ANC: Advanced Networking Center

As a global network infrastructure, the Internet offers a vast innovation potential for new and emerging fields of applications, such as building automation systems, intelligent traffic optimisation and process engineering. The Advanced Networking Center offers industry-driven, applied research services with a focus on the planning, development and supervision of reliable networks, particularly stable IP networks (Internet protocol networks). Technologies & methods: reliable Internet and network technologies, data transmission security, Internet technologies for power grids, flexible communication solution, software-defined networking, network function virtualisation, testbeds, performance evaluation and monitoring of complex communication systems

iLab: InnovationLab

The InnovationLab helps companies and organisations to identify and exploit innovation opportunities. We develop new multi-disciplinary methods for tracking “weak innovation signals” on the web, analyse trends and support our partners in piloting new concepts, products and services. Technologies & methods: Identification and assessment of customer needs | Innovation signals in online communities | Business model analysis | Systematic idea generation and selection (early stages of innovation) | Survey and case study research | (Open) innovation approaches | Foresights & scenario building | Learning organisation 2.0 | Digital storytelling | Benchmarking and policy evaluation

MOWI: Mobile and Web-based Information Systems

Geoweb and localization technologies are an increasingly common in our daily life: whether in the form of navigation systems, efficient planning tools or by map-based applications on the Internet. The research group Mobile and Web-based Information Systems (MOWI) designs, and implements location-based services on the web and on smartphones and is working on innovative solutions for the analysis and visualization of (real-time) location data. Technologies and methods: Real time localisation | Interactive geoweb applications | Location-based web and mobile services | Spatiotemporal analyses of motion data

IOT: Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” will have a huge impact on our work and living spheres. The IOT Research Group investigates how knowledge-based systems, data management, sensor devices and Internet technologies can be combined to create product and service innovations. The aim is always “virtualisation”, i.e. the merging of the physical with the virtual world. Creating and making use of, appropriate technology stacks will be a core competence in advanced engineering, manufacturing, and any form of product and service design. Technologies & methods: cyber-physical product design, semantic product life cycle management, data management in production networks, maintenance 4.0, data security and privacy