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Strong interest in doctoral defense of Istvan Koren
Last updated on: 15. Jun 2020
Due to its organization as a video conference in its public part, Istvan Koren’s successful doctoral defense on May 8, 2020, was attended by almost 60 researchers and practitioners in several countries, showing the great interest in his thesis topic “DevOpsUse: Community-driven Continuous Innovation of Web Information Infrastructures”. The interdisciplinary examiner team with Professors Matthias Jarke, Günter Schuh (Production Management, PD Dr. Ralf Klamma, and Prof. Wil van der Aalst was chaired by Professor Hermann Ney. The key idea of the thesis, expanding the well-known DevOps approach by explicit user involvement in the infrastructuring process, is pursued further in the Excellence Cluster “Internet of Production” with Dr. Koren as the deputy area coordinator for the Infrastructure section.
Opening Ceremony for Aachen’s “Fraunhofer Center Digital Energy”
Last updated on: 08. May 2020
Fraunhofer FIT, together with Fraunhofer FKIE and professors from the electrical engineering faculty and the computer science department have started a series of major projects around the questions of stability, economic feasibility and attractiveness, technical safety, and IT security of future digitized energy distribution networks. These form the starting point for a “Fraunhofer Center Digital Energy” which brings together the necessary team of electrical engineers, software, data and IT security specialists, all the way up to the level of changing business processes under novel business models accompanying the growing chances and risks of renewable energy. The Center will be hosted in a new building on the RWTH Aachen University Industry Campus Melaten. In a ceremony held on April 28, 2020, BMBF State Secretary Thomas Rachel handed over a 5,1 mio. Euro grant for the first part of the initial planning and infrastructure set-up for the Center to the initiators Prof. Stefan Decker and Matthias Jarke. Speeches by several leading personalities from politics, research management, and business at the ceremony (in German) as well as general information about the Center and its early projects can be found under
Keynote Talk at SmartGreens 2020
Last updated on: 08. May 2020
On May 2, Prof. Jarke delivered the opening keynote address at the 10th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SmartGreens 2020). The lecture titled “Digital Energy” summarized initial major research projects at our new Fraunhofer Center on Digital Energy and, due to the CoVid19 pandemic was delivered by video conference. An edited video recording of the presentation will shortly be available via the conference website
Keynote at ICIS Doctoral Consortium
Last updated on: 17. Dec 2019
The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) is the worldwide top conference for business informatics. ICIS 2019 is the first in the series to be held in Germany, attracting over 2.000 attendees to Munich. ICIS is preceded by an elaborate three-day doctoral consortium, in which forty participants carefully selected from several hundred nominations (one per university) debate their individual thesis ideas in small groups with two well-known faculty each. In addition, there is one industrial and one academic keynote talk. In his academic keynote on Dec. 13, 2019, Prof. Matthias Jarke used examples from Fraunhofer’s Industrial Data Space Initiative and RWTH Aachen’s excellence cluster Internet of Production excellence to discuss challenges and strategies for “Maintaining disciplinary excellence in an interdisciplinary world”.
Keynote on Inter-Organizational Data Sharing at ER 2019 in Salvador de Bahia/Brazil
Last updated on: 02. Dec 2019
Prof. Matthias Jarke presented a keynote titled “Inter-Organizational Data Sharing: From Goals to Policies to Code” jointly invited by several workshops of the 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2019) held in Salvador de Bahia, November 4, 2019. The presentation linked research in the DFG-funded Excellence Cluster “Internet of Production” to the concepts pursued in the Fraunhofer-led International Data Spaces initiative, aiming at an alliance-driven approach to data platform design not under control by single keystone players.
Lernen mit tragbaren Geräten: Herausgabe bei Springer
Last updated on: 04. Nov 2019
Den aktuellen Forschungsstand, Herausforderungen und Praxisbeispiele haben die Herausgeber Ilona Buchem (Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin), Ralf Klamma (Lehrstuhl Informatik 5, RWTH Aachen) und Fridolin Wild (Universität Oxford Brookes) in ihrem Buch „Perspectives on Wearable Enhanced Learning (WELL)“ beim angesehenen Wissenschaftsverlag Springer veröffentlicht. Durch die Gründung einer Arbeitsgruppe beim Europäischen Verband für technologiegestütztes Lernen (EATEL – European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning) wurde in mehreren Konferenzen und Workshops die Grundlagen für diese Sammlung von einschlägigen Aufsätzen und Reflektionen gelegt. Dieser Band umfasst 21 Kapitel in 7 Abschnitten, die ein weites Spektrum von der Technologie über das Design und die Pädagogik bis hin zu empirischen Forschungsansätzen reichen.
Fraunhofer ICT Dissertation Award for Dr. Erion Elmasllari
Last updated on: 08. Oct 2019
English version below. Im diesjährigen Wettbewerb um die beste in den 19 Forschungsinstituten des Fraunhofer-Verbunds Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie abgeschlossene Doktorarbeit wurde Dr. Erion Elmasllari für seine Mitte 2018 an der RWTH Aachen verteidigte Dissertation „A Framework for the Successful Design and Deployment of Electronic Triage Systems” der 1. Preis zuerkannt. Der Preis wird auf der Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Informatik am 26.9.2019 in Kassel überreicht. Gutachter der Arbeit waren Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke, Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle und Prof. Dr. Thomas Rose.
Prof. Jarke Delivers Keynote at acatech-NAEK Workshop
Last updated on: 07. Oct 2019
On September 19-20, the German Academy of Engineering acatech and its Korean counterpart NAEK held a joint workshop on "Digit(AI)zation of Production" in the Digital Capability Center of RWTH Aachen University. In his Opening Keynote, Professor Jarke presented facets of production-related AI research in Aachen, focusing on RWTH contributions to human language technology, real-time computer vision, cognitive robotics, process mining, and large-scale information integration by senmantic and knowledge graph technologies. He also outlined the digital shadow concept underlying Aachen' Excellence Cluster "Internet of Production" and illustrated it with a couple of interdisciplinary results from the cluster projects.
Dagstuhl Seminar on Data Ecosystems and Data Sovereignty
Last updated on: 07. Oct 2019
The Leibniz Center for Informatics at Schloss Dagstuhl is conducting a week-long research seminar on "Data Ecosystems: Sovereign Data Exchange Among Organizations" from September 22-27, 2019, with over 30 leading international scientists and industry representatives. The seminar is organized by Professors Cinzia Cappiello (Politecnico di Milano), Avigdor Gal (Technion Haifa), Matthias Jarke (RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer FIT), and Jakob Rehof (TU Dortmund and Fraunhofer ISST). Keynote speakers include law professor Gerald Spindler (University of Göttingen and EU High-level Expert), innovation expert Frank Piller (RWTH Aachen University and MIT Media Lab) on platform-based ecosystems, Maurizio Lenzerini (Sapienza Roma) on semantic information integration, and Boris Otto (TU Dortmund and Fraunhofer ISST), manager of the International Data Space Initiative.
Professorship for Christoph Quix
Last updated on: 12. Jan 2019
As of January 1, 2019, PD Dr. Christoph Quix – long-term researcher at Informatik 5 – has accepted a position as Professor of Information Systems and Data Science at Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld, Germany. We are happy that he shall keep his research connection through his additional role as department leader High-Content Analytics at Fraunhofer FIT.