Projects

On the following sub-pages you will find current information on current, past and past research projects.

In Progress

Supporting problem solving and collaboration skills – Developing an intelligent digital platform for innovative teaching

The project, submitted and accepted within the call for projects “Qualität Plus – Programm zur Entwicklung des Studiums von morgen” by the Ministery for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, in its core revolves around developing an intelligent platform and additional learning applications to be applied in teaching at the University of Hildesheim. Through individual support, flexible teaching methodologies, internationalized teaching, and the innovative use of existing information and communication technology (ICT), we hope to achieve a higher level of satisfaction among students, better learning outcomes and increased team and social competencies.

To this point, the artifacts developed in this project mainly target four different areas:

  1. increased support of self-determined exercise and assignment solving by offering automated feedback,
  2. increased learning efficiency through automated sequencing and solution suggestions for assignments,
  3. building a base for managing study groups and collaboration, e.g., for collaborative literature analyses, to incorporate a high level of team orientation,
  4. collecting, preserving and connecting knowledge within courses or study groups by using knowledge maps within a social computing solution.

On a long term, we plan to roll out the platform in other departments of the university.

The department for Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling draws not only from own competencies, but additionally cooperates with the department of Software Systems Engineering (SSE) and the Information Systems and Machine Learning Lab (ISMLL) for their knowledge of software development, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Time span01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
Websitetba
Funding RecipientDepartment for Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling (Stiftung Universität Hildesheim)
Funding ProviderMinistery of Science and Culture Lower Saxony
Project Number-
ContactProf. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt, Maren Stadtländer,
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmid, Prof. Dr. Lars Schmidt-Thieme
KeywordsTeaching; Teaching Platform; Collaboration; Artificial Intelligence; Knowledge Management; Self-Determined Learning

A mixed methodical and iterative analysis of the effects of digitalization on review processes in literature and visual arts as elements of cultural learning and education processes based on mass data and single case data (RezAtKultur)

It is beyond dispute that education in general and arts education in particular are influenced and challenged by digitalization. However, research on the actual impact of digitalization on cultural learning and education processes is scarce, mainly as a result from a lack of empirical data and thus the absence of well-founded hypotheses. Targeted desiderata not only have to address the result perspective (What skills and competences are formed in cultural learning and education processes? What knowledge is gained from these processes? What is the impact for the development of future offers of arts education and for the research in this domain?), but also need to examine the process perspective (How are digital review processes and production processes in literature and visual arts affecting arts education? How do human beings become protagonists of cultural practice?).The research project Rez@Kultur intends to close this gap by relying on an empirical analysis of review processes of cultural artifacts in literature and visual arts, which form the meeting point of cultural practitioners and their reviewers. For both, artifacts in literature and visual arts, web portals have emerged over the last years. These portals not only publish the artifacts, but also provide functionalities for public comments, ratings, reviews or even for the participative further development (co-creation). The intended empirical analysis relies on these portals and similar examples.

Time Span01.10.2017 - 30.08.2020
Website https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/schreiben/forschung/rezkultur/
Funding RecipientDepartment of Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling (University of Hildesheim)
Funding ProviderFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01JKD1703
ContactsKristin Kutzner, Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
KeywordsRecensions; Literature; Visual Arts; Grounded Theory; Mass Data and Single Case Data; Cultural Education; Co Creation

Development of a Virtual IT Career and Study Orientation Platform for Women (BeSt F:IT)

Time Span01.01.2017 - 29.02.2020
Websitehttps://www.uni-hildesheim.de/best-fit/
Funding Recipient Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling  (University of Hildesheim)
Funding Provider Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01FP1634
ContactProf. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
KeywordsPrototyp; Platform; Virtual; Study Orientation

Innovation Network: SmartHybrid - Subproject 'Process Engineering' 

The Innovation network SmartHybrid consists of six research institutions from different scientific disciplines from Lower Saxony (Germany) that are exploring new digital services and business models for the future in close cooperation with the regional economy. Doing so, new and innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, virtual reality and 3D printing, which can be used to develop new digital services for many types of products, are of central importance in SmartHybrid. With bundling services in terms of “product-service systems”, the Innovation Network is focusing on a topic that is being discussed more and more in the context of digitalization. The interdisciplinarity of SmartHybrid is unique, and thus, builds a bridge between different fields including business administration, information systems, computer science, and engineering. The network seeks to develop cross-sector and holistic solutions that can be transferred into practice.

Time Span01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019
Websitehttps://www.uni-hildesheim.de/index.php?id=15759
Funding Recipient Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling  (University of Hildesheim)
Funding ProviderMinistry of Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony
Project Number ZW 6-85003451
ContactThorsten Schoormann, Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
KeywordsProduct-Service Systems; Cyber Physical Systems; Industry 4.0, Sustainability; Digital Transformation; Business Models; Green IS
Finished

FOKUS:SE - Researcher Network Service Engineering

Services are highly relevant to the economy and the society. The market success and quality of services depend on their concept and design. The DFG-sponsered research network "FOKUS:SE" connects different German research institutions, which are doing theoretical and practical research on service engineering.

Time Span01.01.2015 - 01.01.2018
Website https://fokusse.ifdt.org/
Funding Recipient Institut für Digitale Technologien (IfDT) gGmbH
Funding Provider Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Project Number268520010
ContactsDr. Sebastian Bräuer, Thorsten Schoormann, Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
Keywords Service Engineering; Research Network; German Research Foundation; DFG

Research Project: 'SchülerUni' – Designing Sustainable Business Processes

 

Time Span01.08.2014 - 31.07.2017
Websitehttps://www.uni-hildesheim.de/index.php?id=12794
Funding Recipient Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling  (University of Hildesheim)
Funding ProviderRobert Bosch Stiftung
Project Number 32.5.6021.0079.0
ContactKristin Kutzner, Thorsten Schoormann, Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
KeywordsSchülerUni; Sustainability; Business Process Management; Business Process; Administration Process; School;

Joint Research Project: Perceptible Integration of Products and Services as necessary for the requirements-oriented Coordination of Product Service System Networks

 

Time Span01.12.2013 - 30.11.2015
Websitewww.cooperation-experience.de
Funding Recipient Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling (University of Hildesheim)
Funding Provider Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01XZ13012
ContactProf. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt, Dr. Sebastian Bräuer
KeywordsCooperation Experience; Product; Service; Product-Service System; Sachleistungen; Dienstleistungen; hybride Wertschöpfung; Supply Chain; Value Added Chain; Service Engineering; Service Science; Facility Management
External

End-Of-Life Solutions for eCar-Batteries – Development of Product-Service-Systems and Information Systems for Decision Support

An immature battery technology appears to be a crucial obstacle to impede a quick diffusion of electric mobility in Germany. One core factor are the high initial costs of traction batteries. To improve the total cost of ownership an electric vehicle, depleted batteries could be repurposed after their automotive use. Depending on the technical properties of a battery, different second-life scenarios can be realized (e.g., to propel smaller vehicles or to store green energy in stationary applications). The EOL-IS project's goal is the development of services (e.g., pay-per-use business models, engineering services, maintenance services, refurbishment) for the second-life of eCar batteries that can be offered with the battery as a product-service system. Based on the chemical and technical features of individual batteries, the battery's use history, and its condition, a custom-fit product-service system is configured in order to enable the re-use of the battery.

Time Span01.06.2015 - 31.01.2017
Websitewww.eol-is.de
Funding RecipientChair for Information Systems and Information Management (WWU Münster)
Funding ProviderFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01FE13023E
ContactsDr. Sebastian Bräuer
KeywordsDecision Support System; Lemon Market; Battery Research; Service Science; Service Innovation; Electric Vehicle Battery; E-Car; Electric Mobility; Battery Second Life; Battery Second Use; Battery Afterlife

Perceptible Integration of Products and Services as necessary for the requirements-oriented Coordination of Product Service System Networks

In product service system networks manufacturers and service organizations collaborate for providing customers with individualized solutions. Cooperation Experience focuses on developing a methodology that allows to conceptualize these networks, with a special focus on the required coordination between the participating actors’ tasks. With this method and a supporting test environment, the collaboration between the actors is visualized and the impacts and requirements for inter-organizational information flows and document exchanges are explicated. For supporting the application of the method, reference contents are generated and integrated into the supporting prototypical tools. Within this project, the University of Muenster is responsible for the design and implementation of these software prototypes.

Time Span01.12.2013 - 30.11.2015
Websitewww.cooperation-experience.de
Funding RecipientChair for Information Systems and Information Management (WWU Münster)
Funding ProviderFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01XZ13013
ContactsDr. Sebastian Bräuer, Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt
KeywordsCooperation Experience; Service Engineering; Product Service Systems; Value Networks; Service Science; Construction and Operating of Facilities; Facility Management

End-Of-Life Solutions for eCar-Batteries – Development of Product-Service-Systems and Information Systems for Decision Support

The EOL-IS project’s goal is the development of service innovations for the phase after the eCar batteries’ EOL, based on the chemical and technical features of eCar batteries. A further object is to find the best Second-Life concept for each single battery as well as to conduct the application concept with accurately fitting hybrid bundles of services (HLB). Thereby the physical and chemical features and the battery’s history of usage, its condition and further economic, ecological and judicial information will be considered, as well.

Time Span01.12.2013 - 31.03.2015
Websitewww.eol-is.de
Funding RecipientChair for Information Systems and Information Management (WWU Münster)
Funding ProviderFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number01FE13023
ContactsDr. Sebastian Bräuer
KeywordsDecision Support System; Lemon Market; Battery Research; Service Science; Service Innovation; Electric Vehicle Battery; E-Car; Electric Mobility; Battery Second Life; Battery Second Use; Battery Afterlife

Flexible Information Systems Architectures for Service Networks (FlexNet)

Service networks made up of manufacturers and service firms to satisfy complex customer needs are proliferating. By exploiting their complementary competencies, such service networks enable their members to provide innovative and integrated solutions that could not be offered by any of the firms alone. A specific challenge is to enable networks of companies to quickly adapt their business models to dynamic changes in their environment. In the research project FlexNet we have designed methods, electronic documents, software tools, and other solutions that enable companies to network their business processes and information systems with other companies in order to design, offer, and deliver complex value propositions to their clients collaboratively. Drawing on existing works on boundary objects and service blueprinting, we have developed a new method for diagnosing boundary spanning processes and identifying candidates for IT-based boundary objects that integrate the sub-processes of manufacturing companies and service companies. As boundary objects we have designed and standardized a set of electronic documents and interaction routines that companies can re-use and adapt in order to integrate with the partners. All methods and tools are provided in the integrated software tool FlexNet Architect. The FlexNet Architect is a planning and modeling tool for integrating business processes and information systems in service networks, based on planning workshops conducted with the involved stakeholders. In addition to these core results of the research project we have designed and implemented a research map that depicts and categorizes contributions of the international service research discipline and that is made available through a web portal.

Time Span
01.10.2006 - 31.03.2010
Websitehttps://www.ercis.org/node/127
Funding Recipient
Chair for Information Systems and Information Management (WWU Münster)
Funding Provider
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Number
01FD0629
Contacts
Prof. Dr. Ralf Knackstedt, Dr. Sebastian Bräuer
KeywordsHybrid Value Creation, Networks, Value Networks, Busines Process, Integration, Information Systems, Service Science