Robert Piloty

About Robert Piloty

Robert Piloty

As an internationally renowned pioneer, Robert Piloty has made outstanding research contributions and developments in the field of program-controlled computer systems. He was appointed to the Darmstadt Technical University in 1964 and founded the Institute for Communication Processing in the former Faculty of Electrical Engineering (today the Institute for Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).

Prof. Piloty recognized the importance of electronic computer systems early on. Through his initiative and under his technical leadership, the PERM (Program-Controlled Electronic Calculator, Munich) was developed at the Technical University of Munich in the early 1950s, in which electrical engineers and mathematicians collaborated in a special way. The PERM was not just a demonstration model, but a fully functional digital computer system that served for 17 years as the core of the Leibniz Computer Center in Munich. It is now displayed in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Prof. Piloty was also instrumental in setting up computer science as an independent discipline in Germany as well as at the TU Darmstadt. As a member of the General Assembly and Vice President of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Robert Piloty has represented German computer science internationally for many years.

His many achievements have been recognized by national and international awards.