Running projects:

Internet of Production - Research School - 2019 - 2025
The cluster of excellence Internet of Production (IoP) has the vision to enable a new level of cross-domain collaboration in the production domain by providing semantically adequate and context-aware data from production, development and usage in real-time on an appropriate level of granularity.[read more...]

Internet of Production - Integrated Usage - 2019 - 2025
The cluster of excellence Internet of Production (IoP) has the vision to enable a new level of cross-domain collaboration in the production domain by providing semantically adequate and context-aware data from production, development and usage in real-time on an appropriate level of granularity.[read more...]

Internet of Production - Functional Perspective - 2019 - 2025
The cluster of excellence Internet of Production (IoP) has the vision to enable a new level of cross-domain collaboration in the production domain by providing semantically adequate and context-aware data from production, development and usage in real-time on an appropriate level of granularity. [read more...]

Fuel Science Center: Integrated Design Method for Sustainable Fuel-based Mobility - 2019 - 2026
Sustainable mobility concepts are an important measure to reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions in the transport sector. Alternative fuels (e.g. bio-based fuels, e-fuels from CO2, water and renewable electricity or so-called bio hybrid fuels) can reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions compared to fossil fuels. [read more...]

eCOCO2 - Direct electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into chemical energy carriers in a co-ionic membrane reactor - 2020 -2024
GHG emissions reduction policies to mitigate the alarming climate change can impact carbon-intensive industrial sectors, leading to loss of employment and competitiveness. Current multistage CCU technologies using renewable electricity to yield fuels suffer from low energy efficiency and require large CAPEX.[mehr lesen...]

eMIND - Development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Düren - 2018-2020
Interdisciplinary collaborative project in the context of “Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017 bis 2020”. The project eMIND – Electric Mobility INtegration Düren – consists of the city of Düren and three institutes of the RWTH Aachen University: The Institute for High Voltage Technology (IFHT), the Chair of Communication Science and Human-Computer Interaction Center (HCIC), and the Chair and Institute of Urban and Transport Planning (ISB). [mehr lesen...]

Cities in Charge - Development of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in german conurbations - 2018-2020
Interdisciplinary collaborative project in the context of “Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017 bis 2020”. The project Cities in Charge consists of the Telekom Subsidiary Comfortcharge GmbH, Fraunhofer IFAM, three institutes of the RWTH Aachen University, and the city of Dresden. The consortium’s overall objective is to develop charging infrastructure in German conurbations and their surrounding areas. [read more...]

APEROL - 2018-2020
Every day, millions of people commute to work, do their shopping and errands by car or transport goods. The project is developing an intelligent, needs-based and at the same time efficient mobility system for this purpose. Citizens should no longer sit alone in their own vehicle, but share an autonomously driving vehicle with some passengers. Globally optimized services will be provided via a mobile cloud. [read more...]

Digitale Mündigkeit - 2018 - 2022
The digitalization of communication media and social media has dramatically changed the way we deal with media. To cope with the flood of information on the Internet, digital media providers rely on recommendation systems that prepare personalized content for users. [read more...] 

Ford-RWTH Alliance project on human interaction in innovative vehicle concepts 2018 - 2019

In a joint approach the chair of Communication Science and the Ford Research Center Aachen Innovation Management (Mobility & VES EU Ford Research & Advanced Engineering), intuitive users interactions with  autonomous taxis are developed and tested iteratively. The innovative approach focuses specifically the  communication and interaction of users with robotic cars as well as the acceptance of the consumers. [mehr lesen...]

Smart Identification - 2018 - 2020
The idea of SmartIdentification is the socially accepted, ethically sensible and legally secure use of smartphone data or data collected at national borders for the analysis of refugee flows and human trafficking processes as well as the identification of individuals. [read more...]

Privacy aware and acceptable life logging service for older and frail people - 2018 - 2021
European and other countries around the world are facing challendes regarding health and social care due to demographic change. Lifelogging technologies are used to improve the quality of life, to ensure the independent and healthy living of older and frail people, and to enable an active and self-determined life of older or impaired people.[read more...] 

Pericles - Public perception of the CCU lifecycle and CCU products - 2017 - 2019
The public perception of CCU Products in Germany and, as a consequence, social acceptance, might be considerably influenced by the type of the products and the contexts they are used for. For example, a mattress which is used in private contexts might be differently evaluated in comparison to every day products (household) or as building materials (insulation).[read more...] 

Modelling of individual decision processes and the influence of intermediates in regard to the diffusion of energy efficiency methods and renewable energies in the building sector - 2016 - 2019
The aim of the project is to understand how individual decision processes and relevant agent relationships in an energy system model for the building sectors have to be pictured. Taking aspects of technology acceptance into account, the predictive efficiency of scenarios for diffusion of energy efficiency measures and renewable heat supply systems on existing and new building stocks in Germany could be increased.[read more...] 

Work in the Industry of the Future (ARIZ) – Design of Hybrid Work Systems with the Focus on Human-Robot-Collaboration - 2016-2020 
Work in the industry of the future is more and more developed and designed under the conditions of the industry 4.0. The program industry 4.0 and the so-called fourth industrial revolution come along with a broad networking and digitization of production which builds on the technical essentials of cyber-physical systems and the internet of things. [read more...]

SITRA 4.0 - Sustainable Safety Culture as Transformation Approach for the Industry 4.0 in KMU
Digitization approaches of our economy focus on technical solutions and measures for the increase of productivity. The project SiTra expands this perspective by the success factor of participation which is essential for the transformation processes.[read more...] 

myneData - Self-determined Utilization of Personal Data with Inherent Protection of Privacy and Data - 2016-2019
On the internet, personal user data are collected every second on a large scale. Economic interests of the internet companies collide with the needs and rights for privacy of the individual. Usually, the individual user has no chance to control the utilization of his/her data and receives none of the generated profit. [read more...]

TABULA – Tangibles on Multitouch-Tables for Teaching Computer Science - 2016-2019
Computer Science is in comparison with other natural sciences very abstract and for new learners a complex and difficult area. Therefore it is necessary to design a touchable learning process with individual feedback for users, which leads to a positive learning experience. [read more...]

Whistle - Living a self-determined life at home - 2016-2019
The consequences of demographic change and the thereby increased need of care of the ageing society have to be addressed in the near future by ambient assisted living (AAL-) systems that enable a healthy and self-determined life in the own home that is, if need be, also aided by care services. [read more...]

Completed projects:

I2EASE - Intelligence of Efficient, Electrefied and Automated Driving by Use of sensors - 2016-2019
The reduction of greenhouse gases is one of the central environmental goals of the present age. Apart from the importance of expanding the use of renewable energies, establishing emission-free vehicles is one key to reducing the high CO2 emissions caused by traffic. But the narrow range of electric vehicles affects customer acceptance in a negative way and is a barrier to the technology. [read more...]

Cluster of Excellence, production cluster: self-optimizing production systems - DFG - 2012-2019
Part of the cluster of excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries. The subproject “self-optimizing production systems” develops production systems that can make autonomous decisions by using models based on human cognition (cognitive control units). These cognitive decision models are located on several levels of the production, from the production machine to the production network, and closely interconnected. [read more...]

Cluster of Excellence, Cross Sectional Processes: interdisciplinary innovation management - DFG - 2012-2019
Part of the cluster of excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries. The subproject "scientific cooperation engineering" works on integrating experts from humanities, natural sciences, and engineering based on the challenges of this specific cluster.  [read more...]

SpiCy - Space Perception in Cyberspyce - 2016 - 2018
The Perception of Space in Virtual Reality. With the broader availability of low-cost VR-devices, the diversity of applications as well as user groups is growing. At the same time, AR and VR applications are leaving the (professional) lab environment and are entering domains where lesser assumptions can be made about the technical setup.[read more...] 

HA-N-F - Highly Automated and user specific Driving - 2016 - 2018 
The increasing urbanisation and the changed social mobility imply new challenges for the individual and customizable mobility. Developments within the automotive sector are eminently characterized by information and communication technologies as for example in the field of highly automated driving, which shows an enormous potential for the comfort and efficiency of social mobility. [read more...]

Public acceptance and perception for processing of CO2 - 2016-2018
Modern societies are depending on a life in accordance with mobility, sustainable and renewable energy transformation. The european flagship “Encore” focusses on Co2 emissions and is developing techniques, which are able to process Co2 in new products. From the standpoint of communication theory is this a difficult challenge, because of the transformation of a negative occupied factor, like Co2, into a positive and green product.[read more...]

Ford-RWTH Alliance project on ePAD prototyping - 2016-2017
In an interdisciplinary compound consisting of several project partners of the RWTH, namely the chair of Computer Science 11, the chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components and the chair of Communication Science, and the Ford Research Center Aachen Innovation Management (Mobility & VES EU Ford Research & Advanced Engineering) [read more...]

KESS: Municipal Energy Supply System of the Future - Strategy Fund RWTH Aachen - 2014-2017
One of the main challenges of the conversion to renewable energy is the volatile character of the regenerative primary energy sources. That is why conventional energy conversion methods, efficient energy storage, provision of conventional residual load, and smart electricity distribution are crucial for municipal energy supply systems. [read more...]

CERM: Designing Sustainable Mobility - Strategy Fund RWTH Aachen - 2014-2017
The design of sustainable mobility is a challenge dealing with four major aspects: traffic safety, traffic efficiency, energy efficiency, and urban quality of life. These four research fields need to be cross-linked for a successful design. Therefore, future mobility depends on an efficient information and communication technology that is oriented and optimized for this domain. [read more...]

SLAM: Establishment of a Fast-Charge Network for Road Axes and Metropolises throughout Germany - BMWi - 2014-2017
The federal government and the automobile industry of Germany have committed to electromobility to ensure future mobility with due regards to environmental aspects and the limited availability of fossil fuels. However, a consistent spread of electromobility can only be successful if a reliable and easily accessible network of charging stations exists and if users are able to charge the necessary amount of energy for their daily travels within a short amount of time. [read more...]

INTUITEX: Intuitive Handling via Textile Interfaces - BMBF - 2014-2017
This project aims at the development of new input options that can be used and learned intuitively, that take into account human needs and lifestyle habits, and that help compensate for age-related difficulties with controlling an input. In addition, these input options should have an attractive and appealing design as well as a familiar texture and, therefore, be made of textiles which can be integrated, based on the respective use, almost seamlessly into the home environment. [read more...]

FuEco: Future Ecosystem - Assessment of combined stresses in public urban spaces. Modelling, analysis and visualisation of combined stresses by noise, stress due to heat, and particulate matter - DFG Exzellenzinitiative, Boostfunds - 2013-2015
Nowadays, the majority of the world's population lives in urban spaces. In the context of urban planning and urban development, divergent demands of residents of the living space "city" have to be taken into account. The desire for nice and liveable quarters with a high proportion of urban greenery, clean air, a low noise level as well as a pleasant ambient temperature is of particular importance. [read more...]

FuEne: Future Energy - Roadmap to a sustainable and eco-friendly energy transition - Boostfunds - 2013-2015
Urban Future Outline (UFO) aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary research on urban spaces. Within the framework, experts from different disciplines (arts and engineering, natural and social sciences) develop innovative solutions for the cities of the future. UFO frames three research areas: Future Mobility (FuMob), Future Ecosystem (FuEco), and Future Energy (FuEne). [read more...]

FuMob: Future Mobility - Public communication and information in planning and realization of future mobility concepts - DFG Exzellenzinitiative, Boostfunds - 2013-2015
The UFO sub-project Future Mobility (FuMob) focuses on demands, potentials, and limits of public communication in the context of introducing new mobility concepts. The aim of FuMob is to develop new approaches for the planning and implementation of infrastructure decisions with systematic and sustainable inclusion of stakeholders (citizens, decision makers, experts, etc.) in the planning process. [read more...]

Mobility Broker: Flexible Intermodal Mobility - BMWi - 2013-2015
Urban mobility is increasingly shaped by the use of various means of transportation, aided by the broad access of technical systems that support travelers during a trip as well as before when planning and booking it. The frequency of innovations in the area of information and communication technology as well as the wide spread of smart phones facilitates the merging of multiple modes of transportation and available travel information. [read more...]

TIGER: Acceptance of deep geothermal energy - BMU - 2012-2015
Deep Geothermal Energy - Acceptance and Communication of an Innovative Technology. Due to the nuclear power phase-out and the associated energy transition regenerative and sustainable energy sources gain importance. [read more...]

U-Turn: urban turn - DFG Excellence Initiative, Boostfunds - 2012-2016
Research project on life quality in city quarters in the context of mobility, city structure and energy turnaround.  [read more...]

ProdUSER: User-friendly interaction concepts for production settings in the context of demographic change - BMBF - 2014-2015
The production sector is the main contributor to the current economic upswing in Germany. Its success is based on the high mechanization, especially in the producing and manufacturing industries. Furthermore, it relies on the competence and know-how of its personnel. The labor market changes dramatically due to the demographic change. To remain competitive, German businesses have to face the changing conditions and create working contexts that allow them to keep their edge, based on their self-developed know-how and high quality performance, despite the changing labor market. [read more...]

Neptun: Privacy Preserving Technologies and Users’ Perception of Privacy - DFG Excellence Initiative - 2014-2015
The continuous violation of the private sphere through the acquisition and also misuse of sensitive data causes users to reject much-needed technological solutions to societal problems and challenges, e.g., ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies for the adequate medical care of an increasingly aging society due to the demographic change. The objective of the project Neptun is the creation of an integrative and interdisciplinary model of a user-centric development of privacy preserving technologies. As of yet, there are no integrative approaches to a quantitative model that include technical aspects of privacy preserving technologies as well as the users’ needs and individual trade-offs concerning their privacy. [read more...]

iNec: Experts Communitys during Demographic Change - BMBF - 2012-2015
Based on the principles of social interaction in communities the aim of this group project is to develop a new concept for human resource development. This concept will facilitate innovative ideas by connecting employees and, for the long term, also systematically strengthen the loyalty of expert personnel to a corporation. [read more...]

eConnect: urban mobility concept - BMWi - 2012-2014
Within the project econnect Germany electromobility will be integrated in already existing traffic systems in the city of Osnabrück in order to raise the population’s awareness for renewable energies and get people interested in their short-range transit. [read more...]

FACE: surgical corrections of jaw deformities - Seed Fund Projects - 2013-2014
Congenital or developmental misalignment or misshaping of either maxilla or mandible (dysgnathia) present serious functional and medical problems. In addition, dysgnathia are detrimental to the patients’ psychological make-up as both self-esteem and personality are influenced by the perceived attractiveness. [read more...]

Wacky: structural components made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymers - Seed Fund Projects - 2013-2014
This project develops methods to design an intelligent and context-adaptive assistance system, thereby optimizing the manual production and integrating it into a virtual production process. [read more...]

PINT: indoor navigation - Seed Fund Projects - 2012-2013
Pedestrian Indoor Navigation Toolbox. Although outdoor navigation is already widely used for car and pedestrian navigation, the issue of indoor navigation still poses challenging research questions. [read more...]

RadioTodi: development of an interaction design for the application in daily hospital life - siemens medical - 2011-2012
On behalf of an international industry partner  the interaction design of an existing medical technological application is evaluated in a clinical context and from a user-centric point of view optimized and advanced  in terms of future fields of use  and terms of imaging. [read more...]

HUMIC: evaluation of acceptance as an integral element of the development and implementation of complex technical systems, using the example of the mobile communication networks - 2009-2012
This interdisciplinary joint project integrates the technical acceptance as a modulating factor of further development, construction and extension of complex technical  development cycle. [read more...]

Triple I-P: information ergonomics in integrative poduction systems - DFG Excellence Initiavtive, Seedfunds - 2010
Information Ergonomics in Integrative Production Systems. A cooperation between the cluster of excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-wage Countries” and the project house “Human Technology Centre.” [read more...]

AC-TEC: Acceptance, Usability, and Ethics in New (Medical) Technologies - DFG Excellence Initiative, Boostfunds - 2009-2011
This project aims at establishing an interdisciplinary research cluster at RWTH Aachen University for acceptance, usability, and ethics in new (medical) technologies.  [read more...]

IMIP: Interdisciplinary methods of industrial process modeling - BMBF - 2008-2010
The interdisciplinary joint project of linguistics and communication sciences, ergonomics and psychology points at the development of an integrative approach for evaluation, further development and application of process modeling operations in companies. [read more...]

Kanji: Anthropological Universals, Cultural Differences - BMBF - 2008-2011
The project „Anthropological Universals – Cultural Differences. Comparative research on differences in processing German alphabetic words and Japanese Kanji” is funded by BMBF within the program “Interactions between natural science and humanities.” [read more...]

HealthMan - BIOLAB - 2008-2009
In order of an international industry partner a surface and information design for a mobile device is developed. [read more...]

CAIRO - BMWi - 2008-2010
The matter of this interdisciplinary joint project is the development of technology-carried mobility and traffic service in public passenger traffic.  The aim lies in the development of a personalised, adaptive and context-sensitive technical travel system mediated via mobile phone. [read more...]

TEKLA- MIWF - 2005-2006
In this research project an interdisciplinary approach for user-centred development and age-based creation of future technologies is pursued. From the content and methodical perspective of humanities and social sciences on the one hand and the engineer-academically-technical perspective, on the other hand, it should be examined with which barriers the older generation is confronted with the use and acceptance of different future technologies and which wishes and demands they put to a customer adjusted technology. [read more...]

MoMoTec - acatech e.V., Georgsmarienhütte GmbH - 2007-2008
Motivation by model projects -  Investigation of the effects of exemplary model projects on the interest in technology with pupils and adolescents. [read more...]

Bicycle Route Planner - ivm GmbH - 2007
In this project an existing Internet platform for cyclists is submitted to a cognitive-ergonomic investigation. [read more...]

Commuter Network - ivm GmbH - 2006
In this project an existing, nationwide used internet platform is evaluated and optimised. [read more...]