Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Bretschneider

Academic and professional career

Since 2022

Director of Fraunhofer IOSB-AST in Ilmenau together with Prof. Rauschenbach

Since 2016

University Professor for Energy Use Optimization at Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau)

Head of the Department of Energy Utilization Optimization in the Faculty of
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Ilmenau

Since 2011

Head of the Energy department - now renamed Cognitive Energy Systems department (KES) - of Fraunhofer IOSB.


Deputy head of the Advanced System Engineering branch AST of Fraunhofer IOSB


Doctorate on "Prediction of pattern-based nonlinear stochastic signals".
Since 1996 Employed at the Ilmenau Advanced System Technology branch AST of Fraunhofer IOSB 

Areas of focus

Research areas

  • Time series forecasting
  • Energy use optimization
  • Methods of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • self-learning energy management
  • cognitive assistance systems for energy systems

Application areas

  • automated data plausibilization and analysis
  • energy management and energy data management
  • load and power supply forecasting
  • energy use optimization
  • optimal operational management of sectoral and cross-sectoral energy systems

Memberships / committee activities

National committees, associations and societies

  • 2020 to present, DKE/AK 931.0.10 Energy Efficiency in Industrial Automation
  • 2018 to present, member of Open District Hub e. V.
  • 2017 to present, Member of the BMWi Research Network Energy
  • 2015 to present, member of the advisory board for the Thuringian energy transition of the Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation
  • 2015 to 2021, RIS3 Thuringia, Working Group "Sustainable Energy and Resource Use"
  • 2013 to present, member of the Thuringian Renewable Energy Network e. V. (ThEEN)
  • 2013 to 2019, member of the board and deputy chairman of the board
    2013 to date, member of VDE e. V.
  • 2013 to present, member of the FNN of VDE e. V.
    Since 2021, member of the steering committee for grid technology and grid operation
  • 2011 to 2017, member of the SolarInput e. V. association.
  • 2007 to present, member of the BDI working group "Internet of Energy".
  • 2019 to present, Scientific Alliance Spokesperson of the BMBF-funded growth core "smood - smart neighborhood".

Fraunhofer committees

  • 2004 to present, Member of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance
  • 2013 to present, Deputy Spokesperson of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance
  • 2020 to present, Spokesperson of the Fraunhofer institutes of the Fraunhofer research initiative "Open District Hub"
  • 2006 to 2016, Member and Coordinator of the Fraunhofer Network "Intelligent Energy Networks".