Theo J.A. de Vries is a scientist-entrepreneur in the field of mechatronics. He is head of the department Software & Control with VIRO, a company based in Hengelo, the Netherlands, involved with engineering and project management. In addition, he holds a position as an Associate Professor at the Robotics and Mechatronics group of the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
Theo was born in Wolvega, The Netherlands, in 1966. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, in 1990 and 1994, respectively, following a special program that combined courses of the Faculties of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. From 1994 onwards, he has held a faculty position in intelligent control and mechatronics at the University of Twente. In 2001, he co-founded Imotec B.V., and was a director of this company until 2015. His main research interest is the development of controlled electromechanical systems using learning controllers.