IT-Praktiker Camp 2019

15th October 2019

On 15th October IT Praktiker Camp 2019 of Streit systec GmbH took place in Freiburg. The main topic of the event was the use of Artificial Intelligence in companies. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß was giving a speech about innovative IT solutions there. It's about how companies can use and benefit from digital change by solving problems with innovative solutions.

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Full SPAICER proposal submitted

After winning the AI competition of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) against strong national competition, the full proposal has now been submitted successfully and on time by all consortium partners of the project SPAICER.

Special thanks go to all members of the team involved in the realisation and to the partners of the consortium. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation and an exciting project.

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23.10.2019 1 pm

On 23 October at 1 p.m. the ISS Chair of Prof. Maaß invites all interested persons to the "Semester Kick Off" in building A5.4 Seminar room 2.24. In a relaxed atmosphere, interesting projects will be presented, insights into the work of the chair as well as the opportunity to ask questions will be offered while enjoying food and drinks. Students from all faculties who would like to get to know the Chair of ISS better are welcome.

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Courses WS19/20

Since the winter semester 19/20 is about to start, students can now register for the following courses on moodle: In addition to the seminar papers, the bachelor courses "Service Management" and "Web Technologies" are available and for the master students we offer "Value Engineering". The chair ISS is looking forward to exciting lectures and a good cooperation with the students.


Key qualification: Projectmanagement

24th and 26th September 2019

On 24th and 26th September 2019 the key qualification project management for students of business administration and business informatics took place at German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken. The key qualification focused on IT project management and the example of the numerous and diverse research and industrial projects of the chair ISS and the research group Smart Service Engineering (DFKI) illustrates the practical procedure for the management of such projects.

The development of operational application systems and products with software and hardware components (IT systems) mostly takes the form of projects. When planning, organizing and managing projects, general methods of project management can be used, but IT-specific requirements and general conditions must also be taken into account. As part of the key qualification, the focus is therefore on the practice-oriented learning of both soft and hard skills. This includes Project Preparation, in particular application for research projects; Project Organization; Cost and Time Planning; Issue Management; Team Building & Management; Risk Management and Communication Management.

During the two-day event at DFKI in Saarbrücken 26 participating students were given a theoretical basic knowledge on the subject of project management, followed by group work, stakeholder analysis and development of the business context for projects EVAREST, SPAICER, FDA, PrädBioSys and EPO-Predict headed by Prof. Dr-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß. To successfully complete the key competences and obtain the 3 credit points, the students will work out their results in written composition, based on the findings from the 2-day event.


BMWi Forum Digital Technologies

19th September

On Thursday, 19th September 2019, the opening of the new Digital Technologies Forum took place in Berlin. As part of this, the research project SPAICER headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß was rewarded as winner of the AI ​​Innovation Competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The Forum Digital Technologies is a networking platform and exhibition space for selected research projects and innovations in the field of digital technologies from Germany concerning topics like Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, the Forum offers a platform for more visibility and promotes exchange and knowledge transfer for research projects in these areas.

The official launch of the forum on 19th September was used to honor the winners of the AI Innovation Competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the scope of that SPAICER project was also rewarded by Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum, state secretary of BMWi. Thanks to this success, the SPAICER project is funded by the BMWi over a three-year implementation period.

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Visit to DFKI by Australian Abassador

Today, the Australian Ambassador I.E. Lynette Wood visited the DFKI. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß had the honour to present the DFKI.

In addition to an insight into the research areas and competence centres of DFKI, Ms Wood had the opportunity to ask questions about current DFKI projects on the topic of artificial intelligence. A special focus laid on the projects of the Smart Service Engineering Group under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß. The projects SPAICER, EVAREST, WADA, Pathmate I + II as well as FDA , were addressed.

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Future of Mobility

5th September 2019

"Future of Mobility Summit 2019" took place in Berlin on 5th September 2019. As part of the topic "Future of Mobility and its effects on the business models of TODAY and TOMORROW", Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß gave a lecture entitled "How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the mobility industry?"

Future of Mobility Summit aims to explore the mobility of tomorrow. The interest and necessity of this can be attributed to the fact that more and more innovative technological applications are entering the mobility market and fundamentally changing it. The focus is on the effective design of mobility and transport, which requires good networking and good interfaces. That's why mobility market players come together at the Future of Mobility Summit to work together on these issues.

Apart from the two initiators Sven Göth and Martin Johann Fröhlich, numerous players from the mobility industry came together in Berlin on 5th September to discuss the future of mobility and to promote the aspect of sustainability and the environment. After five keynote presentations, the most important topics were discussed in small groups in order to find solutions. Subsequently, in the big round, these solutions were presented and debated again in order to develop a "Future Mobility Trend Map".

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BREAKING NEWS

3rd September 2019

The SPAICER project wins the innovation competition "Artificial Intelligence (AI)" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

Production companies struggle with disruptions every day. These can be external disturbances, such as delays in logistics, raw material shortages and politically motivated trade barriers, but also internal disturbances, such as illness, tool breakdowns and production stoppages. The AI lighthouse project SPAICER was selected as an important element for the implementation of the AI strategy of the Federal Government. SPAICER will thus make a contribution to "AI made in Germany", with which an international trademark for modern, safe and public welfare oriented AI applications is to be developed on the basis of the European canon of values. Together with leading researchers and production companies, SPAICER is investigating how artificial intelligence methods can be transformed into resilience management for industry in order to better prepare for and react to disturbances. The SPAICER consortium has successfully won the AI competition of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) against strong, national competition and will, under the leadership of Prof. Wolfgang Maaß (DFKI), be funded with more than 10 million Euro for three years.

"In concrete terms, SPAICER (www.spaicer.de) is about developing an ecosystem and a platform for smart resilience services to strategically improve the resilience of the production industry," explains Wolfgang Maaß, scientific director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken. Resilience is the ability of a company to permanently adapt to internal and external changes and disturbances in complex, rapidly changing production networks. This research on resilience management is driven, among other things, by the growing complexity and fragility of an industry 4.0 production, volatility of political, economic and ecological contexts, uncertainties in the supply of raw materials and, last but not least, by demographic change and increasing qualification requirements. Technologically, SPAICER follows an agent-based, modular and open approach to developing smart resilience services based on world leading AI technologies and industry 4.0 standards. SPAICER is embedded in a broad ecosystem of industrial partners, leading research institutions and associations. The project also focuses on the transfer of knowledge to industry through certificates and innovative education and training on resilience. Based on this, Wolfgang Maaß sees the opportunity to develop a powerful AI-based software industry around the topic of resilience: "It is not about recovering from a single setback. It is about giving production companies the ability to permanently anticipate changes and disruptions, to react to them and to adapt to them. SPAICER's contribution is to make German industry more competitive, and for that we need powerful AI-based resilience technology".

In addition to DFKI, SPAICER includes the renowned Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University, the University of Freiburg, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University, the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU), deZem, Feintool, SAP, SCHOTT, SCHAEFFLER, SEITEC, SENSEERING and Waelzholz. A further 39 associated partners support the project consortium with important practical knowledge.

Contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

phone: +49 (0)681 302-64736

E-mail: wolfgang.maass@dfki.de

www.spaicer.de

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Kick-Off Future Data Assets

13th August 2019

Today on 13th August 2019, the kick-off of the project Future Data Assets took place at FIR (Institute for Industrial Management) at RWTH Aachen. The project is initiated by the Chair of Business Administration, especially Information and Services Systems headed by Prof. Dr-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß.

The objective of Future Data Assets is intelligent data accounting for the determination of corporate data. This data balance is intended in particular to close the gap with regard to classical reporting and there are two key features: the data balance management report with a past-oriented character and the data balance forecast report with a future-oriented character.

The project has a term of 36 months and is also funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi). Saarland University (UdS), FIR e.V. of RWTH Aachen as well as the companies atlan-tec, Deloitte, DMG MORI and the specialty chemicals company Kuraray are part of the project as partners.

At today's kick-off in the Smart Logistics cluster of FIR at the RWTH Aachen, representatives of Atlan-tec, Deloitte, DMG MORI, FIR, UdS, Kuraray i4.0 Maturity Center, SWISDATA took part. In the scope of the kick-off, two workshops were held on the subject of "Requirements Analysis for Data Accounting" and "Project Management WorldCafe". kick-off-fda-gruppenfoto.jpg


Second EVAREST project meeting

11th July 2019

On Thursay, July 11th our second EVAREST project meeting with all partners took place at Lindt in Aachen. Representatives of Software AG, FIR e. V. at the RWTH Aachen, Lindt and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß and employees of the research area Smart Service Engineering came together.

The EVAREST project started in January 2019 with the aim of developing and utilizing data products as assets in the ecosystem of food production on the basis of an open, technical data platform created across company boundaries as well as economic and legal usage concepts.

At the consortium meeting in Aachen the results of a survey designed by the partners FIR and AMI were presented. This is used as input to the status quo of the digitization of industrial food production. In addition, a joint workshop using the Innovation Design methodology (see Ouden, 2011) developed various values ​​and requirements for future stakeholders of the EVAREST ecosystem. After the lunch break, an exciting tour of the factory in Aachen was offered - the largest location in the entire Lindt Group. Subsequently, the current status of the conception of data products in food production was presented by DFKI. In addition to the analysis of existing and conceptual design of future data streams in production, possibilities for the representation of data products as well as the application possibilities of smart contracts for the protection of data products in the ecosystem were investigated.

The consortium of EVAREST project also plans to present first prototypical realizations at fairs in the coming year, like e.g. the HMI or Interpack and industry meetings, such as the German Fruit & Vegetable Congress, meat and milk congresses. We look forward to your inquiries, your feedback on the project and, in the future, interesting discussions and contacts at trade fairs and congresses.

More information about the project EVAREST can be found [here][1].

[1]: https: //www.evarest.de/


VDI AUTOMATION 2019

2nd -3rd July

From 2nd -3rd July 2019 the VDI AUTOMATION 2019 takes place in Baden-Baden. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß himself and representatives of the research area Smart Service Engineering and the Chair of Business Administration, in particular Business Informatics in the Services sector take part to represent with research project SPAICER.

The VDI AUTOMATION 2019 congress will be held for the 20th time this year and is known as a major congress of measurement and automation technology in Germany. This year's event is themed "Autonomous Systems and 5G in Connected Industries" and offers a wide range of programs on the subjects measurement and automation technology, 5G in automation and development of digital business models. The congress is characterized by exciting lectures and exhibitions as well as lively discussions.

As part of the VDI AUTOMATION 2019, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß gives lectures on the first day of the congress. The first lecture is about artificial intelligence and is entitled "Real-time Optimization in Agricultural Production". As a second lecture Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß gives an insight into the topic "Information security in the environment of (process) automation".

The full article about "Echtzeit-Optimierung in der landwirtschaftlichen Produktion" by Prof. Dr-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß and Dr.-Ing. Sabine Janzen can be found here. 2e63faea-13f5-4167-a234-31accc4268a6.jpg


SPAICER Symposium

26th June 2019

Yesterday, on 26th June 2019, the symposium of research project SPAICER took place in Spreespeicher in Berlin. As a part of the event, which revolved around the topic of resilience management, in addition to the core consortium, many representatives of interested companies participated.

With its concept idea, the research department Smart Service Engineering of DFKI, the institutes TIM and WZL of RWTH Aachen and the senseering GmbH, together with 34 other teams, succeeded in the competition “Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems” of BMWi. The vision of the project is to develop a framework model for AI-based resilience management for manufacturing companies in value creation networks.

The day of the symposium in Berlin started at 9:30 am with an accreditation. Afterwards the first lecture about the theme "Resilience management and Artificial Intelligence" by Professor Maaß followed. Professor Thomas Bergs from WZL of RWTH Aachen hold a lecture with the title “manufacturing resilience using the example of aviation". Following this, Jens Gerhard represented the Feintool System Parts Jena GmbH with resilience management in production from the point of view of a medium-sized company. As a representative of the University of Freiburg, Professor Bernhard Nebel gave an insight into the topic "Increase of resilience through planning techniques". Just before lunch-break, Florian Grigoleit from inSafe.ai spoke about the support of the AI in the development of safety-critical products. At 1:20 pm, the panel discussion between representatives of the WLZ, TIM, senseering GmbH and Feintool System Party Jena GmbH tied on. As part of the specialized forums, the event passed to its more interactive part. Topics of the discussion included "Resilience management in the modern industrial enterprises" and "AI-based resilience management for companies in manufacturing networks". At the end of the official part, there was the possibility to collect information about the applicants' advice for the SPAICER project. To let the long day of the symposium end, everybody had the chance to network at the "Get Together" in the afternoon.

We want to thank all the speakers, organizers, participants and all other people who helped to make the symposium with its interesting inputs and discussions successful!

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6th - 8th June 2019

From 6th - 8th June 2019, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) took place in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg. Within the scope of the forum and the panel on “Data in Service of the State and Society” Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß gave a lecture about "AI-based Resilience Management for Production Systems".

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation. Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

At this year's SPIEF, Wladimir Putin gave the opening speech and the Chinese President Xi Jinping participated as a guest of honor at the forum. In addition, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig and many management boards of German companies attended the event in St. Petersburg. The panel on “Data in Service of the State and Society” offered interesting discussions on artificial intelligence and resilience management but also necessary changes of society, politics, regulations and public adminstrations were discussed very lively and open minded.

Click here to see Prof. Dr-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß speaking at Panel "Data in Service of the State and Society".


Juni 2019

Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts EVAREST wird eine Studie durchgeführt, die u.a. Fragen nach dem Fortschritt der Digitalisierung in der Lebensmittelindustrie beantworten soll. Weitere Informationen und der Link zur Online-Umfrage hier. #evarestproject #dfki #ami #fir #softwareag #lindt #unisaarland


SPAICER symposium

26th June 2019

On 26th June 2019, a symposium on the project SPAICER will take place in Spreespeicher Berlin from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm to which we would like to cordially invite. As part of the symposium, we would like to discuss the challenges and requirements for innovative resilience management for production companies.

The SPAICER consortium, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), was founded to support resilience management in manufacturing companies through the use of Smart Services and Artificial Intelligence. The significance of the topic can be explained by the high demands placed on the flexibility of installation, conversion and learning processes within production in the sense of Industry 4.0. As a result, companies are more than ever required to increase their resilience.

You can register until 18th June 2019 under the following link.

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SPAICER at AKF

21st May 2019

Today, on 21st May 2019 there was an interim meeting of working group feinblanking (AKF) in Aachen. The project SPAICER, at which the research group "Smart Service Engineering" of DFKI headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß is involved as the consortium leader, was discussed in the context of this event.

The AKF, which was founded by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University, is a strategic research tool for innovative companies in the fineblanking technology sector. The merger of experts in the field of fineblanking technology as well as the expertise of companies in the fields of tool technology, lubricant technology, materials technology and plant technology creates an excellent basis for sophisticated joint research.

As part of the event, in addition to a presentation on the SPAICER project, a study on "material trends" and projects on the topics of "wear detection using structure-borne sound including lubricants" and "fineblanking with carbide" were presented by representatives of RWTH Aachen University.

More detailed information about the SPAICER project can be found here!


World Intelligence Congress 2019

16th - 19th May 2019

From 16th – 19th of May 2019 the third edition of World Intelligence Congress (WIC) took place in Tianjin, in the northeast of China. Within the scope of the congress Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß gave a keynote with the title “Resilience Management in the Age of Industry 4.0” by invitation of Lenovo Group Ltd.

In 2017, the World Intelligence Congress was set under the background of promoting the development of the intelligent science and technology industry. Since then, WIC has been the first large-scale high-end exchange platform in the field of intelligent science and technology. The end-to-end international conference aim is to be a world-class platform for innovation collaboration in global intelligent science and technology industry, demonstrating new achievements and progress.

This year's WIC was dedicated to the topic "Intelligence New Era: Progress, Planning and Opportunity" and offered an international platform with conference, exhibitions and various competitions. Several companies supported the event as strategic partners, such as Lenovo Group Ltd. The Lenovo Group Ltd. was founded in 1984 in the Chinese city of Beijing. The multinational technology company Lenovo designs, develops, manufactures, and sells mainly computers and smartphones. Besides Lenovo operates in the areas of the connected world, Smart City and Industry 4.0.

As part of WIC, Lenovo organized the so-called Forum for the Smart Industry Revolution Summit. In addition to the lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, Lenovo Management Seniors gave various talks about the capabilities bringing digital innovations to companies based on high-performance computing infrastructures, edge computing and IoT, cloud computing, data analytics, and AI.

Further information about WIC can be found here!

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Kick-off Meeting: CML project

14th May 2019

On 14th May 2019 the kick-off of the project "Cognitive Manufacturing Lab (CML)" took place at Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen. As representative for the research group Smart Service Engineering (SSE) at DFKI, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, Shashwat Sahay attended. Furthermore, Tobias Kaufmann and Philipp Neimietz, who both represented the WZL, participated.

The CML is a research environment, which is managed by the research group Smart Service Engineering of DFKI and WZL of RWTH Aachen. In this environment, innovative concepts of AI-based production environments from the perspective of production technology, artificial intelligence and business management in simulated and real environments will be investigated. Objective is to bring together a broad-based, excellent research with industrial users. Thereby breakthroughs in the usage of artificial intelligence in the modern production should be pushed forward interdisciplinarily as well as collaboratively and should be transferred sustainably into practice.

During the kick-off, theoretical aspects of the grinding process and the data logging process were discussed. Besides it was considered how AI/ML could be used to further rationalize the grinding process by identifying different cause-effect relationships, the formation of a monitoring system for coolant lubrication was characterized and a timeline for the achievement of further research objectives was formed.

For more information about CML you can click here!


KVD Spotlight "mobile solutions"

14th May 2019, 9:30am - 5:00pm

On 14th May 2019 the workshop „KDV Spotlight – mobile solutions“, which was organized by Kundendienst-Verband Deutschland e.V. (KDV e.V.), took place in Darmstadt. In the scope of this event Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß has given a lecture with the title “Future of mobile work through Smart Services: Application Possibilities of Technologies of Artificial Intelligence”.

The service association KVD e.V. has the mission to support specialists and managers on their way to design their technical customer service. Members obtain a significant knowledge and market advantage when it comes to networking events, training and further education as well as the integration of the latest research results.

Within the event “KVD Spotlight – mobile solutions” participants obtained knowledge-enriching information, all linked to the issue of mobile solutions. Due to this information successful approaches and innovative impulses should crystallize. In addition, the opportunity to generate new networks arose.

In his lecture "Future of mobile work through Smart Services: Application Possibilities of Technologies of Artificial Intelligence", Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß addressed the areas "Transformative Potentials of Smarter Services and Artificial Intelligence" and "Cooperation between the Mobile Employee and Smart Services". He also focused on the topics "Practical applications with technologies of artificial intelligence" and "Strategic design options".

For more information about KVD please click here.


Digital Technology Days

14th - 15th May 2019

From 14th - 15th May 2019, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is hosting the “Digital Technology Days (TddT)” in Berlin. Focus of the event is to discuss the latest developments and future-relevant topics in the fields of industry, mobility, health and energy.

The research group Smart Service Engineering (SSE), headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, is represented with the projects Smart Farming, SPAICER and EVAREST on TddT.

The BMWi uses state-of-the-art technology programs to promote development of cutting-edge digital technologies in and for Germany. The programs focus on the future of information and communications technology (ICT) in an early stage and help accelerate the transfer to economy. In addition TddT present outstanding results from these programs.

The two event days offer a forum for exchange and networking and should contribute to the formation of cross-industry value networks. Within the scope of the event Dr.-Ing. Sabine Janzen, Senior Researcher at DFKI in Saarbrücken and representative for SSE research group, gave a lecture on the research project SPAICER. In addition, the project Future Data Assets, which will start in August 2019, was presented. The event also included one of the last meetings of the Smart Farming project, which is going to be finalized end of May 2019, after a 3-year runtime. The results of the project were presented by representatives of RWTH Aachen at TddT.


CIRP Design Conference

8th - 10th May 2019

From 8th – 10th May 2019 the CIRP Design Conference took place in Póvoa de Varzim in Portugal. Topic of the Conference was: Open Design and Design as Exponential Technology. As a representative of ISS chair Prashant Shivaram Bhat participated and presented the paper “Automated Learning of User Preferences for Selection of High Quality 3D Designs” which has been written in cooperation with Iaroslav Shcherbatyi and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß.

The CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) is a worldwide leading company in the area of production technology. It is on top of development, optimization, control and administration of processes, machines and systems. The support of research and development among members, who are active in science and industry, in order to contribute global economic growth and well-being of society is a central theme of the company.

This year’s main focus of Design Conference was the review and the debate of progresses, research findings and industrial improvements in the area of design and technology for product development.

The conference aims to build an international forum for scientists, in which visions, status of technology and innovations, in the field of production technology, should be discussed. In addition, the youngest improvements, opinions and perspectives should be processed, to achieve a significant influence on the future of design and technology in production development.

The paper as PDF file can be found hier!


EVAREST workshop at Lindt

3rd May 2019

On Friday, 3rd May 2019, a workshop on "Data in food production" took place at Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH in Aachen as part of the EVAREST research project, which has started in January 2019.

In addition to the host team of Lindt, Prof. Christoph Sorge, Holder of the juris professorship of legal informatics at Saarland University and representatives of the research group SSE of DFKI headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß participated in the workshop.

The objective of EVAREST is the development and utilization of data products as economic goods in the ecosystem of food production. This is to be done based on an open, technical data platform, which is designed beyond company boundaries, as well as economic and legal utilization concepts. The research project is scheduled to run from January 2019 to December 2021 (36 months) and is founded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and supported by the German Aerospace Center. In the scope of the project DFKI cooperates with AMI, RWTH Aachen, Lindt, software AG and Saarland University.

During the EVAREST workshop in Aachen, the participants gathered scientific findings on the topic of "Data in food production" and discussed potential data products. Furthermore, a guided tour through the production of Lindt has been offered to the participants.

More information about EVAREST can be found here!

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Press release about research project SPAICER

6th May 2019

With its concept idea SPAICER - scalable adaptive production systems through AI-based resilience optimization, the research department Smart Service Engineering of DFKI Saarbrücken and the institutes TIME and WZL of RWTH Aachen, together with 34 other teams, succeeded in the competition "Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driver for economically relevant ecosystems" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

The vision of the SPAICER research project is to develop a framework model for AI-based resilience management for manufacturing companies in value creation networks.

The entire press release of the project can be found here or as PDF file!


Dagstuhl Seminar

25th - 26th April 2019

The seminar "Artificial Intelligence for Production Technology - Data Products, Smart Services and Resilience" took place from 25th - 26th April 2019 in Schloss Dagstuhl, a worldwide renowned meeting place for computer scientists.

During this meeting, Master and PhD students of the Chair in Business Administration, esp. Information and Service Systems, as well as members of the research group SSE of DFKI headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß presented their work on various research topics.

Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics pursues its mission of furthering world class research in computer science by facilitating communication and interaction between researchers. One important objective of Schloss Dagstuhl is including and thus promoting young talents, so is promoting the exchange of knowledge and findings between academia and industry.

Within the scope of the seminar the support of production technology, which allows manufacturing companies to anticipate internal and external disruptions through the use of Smart Resiliency Services, has been discussed. In this context, we investigated the semi-automatic creation, use and trade of data products within the production ecosystem.

More information about Schloss Dagstuhl can be found here!

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Press release about project with WADA

17th April 2019

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 with the mission of harmonizing and coordinating anti-doping programs at an international and national level concerning the detection, deterrence, and prevention of doping.

Following its motto "Play true," WADA focuses on scientific research, training, development of anti-doping capacity, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code. DFKI and WADA are working together to combat doping using machine learning techniques through the joint EPO-Predict project.

You can find the press release about our project with WADA here!


Kick-off Meeting: SPAICER Project

12th April 2019

Project "SPAICER - Scalable adaptive production systems through AI-based resilience optimization" started in April 2019. DFKI research group "Smart Service Engineering", lead by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, is consortium leader.

The project started with a joint kickoff by research group Smart Service Engineering (SSE) of DFKI, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management (TIME) as well as Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and senseering GmbH on 12th April 2019.

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for 6 months from 15th April 2019 - 15th Oktober 2019, the project will be accompanied by the Project Management Agency of German Aerospace Center (DLR) as project sponsor.

As part of AI Innovation Contest, BMWi promotes outstanding approaches for application of artificial intelligence in important sectors of German economy. The 35 best projects in the competition - amongst others our project SPAICER - are given the opportunity to develop detailed plans for the implementation of their concept idea and for the formation of consortia.


Final meeting of Smart Farming World project

28th March 2019

Last Thursday, the final meeting of Smart Farming World project took place at project partner Grimme in Damme, Lower Saxony. In addition to the project partners, also representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the DLR and the Accompanying Research Center VDI / VDE took part in this event. The focus was placed on the consideration of different use cases: Fleet Set Connect, Connected Update, Tele Expert and nPotato.

During the remaining two months of the Smart Farming World project, the results of it are going to be recorded and can thus be used in other projects like EVAREST.


Speech IPEC 2019: Edge AI and Resilience in Manufacturing

13th March 2019

On 13th March 2019 Prof. Dr. Maaß gave a speech at the "Integrated Plant Engineering Conference" (IPEC 2019) on the topic: Edge AI and Resilience in Manufacturing. The event was organized by the IHK Nuremberg.


Speech by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle (University of Mannheim) "Design and Evaluation of Auto-ID Enabled Shopping Assistance Artifacts in Customers' Mobile Phones: Two Retail Store Laboratory Experiments"

08.02.2019, 16:00 - 17:30

"Design and Evaluation of Auto-ID Enabled Shopping Assistance Artifacts in Customers' Mobile Phones: Two Retail Store Laboratory Experiments"

Abstract

There has been widespread use of auto-ID technologies. With the increasing diffusion of smartphones, the potential to serve content to shoppers using auto-ID technologies is starting to receive interest. Using a design science approach, we design and build, theorize about, and compare six shopping assistance artifacts by manipulating the hardware design—barcode scanner versus radio frequency identification (RFID) reader—and content design—product information versus product review versus both. We theorize about how these artifact conditions will compare to a control condition (no shopping assistance artifact available) across three sets of outcomes: technology adoption, security beliefs, and shopping. We tested our propositions in two experiments—wherein the task was varied: general browsing and shopping (n = 227) versus goal-directed shopping (n = 221)—conducted in a retail store laboratory. The RFID reader was most favorably received in terms of technology adoption outcomes and shopping outcomes, although it was most negatively viewed in terms of security beliefs. We also found that the content design conditions (i.e., product information, product reviews, and both) were perceived favorably. In a post hoc analysis, we found a twoway interaction of hardware and content designs such that content fueled by RFID was perceived most favorably in terms of technology adoption and shopping outcomes, whereas it was most negatively viewed in terms of security beliefs. Interestingly, the two-way interaction was most pronounced in the goal-directed shopping condition such that the most positive effects were observed for RFID in combination with both product information and reviews.

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Hartmut Höhle joined the University of Mannheim in Fall 2017 and holds the chair of Enterprise Systems. He was previously an associate professor of Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas and received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Stemming from his professional experiences gained while working at Deutsche Bank, he is particularly interested in how services and products can be distributed through electronically mediated channels in a retail context. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Decision Support Systems, and Journal of Computer Information Systems. He has presented at the International Conference on Information Systems and the European Conference on Information Systems. He has also served as a reviewer for leading journals including MIS Quarterly.

For further information click here!


23.01.19

A recent press release by the "Informationsdienst Wissenschaft" (scientific information service) provides information regarding our research project EVAREST.

For further information regarding food-data as a good, please click here.

www.evarest.de


As DFKI in the role of the consortium leader, we represented the project EVAREST in the synergy workshop "Smart Data Management" at lead partner DLR in Berlin. There were a total of 20 projects represented in the program.

The overall objective of the workshop was to get to know each other and to network in order to identify potential synergies, cross-cutting issues and common interfaces!

www.evarest.de


Speech: "Online Experiment-Driven Adaption", Dr. Ilias Gerostathopoulos (TU München)

11.01.2019, 15:00 - 16:00

Today we welcome Dr. Ilias Gerostathopoulos in DFKI building (D3 2), VisRoom, to hear an interesting speech about "Online Experiment-Driven Adaption". Everyone interested is cordially invited to speech and discussion!

Abstract

As modern systems become larger, more complex and customizable, it is difficult to fully model their internal workings in advance in here optimization based on operational data and experimentation. In this talk, I will present the main ideas behind Online Experiment-Driven Adaptation (OEDA), an approach whereby systems are adapted and configurations are evaluated by controlled experiments in production environments using advanced data analysis and statistical methods. In particular, I will describe the main concepts of OEDA, along with an example of a complex, hardto-model system that is amenable to online optimization via controlled experiments— the CrowdNav self-adaptation model problem. I will also describe three different types of costs in online experimentation and discuss the tradeoffs in terms of the different costs of using three different optimization algorithms: Bayesian optimization, factorial design, and local search.

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Dr. Ilias Gerostathopoulos obtained his PhD in march 2012 at Department of Distributed and Dependable Systems at Charles University in Prague on „Model Driven Development of Software-Intensive Cyber-Physical Systems“. Since January 2016 he works at Technical University of Munich as an postdoctoral researcher. His emphasis in research and publications is about „Software Architecture“, „Self-Adaptive Systems“ and „Big Data Analytics“. Current projects are the „TUM Living Lab Connected Mobility“ as well as „Collaborative Embedded Systems“. At Technical University of Munich he also gives lectures about „Internet of Things and Services“


01.01.2019

In January 2019, the so-called project EVAREST starts, in which DFKI research group "Smart Service Engineering", lead by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, is consortium leader.

EVAREST is a research project in which DFKI cooperates with AMI, RWTH Aachen, Lindt, software AG and Saarland University. The project is funded by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy over 36 months, from January 2019 until December 2021. German Aerospace Center supports the project as Project Management Agency.

EVAREST is a follow-up project to Smart Farming. Objective is development and utilization of data products as economic goods in the ecosystem of food production based on an open, technical data platform, which is designed beyond company boundaries, as well as economic and legal utilization concepts. Further information about the project can be found on the official website.


From 18th - 23rd of November 2018, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß was on a visit to Schloss-Dagstuhl, the Leibniz-Institute for Informatics. The reason for his visit was his participation in the seminar "Next Generation Domain Specific Conceptual Modeling: Principles and Methods"

Images ©Schloss Dagstuhl - LZI GmbH


TV report about the "npotato" field tests - Smart Services in the field of agriculture

On the 17th of October 2018 there was a TV report in the Logo News on ZDF about the "npotato" field tests that have been conducted in the beginning of October 2018.

You can watch the report here.

The smart and digital potato "npotato" is a result of the collaborative project "Smart Farming World" to which the project team "Smart Service Engineering", under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) contributes to. The sensors of the "npotato" capture shocks during the harvest of potatoes and collect data and therefore contribute to optimize the harvesting process.

Furthermore you can inform yourself about the latest developments concerning the "npotato" in the newsletter of the DFKI.


Visit of the Kind and Queen of the Netherlands at Saarland University

On the 11th of October 2018 the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Máxima visited the University of Saarbrücken.

Besides a visit to the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where they were received by robot Pepper, they participated at the Dutch-German business meeting "A Save and Digital Industry". Representatives from the fields of economy, teaching and science presented the latest state of the systems and prototypes as well as the results of the day. In addition, the further cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany in the field of industry 4.0 has been discussed.

During the so-called „High Level Networking“ Prof. Wolfgang Maaß took part at the round table „New Business Models“ for the development of the Smart Industry and King Willem-Alexander informed himself about the discussed subjects.

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Start of the winter semester 2018/19 and courses "Dienstleistungsmanagement und Informationssysteme" and "Value Engineering"

The ISS Chair wishes a successful start in the winter semester 2018/19 to all of the students!

This semester the courses "Dienstleistungsmanagement und Informationssysteme" (6CP) and "Value Engineering" (6CP) are being offered.

Dienstleistungsmanagement und Informationssysteme (DLM) is a modul for Bachelor students, composed of an online-lecture and an online-exercise. Contact is Hannah Stein.

Value Engineering is a modul for Master students, composed of a lecture and an exercise. An introduction is taking place on Thursday, 18th October 2018. Lecture: Thursday, 10:15 am - 11:45 am, C3 1 room 0.01. Exercise: Thursday, 12:15 pm - 13:45 pm, C3 1 room 0.01. Contact is Nurten Öksüz.

You can find further informations concerning the lectures here on the website under "http://iss.uni-saarland.de/en/teaching/".


Review of exams SS 2018

Dates for the review of “Informationsmanagement” und “Introduction into Datascience”:

Datascience: Tuesday, 16th October, 2018. 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Informationsmanagement: Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Place: ISS Chair, building A5 4, 2nd floor, room 2.24, on the right. Please register by email (sekretariat@iss.uni-saarland.de) until 18th October, 2018 until 11:00am for the exam „Informationsmanagement“


Further seminar offer in WS 2018/19

It is offered a further seminar in winter semester 2018/19 about the topic "Responsible Artificial Intelligence - Ethical Behavior of intelligent, autonomous systems".

The seminar offer is opened up for all bachelor and master courses of the department of economic sciences as long as you can bring it in the chosen course of studies. The workload and credit points submit to the particular study and examination regulations. The topic sets Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß.

The number of participants is limited to 10. You can register until July 15, 2018 at 12am by email (sekretariat@wiwipa.uni-saarland.de).

The topic assignment is probably at friday, 10 august 2018. If you have questions about the content, please send them to hannah.stein@iss.uni-saarland.de.


Press Report about "npotato": Smart Services in the field of agriculture

The current newsletter of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has published an interesting article about the presentation of the latest developments of the "npotato" on CeBIT 2018 by the research field Smart Service Engineering of DFKI. The PDF- Version of the newsletter including the article you will find here.

Furthermore there is an interesting article about the presentation of the same project on Hannover Messe 2018. The related article you will find here.


Burgstraße Discussion: Artificial Intelligence – will machines make better bankers?”

June 13, 2018

On June 13, 2018 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß participated in the series of events "Burgstraße Discussion" of the Association of the German Banks in Berlin. It was discussed the topic "Artificial Intelligence – will machines make better bankers?" with many experts from politics, business, banks and the stock market. The whole article you will find here. picture source: Bankenverband / Foto: Boris Streubel, action press

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Smart Farming World @CeBIT 2018

This year, too, the research area smart service engineering of DFKI is represented at CeBIT 2018 in Hannover. Highlight was the visit of Peter Altmaier (Minister of Econom Affairs), Anja Karliczek (Research Minister) and Stephan Weil (Minsiter of Lower Saxony).

At the stand of DFKI in hall 27 stand F 62 the latest developments of the intelligent potato nPotato is presented. We already had many interested visitors, amongst others the SPD secretary general Lars Klingbeil, as well as Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, head of the department "key technologies-research for innovation" at Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Prof. Dr. Hennig Kagermann, president of Acatech, National Academy of Science and Engineering. See nPotato live at CeBIT until 15th June! You will find further informations on the project nPotato here.

Lars Klingbeil

Wolfgang Maaß, Wolf-Dieter Lukas und Henning Kagermann


Press report about the topic "research while studying"

The newspaper of the University of Saarland "Campus Extra" has published an interesting article about Hannah Stein and Mirco Pyrtek. Both are students and they already research in the research group "Smart Service Engineering" at DFKI (German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence). The PDF- version of the newspaper including the article you will find here.


Open House, Saarland University

Saturday, 26 May 2018

At Open House at Saarland University we presented our project retail service robotics successfully.

We were happy to see many visitors that had a look at the project retail service robotics at our stand at DFKI. Thanks for the positive feedback and interesting questions! Pictures and videos you will find here.

Learn more about retail service robotics here.


Open House, Saarland University

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 to 14:00

At Saturday, May 26, 2018, the Open House at Saarland University takes place again. At the foyer of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) the results of the project „Retail Service Robotics“ will be presented. For that purpose, you will be received by the humanoid robot Pepper which was developed to interact with humans. He is able to conduct fair sales conversations with customers. We’re looking forward to many visitors!

You will find further information here.


Invitation to BMWi

8 May 2018

On 8 May 2018 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß and Matthias Barbian from Siemens Mindsphere ( https://siemens.mindsphere.io/ ) followed an invitation to BMWi.


nPotato@Hannover Messe 2018

23.04. - 27.04.2018

At this year's Hannover Messe nPotato, part of Smart Farming World project raised a lot of attention. Here you can see news coverage:

Smart Farming World, funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with project sponsor German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the subproject nPotato was embraced by visitors of HMI.

Before Hannover Messe many news around the project were published on: it-zoom, Potatobusiness, web magazine ofSaarland University Gabot, Computerwoche, Wissenschaftsjahr and many more

In addition there was a report on the radio - you can find it in SR Mediathek -only in German- as well as a report on TV

We were happy to talk to interested persons from policy and industry, amongst others with members of US Department of Commerce!


Press report about "nPotato": From the field to the bag of chips

The Web-magazin called "Campus" (University of Saarland) has recently broadcasted an interesting report about the project "Smart Farming World" and its use case "nPotato". You can find the report and the idea behind the "nPotato" here


Media report on SR: "nPotato @Hannover Messe 2018"

On the occasion of the Hannover Messe (23.04.-27.04.2018), a media report has been broadcasted on SR about the "nPotato". You can find the (german) video here.


Smart Farming @Hannover Messe 2018

Project Smart Farming with the use case "nPotato" will be presented next week at HANNOVER MESSE 2018. Find us in hall 2, stand B 46. You can find a current press report on computerwoche.de.

We are looking forward to many interesting discussions and visitors!


Lecture Information Management

11.04.2018

The 1st Infomation Management Lecture will take place on Wednesday, 11.04. at 4 pm in building E1 3 in HS II (room 0.02.1). At the usual lecture time (Thursdays 16:00-18:00) there will be no lecture in the first semester week.

At the same time, we will record the 1st lecture and make it available on our learning platform.


Press report on "Smart Farming World"

In the context of the BMWi-supported project "Smart Farming World" and the use case "nPotato", gabot.de published a press report about optimization of potato harvest and processing. You can find the report here


Inspection of Exam

Dates for exam inspections "VE" and "WT" are published.

Inspection of Exam "VE" and "WT": Wednesday, 4th of April, 2018, 11:30 am. - 12:30 pm., at ISS Chair, building A5 4, room 2.24, 2nd floor. Please register by email to Barbara Müller.


Information Days 2018

During the information days for the studies in information systems (bachelor and master) on 4 April 2018, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maaß talked about trend topics of digitalisation.

You can find the slides of the talk hier


Announcement of guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Huchzermeier and Prof. Dr. Spinler from WHU

22nd of February 2018

Guest lectures about „Proactive Retention Management in Retailing: Identifying, Predicting, and Preventing Partial Deflation“ and „Überblick zu aktueller Forschung im Kontext von Data Analytics“

Date: 22nd of February 2018, 11:00 - 12:30 am.

Location: DFKI, Building D3 2, Room Reuse, Saarland University Campus

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Meeting with the Vice-Governor of Putuo (Shanghai)

Last week there was a meeting with Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfgang Maaß and the Vice-Governor of Putuo (Shanghai)


Labor- Talks

On Monday we organized the ,,Laborgespräche" at the Saarland University. The presentation takes place in cooperation with saaris, KWT, DFKI and the Saarland University

The assistants from the Chair of Information and Service Systems showed interest and graphic examples for the Smart Service applications. The event focussed on the digitalization with the commitment of Industrie 4.0 and the Smart Service Systems for the companies. It was explained following topics: FinTech: Smart Services for the finance concerns, Digital Teaching, SmartHome, SmartFarming, Health 4.0 and Smart Dialog Services. Some services were already being used in some industrial sectors (Insurance, Healthcare, Sports, Engine Building,...). Professionals and manager, furthermore development manager from Saarland companies participated at the presentation.

After the Presentation of the ideas the entrepreneurs could talk with the scientists to create a dialog between theory and experience.


Inspection of Exam IntroDS

Date for exam inspection "IntroDS" is published.

Inspection of Exam "IntroDS": Thursday, November 2, 2017, 2 pm- 3 pm at ISS Chair, building A5 4, room 2.24, 2nd floor


4th European Data Science Summer School @ UdS

After a successful European Data Science Summer School we would like to say thank you to all supporters.

In the time 09.18 - 09.22. the 4th European Data Science Summer School takes place at the Jägerheim at Saarland University. It was organized by the Chair of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß and supported by the Chair of Prof. Dr. Jens Dittrich.

As in the year before we had a great variety of topics, including the topic statistics and predictive modeling presented from Dr. Martin Becker, Dr. Stefan Klößner, Prof. Dr. Ralph Friedmann, Dr. Felix Martin Schuhknecht and Iaroslav Shcherbatyi from the Saarland University and DFKI. The Chair of ISS will say thank you to Blue Yonder in Karlsruhe which sent Dr. Malte Tichy and Daniel Stemmer to inform the participants about machine learning on Tuesday. Furthermore we would like to thank Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl from Mannheim University for the presentation about quantitative marketing and big data, also to say thank you to Prof. Tim Conrad from the TU Berlin. He spokes about mass data in bioinformatics. The speech of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß about research in the era of big data concluded the session.

For the good cooperation with the Graduate Center of Computer Science we want to say thank you.

Our thanks also go to the 25 participants of the 4th. European Data Science Summer School for the great workshop and the teamwork.

You will find more information about it on our ED3S website.

We are looking forward to another great European Data Science Summer School next year.


nPotato@ ARD kids newscast "neun 1/2"

Saturday, October 7, 2017

nPotato, which is developed in our project Smart Farming was part of the latest episode of the kids newscast "neun 1/2".

The episode deals with the subject "Smart Farming - Are robots the future farmers?" Thanks a lot to the farmer Dirk Sandering who presented the current development status of the nPotato. We could collect many new impressions when we did attend the harvest, logistics process and storage process. Now we have some more ideas how to develop nPotato along the value chain.

See the episode here


Inspection of Exam IFM

23.10.2017

Date for exam inspection "IFM" is published.

Inspection of Exam "IFM": Monday, 23th ofOctober, 2017, 10 am-12 pm at ISS Chair, building A5 4, room 2.24, 2nd floor Please register under the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/6j7OYVihCLM0X7ju1


Internship followed by a Master Thesis

The Chair of Business Administration of the Universität des Saarlandes and the Infineon Technologies AG are looking for an interested and qualified student to conduct his/her Internship followed by a Master Thesis on the topic Artificial Intelligence by Dynamic Hysteresis Application on a Supply Chain Segmentation Process

The focus of the thesis is the application of artificial intelligence via a dynamic hysteresis application for the segmentation of Infineon’s supply chain. First a two month internship should investigate supply chain segmentation processes by hysteresis implementations.

This thesis is suitable for business administration and engineering students with a major in the area of operations and supply chain management.

Infineon Technologies AG as one of Europe’s second-largest semiconductor manufacturer is responsible for the development of semiconductors and systems for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, chip card, and security products.

Did we spark your interest?

Please find more information about the application and the master thesis in the pdf-document.

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Annual Conference of Deutscher Ethikrat

June 21, 2017

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß (DFKI/ Uds on the left), Johanna Kardel (VZBV, second one on the left) and Michael Decker (third one on the left) talked about autonomic systems and how these chance our life.

For the topic C : ,,the connected home" - of the annual Conference of Deutscher Ethikrat in Berlin Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß talked about ,,smart home as a public and open theatre."

You can take a look at the talk here and listen to the speech here. It's starts at 03.43.


Onboarding to platform economics - Smart Services for operators

June 12, 2017

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß (DFKI/UdS, on the left) and Marcus Pier (Grimme, on the right) talked about smart services in agriculture at Digital Gipfel 2017.

In the project Smart Farming World the use case "nPotato" was developed and presented at CeBIT an Hannovermesse 2017. You can take a look at the talk here, it starts from 17:11 on.


Open House, Saarland University

Saturday, 24th June 2017

At Open House at Saarland University we presented our project Smart Farming successful.

We were happy to see many visitors that had a look at the project Smart Farming World at our stand at DFKI. Thanks for the positive feedback and interesting questions.

Learn more about Smart Farming World here.


Sporty ISS Chair

Thursday, 22nd June 2017

On 22nd of June 2017 the ISS Team runs the 5 kilometer during the Firmenlauf in Homburg

Against all odds (the rainy weather and the sticky air) the ISS Chair take part in the 5th Firmenlauf in Homburg and runs 5 kilometer.


Smart Farming World@ Open House, Saarland University

Saturday, 24th June 2017

Smart Farming World will be presented at the Open House, Saarland University on Saturday, June 24. Find us at the foyer in the building of German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at Campus D3_2 from 10:00 to 14:00.


House Warming Party

The ISS Chair organized his House Warming Party at the 23rd. of May

On Tuesday the ISS Chair opened the door for visiting the new office at the 2nd. floor on Building A5.4. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß and his team showed the new rooms. During the afternoon the invited visitor could enjoy some snacks and drinks and talk together.

Also a little sport session took place. The guests could participate at a short study from the PathMate2 Project under the authority of Nurten Öksüz.

The Chair says thank you to all attendees.


Inspection of Exam IFM

Dates for exam inspections "IFM" are published.

  • Inspection of Exam "IFM": Wednesday, 24th of May, 2017, 2-4 pm., at ISS Chair, building A5 4, 2nd floor, on the right side. Please register for the inspection here

We moved!

You can find us now in buliding A5 4, 2nd floor on the right in the former rooms of Europa Institut.


See Smart Farming World@ HMI 2017

24.04.-28.04.17

Project Smart Farming with the use case "nPotato" will be presented next week at HANNOVER MESSE 2017. Find us in hall 2 at the BMWi stand C28. We are looking forward to many interesting discussions and visitors!


The 4th Data Science Summer School will take place from 18-22 September 2017 at Saarland University.

The summer school is an intensive hands-on introduction to data science for doctoral researchers and advanced students. It addresses the need for future experts in data science that venture to solve big-data challenges with skills in business, science and computing – “a combination that is still hard to find” (cf. Mattmann, Nature 2013). We will introduce you to basic but also advanced statistics and its application in business and healthcare situations. Lectures are combined with hands-on modules that will help you to understand theoretical principles and how to apply them.

Check our new homepage to find more information about the Data Science Summer School 2017

Registration for PhD and Master students: To register, please send a message with your name, your course of studies and your current semester to sandra.hemm@iss.uni-saarland.de.


Inspection of Exam DLM

Dates for exam inspections "DLM" and "VE" are published.

  • Inspection of Exam "DLM": Wednesday, 5th of April, 2017, 10-12 am., at ISS Chair, building A5 3, room 2.01, 2nd floor.

  • Inspection of Exam "VE": Wednesday, 12th of April, 2017, 11-12 am., at ISS Chair, building A5 3, room 2.01, 2nd floor.


Smart Farming World@ CeBIT 2017

Project Smart Farming is presented at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover , DFKI stand in hall 6, stand B48. See the service use case nPotato and learn about the whole project. We already had many interested visitors, amongst others Johanna Wanka – Federal Minister for Education and Research and Timotheus Höttges - Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Telekom AG. See nPotato live at CeBIT until 24th of March!

For more information, check here or the Podcast of SWR1 time: 4:18: SR3- Radio time:3:50


IFM Tutorial in Winter term 16/17

February/March 2017

In upcoming Winter term, a [tutorial "Information Management"] will be offered as preparation for the exam in April, 2017.

The tutorial focuses on repetition of lecture contents as well as on preparing students for the re-exam in April 2017. It covers two parts: (1) virtual tutorial and (2) workshop tutorial.The virtaul tutorial will place on our homepage so that students can ask open questions about the learning content and the organisation. Furthermore there will be a new online exercise, which can voluntary finished. The workshop tutorial will be in the semester holidays WS 16/17 after the re-exam period (February and March 2017). We will focus on the realistic contents from IFM course and repeat them. To preparing for the re-exam the tutorial includes some example tasks. You will find the exact times on our homepage.


Regards for Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Time goes fast. After a long, exciting time with a lot of great projects, 2016 draws to a close. This is the time in the year to say thank you. The annual christmas party from the ISS Chair is a good opportunity to talk and exchange memories. Furthermore to say thank you to all the employees. This year the team went to Exit Games in Saarbrücken, which were characterized by combination skills and teamwork. After identifying the solutions of some mysteries, the team could talk about the year with a comfortable dinner.

The ISS Chair wishs Blessed Christmas and best wishes for the New Year to all co-operation partners, colleagues and students!


Prize Delivery

07.12.16

On 09.07.2016, Saarland University staged an Open Campus Day. Chair ISS invited everyone to participate in a fitness test. Now Walter Stephan obtained a coupon.

The ISS Chair participated at UdS Open Campus Day for introduce the current projects and to present SleeGr. Visitors could participate in different physical exercises. The participants received their individual fitness certificate and were able to win prizes. Walter Stephan is able to look forward to a coupon for the adventure park in Saarbrücken. Frau Dr. Roßmanith accepted the prize for Walter Stephan.

We thanks all participants and we are looking forward to the next Open Campus Day.


National IT Summit in Saarbrücken (16th/17th of November)

04.11.2016

The National IT Summit will take place in Saarbrücken the 16th and 17th of November. Several federal ministers and the Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to attend.

Interested students can attend the talks, which will be focussing on education and IT ("Digitale Bildung für alle! Digitales Lehren und Lernen entlang der lebenslangen Bildungskette"). These talks will take place on campus. The following day, the interested public is invited to watch the live streams of the talks in the "Haus der Ärzte" across the Congresshalle. You can find further information about the program and speakers here.


Tag der Wirtschaftsinformatik at the DFKI 25th of October

26.10.2016

The 25th of October many students and pupils took the opportunity and attended the Tag der Wirtschaftsinformatik at the DFKI. The interested visitors listened to the presentations of the different information systems Chairs.

The prototype fair received equally a lot of attention. The ISS Chair presented the project SleeGR, which allows the user to measure and improve his or her individual fitness level.


Tag der Wirtschaftsinformatik

11.10.2016

On the 25th of October, students and pupils have the opportunity to get to know the study program of information systems at the University of Saarland at the DFKI (Building D3 2).

At the event, each information system chair will discuss it's research and teaching focus. Participants can also attend a prototype fair where different projects of all information systems chairs will be presented. The ISS chair will demonstrate the SleeGR project. Detailed information about the program and prototypes can be found here.


Inspection of exams Informationsmanagement and Introduction into Data Science

23.09.2016

The date for exam inspections for Informationsmanagement and Introduction into Data Science has been published.

The 24th of October from 10 to 12 o' clock, students may verify the results of their exams for Informationsmanagement (B4 1, 0.26). Please register for both exam inspection using this link.

The exam inspection for Introduction into Data Science takes place the 24th of October, from 12 to 2 o' clock in A5 3, 2.03.


Amicita award for Tobias Kowatsch's dissertation

23.09.2016

Tobias Kowatsch, whose dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Maaß, received the Amicitia-Award for the best doctoral thesis in economic sciences at the University of St. Gallen.

His dissertation «Emotions in Ubiquitous Information Systems: An Empirical Investigation of Electrodermal Activity and Its Relation to Service Breakdowns, Perceived Ease of Use, and Task Performance» focussed on the emotional experience of Ubiquitous Information System users. The ISS Chair warmly congratulates him!


3rd Data Science Summer School begins next week

September 2016

The 3. Data Science Summer School will take place the 26th-30th September 2016 at the Saarland University.

Only a few days left before the long anticipated 3rd Summer school will begin. Between the 26th and 30th of September doctoral researchers and advanced students will experience an intensive hands-on introduction to data science. The summer school addresses the need for future experts in data science that venture to solve big-data challenges with skills in business, science and computing – “a combination that is still hard to find” (cf. Mattmann, Nature 2013). The introduction will focus on basic but also advanced statistics and its application in business and healthcare situations. Lectures are combined with hands-on modules that will help the participants understand theoretical principles and how to apply them.


Winter term lectures

05.09.2016

In the upcoming winter term 2016/17, students can attend the following online lectures: "Value Engineering" and "Dienstleistungsmanagement und Informationssysteme". Additionally, students can attend the tutorial for "Informationsmanagement".

Starting today, students can enroll for these classes using the Learning-platform.


September 2016

The 3rd Data Science summer school will take place from 26-30 September 2016 at Saarland University.

Registration is open !

The summer school is an intensive hands-on introduction to data science for doctoral researchers and advanced students. It addresses the need for future experts in data science that venture to solve big-data challenges with skills in business, science and computing – “a combination that is still hard to find” (cf. Mattmann, Nature 2013). We will introduce you to basic but also advanced statistics and its application in business and healthcare situations. Lectures are combined with hands-on modules that will help you to understand theoretical principles and how to apply them.

Registration for PhD and Master students: To register, please send a message with your name, your course of studies and your current semester to contact@iss.uni-saarland.de.

Registration for professionals: To register, please send an application including CV and motivation letter until 15th of August, 2016 to contact@iss.uni-saarland.de.


Inspection of Exam IFM

13th of June, 2016

Date for exam inspection "IFM" is published.

  • Inspection of Exam "IFM": Monday, 13th of June, 2016, 12-2 p.m., at ISS Chair, building A5 3, room 2.03, 2nd floor Please register under the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/oGK3PmbNzfKdb8dr1

26th of January, 2016

In upcoming Summer term, a new lecture for Master and PhD students discussing Data Science will be offered by chair ISS.

Organizations in industry and research use data for decision support and to build data-intensive products and services. The skill set required by organizations to support these processes has been covered by the term Data Science. Ranging from scalable data management, parallel algorithms, statistical modeling, and the handling of a complex ecosystem of tools and platforms to solve business problems, skills required for analytics of massive data touch a variety of disciplines. The course attempts to articulate the expected output of future Data Scientists and tries to equip participants with the ability to meet these expectations by giving them methodical how-to knowledge combined with answers to why- and when-questions. As one of the pitfalls of data analysis is attempting to solve the wrong problem, the lecture will also focus on the business side to illuminating how to solve business problems and how to address the correct data questions. Lectures of the course cover concepts and tools participants will need throughout the entire Data Science pipeline, starting with asking the right kind of questions for making inferences to communicating and visualizing results as well as transforming them into business models. In accompanying exercises introduced methods and algorithms will be applied practically, involving web programming, statistics, and the ability to manipulate data sets with code. In a final project work participants will apply all the skills learned by building up a data-intensive product or service for solving a concrete business problem with real-world data.


Registration for IFM Tutorial

January 2016

Registration for IFM tutorial in February and March 2016 is open.

The tutorial focuses on repetition of lecture contents as well as on preparing students for the re-exam in April 2016. It covers two parts: (1) virtual tutorial and (2) f2f workshop tutorial. Detailed information here.


Guest Lecture "Building a Social Network for Success"

11th of December, 2015

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl (University of Mannheim) When? Friday, 11th of December, 2015; 10:15 a.m. Where? Building C3 1, Room 0.01

This paper proposes a framework for studying how a brand, firm, or an individual can use networking activities to build up a social network and drive success. Using data from ego networks of music artists, the paper models how artists can enhance their social networking presence and stimulate relationships between fans to achieve long-term benefits in terms of music plays. The authors use a Bayesian modeling framework to model the heterogeneous and dynamic impact of networking activities on network structure and on music popularity, while relying on instrumental variables from another online social network to handle potential endogeneity. The results imply that artists can shape network structure via marketing activities and can thereby achieve a long-term impact on success that far exceeds the direct and short-term impact in magnitude. Specifically, improving the density of ego-networks enables long-term effects over and above those that stem from growth in network size. Furthermore, the relative effectiveness of activities and the efficient allocation of scarce resources can differ between the short- and the long-term.

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25th of September, 2015

After 5 days full of Statistics, web data processing, machine learning, data visualization & co., the Data Science summer school will end today.

We would like to thank all speakers as well as the 20 national and international participants from diverse research fields for their contributions as well as for interesting discussions.


27th of October, 2015

Inspection of exam in "Informationsmanagement SoSe 2015" will take place at Tuesday, 27.10.15, 10-12 am. Please, register here.


February/March 2016

In upcoming Winter term, a tutorial "Information Management" will be offered as preparation for the exam in April, 2016.

Die Veranstaltung dient der Wiederholung des Inhaltes der IFM-Vorlesung sowie der Vorbereitung auf die bevorstehende IFM-Klausur im April 2016. Das Tutorium gliedert sich in zwei Abschnitte: ein virtuelles Tutorium und ein Präsenztutorium. Das virtuelle Tutorium wird über die Lernplattform des Lehrstuhls angeboten. Dort können im Forum offene Fragen zum Lehrstoff oder zur Organisation der Veranstaltung gestellt werden. Des Weiteren werden neue Onlineübungen veröffentlicht, die auf freiwilliger Basis bearbeitet werden können. Das Präsenztutorium findet in den Semesterferien des WS 15/16 nach dem Klausurzeitraum im Februar und März 2016 statt. Termine werden auf der Lernplattform veröffentlicht. In den Präsenzveranstaltungen wird, mit Schwerpunkt auf den Praxisteil, der Inhalt der IFM-Veranstaltung zur Klausurvorbereitung anhand von Beispielaufgaben wiederholt.


Winter term 15/16

With "An App in a Month" - a comprehensive exercise concept with interdisciplinary teams - in the upcoming term, Value Engineering meets Web Technologies.

Within a month, teams of VE and WT participants develop an app based on a design method by means of the taught technologies. This time, the lecture Web Technologies comes with new, up-to-date topics as Data Science, Machine Learning, Angular JS etc.


SNF and DFG funded follow-up project to fight childhood obesity

September

Prof. Wolfgang Maaß collaborates with colleagues from Switzerland to help support obese children, their parents and their physicians with modern technology in creating a healthier lifestyle.

The PathMate2 project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) and builds upon the results of the SNF-funded project PathMate. Computer scientists, engineers and medical experts are collaborating in this interdisciplinary project in order to develop an information system, which will allow obese children and their physicians to stay in touch. Some of the good intentions and plans made during on-site consultations are forgotten soon thereafter. It is therefore especially important that obese children make the right decisions in their lifestyle and diet in their everyday life. With the help of PathMate2, physicians will be able to analyze the data of their patients in real time, provide them with tips or challenges tailored to their needs, and thus motivate them to make healthier choices. The goals of the project are not only to improve the personal situation of the children and to lower the costs in health care in general. It is the explicit objective of the research team to make a significant contribution in the improvement of the quality of information systems in healthcare. The duration of the project is 2 ½ years.

The project consortium consists of the following partners:

ETH Zurich, Saarland University, University of St. Gallen (HSG), Kinderspital St. Gallen, University Hospital of Geneva (HUG)


September 2015

Prof. Wolfgang Maaß collaborates with other research institutions and companies in a nationwide project on Farming 4.0.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has selected 16 Projects to fund in the program “Smart Service World - web-based services for the economy”. Prof. Wolfgang Maaß (Chair in Information- and Service Systems) is participating in one of the projects. Saarland University is collaborating with RWTH Aachen, Telekom, Claas and Logic Way GmbH, amongst others, in the research project SMARF. SMARF is short for Smart Farming World; its goal is to create a manufacturer-independent and thus fully compatible network of machines in crop farming through service-platforms. Based on intelligent, technical systems and platforms, which are interconnected across company and manufacturer borders, and with the help of data aggregation and data analysis it becomes possible to provide the farmer with context-sensitive Smart-Services. The results will help increase the productivity in crop farming while at the same time help reduce the use of resources (seeds, fertilizer, energy). The duration of the project is 3 years with a total budget of just under 2,000,000 €.


July 2015

Prof. Maaß initiates new ERASMUS-Exchange with ITU University in Kopenhagen.


06. – 09. September 2015

Organized by Prof. Norbert Graf (Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes) the 3rd Summer School in Computational Oncology takes place at Schloss Dagstuhl from 06th-09th of September, 2015.

Im Bereich der computergestützten Onkologie (Computational Oncology) arbeiten erfahrene Kliniker, Biologen, IT-Spezialisten, Ingenieure sowie Juristen und Datenschutzexperten bei der Entwicklung von Tools, Infrastrukturen und IT-Services zusammen. Diese Anwendungen dienen der Unterstützung bei der Verarbeitung und Analyse großer Mengen von Patientendaten (klinische Daten, Bilddaten, histopathologische, molekulare und pharmakogenomische Daten), die in der modernen Krebstherapie für die Optimierung der individuellen Behandlung jedes Patienten unabdingbar sind.

Die vergleichsweise neue Subdisziplin der In-Silico Onkologie (Modulation/Simulation onkologischer Erkrankungen am Computer) beschreibt dabei das komplexe Zusammenspiel von Medizin, Biologie und Technologie mit dem Ziel, das Wachstum bösartiger Tumorzellen sowie die Reaktion von Tumorgewebe und gesunden Zellen auf verschiedene therapeutische Ansätze am Computer zu simulieren. Ansätze und Möglichkeiten klinischer Datenverarbeitung, Aspekte des Datenschutzes sowie interaktive Tools zum Datentransfer und Data Sharing spielen daher eine wichtige Rolle.

Das Forschungsprojekt CHIC vereint Mediziner, Mathematiker, IT- und Datenschutzexperten sowie Ingenieure aus 7 europäischen Ländern und den USA in ihrem gemeinsamen Ziel, eine sog. Hypermodel-Infrastruktur zu entwickeln, mit der sich prognostizierte Tumorwachstums- sowie Therapieverläufe bildlich am Computer darstellen lassen.

Gastgeber der diesjährigen Veranstaltung ist Professor Norbert Graf, Kinderonkologe am Universitätsklinikum in Homburg und weltweit anerkannter Pionier im Bereich personalisierter Medizin. Während der CHIC Sommerakademie erhalten Nachwuchsforscher das nötige Hintergrundwissen, um die Grundlagen der vielschichtigen Krebs-Modellierung am Computer zu verstehen. Außerdem bietet die Sommerakademie eine Plattform zum Teilen der eigenen Forschungsarbeit und zur Vernetzung mit Nachwuchswissenschaftlern und Experten anderer Forschungsdisziplinen. Der offizielle Call-for-Papers wird voraussichtlich im Frühsommer 2015 veröffentlicht.


July 2015

Young researchers present their projects on the Open Day at Saarland University.

What if your watch could inform you about potential health issues at an early stage? The main focus of the members at the Chair in Information and Service Systems is to connect digital worlds of the future with today's business and service world, thus creating space for innovation. At Saarland University's Open Day, young researchers will present their current projects on data analysis in heath care (mobile health), production processes of the future (smart production), and interactive lectures (smart student platform).

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When?

Saturday, 4th of July 11:00-11:30 am, 1:30-2:00 pm, and 3:30-4:00 pm

Where?

Building A5 3, Room 2.03

For more information on Saarland University's Open Day as well as the detailed program click here.


May 2015

... in September 2015 is open now. Detailed information here.

The summer school is an intensive hands-on introduction to data science for doctoral researchers and advanced students. Open places can be given to professionals. The registration fee for the summer school includes all sessions, lunch, coffee breaks and the social event. PhD students from Saarland University will get a co-funding of 50.00€ by the GradUS program of Saarland University. Some co-funding will also be available to help cover part of the attendance costs for non-Saarland University PhD students.

Registration for Master students To register, please send a message with your name, your course of studies and your current semester to contact@iss.uni-saarland.de. Afterwards, you will receive a code to enrol to the course “Data Science Summer School 2015” under http://lehre.iss.uni-saarland.de.

Registration for PhD students To register, please send a message with your name, the research field of your thesis as well as the university and institute (with url) you are working at to contact@iss.uni-saarland.de. Afterwards, you will receive a code to enrol to the course “Data Science Summer School 2015” under http://lehre.iss.uni-saarland.de.

Registration for professionals To register, please send an application including CV and motivation letter until 31st of July, 2015 to contact@iss.uni-saarland.de. If you are accepted you will be notified until 15th of August, 2015. Afterwards, you will receive a code to enrol to the course “Data Science Summer School 2015” under http://lehre.iss.uni-saarland.de.


"Dear professor, I have a question..."

Summer 2015

Starting in the summer term 2015, participants of the lecture information management can interact with Prof. Maaß by means of the smart student service.

The communication between the students and the professor is bi-directional. During the lecture, students can post questions using their laptop or mobile device. Those questions will then be answered and discussed during the lecture by the professor. Furthermore, Prof. Maaß can ask multiple-choice questions through the platform. Those questions evaluate the understanding of the presented contents and help students to reflect on the discussed topics. Additionally they help the professor to assess the comprehensibility of his lecture.

The objective is to better integrate students into the lecture. Especially in bigger classes, students are very reserved and do not dare to ask questions. Therefore questioning is always anonymized.

During the next weeks a new update will also activate some kind of „mood barometer“ for the students. The „mood barometer“ should allow students not only to give feedback regarding the comprehensibility, but also evaluate interestingness of the presented contents. That information allows the professor to not only improve his lectures in real time, but also to enhance his presentations slides every year.


September 2015

The 2nd Data Science summer school will take place from 21-25 September 2015 at Saarland University.

Registration phase will be opened soon.

The summer school is an intensive hands-on introduction to data science for doctoral researchers and advanced students. It addresses the need for future experts in data science that venture to solve big-data challenges with skills in business, science and computing – “a combination that is still hard to find” (cf. Mattmann, Nature 2013). We will introduce you to basic but also advanced statistics and its application in business and healthcare situations. Lectures are combined with hands-on modules that will help you to understand theoretical principles and how to apply them.


Lectures in summer term 2015

Summer 2015

Registration for "Information Management" in upcoming Summer term is now open. "Innovation Management" will not take place on SoSe 2015.

"Information Management" consists of lecture and exercise (6 CP). Registration for exam via VIPA.


Exam Inspections WS 14/15

April 2015

Dates for inspection of exams of WT, DLM and VE are fixed.

  • WT - 22.04.2015 - 1-2 pm (please, register via email to Tom Michels (tom.michels@iss.uni-saarland.de))
  • DLM - 20.04.2015 - 10-12 am (please, register via email to Ruchi Dhiman (ruchi.dhiman@iss.uni-saarland.de))
  • VE - 23.04.2015 - 3-4 pm (please, register via email to Sabine Janzen (sabine.janzen@iss.uni-saarland.de))

Visionary architecture and product concepts ...

29th of January, 2015

... between architecture, design, computer science and research - guest lecture by Alessandro Quaranta (OKINLAB) at 29th of January, 2015 in room 0.01, building C3 1.

Within the lecture "Value Engineering", Alessandro Quaranta, founder and CEO of OKINLAB, holds a guest lecture.

  • Speaker: Alessandro Quaranta (OKINLAB GmbH)
  • When? 29th January 2015, 16.15
  • Where? Room 0.01, Building C3 1

The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture & Design Concepts was founded by Nikolas Feth and Alessandro Quaranta and is located in the starter center of Saarland University. Starting point and desire of the founders was to shape living and working environment of humans in a more ergonomic, sustainable, effective and harmonious way. OKINLAB works at the interface between architecture, design, computer science and research. There, the use of advanced digital designs and production methods play a central role. The interdisciplinary OKINLAB team enables an efficient process - from design to implementation.The goal is to bring functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics in line. Alessandro Quaranta presents his business, gives an inside-view into his experiences as founder of a start-up and explains, where challenges and opportunities in building up a start-up.
Alessandro Quaranta is CEO and founder of the Labroratory for Visionary Architecture & Design Concepts. He studied business administration at Saarland University and at Università degli Studi di Siena. He focused on the field of strategy, process and IT-consulting at Saarland University. Based on research in the context of his thesis about quality management as basis of international competitiveness in research and teaching, he developed a quality management system for business incubators and academic spin-offs. From 2009 to 2012, he was lecturer in Business Simulations and speaker at the contact agency for knowledge and technology transfer at Saarland University, especially in the sector technologically-innovative start-up projects.

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DA4RBI activity has been nominated as candidate for EIT Innovation Award!

18. Dezember 2014

As part of the DA4RBI-project, we are glad to announce this enjoyable news in which we have contributed by our research activities.

The winner will be selected from the 6 remaining finalist in the end of march.

Der Gewinner wird abschließend im März aus 6 Finalisten gewählt.


Entrepreneur day at Saarland University

17.11.2014, 14:00 Uhr

Prof. Wolfgang Maaß will talk about "Smart Services for a patient-oriented health care" at the entrepreneur day at Saarland University.

Durch dieses Forum für Wirtschaftsvertreter und Wissenschaftler sollen Diskussionen angeregt, die Zusammenarbeit vertieft sowie ein Beitrag zur Entwicklung von Strategien für den Mittelstand geleistet werden.

Der diesjährige Unternehmertag steht unter dem Thema „Aktuelle Aspekte im Mittelstand“. Die thematisch zweigeteilte Veranstaltung umfasst einerseits den Schwerpunkt Rechnungswesen und Abschlussprüfung mit Vorträgen von Herrn Prof. Dr. Alois Paul Knobloch und Herrn WP/StB Prof. Dr. Peter Oser und andererseits den Schwerpunkt Gesundheitswesen und Informatik mit Vorträgen von Herrn Prof. Dr. Martin Dietrich und Herrn Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß.

Nach der Verleihung des Ernst & Young-Förderpreises an Herrn Dr. Eric Huber sind Sie herzlich eingeladen zu Gesprächen bei einem Umtrunk.

Bitte melden Sie Ihre Teilnahme unter folgender E-Mail-Adresse an: t.lenkawa@univw.uni-saarland.de

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10EUR Amazon Voucher wants Owner!

November, 2014

Participants in "shopping assistant" study in November wanted (app. 30 min); registration via Doodle.

The study takes place at Saarland University campus in building B4.4. For your participation (app. 30 minutes) you will get a 10EUR Amazon voucher.


Inspection of exams "Innovationsmanagement"

21st of October, 2014

Tuesday, 21st of October, 2014, 10 a.m - 12.a.m., building A5 3, room 2.01 (ISS Chair) (please register via eMail at Mr Martin Jungmann: martin.jungmann@iss.uni-saarland.de).


Inspection of exams "Informationsmanagement"

21st of October, 2014

Tuesday, 21st of October, 2014, 10 a.m - 4.p.m., building A5 3, room 2.01 (ISS Chair) (please register via eMail at Mrs Nina Fischer: nina.fischer@iss.uni-saarland.de).


1st of Octobre, 2014

Prof. Wolfgang Maaß will talk at the event "economy meets science" with the topic "Value Engineering: Developement of products and services for intelligent environments.


September, 2014

Registration for "Value Engineering", "Web Technologies" and "Service Management und Information Systems" in upcoming Winter term is now open.

All lectures consist of theory lecture and exercise (6 CP). Registration is possible until 9th of November, 2014.


24th-26th of September, 2014

Organized by Prof. Wolfgang Maaß (Chair ISS), the 1st Data Science summer school will take place at Saarland University from 24th-26th of September, 2014.

Data Science is one of the hottest topics in research at the moment but accumulates increasing interest in industry as well. Related concepts like cloud computing and big data are well-used in industry and media but they represent only marginal aspects of this fascinating research field.

Besides teaching pure theoretic understanding, the Data Science summer school is intended to facilitate a mathematical and a business-oriented understanding that enables participants not only to understand but also to apply concepts related to Data Science. Described by Thomas Davenport as "sexiest job of the 21st century", the need for Data Scientists will increase dramatically in the coming years. The Data Science summer school targets this topic in order to prepare students accordingly.

Well-known speakers from Europe and the USA introduce the required basic statistical principles, opportunities of data processing as well as Data Science applications in lectures and workshops. Beside lectures and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to get into contact with lecturers and other participants during the social event – a cozy “Saarland barbecue”.

Supported by the graduate program of Saarland University (GradUS), the Data Science summer school addresses all interested Master and PhD students. For more information regarding the event and registration, visit www.iss.uni-saarland.de/de/ds-summerschool/


Winner of University for Children

13th of August

Related to "the bathroom of the future" contest of the university for children on May 14th, a coupon for the climbing park in Saarbrücken has been issued to the winner Benedikt Morawetz.

At the university for children "the bathroom of the future" on May 14th, participant children were asked to submit ideas regarding the intelligent bathroom of the future as a short-story. Out of all submissions, Benedikt Morawetz, who imagined a USB-connectable tooth brush that could store and play music, has been rewarded as the winner of the contest. As a price, a coupon for the climbing park in Saarbrücken has been issued to Benedikt Morawetz.


Summer School "Neuro-IS and R" @ UdS

16th-17th of September, 2014

Get in touch with neuro information systems and data analysis by means of R.

The Neuro-IS and R Summer School will take place on the 16th and 17th of September. The two-day event is aiming at Bachelor- and Masterstudents as well as PhD students. The respective topics are among others related to Neuro Information Systems (Neuro-IS) as mobile applications in retail stores and healthcare, collection of physiological parameters (e.g. skin conductance, field of vision) and an introduction to data analysis with R. The registration can be performed through the respective registration website. The number of participants is limited to 15 people. A certificate of attendance can be issued on request.


July 2014

Prof. Wolfgang Maaß was appointed as a member of task force 1 of the "Zukunftsprojekt 2 (ZP2)" of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech).

"Smart Service World - Web-based services for the economy" is the working committee for developing strategic recommendations on implementing the second future project of the promoter group "Digital economy and society" of the research union Economy - Science. Under the chairmanship of Henning Kagermann, president of acatech, and Frank Riemensperger, chairman of the executive board of the Accenture plc the working committee is congregating, from March 2013 on, more than 150 representatives from the industry, science, unions, confederations and administrative authorities. The latter discuss, in five cross-sector and cross-disciplin research groups, the opportunities and challenges of smart services „Made in Germany".


Guest Lecture "Nichts geht über ein gutes Schutzschild"

17th of July, 2014

Speaker: Martin Monzel (Lactopia GmbH) When? 17th of July, 2014, 16:15 p.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.20

What does Iron-Man have to do with a Saarbrücker biotech-start-up? The Lactopia Ltd is specialized in developing, producing novel probiotic products in cosmetic, aliment and medical areas and bringing them to market with distribution partners. Furthermore, the sales and distribution of starter cultures for the aliment industry represents a second pillar for the company. The products and optimizations developed by Lactopia include natural, unchanged micro organisms which support a balanced microbial environment and the health of the consumer.

In the presentation, the scientific backgrounds of the concept are described and the daily worries and hardships of a start-up illustrated.

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November 2014

Wolfgang Maaß is a member of the program committee of EKAW 2014.

The 19th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management is concerned with all aspects of eliciting, acquiring, modeling and managing knowledge, and its role in the construction of knowledge-intensive systems and services for the semantic web, knowledge management, e-business, natural language processing, intelligent information integration, etc. The focus of the 19th edition of EKAW will be on "Diversity".

The conference will take place in Linköping, Sweden at Konsert & Kongress from November 24-28, 2014.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: July 9, 2014
  • Full Paper Submission: July 16, 2014

Guest Lecture "Big Data, Mobile, Cloud, Social - The Big Change in IS"

25.06.2014

Speaker: Dr. Wolfram Jost (Software AG) When? Wednesday, 25th of June, 2014; 10:30 a.m. Where? Building B4 1, Room Auditorium Maximum

Currently, the world of information technology is probably in its biggest change since its invention. Nearly every part of our everyday life is affected by this. The sentence "Software is eating the world" encapsulate this development. In the area of corporate IT the traditional implementation architecture is being tested and underlies dramatical changes. The changes are driven by four essentially forces: Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data. Modern application systems are cloud enabled, have a strong social collaboration components, are available on mobile terminal devices and nearly scale linear. The technological instruments like Memory Computing, NoSQL, Hadoop, Event Processing, Real Tim Analytics and Design Thinking play a crucial role.

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June 2014

“Home Support of Obese Children and Adolescents by Means of Health Information Technology System: A Pilot Study for a Psychosomatic Based Therapy Concept” gets fPmh award in Basel.

The 3rd yearly congress hosted by Swiss pediatric-society (SGP), Swiss Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Physiotherapy (SGKJPP) and the Children's Surgical Society has awarded the PathMate-Abstract “Home Support of Obese Children and Adolescents by Means of Health Information Technology System: A Pilot Study for a Psychosomatic Based Therapy Concept” by Büchter, D., Kowatsch, T., Brogle, B., Dintheer, A., Wiegand, D., Pletikosa Cvijikj, I., Maass, W., l’Allemand, D. und J. Laimbacher with the fPmh award.

The foederatio Paedo medicorum helveticorum (fPmh), the first lobby for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy awards this prize (CHF 1000) in their annual meeting. Read more about the congress: http://www.congrex-switzerland.com/fpmh2014


May 2014

Online study: participants wanted! 5 EUR Amazon vouchers as compensation.

Within this study that is part of our research project SatIN, we will investigate intentions in sales conversations. First 120 participants that have correctly answered the control questions will receive a 5 EUR Amazon voucher.

Participating in the study will take app. 20 minutes. All data will be analyzed and processed completely anonymized. The results will be used exclusively in a scientific context.

Please, use a desktop PC or a notebook with one of the following browsers for participating in the study: Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox. Link to study: bit.ly/satin2014


Kids University: Being Gyro Gearloose!

14th of May, 2014

Last Wednesday, Wolfgang Maaß and Klecks Klever welcomed numerous young students to the first lecture of the "Kids University".

Inventors have many ideas and design great products. But where do these ideas come from? Together with Prof. Wolfgang Maaß the students of the university for children of Saarbrücken adressed this question. Developing ideas and be innovative is no matter of age. With examples from real life, Prof. Maaß explained to the children that they only have to think what they want to improve of things from everyday life. The young students became fast inventors themselves with an example of a new toothbrush. Afterwards, Wolfgang Maaß presented the kids a bathroom of the future, which arose from a research project of the chair. After the lecture some children could visit this bathroom.

The children can send their ideas in form of a little story for the intelligent bathroom or other things from everyday life to Prof.Maaß. (via E-Mail to meinegeschichte4KU@gmail.com). Among the transmittals, a voucher will be raffled for the climbing park in Saarbrücken.

Because of the great crowd at the viewing of the bathroom last wednesday and after multiple demands, there will be one to two extra viewing appointments for the kids, who would want to see the bathroom. Please register for the tour at our employee Nina Fischer

The pictures of the university of children can be seen here

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