Building an IoT open innovation ecosystem for connected smart objects
IT systems can observe traffic flows and fine dust pollution as well as control traffic lights, snow shoveling services and power supply. Moreover, they can guarantee safe ways to school and optimized waste disposal as well as inform about available parking spaces or e-car charging stations. In the City of the Future, these IT systems, which already ease our lives nowadays, have to collaborate together. A European project with 22 partners from 10 countries should establish the basics for City of the Future. The BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik of the University of Bremen is one of these partners.
The joint project is called bIoTope – 'building an IoT open innovation ecosystem for connected smart objects'. It aims at developing an open Internet-of-Things (IoT) Ecosystem in order to include intelligent objects universally and to connect the countless and still isolated working networks and systems. Life in the City of the Future should be greener, saver and easier, is the vision of bloTope as also declared as the main goal of the EU. Therefore the European Commission supports this project under the scope of Horizon 2020 program.
For sustainable development of IoT projects like bIoTope, the BIBA has founded together with the University of Bremen and its strategic partner Holonix (amongst others) the iotfablab, a fabrication laboratory for IoT components. iotfablab should assist IoT projects and ease access to new technologies for small and medium-sized companies. In addition to this network, the worldwide operating standardization organization 'The Open Group', in which BIBA Institute participates, supports this EU-joint project. It is considered that the global standardization as an essential cornerstone for the use of IoT and for the realization of visions like the one from bloTope.
Project Leader LogDynamics: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

» www.biotope.cs.hut.fi

Prof. Drechsler Participates in the New DFG Project 'Farbige Zustände'

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has funded the reserach of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 'Von farbigen Zuständen zu evolutionären Konstruktionsmaterialien' under the leadership of the process engineer Prof. Lutz Mädler from the Faculty of Production Engineering with 10 million Euros.
The SFB intents to develop a new method for material development. For this purpose, approaches from biomedical and chemical research shall be transferred to the development of construction materials. Instead of using conventional time-consuming examinations to determine microstructural and mechanical material properties, the SFB aims to develop a new high-throughput technology for construction materials. The interdisciplinary research team combines the research areas process engineering, production engineering, materials engineering, informatics, mathematics as well as planning and logistics. Within this project, the working group computer architecture (AGRA) of the University of Bremen under the leadership of LogDynamics member Prof. Drechsler is responsible for two subprojects, 'predictor function' and 'heuristic, static and analytical experiment design'.
Project Leader LogDynamics: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
» www.uni-bremen.de/farbige-zustaende


Design Thinking for Industrial Services
In the next three years, scientist from the University of Bremen and six other partners from research and the industry will work on the research project 'DETHIS – Design Thinking for Industrial Services'. The joint project aims at increasing the innovation capability of small and medium-sized firms. The focus is particularly on companies that offer services in the industrial sector. Especially adapted to the innovation of industrial services, a Design-Thinking-Approach and a supporting online platform will be developed, tested and evaluated. In the course of the project, the University of Bremen's team, led by Prof. Jens Pöppelbuß explores how service innovation processes in practice can be improved by the gradual introduction and testing of methods from the adapted Design-Thinking-Methodology Toolbox as well as using the DETHIS platform.
Besides the University of Bremen, project partners are: the Technical University of Braunschweig, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the companies HPKJ Hydraulik-Pneumatik-Kontor Jade GmbH, Kothes! Technische Kommunikation GmbH & Co. KG and Virtimo AG. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with about 1.5 million Euro. The coordinating institution is the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Project Leader LogDynamics: Prof. Dr. Jens Pöppelbuß
» www.dethis.de