Dr Thomas Fischer is Deputy Head of Management Research at the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf. After studying cybernetics engineering he finished his PhD in cooperative innovation management. He deals with Textile 4.0, i.e. the digitalisation of the textile value creation, and the resulting issues regarding innovations, production, sustainability and business. His work also focuses on knowledge-based systems, big data and AI in production and product development.