Finished Research Projects

eCULT/eCULT+ (2011 - 2021)

eCULT/eCULT+ (eCompetence and Utilities for Learners and Teachers) was a collaborative project in Lower Saxony, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal was to improve the quality of teaching and learning at universities. Therefore, the project participants enhanced existing eLearning approaches by exchanging local experiences to and developed new eLearning approaches. The project focused on eAssessment, teaching and learning organisation, and video-based teaching and learning. The MEC research group focused on decentralised systems to support programming and modeling exercises at universities.

ASimOV (2016 to 2021)

The goal of this project was to determine whether a connecting train should wait for a delayed feeder train or if it should depart on time. A major challenge of this project was to connect two heterogeneous simulations models - the macroscopic simulation of trains and the microscopic simulation of passengers in the railway station - to form a scalable and efficient overall simulation system.

EC-RIDER (2019 to 2021)

This project was supported by the Volkswagen Foundation. The consortium comprised five internationally renowned universitary working groups from Germany and Israel, covering the core scientific areas required for achieving the project goals.

With EC-RIDER, we proposed such a human-centric AI-enabled approach towards sustainable ridesharing, e.g. when finding the best assignment of passengers to drivers/vehicles. By taking user goals, needs, preferences, constraints, decision patterns and behavior into account more accurately, we partly layed the foundation for future shared mobility services and underlying dynamic management mechanisms (e.g. pricing and incentives), that are not only efficient, but also acceptable and attractive to city dwellers.

CONNECT (2013 to 2022)

Product Data Management (PDM) is an essential subarea within Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) and therefore of significant importance for industry. The increasing global collaboration in the field of product development along with the rising global competition requires new concepts and technologies to support the processes of the Product Data Management appropriately. Besides the safe, efficient and scalable management of product data, the seamless integration of trustworthy collaboration partners is one of the main focuses. In CONNECT, MEClab supported Volkswagen in the development and testing of innovative concepts to realize and optimize processes and technologies for the implementation of a global Product Data Management Systems (K-PDM).

Business process modeling and documentation for a producer of zinc-oxide (2010)

For a zinc oxide producing company in Goslar, we analyzed and documented the core business and production processes using ARIS process notations. The resulting document provides a basis for the implementation of an ERP system.

Auto-ID technologies for material tracking in a steel supply chain (2008/2009)

In this project, we modeled and analyzed supply chain processes of the German steel company Benteler Stahl/Rohr. In particular, we identified optimization potential for the use of Auto-Id technologies for the identification, localization, and tracking of material from steel producer to steel tube / wire producers.

ATLANTIS Academic Teaching and LeArning NeTwork in Information Systems (2008-2010)

The goal of ATLANTIS is to create collaborative eLearning portal and to produce high-quality eLearning content to enhance the Bachelor-level course offerings in and across the partners providing study programmes in the area of business information systems across the federal state of Lower Saxony.

Mobility Enterprise Technology and Application Trends (2005)

In a technology report published in summer 2005, Business Insights predict the global market for mobile enterprise solutions grow from roughly three billion US\$ in 2004 to twelve billion US\$ in 2007. Exploiting this market requires to recognize new technology and market trends and to develop and deploy innovative applications for mobile workers and mobile enterprises. Before this background, we contributed to a larger study performed by Siemens AG Corporate Technology to identify the most important future technology trends, as well as new markets and application areas in the area of the mobile enterprise.

P2P Business Resource Management: ATHENA (2004 to 2007)

In the project A6 (Model-driven and Adaptable Interoperability Architectures) of the European IP ATHENA, we have developed the Business Resource Management Framework (BRMF), a novel peer-to-peer based middleware framework for decentralized management of business resources. The design of the BRMF follows a layered approach building on a general purpose, industry grade P2P middleware - the Resource Management Framework (RMF) developed by Siemens AG. While the RMF offers basic services on arbitrary XML resources, such as publish, search, subscribe for change notification, it is not specifically designed to support web service based business applications in general. This work was carried out at and in cooperation with Siemens AG Corporate Technology.