Innovative Technologies and Architectures (ITA)

Problem and Objective

Information and communication technology (ICT) presents companies with new opportunities to re-design their business in increasingly short intervals. Examples are developments in sensor technology, which allow new ways of collecting data, and new technologies that facilitate integration between cross-company business processes or enable new business processes. Therefore, new architectures need to be analyzed and evaluated. In this context, concepts like "Internet of Things", "Industry 4.0" and "Wearable Computing" are relevant.

This research area's main objective is to identify and evaluate the potential of new technologies and system architectures. Thus, it focuses not only consequences of new technologies and architectures on companies, but also on economics as a whole. Furthermore, aspects of adoption and diffusion of innovative technologies are studied. A current example of the exploratory focus is the analysis of the use of wearable computers for supporting employees in the industrial sector. Although wearable computer and augmented reality are part of scientific research for quite some time, their diffusion in enterprises is very slow. Therefore, our current research focuses on the identification of application areas, in which the use of wearable computers is beneficial, as well as the prototypical implementation and evaluation of innovative solutions. Another aim is to analyze the behavior of consumers while using information systems via mobile devices. Innovative technologies like location-based services and their commercial application potential are the center of attention in this study. One aspect of this research focuses on empirical analysis of the impact of using such services on the behavior of consumers. In addition, this research area encompasses research projects concerning Industry 4.0 and the industrial internet. The research at the chair mainly focuses on the application systems, which are necessary to run cyber-physical systems, or a whole smart factory, and the interfaces between them.

Current research topics

  • Possibilities of using wearable computers in the industrial sector
  • Potentials of location-based advertising in retail sale
  • Use of cyber-physical systems in the industrial sector (Industry 4.0)

Completed research topics

  • Use of RFID technologies in reverse logistics



Cooperation partners

  • Volkswagen AG
  • Airbus
  • Sartorius AG