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Research Projects

Current Research Projects 


Project description

The project „Prävention für sicheres und gesundes Arbeiten mit digitalen Technologien“ (eng. Prevention for secure and healthy work with digital technologies) examines the loads of knowledge workers under the progressing digitization of the work routine. The aim is to analyze these widely and develop specific measures of prevention subsequently. Technological innovations are an important key factor to increase the competitiveness of companies. For example, new digital technologies enable work at any place at any time as well as access to an unmanageable amount of information. At the same time digital technologies require constant willingness to learn and adaptability. Thereby it is essential that the health and the well-being of the employees profit from these developments and incorrect loading through the work with new digital technologies is prevented. 

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Project description

Smart Devices (such as Smartphones and Smart Watches) offer many options to support production processes, such as optimization or worker assistance. So far, neither implementation recommendations nor standardized APIs exist. The project SmarDe´s@Work aims at usefully utilizing Smart Devices in the production area. In the foreground stands the connection of different production participants, such as workers, machines and information systems. The right combination of software and hardware through interactive and intuitive information processing supports the work preparation as well as the actual production and thereby generates efficiency along with raising optimization potentials. In order to ensure a broad applicability for different companies with different processes and IT-infrastructures, it would be required to integrate data from any information system such as ERP, MES or quality management. As a result, a central component of the project is the development of a middleware combined with client applications for different smart devices. This solution aims at linking smart devices to the existing production systems. This approach reduces integration hurdles of utilizing smart devices and ensures the transferability to varied use cases. In addition, the use of smart devices offers the option of a time and place independent production control. Production processes are digitally optimized, quality monitoring, control and guarantee based on real time date are implemented, and an Industry 4.0 required process flexibility reached. 

  Funded by: Bayerische Forschungsstiftung

Wissenschaftscampus e-commerce (eng. Scientific Campus e-commerce)

Project description

With increasing advertising costs reach-driven e-commerce business models, where the majority of the Bavarian mail-order industry ranks among, are no longer able to completely participate in the growth of the e-commerce market. To stay competitive in the long run, these companies have to take action and enrich their growth strategies with innovations regarding the optimization of customer experience. Having said this, international large corporations, for example Amazon, set the bar of customer expectations very high, so that the limited resources of single companies are not sufficient. To compete with such strong competitors, it is necessary that German trading companies and research institutes cooperate closely. Only by doing this united, innovations, which show disruptive character and therefore enable regaining market shares for the Bavarian mail-order business, can be created. This is the aim of the “Wissenschaftscampus e-commerce” (eng. Scientific Campus e-commerce).  

The “Baur Versand GmbH & Co KG” in cooperation with the state-owned universities in Upper Franconia (University Bayreuth, University Bamberg, University of Applied Sciences Coburg, University of Applied Sciences Hof), research institutes (especially the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT) as well as further business partners from the subject of e-commerce set the goal to establish a scientific campus regarding e-commerce in Burgkunstadt. The Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT assumes responsibly the control and coordination of the project. The start-up financing was given singularly by the Free State of Bavaria. In the long term the scientific campus is supposed to finance itself by the acquisition of publicly subsides projects and private contract research.

Funded by: Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology 


Completed Research Projects

IT-Strategy Lab for Innovation and Sustainability

Project description

The aim of the project was to establish an application-oriented knowledge base of strategic and sustainable IT management and the implementation of cooperations with practice-related partners in the region of Upper Franconia. Therefore, the knowledge transfer between science and practice was encouraged. Within the scope of the IT Strategy Lab for Innovation and Sustainability, the topics IT project management, IT sourcing, green information management and IT-supported resource management were dealt with at the University of Bayreuth. Moreover, the participating professors in cooperation with the Research Center Finance & Information Management (FIM) dealt with the topics communication and IT-supported collaboration, IT security and data privacy, IT-supported finance management, customer relationship management und value-based process management. The knowledge base was formed by a collection of consisting scientific concepts, which were adjusted case specific, to provide solutions for company specific problems. As a consequence, a broad knowledge development was ensured, so that the specific practice-related issues could be answered optimally and a knowledge transfer to Upper Franconian companies was accomplished.

Funded by: EFRE (European Funds for Regional Development)

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