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2022

News 2022

09.05.2022: FREE Project Training and Management Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania

On the 09.05.2022 project partners of the Erasmus+ project FREE (Female Academic Role Model Empowerment, Equality and Sustainability at Universities in Mediterranean Region: towards 2030 Agenda) joined together at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Business Management Faculty, in Lithuania for a FREE training day and a management meeting.

Project partners from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan shared their progess on writing National Policy Papers on Gender Equality, their experiences with their newly founded Gender Equality Centres and had the chance to disseminate the successes of the project widly during the ongoing International Week at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

At the end of May FREE trainings will continue during a week of workshops at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain.


 


 

05.05.2022: Oldenburg site visit takes a closer look to smart cycling innovations in Northwestern Germany

This article was written by Johannes Schering, Zora Becker, Janika Hintzsche & Roland Hentschel.

Although we get used to online meetings in the past years and its potential to avoid unnecessary traveling, the physical exchange is important to understand the different perspectives in an interdisciplinary project like BITS is. The Corona restrictions in the North Sea Region are slowly relaxing what gave room for realizing a smaller scale site visit at the BITS partners in Oldenburg. In one and a half days the BITS project managers Ronald Jorna and Robin Kleine learned a lot about existing and forthcoming smart cycling initiatives by the city of Oldenburg, baron mobility service GmbH (baron) and the University of Oldenburg (Department of Business Informatics VLBA). 

Baron Mobility service

There is not only a lot of research on the cycling domain in the Northwestern part of Germany, but also a lot of SMEs that push forward new cycling related business models. Ronald Bankowsky, the founder and innovator of baron, presented his new company and the related business potentials at the meeting at the inner city office of baron. The new company Fast2Work has launched two data-based mobility applications. The Bike Tour Guide (biketour.guide) is a free bike navigator and route planner. The website SteigUm.depersonally converts the switch from car to bike into vacations, fitness etc.

As part of their BITS participation, baron will provide the Changers CO2 Fit app to its corporate customers as another ITS implementation. Team competitions as internal company challenges are intended to motivate employees to cycle (more) by making it more fun. The app records the traveled distances and calculates the CO2 savings compared to the car, as Janika Hintzsche from baron mentioned in her presentation.

City of Oldenburg

The new business idea was also a connection point to the activities of the city of Oldenburg. Since the beginning of April 2022, the new bike sharing service OLi Bike is available to the general public. Kerstin Goroncy, the cycling coordinator of the city of Oldenburg, explained in detail how the new offer and its organization works. Commuting is an important topic in Oldenburg. With the same motivation as Fast2Work and baron, more employees from the surrounding area should switch from car to bike more often on their way to work. Part of this solution are infrastructure based ITS solutions to make cycling more attractive. The thermal imaging camera systems are able to detect a group of cyclists to prioritize these at traffic lights.

 

University of Oldenburg (Department of Business Informatics VLBA)

Part of the municipal ITS solutions are also the induction slopes based bike counting systems. The collected data is processed by the scientific team at the University of Oldenburg (VLBA) as part of the Bicycle Data project as one of the BITS implementations. In this context research associate Johannes Schering introduced to the smart cycling innovations where the University is strongly engaged. Johannes explained the functions of a first prototype of SmartHelm - the project develops an awareness sensitive bicycle helmet that includes a headup display to provide relevant information in the cargo bike city logistics context based on measured distractions by biophysical sensors. The VLBA department is actually working on a new data portal (Behavioral Data Repository) to provide new cycling KPIs and awareness-sensitive open biophysical data consisting of EEG, eye tracking and GPS data. The recently started project INFRASense is working on a data driven assessment methodology for the bike infrastructure to support cities in the cycling promotion process. In this context the University is building up a cycling data lake that consists of citizen sensor data, traffic data, infrastructure data, accident data, reportings etc. New cycling KPIs on bicycle accidents and reportings on infrastructure shortcomings enable the comparability of different cities in terms of (perceived) traffic safety. SmartHelm and INFRASense are both funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport as part of the mFUND programme that supports digital innovations in the mobility sector since 2016.

Bike tour

The site visit was rounded off by a practical experience of the bike infrastructure as part of the bike tour. According to the Changers app, the duration of the trip was 17.3 km while 3.3 kg CO2 was saved. The participants perceived the strengths and weaknesses of the bicycle infrastructure in Oldenburg. Part of the tour was also a closer look to the accident hotspots in the city area. The project managers from the Netherlands were surprised to learn that it is very common in Germany to put a white bicycle (the so called “Ghostbike”) to accident points in silent memory to cyclists who were killed at this location. There is still a lot to do in the cycling promotion process - not only but also in the field of cycling data collection. All in all, although the number of participants was limited, the live meeting was a great experience after such a long time. We are looking forward to the next live steering group meeting in Aarhus (Denmark) in June. 


 

02.05.2022: NEMo diskutiert mit anderen Projekten zum Thema ländliche Räume

Vertreter:innen aus der Praxis diskutierten mit NEMo über kommende Entwicklungspfade der Mobilität im ländlichen Raum. © hri (Wildeshauser Kreiszeitung)

Der Landkreis Oldenburg weist durch seine Pendlerbeziehungen ins Umland eine starke Mobilitätsproblematik auf. Neue Konzepte sind erforderlich, um die Herausforderungen, die in diesem Bereich bestehen, in den kommenden Jahren angehen zu können. Zum Thema „Mobilität im ländlichen Raum“ veranstaltete die CDU in Wildeshausen unter Beteiligung des NEMo Projektes (Nachhaltige Erfüllung von Mobilitätsbedürfnissen im ländlichen Raum) eine Diskussionsrunde mit Praktikern und interessierten Bürger:innen.

Johannes Schering und Cedrik Theesen stellten die wichtigsten Ergebnisse des 2020 abgeschlossenen Projektes vor. Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez war online zugeschaltet, um weitere Einblicke in die Forschungsarbeit zu geben. Die Fahrkreis-App verknüpft den ÖPNV sowie weitere Mobilitätsangebote mit privaten Verkehren. Bürger:innen können so das verfügbare Angebot erweitern, was für viele Institutionen (z.B. Betriebe, Schulen) interessant sein kann, um der Herausforderungen der Mobilität im ländlichen Raum und der starken Abhängigkeit vom privaten Pkw entgegen wirken zu können. Auch der Fahrradverkehr spielt beim Mobilitätswandel eine wichtige Rolle. In diesem Kontext wurden auch die Projekte SmartHelm und INFRASense den interessierten Zuhörer:innen vor Ort und im Internet näher gebracht.

Die Wildeshauser Kreiszeitung hat zu der Veranstaltung einen Artikel veröffentlicht, den Sie hier finden können.


 

27.04.2022: „MobiLe - Mobilitätswende @ Lebensqualität“ Kick-off Meeting

On April 27th, 2022, Kick-off Meeting for „MobiLe - Mobilitätswende @ Lebensqualität“  project took place in presence at the University of Oldenburg. The cooperation partners Stadt Norderstedt and associated partners Mosche Design attended to this kickoff meeting. Tasks achieved in Phase 1 and goals to reach in Phase 2 are addressed at this meeting. Furthermore, certain MobiLe-related projects (SmartHelm, INFRASense) were discussed, and online meetings will be held regularly to share information about other relevant projects.

This research project mainly aims to provide a novel decision support tool for transport-related decisions that consider the transport system together with other aspects of a qualitative urban development aiming at sustainability in their systemic interaction.

The VLBA's main responsibilities for this project are to develop and host a website and web app that enables local politicians to perceive and consider the complexity and interdependencies of the municipal transport system (better) through easy-to-use software. It will also enable local politicians to assess the complex impacts of transportation-related decisions independently and at an early stage.

Partners involved

  • Stadt Norderstedt      
  • Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg 

Associated Partners

  • MOSCHDESIGN
  • e-fect dialog evaluation consulting eG

The overall project is managed by the Stadt Norderstedt as an in-house effort.


 

29.04.2022: 12. BUIS-Tage 2022 (Fristverlängerung)

Aktualisierung: Fristverlängerung zur Einreichung (neue Frist 22.05.2022)

Bemühungen um Umweltschonung, Nachhaltigkeit und Energieeffizienz werden durch den Einsatz von Umweltmanagementsystemen unterstützt, die eine Vielzahl heterogener Daten benötigen, um der Planung, Steuerung und Kontrolle von umweltbezogenen Aufgaben gerecht zu werden. Diese Daten müssen durch Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (BUIS) vorgehalten und zielorientiert bearbeitet werden. Die Leistungsfähigkeit aktuell implementierter BUIS wird den Anforderungen aus der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte noch nicht gerecht. Dabei kommt der IT eine entscheidende Rolle in der nachhaltigen Unternehmensentwicklung zu. BUIS müssen bereits in der Produktentwicklung im Rahmen einer umweltintegrierten Produktion sowie in der strategischen Entscheidungsfindung ansetzen und nicht erst als End-of-Pipe-Lösung zur bloßen, nachträglichen Dokumentation von Umweltkennzahlen oder um Legal Compliance herzustellen. Große Bedeutung kommt somit dem rechtzeitigen Erkennen von Ursache-Wirkungsbeziehungen zu, um von einem abstrakten Standpunkt aus die Umweltwirkungen des eigenen Handelns innerhalb des Unternehmens (aber auch über Unternehmensgrenzen hinaus) abzuschätzen und proaktiv zu begegnen. Wesentliche Potenziale für den vorsorgenden Umweltschutzaspekt bleiben sonst ungenutzt.

Der Workshop versteht sich als ein Forum, um über den erreichten Stand aktueller BUIS zu informieren sowie neue, eigene Ideen und Lösungsansätze vorzustellen und in einer Expertenrunde aus Wissenschaft und Praxis mit angenehmer Diskussionskultur intensiv zu erörtern. Selbstverständlich sind auch Arbeitsberichte, die auch Teilergebnisse und vor allem auch noch ungelöste Problemstellungen thematisieren, herzlich willkommen.

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21.04.2022: Disputation of Alexander Sandau

On April 21st, 2022, Dipl.-Inf. Alexander Sandau successfully defended his dissertation with the title "Design of a product service management system bundling of services in the mobility services market". The Department of Information Systems VLBA and the OFFIS institute congratulate him.


04.04.2022: WiPMA final presentation

Everything is coming to an end, including the work of the WiPMA project group.

On 04.04.2022, the project group successfully presented its findings in the areas of Data Understanding, Machine Learning, Architecture and Visualization in a final presentation. The project group was able to gain a lot of experience within one year, which brought ups and downs, whereby the ups such as the collaboration and the sense of achievement outweighed the downs.

The project group would like to thank the members of the WiSA Big Data project, the representatives of OFFIS e. V., the industry partners and those who followed the project with interest. We hope that our findings and the outlook into the future will open new perspectives for further projects.


 

30.03.2022: Update from East Africa: 4th Cohort starts and 3rd Cohort interns

Student life at the Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) that the University of Oldenburg coordinates within an international partnership, is moving ahead. With the beginning of this year, the fourth cohort of students enrolled in the Masters programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems. The students from the previous, third cohort, just started their internships in the East African Region.

On 14 January 2022 the fourth cohort of students took up their studies at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. Amongst the 30 new students and were 24 scholarship holders. Four students each from each of the six EAC member states receive full scholarships for the duration of their studies. The scholarships awarded by the project include a monthly living allowance, rent assistance and financial assistance for studies and research, and also cover the tuition fees applied at NM-AIST. Of the 24 scholarship holders, nine are female. With this fourth cohort, the Centre of Excellence has in total offered 112 scholarships for the Masters programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems. 

The previous cohort is at a further stage now, having started their internships. The two-year Masters programme contains a compulsory industry placement for all of its students. The main objective of the industrial internship is to promote regional cooperation and linkage with the industries, with a strong focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The students also get the chance to gain additional practical experience and extend their network. The internships last six months and can be done at any private or public institution in the EAC region that fits the programme. During their placement the students carry out their own practical project that is submitted after their stay, while being support by a host supervisor within the company, NGO or public institution as well as an academic supervisor. The third cohort started their internships in February 2002 and will accordingly finish in August this year.


 

29.03.2022: 2nd consortium meeting of the project 'Wärmewende
Nordwest'

On 09.03.2022 the 2nd consortium meeting of the project 'Wärmewende
Nordwest' took place. The topic of the meeting was, after a
a short presentation of the current status of all research fields and
activities, the preparation of the first interim report and a presentation of the
and a presentation of the BFE about digital learning media, their methods,
technologies and possible applications.


 

17.03.2022: Product of the Year 2022 (Materialfluss)

For quite some time now, we have been working together with abat AG on the automation of inventory through the use of drones and AI. After our results have already been published scientifically, it is now also clear that the approach is also finding favor in practice. We have now been awarded the title "Product of the Year 2022" by the magazine Materialfluss.

Link:  https://www.materialfluss.de/software-und-identsysteme-messen-spektrum/materialfluss-produkt-des-jahres-2021--gebhardts-storebiter-ols-x-siegreich-974552-532724-924216-230715-868874-633866-337013-565172.htm


 

03.03.2022: Guest researcher in the department

The VLBA department welcomes Gladys Nkatha Mange. She is with us for 6 months on a DAAD short-term fellowship and comes from the Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.  Her research focus is Optimal Image Restoration with a Convolutional Neural Network.

Curriculum Vitae


 

24.02.2022: 13. BUIS-Tage 2022

Bemühungen um Umweltschonung, Nachhaltigkeit und Energieeffizienz werden durch den Einsatz von Umweltmanagementsystemen unterstützt, die eine Vielzahl heterogener Daten benötigen, um der Planung, Steuerung und Kontrolle von umweltbezogenen Aufgaben gerecht zu werden. Diese Daten müssen durch Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (BUIS) vorgehalten und zielorientiert bearbeitet werden. Die Leistungsfähigkeit aktuell implementierter BUIS wird den Anforderungen aus der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte noch nicht gerecht. Dabei kommt der IT eine entscheidende Rolle in der nachhaltigen Unternehmensentwicklung zu. BUIS müssen bereits in der Produktentwicklung im Rahmen einer umweltintegrierten Produktion sowie in der strategischen Entscheidungsfindung ansetzen und nicht erst als End-of-Pipe-Lösung zur bloßen, nachträglichen Dokumentation von Umweltkennzahlen oder um Legal Compliance herzustellen. Große Bedeutung kommt somit dem rechtzeitigen Erkennen von Ursache-Wirkungsbeziehungen zu, um von einem abstrakten Standpunkt aus die Umweltwirkungen des eigenen Handelns innerhalb des Unternehmens (aber auch über Unternehmensgrenzen hinaus) abzuschätzen und proaktiv zu begegnen. Wesentliche Potenziale für den vorsorgenden Umweltschutzaspekt bleiben sonst ungenutzt.

Der Workshop versteht sich als ein Forum, um über den erreichten Stand aktueller BUIS zu informieren sowie neue, eigene Ideen und Lösungsansätze vorzustellen und in einer Expertenrunde aus Wissenschaft und Praxis mit angenehmer Diskussionskultur intensiv zu erörtern. Selbstverständlich sind auch Arbeitsberichte, die auch Teilergebnisse und vor allem auch noch ungelöste Problemstellungen thematisieren, herzlich willkommen.

Weitere Informationen


 

19.02.2022: Visit of the DigiSchwein project group to the Chamber of Agriculture in Wehnen

For the first time, the students were able to gain insights into the various experimental fields of the DigiSchwein project. After a friendly welcome from the Chamber of Agriculture and a general introduction, there was a detailed tour of the various fattening and sow pens at the site. Here, the students were given detailed insights into the various digitization activities in the barn that are being carried out and investigated as part of the DigiSchwein project. In addition to camera installations above the pen to record video footage for automated evaluation of animal behavior and the installation of various climate sensors in the pen to record temperature and pollutant levels, there was also a great deal of information about the general husbandry practices and character traits of pigs. Interested parties can also get an impression of the digitalization measures in the barn under this link.


 

17.01.2022: "5G Smart Country" Kickoff Meeting

On 17.01.2022 the project "5G Smart Country" officially started with an online kickoff meeting. This project is conceived as a living lab and is conducted by a consortium of research institutes and agricultural and biosystems engineering firms. The project aims at investigating the promising possibilities of the 5G cellular technology in real-world scenarios in agriculture and forestry (smart agriculture and smart forestry). The project envisages the design, development, and testing of specific 5G applications aimed at increasing productivity in farming and forestry while ensuring an optimum use of natural resources as well as chemical substances and minimizing the environmental impact. Automation engineering, data science and artificial intelligence (AI) will be playing a key role here, for instance, field robots and remote sensing drones for an efficient sowing, controlled fertilizing, mechanical weeding, and wildlife observation; spectroscopic real-time quality assessment of the harvest: smart harvesting. VLBA with its extensive experience in these fields is part of this project and will be primarily responsible for the development of algorithms for data analysis and AI-based automation, and data visualization.

Participating Partners:

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., 
  • Julius-Kühn-Institut für Kulturpflanzen (Institut für Anwendungstechnik im Pflanzenschutz),
  • Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen, 
  • Ostfalia Hochschule,   
  • Rauch Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH, 
  • Strube D&S GmbH,
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig (Institut für mobile Maschinen und Nutzfahrzeuge, IMN), 
  • Thünen-Institut für Waldökosysteme,
  • Universität Oldenburg (Chair of Very Large Business Applications, VLBA),
  • Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH & Co.KG.

Associated Partners:

  • Domäne Schickelsheim
  • Niedersächsische Landesforsten
  • Rittergut Lucklum
  • Stiftung Zukunft Wald  

The overall coordination of the collaborative research project will be conducted by a steering committee formed by the two counties involved in this pilot project, Wolfenbüttel and Helmstedt.

VLBA presentation on the kickoff meeting:


 

HAPTIK project closing meeting

Last December, the final project meeting of the BMWI-funded project HAPTIK took place. The project team presented the results and findings of three years of research to representatives of the ministry, the project management agency and the accompanying research agency. The research project has resulted in over 50 publications in the fields of law, computer science and project management as well as a dissertation and various student theses.

The results and the commitment of the project team were also acknowledged by the ministry by naming HAPTIK as one of the lighthouse projects of the funding line. Although this was the project's final meeting, the project is not completely finished. The University of Oldenburg will be working on further evaluation of the results through a cost-neutral extension until 31.03.2022.

(Changed: 2022-05-17)