Projects

  Photo of a screen on which the project focus can be seen. Copyright: Dr. Martina Ziefle, Luca Liehner  

The topics of the chair are investigated in a number of third-party funded projects, both on behalf of public and industrial sponsors. Our projects deal with different questions in the context of technology perception, human-technology interaction, acceptance and risk communication in the domains of renewable energies, mobility and transport, health and disease, and digitization in work and production.

 

Running Projects

ACCESS! - Transformation paths to sustainable mobility, 2020 to 2024

The Research College ACCESS! is dedicated to the development of transformation paths for integrated technology and mobility concepts and sustainable mobility systems. Doctoral students from the fields of technology, social and economic sciences work together on current and socially relevant questions concerning the design of future mobility systems. Future technical and infrastructural possibilities as well as societal demands and global environmental goals are taken into account.

KISTRA – Use of Artificial Intelligence for Early Detection of Crimes

The research project KISTRA deals with technical solutions for the detection of hate criminality as well as socio-scientific, ethical and legal considerations on the topic "Hate on the Internet". The project is based on the "Protection against Crime and Terrorism" initiative of the national security research programme at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, shortform BMBF, and aims to promote the development of legally compliant AI and procedures for the collection and evaluation of security-relevant content on the Internet.

GOODBROTHER: Network on Privacy-Aware Audio- and Video-Based Applications for Active and Assisted Living, 2020 to 2024

The aim of the GOODBROTHER Action is to design social accepted, ethically responsible and privacy-aware solutions to support older, impaired, and frail people in their daily life as well as to increase the awareness of the ethical, legal, social, and privacy issues associated to audio- and video-based monitoring in private spaces.

"FLIP" – Promoting the quality of life of insects and humans through perfect meadow worlds, 2020 to 2026

FLIP comprises an integrative approach to the sustainable establishment of species-rich meadows, smooth oat meadows of the low and hilly countryside, on hitherto intensively maintained lawns of inner-city green spaces as well as fat and many-pruned meadows of the agricultural landscape. A site-appropriate diversity of native plants is to be established in order to restore the habitat of many insects. At the same time, the value creation of meadows and their inhabitants is to be achieved through educational and public relations measures at regional and supra-regional level, in order to raise the awareness of a wide range of stakeholders.

Optimal@NRW – Optimized Acute Care for Geriatric Patients through an Intersectoral Telemedical Cooperation Network – around the Clock, 2020 to 2024

In the project Optimal@NRW a central telemedical contact point, such as a virtual digital counter, is being developed in the Aachen region, through which nursing homes, nursing services, general practitioners, portal practices, rescue services and emergency rooms are networked. In case of a medical question, the nursing staff reports to the virtual counter. There, the urgency of the case is recorded and it is forwarded to the family doctor, the emergency room or to mobile care assistants. Further goals of the project are the establishment of medical teleconsultations and the development of an early warning system that, based on clinical observations and vital parameters, can better determine the urgency of medical care on site.

visuAAL – Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living, 2020 to 2024

The purpose of the visuAAL project is to build a bridge between user requirements and the appropriate and safe use of video-based AAL technologies in order to provide effective and supportive services to elderly people. In particular, ethical, legal, social and privacy requirements for the use of the technologies in hospitals, private homes and public areas will be explored.

SULEICA – Smart Urban Logistics through Electrification Collaboration and Automation, 2020 to 2022

In recent years, the volume of logistics has risen sharply due to increasing urbanization and changes in the retail sector, and thus also the challenge to logistics providers and infrastructure.
The SULEICA research project aims to investigate automated, networked, electric light vehicles - so-called "ducktrains" - for smart urban inner city logistics in Aachen.

eCOCO2, 2020 to 2024

eCOCO2 aims to establish a CO2 conversion process using renewable electricity and steam to directly produce synthetic jet fuels with balanced hydrocarbon distribution. As a result, this technology will make it possible to store more energy per processed CO2 molecule and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Studies on social perception and acceptance are being carried out in several European regions. In these studies COMM will assess, model and predict the societal perception and acceptance of the developed technology and the synthetic fuels derived from its application.

COre FACTS, 2020 to 2022

A central prerequisite for the targeted further development of energy system transformation is the implementation of a CO2-oriented reform of the energy levy, tax and contribution system, COre for short. The aim of the COre FACTS project is to analyse questions of social acceptance of such a reform by means of sociological, behavioural economic and communication science research approaches and to examine them empirically by means of focus groups.

Landleuchten – Digital Revival of the Village, 2019 to 2022

The Landleuchten project looks at two rural model regions, the Eifel and the Hunsrück, which are characterised by structural and demographic change. For the social and functional survival of rural areas, the reconnection of the population to mobility services, trade and shopping facilities as well as participation in a cultural-social life is essential

Carbon4PUR, 2019 to 2020

The aim of the Carbon4PUR project is to reduce the heavy dependence of the processing industry on fossil resources and at the same time reduce the greenhouse effect by decarbonising the economy. To this end, work is being carried out on a novel flexible technology based on the direct conversion of gas mixtures from the chemical steelworks into chemical building blocks. These in turn are further processed into polymer intermediates and ultimately result in sustainable applications of rigid foams and coatings. Costly physical separations are avoided.

Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production – Reasearch School, 2019 to 2025

The Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production, short 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. The Research School within the IoP focusses the systematic support and development of researchers at different scientific stages and disciplines.

Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production – Integrated Usage, 2019 to 2025

Another Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production, shortform IoP, deals with integrated usage. The overall objective of CRD D is to design user-centered communication, interaction, and knowledge transfer between the entities of a digitalized, socio-technical production system under consideration of change to enhance acceptance and sustainability of the IoP.

Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production – Functional Perspective, 2019 to 2025

In this project network of the Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production, shortform IoP, we are working on user-centred "Data to Knowledge Pipelines", which are designed to convert data into knowledge and provide decision-makers with meaningful, actionable knowledge.

Cluster of Excellence Fuel Science Center: Integrated design method for sustainable fuel-based mobility, 2019 to 2025

Sustainable Mobility Concepts are an important measure for reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions in the transport sector. Alternative fuels, for example bio-based fuels, e-fuels made of CO2, water and renewable electricity or so-called biohybrid fuels, can reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions compared to fossil fuels.

eMIND – Construction of charging infrastructure (LIS) for electric vehicles in Düren, 2018 to 2022

Interdisciplinary collaborative project within the framework of the "Clean Air Immediate Action Programme 2017 to 2020". The project eMIND - Electric Mobility INtegration Düren – is made up of the city of Düren and three institutes of RWTH Aachen University. These are the Institute of High Voltage Technology, the Human-Computer Interaction Center, and the Institute of Urban Planning and Transportation.

Cities in Charge – Development of Public Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in German Conurbations, 2018 to 2022

Interdisciplinary collaborative project within the framework of the "Clean Air Immediate Action Programme 2017 to 2020". The overall objective of the project is to establish Charging Infrastructure in German Conurbations and their surrounding areas. The cities of Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig and Munich suffer from increased air pollution levels. In these regions, a contribution to NOx reduction is to be made by increasing the number of electric vehicles.

APEROL – Autonomous Personal Organisation of Road Transport and Digital Logistics, 2018 to 2020

The unique selling point of Aperol is the pilot phase in actual road traffic, which was planned from the very beginning. The City of Aachen, as a consortium partner, will provide selected routes on the Ring, Campus Boulevard and Market for the test phase. The test operation will allow the acceptance of these services and concepts by the citizens to be measured directly.

Digital Maturity, 2018 to 2022

"Everyone has the right to freely express and disseminate his opinion in word, writing and pictures and to obtain information from generally accessible sources without hindrance. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by radio and film shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship." (Article 5(1), first sentence, of the Basic Law). The Digital Maturity Project contributes to securing democracy and the informational self-determination of Internet users by offering a tool to make opinion-forming processes in hybrid social networks visible and to identify sensitive tipping points in public discourse.

Smart Identification, 2018 to 2020

The idea of Smart Identification is the socially accepted, ethically sensible and legally secure use of smartphones or data collected at the border for the analysis of refugee flows and smuggling processes and the identification of individuals.

Paal – Privacy Aware and Acceptable Life Logging Service for older and fragil People, 2018 to 2021

Europe and other countries around the world are facing crucial challenges in the health and social care sector due to demographic change. Lifelogging Technologies are used to improve the quality of life, to ensure independent and healthy living for older and frail people and to enable active and self-determined living in old age and/or with disabilities.