engineering and Micro Technology as a researcher.
In this function he worked in various projects. Two that stand out are SFB 336 der TU München and the Brite/Euram 2 project BRE20628. In 1996 he passed his doctorate in the department of mechanical engineering of the Technical University of Munich in the field of surface roughness measurements.

1996 he took up a position as developing engineer hard- and software with Karl Süss KG in Garching. One of his achievements was a 150% increase in machine troughput in the main product line by optimizing the control software program.

1997 he started to manage the hard- and software group at Karl Süss’ Garching plant. He supervised 10 developers in his group and improved the engineering processes for special purpose machines. The job also required close cooperation with and frequent visits to the subsidiary in Burlington, Vermont.

Since October 2000 Valentin Plenk teaches control engineering as a full professor at Hof University.

After various small research projects he was elected dean of the department of engineering and managed the department from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2015. In his second term he headed the reorganization process that integrated the former textile department into the department of engineering.

Since January 2016 he leads the research team for Cyber-Physical Systems at Hof University’s Institute of Information Systems (iisys).

From 1. October 2017 to 1. October 2020 he was the scientific head of the Institute of Information Systems (iisys).
Since 1. October 2020 he is Vice President Research and Development.



  • T. Herpich, and V. Plenk. Interactive Wiki for Special-purpose Machines. In Proceedings of CENTRIC 2020: The Thirteenth International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services, pages 23 - 27, Porto, October 2020

  • D. Arnst, T. Herpich, V. Plenk, and A. Wöltche. Comparative Evaluation of Database Read and Write Performance in an Internet of Things Context. International Journal on Advances in Internet Technology, 12(1 & 2):37 – 49, 2019.

  • V. Plenk. Angewandte Netzwerktechnik kompakt. Springer Fachmedien, Wiesbaden, 2nd Editition, 2019.

  • V. Plenk. Grundlagen der Automatisierungstechnik kompakt. Springer Fachmedien, Wiesbaden, 2019.

  • S. Lang and V. Plenk. Benutzerassistenz für Sondermaschinen mittels fallbasiertem Schliessen. In R. Weidner and A. K. llidis, Editors, Dritte Transdisziplinäre Konferenz: Technische Unterstützungssysteme, die die Menschen wirklich wollen, pages 255 – 260, Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg, 2018.

  • D. Arnst, V. Plenk, and A. Wöltche. Comparative Evaluation of Database Performance in an Internet of Things Context. In Proceedings of ICSNC 2018 : The Thirteenth Inter- national Conference on Systems and Networks Communications, pages 45 – 50, Nizza, October 2018.

  • S. Lang and V. Plenk. Preprocessing Data for Machine-Learning Algorithms to Provi- de User Guidance in Special Purpose Machines. In Proceedings of CENTRIC 2018: The Eleventh International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Me- chanisms, Technologies, and Services, pages 32 – 41, Nizza, October 2018.

  • V. Plenk,  F. Ficker. Industrie 4.0. In D. Wolff and R. Göbel, editors, Digitalisierung: Segen oder Fluch, chapter 2, pages 29 – 54. Springer, Berlin, 2018.

  • V. Plenk, M. Weber, S. Lang. Benutzerassistenz für komplexe Produktionsmaschinen. Präsentation auf dem Bitkom AI Summit 2018, Hanau, Germany, 1. März 2018.
  • V. Plenk, S. Lang, F. Wogenstein. Providing user guidance in special purpose machines by machine-learning algorithms. International Journal On Advances in Software, 10(3 and 4):167 – 179, December 2017.
  • V. Plenk, S. Lang, F. Wogenstein. Scoring of machine-learning algorithms for providing user guidance in special purpose machines. Proceedings of CENTRIC 2017: The Tenth International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services, Athens, October 2017.
  • V. Plenk. Angewandte Netzwerktechnik kompakt. Springer Fachmedien,Wiesbaden, 2017

  • V. Plenk. Improving Special Purpose Machine User-Interfaces by Machine-Learning Algorithms. Proceedings of CENTRIC 2016 : The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services, August 2016, Rome, Italy
  • C. Anzer, R. Krause, S. Olbrich, B. Okolo, and A. Wimmer. Editor V.Plenk. Proceedings of the 1st International Research Colloquium. Hof-University 2015.
  • V. Plenk. Embedded Software im Maschinenbau - Methoden und Probleme bei mittelständischen Sondermaschinenbauern. Automatisierungstechnische Praxis (atp), 51(4):56 – 59, April 2009.
  • V. Plenk. Experiences with visual programming in engineering applications. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems, pages 20 – 23, Skokie, Illinois, September 2009. Knowledge Systems Institute.
  • V. Plenk. Erfahrungen mit visueller Programmierung bei Ingenieuranwendungen. In V. Malisa, editor, AALE 2010 Tagungsband, pages 157 – 162, Wien, 11/12. Februar 2010. Verein zur Förderung der Automation und Robotik.
  • V. Plenk. Skriptum zur Vorlesung Signalverarbeitung. Hochschule Hof, 2011.
  • V. Plenk. A benchmark for embedded software processes used by special-purpose machine manufacturers. In Proceedings of the third international Conference on Software Engineering Advances, pages 166 – 171, Los Alamonitos, 2008. CPS.
  • V. Plenk. Wege zu vergleichbaren Rauheitsprofilen bei der Messung mit mechanischen und optischen Tastern. Number 611 in Reihe 8: Mess-, Steueruungs- und Regelungs- technik. VDI Fortschrittsberichte, Düsseldorf, 1997.
  • V. Plenk. Rauheitsmessung mit optischen Tastern. FEINWERKTECHNIK MIKRO- TECHNIK MICROELEKTRONIK, pages 376–379, 1996.
  • V. Plenk. Mathe-Software im Praxistest. FEINWERKTECHNIK MIKROTECHNIK MI- CROELEKTRONIK, pages 185–191, 1996.
  • D. Maier, V. Plenk, J. Kopietz, and F. Dinkel. Auswertung der geometrischen Oberflächenbeschaffenheit von Feinblechen. Blech Rohre Profile, 43:694–698, 1996.
  • V. Plenk. Device independent description of surface-measurement-systems. In Proceedings of the 8th International Precision Engineering Seminar, page 49..52, Compiègne, France, May 1995.
  • V. Plenk. Theoretical evaluation of surface-measurement-systems. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Ultraprecision in Manufacturing Engineering, page 366..369, Aachen, Germany, Mai 1994.
  • V. Plenk. Mit Baudot-Code drucken. CHIP, (2):196 – 199, Februar 1985.
Prof. Dr. Valentin Plenk | University of Applied Science Hof

Prof. Dr. Valentin Plenk

Engineering Department
Industrial Engineering

Hochschule Hof
Alfons-Goppel-Platz 1
95028 Hof

Room: A 136
Phone +49 (0) 9281 / 409 4690
Fax: +49 (0) 9281 / 409 55 4690
E-Mail: valentin.plenkhof-university.LÖ

Office hours

Wednesday, from 09:45 to 10:45
registration via Tanja Reinel-Tröger

Teaching area / Field

Control Engineering


Vice President Research and Development
Laboratory Head Industrial Automation
Laboratory Head Factory of the Future



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