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Showing TrendMiner at E2COMATION Consortium Meeting

Yesterday we could show at our E2COMATION meeting in Milano to the KEAS use-case the results of the very first live data integration into TrendMiner to enable analysis in perspective in energy saving and optimization. After being part of the Software AG research team for almost half a year, this is not only a personal milestone but also a solid project milestone since we can now overserve the entire production plant regarding energy consumption.
 
With TrendMiner, the self-analytics platform employees at KEAS should be able to identify potentials to identify among others energy savings and process optimizations. So, the solution intends to empower process engineers, plant managers, and other non-data scientists to optimize operations all the time, anytime, using a new generation of model-free self-service industrial analytics, as a means to analyze operational performance without data modeling, as well as to recognize cause-effect-relationships and root causes, and create early warnings for.

Students work on E2COMATION in TU Seminar

We, the Human-Computer Interaction & Visual Analytics team, and I from the Software AG hold this semester the seminar “Visual Trend Analysis” at the TU Darmstadt in the department of computer science.

At this seminar, students will work on current research topics that also face the European research project E2COMATION, in which the Software AG is involved. The given topics address state-of-art research and trends toward energy management and energy consumption organization with ICT, especially in the production industry. After the last discussions regarding the goals of the seminar and the expected results, I am looking forward to learning new insights about existing research solutions that might be also interesting for the project as well.

The goal of the E2COMATION project is the improvement of industrial energy efficiency at the European manufacturing level which requires the integration of energy data with advanced optimization techniques to guide a company’s decision-making. E2COMATION intends to address the optimization of energy usage, at multiple hierarchical layers of a manufacturing process as well as considering the whole life-cycle perspective across the value chain. The solutions that will be developed in the E2COMATION framework will operate at all factory levels, from collecting information and data at the field level, to managing and optimizing production at the factory level, and even up to the factory network level.

SAG Project-Lead in E2COMATION

Since my movement as researcher to Software AG, I immediately got involved in the European research project E2COMATION. E2COMATION intends to address the optimization of energy usage, at multiple hierarchical layers of a manufacturing process as well as considering the whole life-cycle perspective across the value chain. For this purpose, in the project, a cross-sectorial methodological framework and a modular technological platform will be provided that is meant to help industrial companies to save energy and directly be more sustainable from the environmental and economic points of view.

Today it was officially announced to the project partners that I become project lead for the Software AG tasks. With this measure, a higher responsibility comes along with finding self-contained solutions and ideas to upcoming challenges in the project.

I am looking forward to bringing in my expertise to find solutions to the given project objectives, even if I still have a lot to learn about the smart technologies offered by Software AG.

Work Change from h_da to Software AG

After several years at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), I am offering my research experience to the industry yet, particularly at the Software AG.

I look back to five exciting years of researching in several publicly funded projects, but also in supporting the university to set up research infrastructures and provide guidance to many academics. Even though not all actions will be continued, I am looking forward that I could support establishing new standards to enable research at the h_da. I definitely will miss the profession of some colleagues and their creativity in finding novel solutions and the sometimes very entertaining talks. In many ways, I enjoyed the collaboration and I think I will remember it for a long time.

With the movement to the Software AG as a researcher, I am pretty sure to bring in my expertise to enhance the services of Software AG with new interesting features that will help customers to get better services and solutions. And I am sure, I will learn new smart people from whom I can learn from.

Kick-off Meeting of the Project “Digitallabor Groß-Gerau – Dozenturio”

Digitization and digital education are playing an increasingly important role in career guidance, career preparation, and vocational education. Various open technologies and didactic approaches are available that can be used for digital teaching in vocational education.

However, basic digital education and knowledge about the possibilities of digital teaching are often lacking. The VIS-Group is cooperating with the Groß-Gerau district and the Center for Applied Computer Science at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences to provide a single-source of learning materials and learning technologies in the “Dozenturio” learning system.

The intermediate results of the project were introduced in December 15th 2021 by the VIS-Group. The event started with a welcome by the District Administrator Thomas Will followed by the main goals and conceptual structure by Nicole Möhlenkamp from the Department of Education and Schools – Youth Vocational Assistance, Qualification, and Employment. Among others, representatives of the adult education centers of the district and the city of Rüsselsheim am Main, the municipal job center of the district of Groß-Gerau, the state education authority and the IT center of the district were present. District Administrator Thomas Will and First District Deputy Walter Astheimer also took part in the panel discussion.

The project website already includes various video training courses on communication systems, various selected OER learning platforms (OER: Open Educational Resources) and a variety of technologies to enable both the digital transformation and the didactical transformation of digital content. The platform is accessible to anyone who wants to learn about digital teaching and communication through www.dozenturio.de.

The goal of the project is to develop qualification modules for digital teaching, learning, advising, and communicating. In addition, demand-oriented training offers for employees of the district as well as for regional educational institutions are planned. As part of the training and qualification budget of the state of Hesse. The district of Groß-Gerau has been provided with funds for the implementation of digital learning offerings in the project Digitallabor for the period from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2022, which will be used for the project described. With this funding program, the district of Groß-Gerau is taking advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization and opening up access opportunities for multipliers, teachers, and advisors.

More information can be found here (in German).

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FZAI Annual Summary 2021

The year 2021 was also successful for the FZAI. New research projects were again acquired and previous research projects were successfully continued. The FZAI was again the contact and accelerator for research at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Through the procured infrastructure

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Best Paper Award at the iV 2021

Our paper on Visual Analytics and Similarity Search – Interest-based Similarity Search in Scientific Data at the iV2021 conference was honored with “The Best Paper Award” for the innovative contribution in terms of originality of concepts and application. The “Best Paper Awards” is given to contributions which will be selected by the committee among the papers presented in iV2021 and applied for the award. Study’s relevance to the symposium’s scope, its scientific contribution, writing/presentation style will be considered in the evaluation process as well.

The Information Visualisation Conference (iV) is an international conference that aims to provide a foundation for integrating the human-centered, technological and strategic aspects of information visualization to promote international exchange, cooperation and development.

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Article on Visual Analytics for Technology and Innovation Management Published in Journal Multimedia Tools and Applications

I am glad that our article Visual analytics for technology and innovation management: An interaction approach for strategic decision making gets published in the current special issue of the Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications.

Article: Visual analytics for technology and innovation management: An interaction approach for strategic decision making

Abstract:
The awareness of emerging trends is essential for strategic decision making because technological trends can affect a firm’s competitiveness and market position. The rise of artificial intelligence methods allows gathering new insights and may support these decision-making processes. However, it is essential to keep the human in the loop of these complex analytical tasks, which, often lack an appropriate interaction design. Including special interactive designs for technology and innovation management is therefore essential for successfully analyzing emerging trends and using this information for strategic decision making. A combination of information visualization, trend mining and interaction design can support human users to explore, detect, and identify such trends. This paper enhances and extends a previously published first approach for integrating, enriching, mining, analyzing, identifying, and visualizing emerging trends for technology and innovation management. We introduce a novel interaction design by investigating the main ideas from technology and innovation management and enable a more appropriate interaction approach for technology foresight and innovation detection.

Link to Paper: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-021-10972-3

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7th Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC 2021)

We, particularly me and the Human-Computer Interaction & Visual Analytics group of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, support the organization of the 7th Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC 2021) in Cork, Ireland. The multidisciplinary Collaborative European Research Conference is an annual event that takes place since 2011 when it was initiated by University partners across Europe. It brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines in order to foster knowledge transfer, inter-disciplinary exchange and collaboration.

In previous years, contributions came from computer science, biology, bioinformatics, business information systems, marketing, IT-security, civil engineering, education, psychology, multimedia, art, etc. Contributing students came from Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Norway, France, Turkey, etc.

Please note the Call for Papers (CfP).

Proceedings of the Collaborative European Research Conference 2020 are now online!

It has taken a while, but now the proceedings of the last Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC 2020) are now online on CEUR-WS.org.

The 2020 proceedings are available under: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2815/.

To download as zip-file: ftp://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/publications/CEUR-WS/Vol-2815.zip.

The multidisciplinary Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC) is an annual event that takes place since 2011 when it was initiated by University partners across Europe. It brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines in order to foster knowledge transfer, inter-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. For more information about the conference, please check the website http://www.cerc-conf.eu.