Expanded Tasks

World Robotics Federation IFR Has a New General Secretary

Dr. Susanne BiellerFrankfurt (GER), May 2019 - The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has appointed Dr. Susanne Bieller as new General Secretary. She assumed her duties on 01 May 2019, taking over from Gudrun Litzenberger, who is retiring. On the same date, Litzenberger handed over the management of the IFR Statistical Department to Dr. Christopher Müller.

The rapid rise of the use of robots and automation has significantly expanded the tasks of the International Federation of Robotics worldwide. "As an ‘ambassador of robotics’, I am looking forward to supporting the dynamic development of robotics and continue IFR’s successful work in future," says Dr. Susanne Bieller. "One of my focus tasks will be to ensure a better understanding of the complex industry issues around the globe".


Prior to her new assignment, Dr. Bieller worked for five years as a project manager for the European Robotics Association EUnited Robotics. She began her professional career as managing director of the flat-panel-display group at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in Frankfurt, where she worked for seven years. After completing her academic career, the PhD Chemist went to the European Commission in Brussels, where she worked in public relations and communications.

Dr. Christopher Müller is head of the IFR Statistical Department and responsible for worldwide industry data and analyses. In this role, the PhD economist also takes care of the annual "IFR World Robotics Report". Today, this study is regarded as the most important source for global robot statistics and covers all market-relevant activities of industrial and service robots.

Gudrun Litzenberger took over the responsibility for World Robotics Statistics in 2003 and has been General Secretary of the IFR since 2008. Last summer, she received the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award - the world's most important industry award - with the jury honoring her outstanding commitment. She has helped develop the field of robot statistics and established the International Federation of Robotics as the voice of robotics worldwide.

The International Federation of Robotics represents more than fifty manufacturers of industrial robots and national robot associations from over twenty countries. It was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization.