Institute for Technologies and Management of Digital Transformation

Research Projects

The research projects of the TMDT are characterized by close interdisciplinary cooperation and a mixture of basic and applied research. In general, the projects are carried out jointly with industrial companies, local authorities and/or research institutions.

AITHENA: AI-based Connected and Cooperative Automated Mobility: Trustworthy, Explainable, and Accountable

The increasing use of AI components in vehicles and transportation is leading us down a path where the computer makes decisions and we humans have to blindly trust the AI and live with those decisions. Explainable AI is increasingly becoming an area of great interest to various user groups, such as citizens who want to trust the systems they use, legal entities who are responsible for liability and accountability, and researchers who want to understand the limitations of AI and improve the models. The goal of AITHENA is to research and develop methods to create transparency and interpretability of AI models for use in CCAM solutions. 

Further information can be found here.


The project opens up two perspectives for AR/VR solutions. On the one hand, a solution will be developed, tested and made available that teachers with little IT expertise can use and fill with their own, diverse teaching content. On the other hand, the developed solution will be available as open source, so that researchers and developers from universities in NRW can further develop it for new research and teaching purposes. 

Further information can be found here.

ASaG: Automated damage detection on freight cars

In this project, we design, develop and evaluate AI algorithms for the semi-automated damage assessment of freight cars in train formation. The goal is to bring in the state of the art in the use of artificial intelligence for the localization and classification of defects in image data, to adapt and extend established methods from the academic environment for the present use case.

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ASIMoW: Analysis system for quality-motivated inline monitoring for welding processes based on artificial intelligence methods.

The objective of the research project is the development, testing and implementation of deep learning methods for inline quality prediction in welding processes as well as the research and development of continual learning methods in order to be able to use the trained models sustainably and efficiently across variations of the process. Based on heterogeneous data from the welding process - including control variables and sensor data - the models will be able to assess the current process condition and perform a quantitative prediction of the expected weld quality. 

Further information can be found here.

CC5G.NRW: Competence Center 5G.NRW

The central goal of CC5G.NRW is to contribute to the development of NRW as a lead market for 5G. The focus is on new solutions for companies and authorities in the application of 5G, as well as research into social issues relating to security, social inclusion and sustainability. In this context, innovation potentials and obstacles are identified, systemic competencies are developed and expanded, and potentials of 5G are made accessible.

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DeFenSIO: Securing the Information and Communication Structures of Aid Organizations through Capacity Building

The aim of the project is to increase the resilience of critical infrastructures in the health sector, using the Malteser network as an example, and to create a sustainable security culture. To this end, holistic information security concepts will be developed that integrate technical, organizational and personnel development measures. 

Further information can be found here.


In the DigiData project, the TMDT will explore and establish a new form of interdisciplinary knowledge and method transfer within universities. Starting from the people who drive digitization, data science and artificial intelligence, the project aims at a horizontal and intra-university transfer to people from other disciplines who do not yet fully use the achievements of these fields.

Further information can be found here.

HWS 4.0: AI-based Flood Protection System 4.0

The goal of the project is to use AI methods to prevent flood damage to protect the property of the local economy by developing an early warning system for the temporal and spatial prediction of flood events. The early warning system is based on existing information systems of the Wupperverband and uses state-of-the-art AI methods for data-driven prediction of water levels and flood hazards, taking into account current weather conditions and other environmental factors detected by sensors.

Further information can be found here.

IoT4H: With the craft trades into a digital future

As part of the BMBF program "Innovations for the Production, Service and Work of Tomorrow", the Institute for Technologies and Management of Digital Transformation (TMDT) will enable craft businesses to explore the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for themselves and use it profitably within the three-year project.

Further information can be found here.

KI-Makerspace: Applied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Wuppertal

The KI-Makerspace at the University of Wuppertal is an innovative concept that aims to systematically promote the AI competence of students and teachers. By combining training, project support and the freedom to develop one's own ideas, it enables the direct and effective integration of AI methods into teaching.

Further information  can be found here.

KoLBi-BK: Coherence in Teacher Education - Quantitative and Qualitative Profiling of the Industrial-Technical Teaching Profession at Vocational Colleges

Within the framework of the in-house project KoLBi-BK, a quantitative and qualitative profiling of industrial and technical schooling at vocational colleges is to be carried out. The focus of the TMDT is on the design of industrial and technical classes with virtual reality. Student teachers will be taught how to create virtual reality lessons and the development of teaching concepts with virtual reality will be examined.

Further information can be found here.

TOP.KI: Text optimization using artificial intelligence

The aim of the TOP.KI project is to develop, test and evaluate a translation tool that uses artificial intelligence to facilitate the creation of exam questions in plain language. While maintaining the same content and level of difficulty, the texts created in this way should be better understood by examinees. This should help to ensure that exam results primarily reflect the trainees' technical and application knowledge rather than their text comprehension skills.

Further information can be found here

TrAIBeR.NRW: Transformation der Automotive Industrie in der Bergischen Region

The upcoming traffic shift confronts the automotive supply industry with comprehensive transformation requirements. Answers for the Bergische Region are being developed by the TrAIBeR.NRW project. The project, led by TMDT/SiKom, was created on the joint initiative of the regional IG Metall branch offices and employers' associations.

Further information can be found here.

Finished Projects

In our archive you will find an overview of projects successfully completed at the Institute for TMDT.

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