Copyright: Ronald Schnabel


The Conference

Attracting about 400 participants from more than 20 countries, the 17th International Conference on New Actuator Systems and Applications is the most important market place to meet leading international specialists, to share their expertise and to start business cooperations in the field of new actuator technologies. ACTUATOR has been the key forum for actuators based on smart materials and micro technologies as well as their applications in all areas of engineering for thirty years now. Over the years a huge variety of excellent ideas and results has been reported. A lot of them have been raised from vision to mass product. Among the success stories you will find quite a number of established applications of new actuators, in particular their well-known use in fuel
injection, adaptive shock absorbers, nanopositioning, precision engineering like camera lenses and other applications of miniaturized drives. In this way, ACTUATOR has launched the realization of new product generations with outstanding compactness and high performance properties which so far have not been achieved in conventional technologies. A small wonder that based on this ignition, resulting in gaining access to new markets.

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Target Audience

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ACTUATOR 2021 , International Conference and Exhibition on New Actuators and Drive System is the 17th in a series of biennial conferences which for the first time will be held in Mannheim, Germany.

In 2018 Messe Bremen passed on the organisation of the ACTUATOR Conference to the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies. Within VDE, the GMM Society for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Precision Engineering will from that date on be responsible for the organization and the economic success of the conference. According to GMM’s business practice, the conference management will be in the hands of our members on voluntary basis.


Our target audience

leading experts, suppliers and users in the field of new actuators and low-power electromagnetic drives from all over the world. The invitation to attend ACTUATOR is directed at executives and researchers from industrial companies as well as institutes, colleges and universities, who are interested in the transfer of R&D results into innovative actuator applications and drive technologies.

Since 1992 the conference has focused on

  • actuators based on smart materials and miniaturised electromagnetic drives.
  • At that time, silicon was found to be the basic material for a new promising trend: integrated systems including sensors and actuators based on semiconductor technology. Microsystem technology / MEMS had been born.
  • Thus, there was a need for new thin film micro actuators based on smart materials like e. g. piezoelectric crystals, shape memory alloys, giant magnetostrictive materials.

ACTUATOR provides ...

  • a forum for the presentation and the exchange of RTD results. Lots of new products have been presented in the meantime, showing a huge performance in a minimum volume, designed for industrial as well as home applications.
  • Well-known examples are the autofocus lenses for cameras as well as the fuel injection systems, both based on piezo actuators.
  • Karl Lubitz of SIEMENS AG, member of the Programme Committee summed up the role of ACTUATOR in this concern concisely:
    “ACTUATOR creates visions! Without the visions presented at previous ACTUATOR we would not have been able to manage the development of this product”.  

In 2018 the event celebrated its 30th anniversary. We have handled about 2000 conference presentations published on 10,000 pages conference proceedings during these years – and we would appreciate to continue with your visions!

Thanks to all who have contributed and supported us to manage these efforts.



Conference Topics


Technological Topics
- Electromagnetic actuators
- Piezoelectric actuators /Piezoelectric motors
- Magnetic shape memory actuators
- Magnetostrictive actuators
- Micro / nano actuators
- Actuators based on ER / MR fluids
- Polymer actuators / Electroactive polymer devices
- Shape memory actuators
- Shape memory polymer actuators
- Emerging actuation principles
- Actuator control and electronics
- Pneumatics
- Hydaulics
- Photonic actuators
- Bio actuators

Application-oriented Topics
- Active vibration / active noise control
- Aerospace / aviation
- Automation
- Robotics / micro robotics / soft robotics
- Automotive
- Haptic / tactile devices
- Medical devices / medical engineering
- Microfluidic handling
- Micro / nano manipulation and positioning
- Microscopy / scanning probe microscopy
- Information technology
- Manufacturing / micro assembly
- Process engineering
- Biotechnology
- Optics / laser
- Precision engineering


Committee Members


Programme Committee 2020

We appreciate the support of the following experts:

Schlaak, Helmut F. (Chairman) | Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Amrhein, Wolfgang | Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Ando, Akira | Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto, Japan
Chikhaoui, M. Taha | CNRS, TIMC-IMAG Laboratory, Grenoble, France
Choi, Seung-Bok | Inha University, Nam-Gu, Incheon, South Korea
Claeyssen, Frank | CEDRAT Technologies S.A., Meylan, France
Goldasz, Janusz | BWI Beijing West Industries Technical Center Kraków, Poland
Henke, Markus | Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Kanda, Takefumi | Okayama University, Japan
Karkosch, Hans-Jürgen | Contitech Vibration Control GmbH, Hannover, Germany
Keller, Roland | Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG, Schönaich, Germany
Keplinger, Christoph | University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Krippner, Peter | Bürkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kullik, Götz | Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Lübeck, Germany
Lötters, Joost | Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V., Ruurlo, Netherlands
Maas, Jürgen | Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Manfredi, Luigi | University of Dundee, Great Britain
Maroufi, Mohammad | Apple Inc. in California, USA
Marienfeld, Peter | Contitech Vibration Control GmbH, Hannover, Germany
Monner, Hans Peter | German Aerospace Center (DLR), Braunschweig, Germany
Morishima, Keisuke | Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Morita, Takeshi | Tokyo University, Japan
Müller, Bert | University of Basel, Switzerland
Müllner, Peter | Boise State University, USA
Pagounis, Emmanouel | ETO MAGNETIC GmbH, Stockach, Germany
Perret, Jérôme | Haption GmbH Technologiezentrum am Europaplatz, Aachen, Germany
Pertsch, Patrick | PI Ceramic GmbH, Lederhose, Germany
Pott, Peter | University of Stuttgart, Germany
Preumont, André | Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Price, Aaron | The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Seelecke, Stefan | Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany
Spomer, Waldemar | Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG, Karlsruhe, Germany
Takasaki, Masaya | Saitama University, Japan
Uchino, Kenji | The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Vander Poorten, Emmanuel | Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
Vergani, Giorgio | SAES Getters S.p.A., Lainate, Italy
Wallrabe, Ulrike | University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering
– IMTEK, Germany