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CloudSocket - Business and IT-Cloud Alignment using a Smart Socket
CloudSocket envisions the idea of "Business Process as a Service" (BPaaS), where domain-specific business processes are supported by workflows that optimally match the ICT support for the selected process. The ICT support is expected to be realized by available platforms or software components from PaaS or SaaS platforms. CloudSocket introduces the BPaaS concept that fulfills the business process needs thanks to smart alignment techniques, packages this BPaaS as "extended Cloudlets" that are autonomously deployable and include adaptive rules to appropriately react in a multi-cloud environment by keeping SLAs and process-based billing. Hence, the vision is to "plug business" into the "Cloud".
CloudSocket is funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 Framework (Grant agreement ID: 644690).
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KWD - Knowledge Work Designer
The Knowledge Work Designer is intended for modeling knowledge work processes, which involve decision making and non-structured process flows. It is based on two principles:(1) the separation of business logic and process logic and (2) the support of both structures and unstructured knowledge. It integrates BPMN, CMMN and DMN. KWD is an OMiLAB project.
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LearnPAd - Model-Based Social Learning for Public Administrations
Learn PAd will build an innovative holistic e-learning platform for PAs that enables process-driven learning and fosters cooperation and knowledge-sharing. Learn PAd technical innovation is based on four pillars: 1. a new concept of model-based e-learning (both process and knowledge), 2. open and collaborative e-learning content management, 3. automatic, learner-specific and collaborative content quality assessment, 4. automatic model-driven simulation-based learning and testing. Learn PAd considers learning and working strongly intertwined (learning while doing). The platform supports both an informative learning approach based on enriched business process (BP) models, and a procedural learning approach based on simulation and monitoring (learning by doing).
LearnPAd is funded by the European Commission, Technology-Enhanced Learning (Grant agreement ID: 619583).
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APPRIS- integrated early warning system for supply risk and opportunities using semantic technologies
oday, every company is confronted with the management of procurement risks: however, this is usually done late and therefore reactively. From the integration of risk, procurement and knowledge management, a continuous, systematic and efficient early warning system will emerge in the present project. By integrating, selecting and tracking external information based on semantic technologies, suitable early risk indicators will be determined, which will draw attention to changes in the supply network and its environment and which will be proactively managed via adapted SC strategies and processes. In order to ensure a meaningful use of such an early warning system in practice, procurement must have the necessary strategic concepts and adequate processes in addition to the IT solution, which are also being developed in this project. APPRIS was funded by the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI (Innosuisse). .
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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 (Grant agreement ID: 231430).
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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 (Grant agreement ID: 027090).
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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.
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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


  • 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