Christian Kober

Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Christian is a visiting Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Digital Value group of the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, currently under the supervision of Dr. Veronica Martinez. He is also a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Composite Technology Center (CTC) of Airbus in Stade, Germany. His work is part of the project "Laboratory for intelligent lightweight production (LaiLa)", funded by and the European Union, in which he is conducting research on how to apply Digital Twins (DT) in manufacturing more effectively.

In Cambridge, Christian is working on a top-tier journal paper publication on DTs in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). His research has been presented at various international conferences in Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Italy, and Germany. In addition to his doctoral research, Christian supports the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in developing a standard for Digital Twins. He also serves as an assistant to the board of the German Academic Association for Production Technology (WGP).

Christian studied Industrial Engineering and Management (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in Germany and Australia. Before his doctoral research, he gained valuable industry experience as a transnational project leader for Airbus, responsible for the smooth implementation of product modifications in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, USA, and China. He also worked for Mercedes-Benz, where he developed a lightweight structural component, winning several prizes, resulting in a patent.

Throughout his academic journey, Christian has received numerous scholarships and awards for his outstanding performance, personality, and social commitment. He has demonstrated an ongoing interest in entrepreneurship, having co-founded a venture during his studies. Beyond academia, Christian has a diverse range of interests. He used to be a competitive swimmer, winning several medals on a national level. Currently, he enjoys volleyball and dancing.

Selected Publications:

Kober, C., Fette, M., Wulfsberg, J.P. (2022): Challenges of Digital Twin Application in Manufacturing, Proceedings of the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM). Kuala Lumpur: IEEE XPlore, pp. 162-168,

Kober, C., Adomat, V., Ahanpanjeh, M., Fette, M., Wulfsberg, J.P. (2022): Digital Twin Fidelity Requirements Model For Manufacturing, In: Herberger, D.; Hübner, M. (Eds.): Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPSL 2022). Vancouver: publish-Ing., pp. 595-611,

Kober, C., Algan, B.N., Fette, M., Wulfsberg, J.P. (2023): Relations of Digital Twin Fidelity and Benefits: A Design-to-Value Approach, Proceedings of the 33rd CIRP Design Conference, Sydney: Procedia CIRP (in print)

Kober, C., Fette, M., Wulfsberg, J.P. (2023): A Method for Calculating Optimum Digital Twin Fidelity, Proceedings of the 56th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Cape Town: Procedia CIRP (in print)


Adomat, V., Ehrhardt, J., Kober, C., Ahanpanjeh, M., Wulfsberg, J.P. (2022): A Machine Learning Approach for Revenue Management in Cloud Manufacturing, Proceedings of the 16th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering 2022, Naples: Procedia CIRP (in print)


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