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Here you find an overview of all projects arranged according to the respective research areas.

Publicy funded Projects

  • Value Grids

    valuegridsCurrently there is a third party-funded project, “Value Grids”, being carried out in the field of energy-efficient IT-Infrastructures. The ValueGrids project makes the D-Grid-Infrastructure accessible for a fundamentally new community, user and provider of software-based services (Software-as-a-Service provider). SaaS providers already offer their customers extensive and complex software solutions that can be comprehensively and individually adapted to each customer to exactly meet their needs. In order to flexibly respond to changing market conditions and customer demands, there must be a service-oriented solution for reverting to modular services of other providers. Similarly, the operation of services implies a high demand for computing and storage space. Grid technologies promise this flexible and cost-efficient adaptation to fluctuations in demand.

    ValueGrids is mainly focused on so-called value-added chains that are traditionally characterized by a well-defined sequence of process steps, with an overarching goal of achieving value added. In the wake of increasing globalization and interconnectedness, this “well-defined” sequence has become increasingly composed of short-term changing service providers. The image of the chain is thus a dynamic network (value added network, value network) of decentralized actors.

Energy-Efficient IT Infrastructure (Green IT)

  • EU-Projekts SORMA (2006-2009)

    Until October 2009, the overall coordination from 2006-2009 of the on-going EU project “Self-Organizing ICT Resource Management (SORMA)” was under the responsibility of the Chair. The project SORMA dealt with the developments of methods and instruments for an efficient market-based allocation of computer resources through a self-managing resource management system, by which the market-based models and extensions of grid infrastructures should come into adoption.
  • Green Cloud (2010, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta)

    In collaboration with the research group of Prof. Calton Pu of Georgia Tech, cost-effective provisioning strategies for cloud systems are modeled, implemented and evaluated.  Georgia Tech provides particularly the hardware infrastructure needed to carry out large-scale experiments. The project was laid out on a total of two months.
  • Autonomic Cloud Provisioning (2010, National University of Singapore NUS und SUN Microsystems, Singapore)

    In collaboration with the research groups of Dr. Simon See, mechanisms for dynamic allocation of servers with practical algorithms are benchmarked. An employee of the Chair (Mark Hedwig) has worked at NUS in Singapore on this DAAD funded project.


Energy-Efficient Transport System (Green Logistics)

  • Energy-efficiency-oriented Location Planning (2011-2013, Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH)

    As part of a two-year project, warehouse location planning with energy efficiency considerations is to be carried out in collaboration with the Thermotechnology Division of the Bosch Group. The project is to develop a methodology (approach, metrics definition and optimization) for evaluation of the “Green Centers of Gravity”, which is then applied on the basis of real data in a case study.  Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH finances the project team fully via its doctoral program for the entire project period.


Aging Society and Electronic Business Systems

  • Data-driven Business Models (2010-2014)

    As part of a four-year project in partnership with Detecon GmbH, an empirical analysis of the viability of alternative digital strategies is being developed. In the first phase of the project, the effects of recommendation systems on the use of electronic media are particularly analyzed.


Intelligent Risk Management

  • Assessment of Operational Risks in Banks (2011-2013, Commerzbank AG)

    In cooperation with Commerzbank AG, quantitative evaluation methods are designed for operational risks. Due to a lacking data base of large claims, the method must have the ability to transfer data from other companies on its own. The method is tested on the basis of real data of practical suitability. The PhD position is funded by Commerzbank for the entire project period of three years.


Secure Cities

  • Security and Society (2009-2010, Interdisciplinary FRIAS Fellowship)

    Security has advanced as a central theme regarding society. In view are the ambivalences and risks of modern technologies, the strengthening of environmental hazards, the uncertainty regarding global economic, social and political upheavals, which are manifested in new forms of transnational terrorist and criminal threats. These discussions about the radical changes in risk, threat and vulnerability potential condense to the issue of a new security architecture. The project will analyze to what extent technology can contribute to the security architecture and as well as to society, i.e. the generally accepted standards have repercussions on security technology.
  • Emergency Response Systems (2011-2012, National Institute of Informatics NII, Tokyo)

    The project “Emergency Response System” is being evaluated in collaboration with the NII in Tokyo, on the extent of how an ad-hoc fuzzy planning system can improve the coordination of rescue workers in major disasters. As a scenario, data of typhoons in Japan are coupled with the planning system in order to obtain a like-for-like evaluation with other methods. As part of the project an employee of the Chair (Felix Wex) receives the financing to perform the evaluation at the NII in Tokyo. The project is planned for two months.


Security and Society

Security has advanced as a central topic of social debate. In view are the ambivalences and risks of modern technologies, the strengthening of environmental hazards, the uncertainty regarding global economic, social and political upheavals, which are manifested in new forms of transnational terrorist and criminal threats. These discussions about the radical changes in risk, threat and vulnerability potential condense to the issue of a new security architecture.

The Freiburg Competence Group intends to provide well-grounded contextual knowledge towards the creation of a new security architecture. It explores in a wide-ranging access the conditions, the range of influence and the outcomes of change in security thinking and in security practices. It combines rudimentary research with application-oriented tasks.

The research topics dealt with by the Chair move in two dimensions:

  • Main Features of Security Architecture: basic rights issues, security economics, internationalization of security regimes
  • Mechanization and Security: data protection issues, implementation and acceptance of security technologies, evaluation research