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Selected Projects

Applied Research

CloudSocket - Business and IT-Cloud Alignment using a Smart Socket
The project aims to encompass a "hybrid process" modelling framework that reconciliates semantic inference, rule-based inference, meta-modelling management techniques and knowledge management techniques in order to bring SMEs closer to the Cloud by making it attractive for them to incorporate cloud resources and components for their realization of their goals. The proposed framework implements a layered approach for managing the complexity of bridging the semantic distance from business process to workflow configuration of Business Processes in the Cloud.
CloudSocket is funded by the European Commission.
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LearnPAd - Model-Based Social Learning for Public Administrations
In modern society public administrations (PAs) are undergoing a transformation of their perceived role from controllers to proactive service providers, and are under pressure to constantly improve their service quality while coping with quickly changing context (changes in law and regulations, societal globalization, fast technology evolution) and decreasing budgets. Civil servants are challenged to understand and put in action latest procedures and rules within tight time constraints. Learn PAd will build an innovative holistic e-learning platform for PAs that enables process-driven learning and fosters cooperation and knowledge- sharing.
LearnPAd is funded by the European Commission, Technology-Enhanced Learning.
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plugIT - Business and IT Alignment using a Model-Based Plug-in Framework
Today we are witnessing the necessity to align Business and Information Technology (IT) and a respective change in the role that IT plays for businesses. IT is changing its role from an enabler to an industrial sector in its own right -providng IT infrastructure and services to any business. Based on the assumption that businesses in different sectors of the economy will require IT for different reasons and in different ways, this project aspires to develop an IT-Socket that will realize the vision of businesses "plugging-in" to IT. Model-based approaches and ITGovernance are prominent candidates to bridge evolving business contexts and IT. This challenge can be met by capitalizing on semantic technologies for IT-Governance.
plugIT is a focused research project (STREP), funded by the European Commission.
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MATURE - Continuous Social Learning in Knowledge Networks
Agility requires that companies and their employees together and mutually dependently learn and develop their competencies efficiently. For that agility we need to leverage the intrinsic motivation of employees to engage in collaborative learning activities, and combine it with a new form of organisational guidance. For that purpose, MATURE conceives individual learning processes to be interlinked in a knowledge-maturing process in which knowledge changes in nature. The goal of MATURE is to understand this maturing process better, based on empirical studies, and to build tools and services to reduce maturing barriers.
MATURE is a large-scale integrating project (IP), funded by the European Commission, Unit for Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).
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FIT - Fostering self-adaptive e-Government Service Improvement using Semantic Technologies
The overall objective of FIT is to develop, test and validate a self-adaptive e-governement framework based on semantic technologies that will ensure that the quality fo public services is proactively and continually fitted to the changing preferences and increasing expectations of e-citizens.
FIT is funded by the European Union in the INFORMATION SOCIETY TECHNOLOGIES (IST) Programme.
 
OntoGov - Ontology-enabled e-Gov Service Configuration
The overall objective of OntoGov was to develop, test and validate a semantically-enriched (ontology-enabled) platform that facilitates the consistent composition, re-configuration and evolutin of e-government services. OntoGov was successfully finished in July 2006 It was funded by the European Union in the INFORMATION SOCIETY TECHNOLOGIES (IST) Programme and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research.
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MoKEx - Mobile Knowledge Experience
MoKEx is an international cooperation between universities and industrial partner in the domain of E-Learning and Knowledge Management in enterprises. In the project, didactic, organisational and technical conditions for eLearning and Knowledge Management in enterprises were analysed and technologies and actions weere developed. Partners in the project are the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, the AG DDI of the University of Paderborn, the e-Learning companies STEAG & Partner AG and magh & boppert as well as the practical partners Login, Stahl Gerlafingen, SAQ Qualicon/HIGNOS, Swisscom Mobile AG, SBB und SwissMEM.
 
KM-SISO - Knowledge Management in Civil Engineering
Construction site projects are characterized by high complexity, cost intensiveness and tight deadlines. Access to knowledge and experiences from actual and previous projects is essential. In a feasibility study deifferent technologies and methodologies have been evaluated and extensions of a project management software were proposed. KM-SISO was funded by soft[net] initiative of the Swiss Federal Office for professional Education and Technology with partner being Centre CIM de Suisse Occidentale, PERSS Ingenieur-conseils, Federation Fribourgoise des entrepreneurs, Swiss Federal Railways and the University of Applied Sciences Solothurn Northwestern Switzerland.
 
PROMOTE - Process-oriented Methods and Tools for Knowledge Management
The objective of the EU-funded project PROMOTE was the developement of a methodology and a software system fot process-oriented knowledge management. The University of Applied Sciences Solothurn Northwestern Switzerland acted as subcontractor of BOC GmbH. In the meantime the PROMOTE methodology and software are available as a product of BOC.
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KnowMore - Knowledge Management for Learning Organisations
Forschungsprojekt zur Entwicklung eines geschäftsprozessorientiertes Organisational Memory, zur Speicherung und kontextspezifischen Bereitstellung von Informationen und Wissen. Die prinizipielle Forschungsfrage war, wie man Nutzer durch Kombination von formalem und nicht-formalem WIssen (Texte, Graphiken, Notizen) unterstützen kann, um die jeweiligen Vorteile von menschlicher und maschineller Wissensverarbeitung zu nutzen. Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung and Technologie BMBF
 
PASCAL2000 - an interdisciplinary project to support integration of blind people inte the office world
The project PASCAL 2000, funded by the "Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation" combined research questions of Artificial Intelligence with philosophic-ethical and anthropological aspects. Using document analysis technological that, developed at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the intelligent office information system hyperbraille was developed that should help blind people to work in modern office environments. The System was awarded in the innovation contest 1996 of the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Further Research Projects

  • COMPASS - Navigation and Orientation in a flood of Information
    funded by the "Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation"
  • VEGA - Validation and Exploration of Knowledge Bases
    funded by the Federal Ministry for Reserach and Technology BMFT
  • ARC-TEC - Acquisition, Representation and Compilation of Technical Knowledge
    funded by the Federal Ministry for Reserach and Technology BMFT
  • OSSY - Office Support System
    Development of a workflow management System at FAW
  • AIDA - Automated Maintenance and Diagnosis in Automobile Industry
    Applied research for Daimler-Benz AG

Consulting

  • Business process modelling and information lifecycle analysis for a public administraion
  • Development of an IT strategy for an international engineering company
  • Electronic Document and Knowledge Management for a re-insurance company
  • Laboratory Information and Management System: requirements specification, call for bids and selection
  • Implementation of an ERP-System
  • Evluation of offers for a website of an hospital
  • Knowledge Management for a hospital: Requirements analysis