Virtual engineering of cyber-physical automation systems

INDEED Research Group of Jacobs University together with Fraunhofer IBP and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology published an article in an engineering interdisciplinary journal “Advanced Engineering Informatics”. The article presents the research on an ontology-based virtual engineering method to develop and manage cyber-physical-systems which usually require simultanous engineering involving heterogenous tools and stakeholders. The article demonstrates the application of the method for automated formal verification of control logic across different control logic types and plant data.

The article can be accessed freely through the following link until February 15th, 2019.

Production Planning and Control of Fall 2018

The Production Planning and Control course of Fall 2018 has been completed. On 30 November and 6 December 2018, the students presented the result of their group project works.

The project works focused on the roles of Industry 4.0 technologies, such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Advanced Robotics, Internet of Things, Big Data, etc. in production planning and control. Some groups worked on the impacts of new production requirements, such as lot size one and green manufacturing, on the production planning and control activities. For each topic, the students had to elaborate the challenges and opportunities and to find some case studies and application examples.

The goals of the project work is to give the students some ideas how the contents of production and planning course, i.e. demand forecasting, capacity planning, aggregate and workforce planning, material requirement planning, lot-sizing, sequencing and scheduling, shop floor control, and production tracking, are applied in some use cases and how new production contexts affect them.

Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation – Implication on Work Level

On 8-12 October 2018, the INDEED research group organized a 5-days training with the topic “Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation – Implication on Work Level”. The participants of the training are directors, managers, and engineers from various departments, such as R&D, operations, production, marketing, etc., of Weichai, a large state-own Chinese company. The training is a part of a long-term cooperation between Weichai and Jacobs University Bremen.

The training comprised series of lectures, group works, workshops, and quizzes/games led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono with the following goals
1. To assess how ready Weichai for industry 4.0.
2. To discuss the requirements for work of the future and the role of new technologies, such as Internet of Things, Big Data, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and 3D printing technologies.
3. To develop the steps to introduce those technologies to improve business processes, products, and services of Weichai.
4. To apply technology and innovation management methods to transform new ideas using those technologies to a marketable product/service and to formulate the suitable business model.
5. To prepare the capabilities and willingness of Weichai’s employees for digital transformation and industry 4.0.

Weichai is state-owned Chinese enterprise with more than 64,000 employees that designs and manufactures diesel engines, vehicles, luxury yachts, and automotive parts for worldwide market. It has more than 80 subsidiaries throughout China and overseas. It has been awarded several times for its innovations and quality.

Research collaboration result published in IEEE Transactions on Cybernetic

The result of a research collaboration between INDEED research group of Jacobs University Bremen, Cardiff University (UK), University of Exeter (UK), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. It is one of the top IEEE journals in computer science and has an impact factor of 8.803 (2018).

The journal paper presents a novel cloud-based building energy management system, which comprises the whole information lifecycle, from data collection using sensors and software systems, data integration through semantic middleware, advanced analytics with machine learning, and visualization through a responsive web-based application. The solution integrates sensor-metering and simulation data to solve the discrepancy between theoretical simulation models and real metering data. The solution has been validated in five real pilot buildings in northern and southern Europe and has shown energy savings up to 25%.
The full paper can be accessed through the following link:

The Production and Technology Management (PTM) course of Spring 2018 has been completed

On 3-4 May 2018, the PTM students gave the final presentations of their project works. The participants of PTM course were divided into nine groups with 5-6 members from at least three different countries in each group.

The multinational groups had to analyze different industry 4.0 technologies, e.g. Internet of things, 3D printing, big data, etc. and their potential applications in different sectors, e.g. automotive, food and beverages, retail, city/municipality, aerospace, etc. They also presented innovation and technology management concepts to introduce the new technologies in a company and also knowledge management approaches to manage knowledge related to the new technologies. Finally, they demonstrated new products and services that can be created from innovations using the new technologies and the corresponding business models.

Contents of PTM Course


The multinational PTM groups



Video of the Group “City of Singapore”


Congratulations to the PTM students of Spring 2018 for completing the project work!

Good luck for the upcoming PTM exam!

Survey on Last-Mile Delivery Methods in E-commerce

Bianca Ignat is currently conducting a survey for her thesis and we would really appreciate if you could please help us by filling it out. The aim of the survey is to find out what factors E-commerce customers consider when choosing between different last-mile delivery methods. Anyone who orders products online (regardless of the frequency) can participate.  Please complete this short survey & get the chance of winning one of the four Amazon vouchers (worth 15€ each)!!

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Holistic smart energy solution for smart city context at RENEXPO Augsburg

Holistic smart energy solution for smart city context at RENEXPO Augsburg

On Monday, 9th of April, 2018, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono delivered a talk at the forum of RENEXPO Augsburg. a trade fair focusing on energy efficient living. Prof. Wicaksono reported the research results, which is a software platform, that allows municipalities, citizen, and energy service industry to collaborate and to have integrated and continuous processes of energy management. The platform  provides the digital infrastructure for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission as well as for introduction of renewable energy power plants. The platform has been used in four European cities and municipalities to implement their visions in increasing energy efficiency awareness, improving energy efficiency, and optimizing the utilization of local renewable energy sources.