Centre for Industrial Applications in Computer Science and Mathematics

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The centre is headed by Prof. Dr. Nicola Wolpert (Mathematics) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Gülch (Measuring). The centre acts as a hub for research activities in the disciplines of mathematics and computer science. In doing so, it bridges the gap between comprehensive, problem-oriented basic research and application-oriented industrial research. The centre’s work focuses on challenges in the fields of computer science, information systems, applied mathematics and industrial measuring technology.
Comprehensive knowledge of the theories involved and the practical experience gained by our professors and researchers are used as a basis for the development of effective, transferrable methods in the aforementioned fields. Our research activities are highly interdisciplinary and involve cooperation at domestic and international level.
Our partners include large industrial companies such as Daimler, Porsche and Audi, small and medium-sized enterprises such as CADFEM or Topometric GmbH, insurance organizations and academic institutions such as the University of Stuttgart, the University of Mainz and the Fraunhofer Institute.
Our main areas of focus are as follows:

  • Static and dynamic evaluation of the geometries of bodies ranging from individual components to entire vehicles for the purpose of the digital analysis of available installation space; this also includes the development of optimized data structures and algorithms.
  • Optical measuring techniques, and in particular the automation and integration thereof into workflows.
  • Digital urban models as a basis for the numerical simulation of physical parameters, the results of which feed into analyses of energy efficiency and measures which counter or otherwise react to climate change.
  • Research into issues of number theory, with findings used in cryptography among other fields.
  • Methods suitable for the estimation of risk on the capital market and in the insurance sector; the latest changes in domestic and international legislation are always taken into account.
  • Multi-agent systems for the optimized planning of projects involving multiple stakeholders and the solution of load management issues affecting energy grids.
  • Hardware for the recording of sensor data, corresponding algorithms for human machine interfaces and technologies required in the fields of ambient assisted living and robotics.
  • The centre is also involved in the expansion and supervision of part of bwGRiD, a cluster set up by Baden-Württemberg’s universities in order to make supercomputers and software libraries available for parallel computing.
  • Embedded systems, software architectures, information systems and visualization are also the subject of both basic and applied research.
  • Investigations on the economic use of small wind turbines for local distributed power generation in urban areas as well as studies on  urban micro climate  using  Computational Fluid Dynamic simulations based on digital city models.
  • Natural language processing, focussing on extracting knowledge from large document sets. Recently, research centered on computer-aided assessment of short-answer questions using methods from computational linguistics, test theory and machine learning.

(Updated on: 8th March 2017)