Information and Communication Technology

Tapping into digitalization opportunities, Successfully implementing process and product innovation, Using IT technologies profitably

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Research on Innovative ICT Solutions

The Information and Communication Technology business unit conducts numerous research projects in order to develop and test new analysis and design methods, information technology paradigms and viable solutions. The goal is to create task-oriented and intuitively usable applications that help master entrepreneurial and social challenges.

These projects are carried out jointly with national and international partners and include research carried out on behalf of the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), and the state of Baden-Württemberg. Current topics of interest are cloud computing and sustainable solutions, the Internet of Services, the Internet of Things (IoT), business models, energy systems and management, and electromobility applications. The following summary outlines several of the research questions and related projects that we are currently working on.

Our key areas of research:

  • Digitalization strategies and solutions
  • Automation solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Cloud-based platforms and business models
  • Integrated IT systems for the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Corporate software and process optimization
  • Intelligent, connected energy systems and applications in the electromobility segment



Cloud Mall Baden-Württemberg (BW)

The idea behind Cloud Mall Baden-Württemberg is to create a platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) on which cloud service providers can position their products and services and users can select the cloud services relevant to them.



What is the most efficient way of integrating electric vehicles into my fleet? How can I reduce the costs of installing and connecting a charging infrastructure? These questions are being studied by a consortium of research partners in the eMobility-Scout project, which deals with the conceptualization, implementation and testing of a cloud-based IT solution for operating electric vehicles and sharing private charging infrastructures.


SME 4.0 Cloud Agency

The Agency’s work supports multipliers, such as competence centers, professional organizations and associations, that in turn support companies on the path toward digitalization.