News 2019

17.09.2019: Disputation von Ruthbetha Kateule 

On the September 17th, 2019 MSc Ruthbetha Kateule successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Reference Architecture for Smart Environmental Information Systems". Congratulations from VLBA team.  



06.09.2019: VLBA meets abat AG

On 06.09.2019 the HQ of the abat AG in Bremen was visited by 14 Master students (Business Information Systems) from Oldenburg. The excursion was an integral part of the teaching module "Customizing using SAP as an example". The aim of the event was to give the students an insight into the practice and to exchange ideas on exciting topics from the SAP environment, which were explained using selected examples.  



05.09.2019: Preparatory meeting HEdIS Summer School 2019

On the 29 of August 2019 the preparation meeting for the DAAD HEdIS Summer School (25 November - 6 December 2019) in South Africa took place. Participants were the students (granted with a scholarship) from Computer Science, Business Informatics and Sustainable Economics and Management as well as the supervisors  Barbara Rapp, René Kessler, Felix Kruse, Roland Hentschel, Prof. Dr. Helmut Faasch (Uni Lüneburg) and Prof. Dr. Marx Gómez.



04.09.2019: Officially celebrate the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Information Communication and Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA)

Arusha, Tanzania: On 23th August 2019 government officials, university members and visitors came together to officially celebrate the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Information Communication and Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA). In the region it is the first of its kind that aims to empower and educate students to become qualified personnel in the field of Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS). 

The celebration was attended by representatives of the academic consortium (University of Oldenburg, The German Aerospace Center, University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics Berlin, University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, University of Technology and Arts of Byumba, University of Dar es Salaam and the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology) representatives of the implementation partners (German Academic Exchange Service, German Corperation for International Cooperation and the Inter-University Council for East Africa), regional representatives and network partners of the East African Community. 


CENIT@EA is happy for the successful launch and looking forward to creating a positive impact for our students and the whole region!


28.08.2019: Center of Excellence opened in East Africa

Over the past two years, Oldenburg business IT specialists and partners have established a centre of excellence for information and communication technologies in Tanzania. Now the festive opening of the "Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa" (CENIT@EA) has taken place in the capital Arusha. Among the participants was Prof. h.c., Tanzania's Minister of Education. Joyce Ndalichako. The Center of Excellence will focus on so-called embedded and mobile systems and aims to strengthen education and research in this area at African partner institutions. The core of the programme is a master's programme entitled "Embedded and Mobile Systems", which began in June with the first 28 scholarship holders.

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14.08.2019: Summer project meeting in Wolfsburg

In mid-August, the project team presented the results of the last project quarter. The meeting took place in Wolfsburg. Focus was on the first version of the prototype.

All project participants were satisfied with the results so far and there was a constructive discussion about improvements and further functions of the prototype as well as about the project as a whole.

Participants of the meeting: Dr. Ina Thurn (Volkswagen), Dr. Torsten Gailus (Volkswagen), Raphaela Helbig (Volkswagen), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez (VLBA), Dr.-Ing. Andreas Solsbach (VLBA), and Sven von Höveling (VLBA).


14.08.2019: Exchange with TU Braunschweig on bicycle projects

The Institute of Design Engineering (Institut für Konstruktionstechnik, IK) of the Technical University of Braunschweig recently visited the Department of Information Systems VLBA. With the two engineers Anja Cudok and Alexander Brandies, the VLBA members Alexander Sandau and Johannes Schering discussed possible starting points and project ideas in the field of sustainable mobility. In addition to the NEMo project, various research approaches in the field of smart cycling were discussed. In this context the scientists from Braunschweig presented the newly launched BMBF funded project lifecycling², which aims to improve the resource efficiency of electric cargo bikes. 

With its research focus on vehicle concepts, the IK is part of the Lower Saxony Research Center for Vehicle Technology (Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik, NFF) and contributes methodological expertise to the development of overall vehicle concepts. New approaches to vehicle technology are developed through a holistic approach to design methods, thus making a significant contribution to future mobility.

Further information can be found on the website of the Institute of Design Engineering.


08.08.2019: Disputation of Safwan Sulaiman

On the August 8th, 2019 MSc Safwan Sulaiman successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Knowledge Transfer-based Recommendations to enable Self-Service Business Intelligence". Congratulations from VLBA team. 


08.08.2019: HAPTIK meeting and workshops

In the project HAPTIK project meetings and workshops took place in July and August. From 24 to 25 July, DB Schenker held its half-yearly meeting with all its alliance partners in Frankfurt am Main. The progress of the project was discussed and the interim results presented to the internal DB Schenker project public. This resulted in exciting discussions and interesting feedback.

On 6 August, a workshop was organised in cooperation with the Maritime Cluster of Northern Germany in which various players from the maritime sector took part. The aim of the workshop was to make the project better known in the maritime world and to receive feedback from the industry.


25.07.2019 Association of the bicycle industry interested in cooperation with VLBA

Verbund Service und Fahrrad e.V. (VSF), the German Association of the bicycle industry,  recently visited the Department of Business Informatics VLBA. The managing director of VSF Mr. Dirk Sexauer discussed with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez and Johannes Schering about starting points of new research and potential project ideas. As a result, common projects of VSF and VLBA could be developed in the field of business related environmental information systems (BUIS) with a special focus on bicycle retailing.

VSF, founded in 1985 in Berlin, acts as a non-profit association in the bicycle segment. Among the more than 300 members are bicycle dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, service providers and non-profit organizations. VSF is dedicated to attractive bicycle retailers, innovative new products for cyclists as well as networking and exchange of experience in the bicycle industry.

Further information can be found on the websites of VSF.


22.07.2019: Poster presentation at the "BMW Summer School"

The "7th French-German BMW Summer School 2019" took place from July 15th to 20th in Lenggries, Germany. At this event, the external doctoral student Daniel Alvarez, under the supervision of Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez, presented a poster with the title "Data architecture for vehicle data semantics and driving context reasoning". The poster is about an approach to bring vehicle data into a more understandable representation, where the meaning of data streams plays an essential role. The future work will focus on exploring the use of graph data models to represent data of moving objects (e.g., a vehicle). This research is carried out at the Department of Research of the BMW Group.


17.07.2019: Brainstorm and discussion about the first prototype of the project eco4fin

In the beginning of July, the eco4fin project team presented a platform concept to our research partner Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and participated in a training on FOSS (Free Open Source Software) deployment.

Our demonstration met the expectations and was the basis for a creative and constructive exchange between the project team and our partners. In this first phase, the focus was mainly on the desired functionality rather than on the content itself. After a productive meeting some prioritization of the next development steps took place. It was decided that some interesting ideas will be moved to future releases.

Based on the feedback of our Volkswagen partners, the project team will now be able to work continuously on the development and improvement of the first prototype. This implementation will be, by the end of the summer, fully functional concerning its main features and already introduce some secondary ones.

Furthermore, the project team took part in a training course ministered by the VW IT department about FOSS and its different kinds of licenses and related prerogatives. It is imperative to master these matters because the prototype has to be not only fully functional but also legally useable i.e. it must be possible to deploy and use it extensively within our research cooperation initiatives without any undesired legal issues.

The participants were Sven von Höveling (VLBA), Guilherme Baumgarten (VLBA), Dr. Ina Thurn (Volkswagen), Dr. Torsten Gailus (Volkswagen), Raphaela Helbig (Volkswagen) as well as the temporary project assistants Tolga Tanimaz (Master Student, VLBA) and Daniel Steinke (Bachelor Student, VLBA).



15.07.2019: Running EU-project HPC for Smart Health

In the frame of the running EU-project HPC for Smart Health and the elaboration of a new EU Horizon 2020 project towards High Performance and Parallel Computing in Smart Cities Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez visited the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). Further project partners are the University of Wrocław (Poland), the Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata (Argentina) und die Universidad Nacional de San Luis (Argentina). 


04.07.2019: VLBA meets BIS

At the 22nd International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS) ( in Seville, the PhD students Christoph Schröer (Data Science Architectures), Christian Janßen (Data Ownership), René Kessler (AI Platforms in Small and Medium Enterprises) and Felix Kruse (Big Data Integration) presented their research topics in the Doctoral Consortium. In addition, Pajam Hassan (, who is doing his PhD part-time at the VLBA, presented his full paper on the application of machine learning in supply chain risk management. 


03.07.2019: Stefan Wunderlich and David Saive present their contribution to the conference

As part of the project HAPTIK Stefan Wunderlich and David Saive presented their conference paper at the International Congress on Blockchain and Applications. The conference took place in Ávila, Spain and had a very large number of visitors with international experts. The article entitled "The Electronic Bill of Lading: Challenges of Paperless Trade" was very well received and discussed by the visitors of the conference.


28.06.2019: Keynote lecture at the LINGA symposium "Outlook into our future"

The LINGA symposium with the main topic "Outlook into our future" took place on June 27th at the Sportakademie Hannover. After a brief welcoming address, discussions were held in four forums on a variety of issues relating to services of general interest. NEMo took part with an impulse lecture in the context of the forum "Multimodal mobility concepts in rural areas". Michael Fuder from merkWATT also reported in detail on the AUNO DOMO (Autonomous Village Mobility) project. Following the contributions, the plenum discussed how the insights gained in NEMo, for example in the form of business models, could be used in practice.

In Hanover, Alexander Sandau presented central results from NEMo.

LINGA (Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag) acts as a cross-cutting platform that initiates "social innovations for generations in everyday life". Design for all" as a guiding principle shifts the focus on senior citizens away from a pure nursing theme towards a comfort benefit for all generations. Especially for rural communities and health regions in Lower Saxony, this view represents an opportunity to face the complex challenges of services of general interest in a modern and forward-looking way: this increases the quality of life - not only in old age!

In view of a society of long life, the challenges for the country are manifold and the fields of action of LINGA are very broad, ranging from technical assistance systems for older people, mobility in rural areas, tourism, retail trade and crafts, research and science to social entrepreneurship and design for all.


18.06.2019: New research project with focus on detecting cycling data started

The recently started project ECOSense aims at the development and implementation of a sensor set specifically for the tracking of cyclists. The feasibility study is financially funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) for a period of nine months within the framework of the funding programme "mFUND". The internal kickoff meeting was now held at the invitation of Professor Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez at the University of Oldenburg. At the exchange meeting with the Oldenburg based companies Baron Mobility Service and CoSynth, in which Roland Hentschel of the economic development department of the city of Oldenburg took part as well, working tasks were specified while strategies for the dissemination of the sensor technology in the Oldenburg area and potentials for the further development of the measuring technology were discussed in detail. As part of the project there will be an innovation workshop in autumn held in Oldenburg to actively involve the 61 associated partners of ECOSense. Representatives of municipalities, transport and traffic engineering, businesses and the ADFC will discuss potentials of the newly generated bicycle data based on sensor technology. The project ECOSense will officially presented at the end of August by project manager Mrs. Kyra Pelzner (Baron Mobility Service) at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin.

The pilot study will examine the feasibility with regard to suitable parameters for a measuring technology that is attached directly to bicycles. The newly collected data about infrastructure and environment will be linked with other relevant information and evaluated. Therefore the main focus of the activities of the Department of Business Informatics VLBA will be in the field of aggregating and analyzing sensor based bicycle data.

More information about the project can be found on the BMVI website:

About mFUND:

As part of the mFUND research programme the BMVI has been funding research and development projects for data driven digital innovations for mobility 4.0 since 2016. In addition to financial support mFUND supports the networking of actors from politics, business and research with various event formats. Further information can be found at


17.06.2019: BITS meeting in Bruges specifies forthcoming working steps

From 11th to 13th of June the partners of the Interreg-project BITS (Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems) met up in Bruges (Belgium) for a second internal project meeting. The main goal of the exchange was the further concretization of the upcoming tasks in the recently started project. In the coming months several intelligent transport systems (ITS) with focus on cycling will be implemented in the model regions of the North Sea region involved in BITS.

The city of Bruges and the Belgian university VIVES hosted the recent meeting. Dirk De fauw, mayor of the West Flemish city, opened the trans-European meeting with a some short words of welcome. He emphasized the importance of cycling and gave profuse thanks to all partners for their engagement in BITS. The participants of the meeting traveled to Bruges from all NSR partner countries as the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany and other parts of Belgium.

During workshops on different subject areas in a 'World Café' style relevant fields of action were identified. As a result, when the partners collecting and analyzing bicycle data they will mainly focus on topics as the tracking of cyclists, the quality of bicycle infrastructures, the combination of cycling with other means of transport (such as public transport) and bicycle parking. The regions in the North Sea Region involved will implement different ITS solutions for bicycle traffic in the coming months. For instance, the city of Antwerp (Belgium) will test intelligent 3D-cameras to detect cyclists on a main road while the Dutch city of Zwolle will implement an application which aims at extending green phases for people cycling to the city centre.

The main work of the Department of Business Informatics Very Large Business Applications VLBA will be the correlation of existing and newly generated bicycle data within the framework of a newly developed CycleDataHub, which should provide interested stakeholders from all over Europe working in the field of urban and transport planning relevant information on cycling. The data should be supplied on an open data basis that the data base can be easily enriched by third parties. At the recent meeting in Bruges VLBA research assistant Johannes Schering presented a first concept for the data protection compliant handling of bicycle related data.

The next internal BITS meeting will take place from the 24th to the 26th of September at the project partner East Riding of Yorkshire in Beverley / United Kingdom. A partner meeting in Oldenburg can be expected for the year 2020.


17.06.2019: BLING Blockchain conference and 2nd project steering committee meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden.

During June 17, 18 and 19, 2019 took place the 2ndBLING steering committee meeting and the public conference “Future of Blockchain in the Public Sector”. This conference in Gothenburg (Sweden) brought together learning from across six countries in Europe on Blockchain technology for government and it was possible to engage in networking with colleagues from North Sea Region countries. Guilherme Baumgarten was there representing the University of Oldenburg and presenting the use cases to be developed within the project BLING.

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14.06.2019: Second Workshop on Research Cooperation with the OOWV

From 13.06. till 14.06. the second workshop in research cooperation with the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischen Wasserverband (OOWV) took place in Oldenburg. The main goal of the project WISdoM - Water Innovation Solution Management is to find out, which arrangements and actions can be implemented for the water industry to reach higher levels of digitization. As an innovative water supply association, the OOWV aims for utilizing all the chances that come with digitization and welcomes external ideas and influences to set new standards in its domain. 

Among others, subject of the latest workshop was information exchange about the implementation of the arrangements and actions that were discussed and decided at the previous workshop for the departments of data- and information management, digital expertise and innovation management of the OOWV. Presentations about maturity degree models and theses within the project made the workshop complete.


13.06.2019: Second workshop Innovation(s)Labor digital

The second workshop of the Innovative Hochschule Jade-Oldenburg! sub-project Innovation(s)Labor digital took place on June 13, 2019 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Marx Gómez (University of Oldenburg, Business Informatics) in the Schlaues Haus Oldenburg. It was specifically aimed at IT service and consulting companies. The program included science impulses on the topic of "Digitalization quo vadis? Dimensions of digital transformation and status in the region ", which were then discussed based on practical experience. In addition to content suggestions, the participants gained interesting contacts from practice and science as well as an insight into upcoming events and the continuity of the initiated exchange.
Uta Strumpel from the Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Oldenburg gave insights into the results of the study "Digital Innovation in the SME Business - Case Studies of Successful Digitization Projects". In a second impulse, Timo Kasselmann presented nine dimensions of the digital transformation of companies based on the St. Galler House of Digital Business.
In the second phase of the workshop, participants' experiences and the presented dimensions of digital transformation were combined to create a sentiment of digital transformation in the region.
An important result of the workshop was the realization that IT and consulting projects in the course of digital transformation are usually initiated via process digitization, product and business model innovation or customer experience. Project-relevant dimensions such as culture & expertise, transformation management, collaboration and business strategy are often not addressed or dealt with casually. How these criteria could be better integrated into project planning in the future would be a possible topic for future events.
If you are interested in similar events or in the project, please contact Malte Schulz or Timo Kasselmann of the In587novaaai/tion(so2q)Lckd52ab0vkorwj ( digital.


09.06.2019: Participation in IEEE workshop

During the 30th IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, a paper with the title "Modeling dangerous driving events based on in-vehicle data using Random Forest and Recurrent Neural Network" was presented on June 9th by Daniel Alvarez. He is an external PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez and carries out his research at the BMW department of Research, new Technologies, and Innovation. The paper was part of the Workshop on "Data Driven Intelligent Vehicle Applications" organized by the Technical University of Munich.

In this study, vehicle sensor data (i.e., acceleration, speed, brake, etc.) is classified into semantic annotations of dangerous driving using supervised machine learning. A binary classifier of dangerous vs. normal driving serves as the first discriminant to decide which instances over time a relevant to consider for further enrichment. This approach aims to enable the integration of other data sources (e.g., type of maneuver, blinking rate, road type, etc.).


23.05.2019: Stefan Wunderlich holds presentation at KISTERS Praxisforum Energie

From 23.5. to 24.5. the KISTERS Energy Practice Forum took place in Bad Neuenahr. About 200 participants experienced a great event with various sessions, exchange of content, networking and interesting product presentations. Thematically, the event revolved around the energy management of the future. Stefan Wunderlich addressed the potential of blockchain technology in the energy sector. In particular, possible applications were presented. 


21.05.2019: OOWV visits Oldenburg University for NEMo participation

On invitation of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez (Chair of the Department of Business Informatics / Very Large Business Applications - VLBA) the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband OOWV (Water Association of Oldenburg and Ostfriesland) recently visited Oldenburg University. The aim of the exchange was to identify potential points of overlap between OOWV and the current research project NEMo (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation) in the field of business related mobility. The OOWV which is an important employer in the northwest region of Germany is registering an ever-increasing growth of commuter traffics. This could be an interesting usecase for the implementation of the mobile app Fahrkreis which was developed as part of the NEMo project to improve employers  mobility.

As part of the introduction to the specific circumstances of the OOWV Mr. Stephan Bäcker and Mr. Stefan Schwanke pointed out the large commuting area in the rural region of Oldenburg and Ostfriesland. Although scarcity of parking space is increasing there is only little knowledge about commuter flows. By using the application Fahrkreis in business mobility traffic flows could be recorded more systematically in order to identify potentials for carpooling opportunities in the company. For that reason a field test of the application could be realized in the coming months. 

To let the employees learn more about NEMo and to answer open questions regarding the field test an information event at OOWV headquaters in the City of Brake is being planned. The exchange of OOWV and the NEMo project was initiated by the office for economic development of the City Oldenburg which was represented by Mr. Roland Hentschel at the recent exchange meeting at the University.

OOWV is an association of rural districts, towns and municipalities in the northwest of Lower Saxony, which are working together to provide consumers with drinking water and to clean wastewater.  OOWV and the Department of Business Informatics are already working closely together since January 2019 as part of a research cooperation. 


21.05.2019: Event Open Source Business Day 2019

As part of the Open Source Business Day 2019 (Open Source for SMEs) at the IHK Bremen, Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez gave an invited lecture entitled "Open Source in Data Science Projects for SMEs". The event was organized by the OSB Alliance (Open Source Business Alliance). Prof. Marx Gómez belongs to the extended board of the OSB Alliance.


17.05.2019: Conference on sustainability topics and future issues

As part of the NachDenkstatt 2019, a conference on sustainability topics and future issues, which is organized annually for students by students of the University of Oldenburg, Prof. Dr. med. Jorge Marx Gómez held a lecture entitled "Artificial Intelligence - Between Hype and Reality".


15.05.2019: Disputation of Basel Hasan

On May 15, 2019, Basel Hasan successfully defended his dissertation entitled "A Conceptual Framework for Mobile Security Supporting Enterprises in Adopting Mobility".
The Department of Business Informatics VLBA congratulates.

08.05.2019: International Virtual Workshop of Business Analytics Eureka 2019

The video conference of the interational eureka community took place from 6th to 8th May 2019.
As co-president of the conference, Jorge Marx Gómez hold a presentation with the titel
"Business Analytics and Business Intelligence in the context of Business Informatics".
Furthermore, Safwan Sulaiman, Daniel Alvarez, Sven von Höveling,
and Andreas Solsbach presented their submitted papers.



16.04.2019: Final presentation of the project group PROPOSE.AI

After a year full of new challenges and exciting tasks, the project has now been completed with a final presentation. On April 9, 2019, the Old Fleiwa was the venue for the final presentation.  The lecture was attended by about 80 invited guests consisting of scientific staff of the University of Oldenburg, students, employees of Brille24 and other representatives of local business enterprises.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez and the managing director of Brille24 Christophe Hocquet took the floor to introduce the event and appreciated the cooperation with the project group. 

Stefan Zurborg opened the presentation by first presenting the framework conditions and the objectives of the project group. He then began to present the subprojects. First, the eyeglass pass reader was introduced. The reader can automatically read the values from a spectacle passport.

Next Robert Albrecht, who presented the subprojects eyeglass consultant and social media trend analysis, took over. The eyeglass consultant extracts facial features such as skin and hair color, gender, age and facial shape using neural networks and recommends glasses for the customer based on these features.  Subsequently, a mapping is carried out, which combines the characteristics with the matching glasses.

Jannis Oeltjen has taken over the moderation for the next subproject. He introduced the subproject Brillentinder. The aim of this subproject was to capture the subjective preferences of the customer by guiding him to his desired glasses using intuitive wipe-gestures. As a technical solution embeddings were presented. The characteristics of the glasses are represented in an n-dimensional space. By like or dislike of the proposed glasses the next recommendation moves in the direction of the proposal or in its opposite direction.

Jannis Oeltjen has taken over the moderation for the next subproject. He introduced the subproject Brillentinder. The aim of this subproject was to capture the subjective preferences of the customer by guiding him to his desired glasses using intuitive wipe-gestures. As a technical solution embeddings were presented. The characteristics of the glasses are represented in an n-dimensional space. By like or dislike of the proposed glasses the next recommendation moves in the direction of the proposal or in its opposite direction. The subprojects are based on an elaborate architecture. This was also presented by Jannis. The focus of the Cloud-First architecture was on scalability and easy extensibility. 

Finally, Stefan summarized the subprojects presented. For each subproject a stand was prepared with live demos and information material.

The project group would like to thank the practice partner Brille24 and the department Very Large Business Applications for their cooperation and say goodbye.

10.04 / 11.04.19 VLBA presents practical research results at the Big-Data.AI Summit in Berlin # BAS19

#BAS19 is becoming a meeting place for experts and practitioners who want to go beyond the hype and dive into the depths of the big data and AI revolution. 100 presentations were held in front of more than 8000 visitors on two days. The presentation focused on three core areas:

Cross-industry big data and AI strategies, technologies and trends that drive the digital transformation of companies.
Concrete applications of Big Data and AI in leading industries such as healthcare, finance and information security.
Ethnic and political issues currently dominating the social debate on Big Data and AI.
At #BAS19, Fatih Inel (CEWE) and Felix Kruse (VLBA) gave a presentation on the organizational optimization of data science projects in companies. Both presented their results regarding the organizational improvement of data science projects by means of the Data Product Profile, which they developed in a joint research project. The topic was very well received, so that there was still extensive and constructive discussion afterwards. If you are interested, additional information on the Data Product Profile (here) is available. The VLBA was also represented by René Kessler and Sven von Höveling at the event in Berlin.

Felix Kruse (left, VLBA) und Fatih Inel (right, CEWE)

VLBA was represented by (from left) Felix Kruse, Sven von Höveling and René Kessler.

18.03.2019: Guest at the University of Oldenburg (Department of Information Systems - VLBA)

Prof. Dr. Manuel Mora (University Aguascalientes, Department of Information Systems) will be visiting the Department of Information Systems VLBA from March 18-29, 2019. During his stay Prof. Mora will give two research lectures and participate in the VLBA research colloquia. Prof. Mora is also active as a second reviewer in two doctoral procedures.


13.03.2019: "Data - Economic good?!" - Workshop of the Innovation(s)Labor digital

The first workshop of the Innovation(s)Labor digital on the topic "Data - Economic Good?", which took place in mid-March 2019 in the Schlaues Haus (, was marked by stimulating discussions and interaction. In addition to insights and impulses regarding content, the participants also gained interesting contacts as well as anticipation and motivation for upcoming events and the continuation of the exchange that had begun.

Prof. Marx Gómez introduced the workshop with greetings and a round of introductions of the practitioners and scientists. The project members Timo Kasselmann and Malte Schulz then presented the Innovation(s)Labor digital as an interface between science and practice on digitization topics and led the way into the three workshop tracks with a technical examination of digitization:
- Creating the basis: Identification and availability of valuable data
- Data analysis: data, patterns, competitive advantages?
- The "new resource" data: Do companies have to reinvent themselves?

The experiences and ideas of the participants were collected, discussed and structured in small groups on the respective topics. 

The project staff would like to thank all participants for their active participation and the lively response. If you were not present at the event and are interested in the project, please do not hesitate to contact us (digilabwc/


11.03.2019: Presentation of the results of the research projects "Early Warning System" at CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA 

As part of the cooperation between the University of Oldenburg (Department of Business Informatics / VLBA) and the CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA, the results of the research projects of two students will be presented on 11 March 2019 at the CEWE premises.

The research projects focus on the early detection of order anomalies in production. For this purpose, KPIs are formed from the data of the order tracking system POD and compared with the individual orders. If this results in high exceedances, an order is marked as potentially faulty and marked for closer examination or restarted.


07.03.2019 New BITS project will reduce CO2 emissions by 9 % and increase bicycle use by 10%!

A new multi stakeholder project on Bicycle and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 9% and increase bicycle use by 10% within target groups! 

Under the BITS project ten partners from top cycling countries (NL, DK, BE) or those about to become (UK, DE) came together in a consortium to raise awareness of best practices of “Smart Cycling”, and to provide implementers with ready-to-use information and evidence from different regions. This project is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world.

The BITS project, co-funded by the North Sea Region (NSR) Programme, has a budget of 5 million of euros over 3 years. On 7-8 March 2019, a kick-off meeting was held in Zwolle, the Netherlands. 

The Province of Overijssel, leads the overall project. Marjolijn Boot, the Head of the spacial planning and mobility unit in the Province of Overijssel, welcomed the delegates and commented: “We are very eager to find new smart IT solutions to make the use of the bike even more attractive for people. With the world leading stakeholders in cycling we look forward to achieve smart cycling solutions for the society as whole.”

At the end of the project, the demonstration of ITS applications and collected cycling data will allow stakeholder worldwide to use these data for applications and policies. The effectiveness of ITS solutions will be evaluated, challenges identified, and results disseminated to other regions.

For more information please click here.



28.02.2019: Guest visiting the University of Oldenburg (Department of Information Systems - VLBA)

From 28 February - 15 March 2019 Dr. Baby Gobin (University of Mauritius, Department of Computer Science and Engineering) will be visiting the Department of Information Systems-VLBA. During your stay, Dr. Gobin will give two research lectures (Software Engineering) for master students and doctoral students of Business Informatics and participate in the VLBA research colloquia.


23.02.2019: eco4fin presents itself at the 14th International Conference Business Informatics

Is there a bottleneck in sustainability communication between companies and investors? Yes, summarizes the external doctoral student of the VLBA Raphaela Helbig. 

She is part of the eco4fin project. At the 14th International Conference on Information Systems (WI2019) she presented her conference paper showing a technical process model of sustainability communication within the capital market.

During the conference eco4fin was also represented by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez, Sven von Höveling, and Dr.-Ing. Andreas Solsbach. 

The 14th International Conference on Business Informatics took place from 23rd to 27th of February 2019 in Siegen under the motto "Human Practice. Digital Ecologies. Our Future".

07.02.2019: Interreg Project BLING Kickoff Meeting

From 7-8 February 2019 the kickoff meeting for the Interreg project BLING (BLockchain IN Government) took place in Zwolle (Netherlands) with the participation of 13 partner institutions. 
The BLING project, with a budget of approximately five million euros, is funded by Interreg within the framework of the North Sea Region (NSR) programme over a period of three years. 

28.01.2019: Empower Generations at Student Information Day

At the student information day Stefan Wunderlich presented the basics of the blockchain to interested guests of the university. The focus of the lecture was the technical conception of the Bitcoin network. More than 100 listeners were very interested in the topic, followed by a short discussion about Blockchain.


21.01.2019: Project "HAPTIK" successful started

In 2010, a total of 60,053 bio. ton-kilometers were shipped. Ac- cording to estimates, this number is expected to quadruple in 2050. In the peak year 2008, before the global economic crisis, Germany handled a total of more than 316 million tons of goods. 
Modern merchant shipping is characterized using many different documents. The documentation obligations range from the keeping of ship certificates, the creation of ship's diaries, to transport documents which are necessary for the actual transport. 
The most important document of freight transport is still the Bill of Lading (B/L). It fulfils several functions: It proves that a good has been taken over by the carrier. Also, it certifies the obligation to deliver the goods to the place of destination and to deliver them to the consignee. Furthermore, the transfer of ownership of the goods listed in the B/L can be replaced by the transfer of the B/L (document of title). 
Until now, it has been necessary for the B/L to be handed out in paper form so that the participants in the transport process are able to verify the documents. This process requires an immense amount of time and money. German lawmakers have recognized the need for electronic B/L. With the introduction of sec. 516 par. 2 German Commercial Code, electronic records of the B/L have become equivalent to a paper-based B/L. 

The central goal of the project is to develop a platform based on blockchain technology that enables the creation and trading of digital tokens as B/Ls. The distributed structure creates trust and transparency. In order to achieve legal compliance and penetration of the maritime domain the following steps are necessary. 

  • Legal analysis of the functional equivalence of the electric bill of lading,
  • Development of simple and understandable terms of use in cluding data security and data protection declaration,
  • Development of a blockchain architecture with a view to ex pandability beyond the electric B/L.
  • Implementation of a platform to create, administer, and trade electronic B/L,
  • Integration of electric B/L platform with existing system landscapes of logistics service providers,
  • Integration of plaform-services and -users in the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) to establish a global service- and identity management, 
  • Demonstration of service within the research platform eMIR,
  • Creation of acceptance in the market by founding the non-profit electronic Bill of Lading organization (eBLO). 


18.01.2019: Webinar at abat AG

On 18 January 2019, a webinar on the topic of AI took place in the abat AG headquarter. Carsten Manske (abat AG) and René Kessler (Uni OL) got to the bottom of the question: "How can companies make supply chain processes in SAP more intelligent with the help of machine learning?“


The speakers illustrated the possibilities and limitations of the technology and underpinned this with three implemented examples: 


  • Routing Optimization through Reinforcement Learning
  • Improvement of customer service through the use of adaptive chatbots
  • Demand forecasting and capacity planning with neural networks
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