Birgit Schelenz

Tel.: 0441 789-4384

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Student Assistant

Marie Hennecke

Business Information Systems / Very Large Business Applications


Entwicklung einer innovativen Ride-Hailing-Lösung

instaride relies on the potential of everyday trips that take place anyway - for example to work or to university. These trips pass numerous destinations for which there are potential passengers. With existing market solutions in the field of ride hailing, the planning effort in relation to the benefit is often only worthwhile on long journeys. Thanks to instaride's instant matching, sharing and riding along on medium and short distances is now also attractive. The Oldenburg innovation developers Granny&Smith, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law in the Information Society (ZRI) and the Business Information Technology / VLBA department are working together in the joint project. The research cooperation is supported with ERDF (EU) funds as part of the "Lower Saxony Innovation Support Programme for Research & Development in Companies". The focus of the activities of the Department of Business Informatics / VLBA will be mainly in the area of matching algorithms and blockchain technology.

Research approaches:  

  •     Development of innovative Ride-Hailing solution
  •     Use and further development of existing software solutions / software artifacts
  •     Analysis of existing block chain solutions and selection
  •     Development and implementation of a matching algorithm
  •     Further development of the matching algorithm to a self-learning algorithm

Project Start: 01.10.2019




Water Innovation Solution Management

Progressive digitalisation is constantly creating new challenges in everyday working life. In order to meet these challenges effectively, it is sensible and necessary to establish suitable systems for dealing with the growing flood of data and information as well as innovation management and digital skills (e.g. for new business processes/models, agile leadership, new working methods). In addition, the preservation, expansion and transfer of digital knowledge must be realised in parallel with the help of suitable structures and targeted measures.

The WISdoM (Water Innovation Solution Management) project will deal with the above-mentioned topics and develop solutions for the water industry in a research cooperation with the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV) until the end of 2020. As an innovative water association, OOWV wants to actively use the opportunities of digitalisation. To this end, OOWV wants to receive further impulses from outside, but also set standards within the water industry itself.

Through close cooperation with the University of Oldenburg, it is to be clarified which measures can be sensibly applied to the concrete situation of the water industry in order to achieve a higher degree of digitisation. Important goals identified for this are a systematisation of data and information management, a demand- and goal-oriented development of digital skills and the establishment of an innovation management system. The scientific findings for the development and implementation of the above-mentioned fields of action are to be pursued in concrete projects at OOWV following the cooperation.

Project Start: 01.01.2019

Project Partner:
Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischen Wasserverband (OOWV)




The aim of ECOSense is to develop and test a sensor platform that collects various parameters (position, speed, vibration, environment) on bicycle use in everyday life. The newly generated and refined data sets lead to an improved information basis on bicycle traffic. The use of measurement technology enables decision-makers in municipal and urban planning to gain a better understanding of the specific needs of cyclists and to expand the cycling infrastructure accordingly.

The sensor technology to be developed will be applied, for example, in the context of bicycle-friendly companies and cities. Several hundred bicycles will be equipped with the measurement technology during the survey period. The prototypically generated and completely anonymised data basis of the bicycle sensor technology will be refined with further data sources and evaluated with regard to the use of the bicycle infrastructure, traffic safety and environmental aspects. In parallel, concepts for the integration of the sensor technology into future data-based business models will be developed.

Project Start: 01.06.2019




Bicycles and Intelligent Transportsystems

Since the quality of life in urban regions in particular is increasingly endangered by uncontrollable traffic volumes, growing environmental problems, rising population figures and increasing health impairments, change processes in the design of sustainable transport systems must be aimed for. In the Netherlands and Denmark, among others, the bicycle has proved to be a particularly suitable means of solving the problems described above, also in conjunction with other available means of transport. Therefore, the strengthening of bicycle traffic should be aimed at for the overall upgrading of inner-city transport systems.

The BITS (Bicycles and Intelligent Transportsystems) project involves the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium, countries that already have a high proportion of cyclists. The other regions involved (Great Britain, Germany) also intend to further enhance the use of bicycles in the future. In order to achieve this goal, this project aims to implement various ITS solutions and to transfer them to other regions. The focus here is on upgrading the database on bicycle traffic.

In addition to increasing the proportion of bicycle traffic and reducing environmental pollution in the participating regions, the BITS project focuses on the development of a CycleDataHub, which enables comprehensive analysis, visualisation and provision of bicycle data for all interested parties. The improved information should contribute to a better understanding of the needs of cyclists and to the adaptation of transport policy accordingly. The results of the project will be transferred to all participating regions.

Project Start: 01.04.2019


Blockchain in Government

Block-chain-enabled systems enable better services and solutions in terms of transparency, trust and data exchange between governments, citizens and SMEs. In BLING, public authorities, knowledge institutions and SMEs work together to develop and deploy block-chain-enabled services. Pilot projects will investigate the challenges and potential effects of blockchain. The University of Oldenburg will cooperate with the city of Oldenburg.

Project Start: 01.04.2019


Handelbarkeit physikalischer Güter durch digitale Token in Konsortialnetzwerken

Under the umbrella of the Center for Law in the Information Society (ZRI), the Chairs of Civil Law, Commercial and Business Law and Legal Informatics of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger and Business Informatics (Very Large Business Applications) of Prof. Dr.-Ing. In cooperation with the consortium partners Schenker AG and OFFIS e.V. (Department of Transportation under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Hahn) the project HAPTIK (Tradability of physical goods by tokens in consortium networks) was initiated. The project, with a total volume of 1.4 million euros, will focus on the digitalization of processes in sea transport over the next three years.

Project Duration: 01.2019 - 01.2022

1.4 million euros funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

- Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger

Project Partners:
- Prof. Dr. Prof. h. c. Jürgen Taeger (Projektleiter); Wiss. Mitarbeiter David Saive;
- Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez; Wiss. Mitarbeiter Stefan Wunderlich; Wiss. Mitarbeiter Thomas Janicki; Stud. Mitarbeiterin Jule Stabel
- Dieter Sellner, Marvin Lamberjohann (Schenker AG)
- Prof. Dr. Axel Hahn; Wiss. Mitarbeiter Dr. Benjamin Weinert; Wiss. Mitarbeiterin PD Dr. Sibylle Fröschle (OFFIS)


Practical research on inovative SAP technology

In the project POINT, a research cooperation between the department VLBA and the SAP consulting company „abat AG“, heterogenous activities are carried out, ranging from joint events like training courses to student work and research activities in the frame of a PhD thesis, including accompanying research.

With the technological improvements and the establishment of in-memory databases and the internet of things, new possibilities in the field of ERP-Technology have opened. Also topics such as user experience, user-centered design, and augmented as well as virtual reality are highly relevant today due to the cross-platform usage of business applications.

During this research cooperation students will work on several innovative topics, such as:

  • Intelligent Handling Unit
  • Sensors and Internet of Things
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • User Experience and User-centered Design

Topics for student theses are published regularly on the website of the VLBA department.

Project Start


Cooperation Partner

abat AG (Bremen)

Project website


Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa

CENIT@EA seeks to provide an excellency-driven engagement-focused platform for integrated research on embedded and mobile systems. It focuses on four major research and two cross-cutting themes that bring together existing expertise of the partnering institutions with the focus of strong engagement with local communities in East Africa as well as in other sub-Saharan Africa regions. The following research topics stand in the centre of CENIT@EA and will be addressed in the Master’s programme as well as in thematic workshops, trainings, internships, and summer schools with external experts.

Mobile Computing is a technology that allows transmission of data, voice and video via a computer, without having to be connected to a fixed physical link. Mobile computing involves mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. Communication issues include ad hoc networks and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. Hardware includes mobile devices or device components. Mobile software deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

Embedded Systems are computer systems with a dedicated function within a larger physical – be it mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc. or blends thereof– system, often with real-time computing constraints. It is embedded as part of a complete cyber-physical device tightly integrating software, digital hardware, sensors and actuators, and increasingly also networking functionality, as in the internet of things. Embedded systems control many devices already in common use today and form the backbone of expected smart physical systems. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of all microprocessors are manufactured as components of embedded systems.

Project Management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavour designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverable) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.

Soft Skills are a combination of interpersonal people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.

Entrepreneurship has traditionally been defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a start-up company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire. The people who create these businesses are called entrepreneurs.

Information Systems is an academic study of systems with a specific reference to information and the complementary networks of hardware and software that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create and distribute data. An emphasis is put on an information system having a definitive boundary, users, processors, storage, inputs, outputs and the communication networks.

December 2017


    Prof. Dr-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez
    Christian Osorio, M.A.



Hub for Education on ICT for Sustainability

The collaborative and research education hub that seeks to bring together the practical and research orientated aspects of ICT for supporting the country’s sustainability efforts, kicked off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). The Hub for Education on ICT for Sustainability (HEdIS) is a collaborative project of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town and Carl von Ossietzky University, in Oldenburg, that will be run through the South African universities’ computing science departments over four years.

The project is based on a well-established and long-standing partnership between the two South African universities involving numerous faculties and schools, tapping into their expertise as comprehensive universities with strong links to the entire Sub-Saharan region. Carl von Ossietzky University is an internationally recognized university from the Global North with a long-standing track record in sustainability research, teaching and community engagement.

Start: 01.03.2017


Yields of Evocative Entrepreneurial approaches on Environment and Society

Entrepreneurial solutions as well as ICT play a critical role in achieving sustainability. We thus develop an inter- and transdisciplinary project that focusses on Yields of Evocative Entrepreneurial approaches on Environment and Society (YEEES). We especially elaborate on the resilience of cities and peri-urban areas, while focusing challenges in the fields of urban agriculture and mobility. Our project connects the universities of Lüneburg and Oldenburg with the universities in South Africa (NMMU), Namibia (UNAM) and Mosambique (UPM) via implementing two interconnected centers seen as international networks where the above mentioned topics will be addressed in Research and Teaching: The YEEES Research Center and the YEEES Training Center.

The YEEES Research Center aims at being a long-term, visible and renowned network of German and African researchers from a variety of disciplines. Four research groups, focusing on “Innovation”, “Imovation”, “ICT” and “Education” are connected via a common goal: Delivering excellent and relevant research results that contribute to the global challenge of ensuring sustainability by focusing on innovative and imovative sustainable entrepreneurial approaches using ICT.

Project duration: 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020

Project Participants:

Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez, Universität Oldenburg
Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. Margie Cullen, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Dr. Kauna Mufeti, University of Namibia
Prof. Dr. Uranio Mahanjane, Universidade Pedagogica Moçambique


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez
M. Sc. Alexander Sandau



NEMo is an acronym (in german) for “Sustainable satisfaction of mobility demands in rural regions”.

As a result of demographical change it is getting more and more difficult for municipalities to offer a basic set of public transport services like bus and train. On the other side the mobility demand in rural regions is increasing because of the agglomeration of health care and shopping infrastructure nearby cities.

Based on this problem statement the research project NEMo is developing sustainable and innovative mobility offers and supporting business models especially for rural regions. Information and communication technology plays an important role as enabler for participation.

NEMo is funded by the VW foundation with 1,53 mio. € and is scheduled for 3 years. Funded are 8 doctoral students and 1 postdoc position. NEMo is an inter- and transdisciplinary project. Besides the scientific participants many partners from industry and public are involved in the project.

Project Participants:

Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez, Prof. Dr. Axel Hahn, Prof. Dr. Frank Köster, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sauer, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger, Prof. Dr. Andreas Winter, alle Universität Oldenburg
Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt, Prof. Dr. Anna Henkel, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. David M. Woisetschläger, Technische Universität Braunschweig


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez 
Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Wagner vom Berg (project coordinator)


(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)