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Reiner Braun

Reiner Braun

Reiner Braun is a senior researcher at the Herman Hollerith Centre (HHZ) at Reutlingen University. He completed his bachelor's degree in building physics at the HFT Stuttgart with a focus on theoretical building physics and acoustics. He also earned a Master's degree in building renovation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Prior to this, he worked for the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HFT) as Managing Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology (zafh.net). 

Mr Braun is head of the Smart City Living Lab, his research activities focus on the development of energy and mobility concepts for regions and cities, IoT networks, data analysis and the development of urban data models to characterise the relationship between the food, energy and water sectors. 

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 128/1
Phone +49 7121 271 4103
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Alexander Rossmann

Prof. Dr. Alexander Rossmann

Alexander Rossmann is Head of the Herman Hollerith Center and Professor for Digital Business Models at the Reutlingen University. Prior to this, he was a research associate at the Institute of Marketing at the University of St. Gallen and a 10-year member of the management team of a renowned consulting company. His research focuses on digital business, user experience, agile governance, smart cities and artificial intelligence.

 

Prof. Rossmann ist responsible for the master study of  Digital Business Management in cooperation with Knowledge Foundation @ Reutlingen University

 

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 105
Phone +49 7121 271 4100
Fax +49 7121 271 90 4100
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Dieter Hertweck

Prof. Dr. Dieter Hertweck

Dieter Hertweck is professor of Service Science at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Reutlingen University. Prior to this, he was professor for business informatics and head of the electronic business institute at Heilbronn University, before he headed the Department of BPEM at the Research Center for Computer Science at KIT (FZI). Dieter Hertweck has taken a doctoral degree in businessinformatics in the research group of Prof. Helmut Krcmar. His research focuses on service science, IT management, process and knowledge management.

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 127/3
Phone +49 7121 271 4106
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Yusuf Bozkurt

Yusuf Bozkurt

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 120
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Jan Fauser

Jan Fauser

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 128/2
Phone +49 7121 271 4101
Fax +49 7121 271 90 4101
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Sebastian Kotstein

Sebastian Kotstein

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 120
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Annette Kunz-Engesser

Annette Kunz-Engesser

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Marine Paichard

Marine Paichard

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Tamara Scheerer

Tamara Scheerer

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 128/1
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Natascha Sigle

Natascha Sigle

Building HHZ Böblingen
Room 120
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Cities around the world are undergoing rapid change and are equally confronted with challenges to provide the resources most important for the population, such as food, energy and water, and to integrate them into material cycles to ensure socially balanced and economically productive communities. 

The Herman Hollerith Centre (HHZ) at Reutlingen University is dedicated to issues of the future, such as digitalisation and the associated changes in society. In order to tackle and solve these tasks, innovations are developed and tested in the context of the development of smart cities. The transfer of findings from research into applicable solutions is a central component of research at the HHZ. 

In the Smart City Living Lab (Living Lab = real lab), research is conducted together with local actors from politics, business and civil society in the field of Smart City. The Living Lab represents a user-friendly, real-world research environment in which research and development is carried out together with relevant actors. As a key difference to related user-centred research methods, the Living Lab stands out by empowering users to collaborate in an open development environment. 

This approach shifts the development of innovative products from the laboratory to the real world. Potential users can express their opinions on new products and services here as early as possible or test the first prototypes in everyday life. The Living Lab process generally focuses on the activities of co-creation, exploration, experimentation and evaluation, which are handled in the Living Lab by an interdisciplinary team. 

The partners of the Smart City Living Lab are the district of Böblingen and the towns and municipalities of the district. 

Digitale Zukunftskommune BW

The project "Digitale Zukunftskommune BW" (http://www.digitalezukunftskommune.de/) is funded by the Ministry of the Interior, Digitalisation and Migration of the State of Baden-Württemberg as part of the state's digital@bw digitalisation strategy. In the pilot project, intelligent, citizen-relevant services for the multimodal use of means of mobility (e.g. traffic flow optimisation, smart parking, optimisation of public transport such as bus, S-Bahn, etc.) are developed and implemented as examples. 

 

 

Sensornerves_DR

In the Sensornerves_DR project, a service catalogue for sensor-based digital services (IoT services) and a digital platform suitable for exchanging the services will be created. The aim of the platform is to make open source best practice examples of IoT network services available to the actors of the Quatruple Helix in the Danube Region. This should trigger digital innovations in the area of business models, products/services and business processes. The best practice services required for this will be identified by experts of the Digitisation WG of PA8 in their countries and approved in joint editorial meetings. The platform should be set up in such a way that it is easy to copy success stories to other regions. The platform will start with the example of current IoT services in the area of LoRaWAN sensor networks (e.g. logistics services, industry 4.0-related services, traffic management services, environmental services, municipal services) and take over and bundle findings from existing communities, such as the TTN communities. 

 

ÖkoTrans

Within the ÖkoTrans project, transformation processes to increase the share of organically produced food in out-of-home catering (AHV) are being investigated. In order to analyse the potential of the AHV in BW as a sales market for regional organic food and the complex interaction of the stakeholders involved along the value chain (including agriculture, distribution and logistics partners, processing companies, canteens), the regional value chains of organic agriculture are being modelled. In close cooperation with the stakeholder groups involved, key barriers are identified that currently hinder the expansion of organic farming in BW or the distribution of regional organic food in the AHV. Based on these findings, possible solutions will be developed together with key actors from the field and new business models will be designed that can advance organic farming in Baden-Württemberg. 

 

ParKli - Participatory Early Warning Systems

ParKli - Participatory Early Warning Systems to Combat Local Climate Change Impacts through Citizen Science Activities in Environmental Informatics

In the research project ParKli, the impacts of climate change on local nature and habitats are investigated through Citizen Science (CS) activities. For this purpose, existing systems are integrated, which actively involve citizens in the data collection and action development process. The central research question is:

How can existing applications and data sources from environmental informatics be integrated in order to develop local measures for climate impact adaptation together with citizens?

ParKli draws on existing applications (APPs/sensors) and data sets and encourages further development. The central goal is to create interfaces between the data from different CS projects and to aggregate them. By creating interfaces and enriching data with publicly available data, high quality data sets are generated in ParKli. This data basis should make it possible for researchers and citizens to enter into a constructive exchange, jointly develop and actively apply measures for climate impact adaptation. The aggregated data is processed for this purpose and presented with the help of data visualisation methods in order to create a comprehensible basis for communication. Through the integration of different data sources and the active inclusion of citizens, the potential of open data, citizen science and crowd sourcing will be fully exploited. The aim of ParKli is to develop a toolbox with best practice recommendations (technologies, measures, processes, etc.) for early warning systems for climate adaptation together with central stakeholders.

More information at: www.parkli.de

5G - PreCiSe

5G-PreCiSe - 5G Pilot Region on Cloud Infrastructure, Smart Farming & Efficient Fertilisation in the Böblingen District    

The 5G-PreCiSe pilot project aims to network smart farming (SF) systems and processes in real time using 5G in order to provide agriculture with a previously non-existent information basis for making critical and sustainable decisions in the management of cultivated areas. Specifically, the project uses the use case of smart fertilisation, which aims at a resource-efficient, site-specific and demand-oriented fertiliser application, to demonstrate the potential of 5G in agriculture under realistic conditions. Using sensors, various environmental and plant data are recorded immediately before and during the fertilisation process and transmitted to the edge cloud, which is the core element of the 5G PreCiSe environment, for real-time evaluation. With the addition of further data from various sources (e.g. satellite images) and simulation models, the Edge Cloud uses control algorithms to calculate the optimum fertiliser requirement for the management zone currently being travelled through by the agricultural machine and feeds the information back to the agricultural machine. 

In order for this process to take place in real time, from data acquisition and calculation to the actual fertilisation, 5G is required as a sufficiently fast communication medium. Smart fertilisation serves as an exemplary use case in the project. In addition, the concepts developed in the project for networking sensors, actuators, data sources, cloud services and simulation models in a data mesh will be extended to other use cases in agriculture using 5G.

The goal of the project therefore also includes the development of further practical real-time applications and the associated application of 5G in complex data meshes. An investigation and consideration is not only carried out on the purely technical-infrastructural level, but also takes into account the requirements on the part of all involved stakeholders (farmers, agricultural machinery manufacturers).

More information at: www.5g-precise.de

International Cooperations

The City as Lab 

is an international research network focusing on the interrelationships between food, energy and water (food-energy-water /FEW) for sustainable and resilient urban development. The network addresses the following topics: 

  • Establish and develop research directions for FEW topics where knowledge gaps currently exist; 
  • Develop consensus on a framework for integrated urban FEW infrastructure research; 
  • Create a network consortium to deepen existing collaborations; 
  • Develop a dynamic training programme for students from diverse backgrounds; 
  • ​​​​​​​Expand the network. 

The Research Coordination Network (RCN) is led by a team of five principal investigators from the US who coordinate a network of academic and non-academic institutions in the US and abroad. 

Cooperation between Reutlingen University and Concordia University 

The Smart City Living Lab cooperates with the Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sutainable and Resilient Communities and Cities at Concordia University (https://www.concordia.ca/research/chairs/smart-cities.html), Montreal Canada.  Joint programmes are being developed for collaboration in the following areas: 

  • Joint research within the framework of interantional research projects 
  • Exchange of scientific information on areas and topics of mutual interest 
  • Exchange of lecturers and students 
  • Joint supervision of students 
  • Other academic cooperation, including publications 
  • ​​​​​​​Organisation of joint summer and winter schools