Research & Projects

The primary research objective of the Human-Centered Engineering & Design (HCED) department is to develop and design the »technologies of the future« – fitting the contexts of stakeholders. We consider these contexts from a holistic perspective, so that our interactive products and associated services can be seamlessly integrated throughout their entire lifecycle into the lives of our users and clients. 


We also conduct large-scale collaborative research projects through our extensive, worldwide network of research institutions and universities. In doing so, we share and expand our knowledge in applied research and work with our customers in industry to design customized, practical, user-centered solutions that always reflect modern state of the art technology.

Projects of the HCED department

More information on individual research projects, related publications and participating researchers can be found here.

Current Projects



Digital voice assistants have found their way into many households as useful everyday helpers. As practical and useful as they are, they lack an important focus on protecting privacy. These devices collect enormous amounts of data and increase the security risk of data misuse by third parties. We are working with partners to develop an online platform to support consumers in exercising their GDPR rights.



In the Horizon 2020 project iPRODUCE, we are developing an innovative social production platform. It will enable interaction and collaboration between makers, consumers, and small and medium enterprises in production as well as create space for user-driven, open innovation and co-creation.



With DEMETER, we are promoting digitalization in the agriculture and food sector. Digital technologies are developed and tested specifically for the requirements in agriculture in order to optimize them efficiently and sustainably along the value chain in the long-term.



In the context of BIMERR, we are developing a software platform which aims to increase the efficiency and productivity of renovation projects by supporting architects and designers in the planning phase. Digitization plays a key role in this process, as advances in 3D digital modeling make it possible to construct buildings more accurately and efficiently. Our ultimate goal is to optimize construction and minimize costs.



The most important question in terms of digitalization in industry is: »How can companies benefit from the opportunities of digitalization an increase their success as a result?« GRANITE provides answers to this question by examining the current challenges and concerns of companies in Japan and Germany, as well as promoting an active dialog between companies, research institutes and local administrations in Japan and Germany.



The EFPF project focuses on developing an intelligent enterprise network and a digital platform to connect stakeholders in the field of digital manufacturing. The platform enables system integrators and developers to experiment with disruptive approaches and develop innovative, customized solutions for specific problem situations.


SynErgie II

SynErgie is dedicated to exploring how a flexible alignment of industrial processes can balance to the power system. In this context, wen are adapting energy requirements to identify key industrial processes which can be used to balance the fluctuating energy supply.



The research platform, SPIRIT, was developed together with the Colombian Insitute for the Plastic and Rubber Research and Training (ICIPC). With this platform, we want to strengthen international collaboration in science, technology and innovation. The project focuses on searching for IT-based, sustainable solutions in the fields of plastics, packaging and product design. 

Successfully Completed Projects

Energy efficiency and smart environments

Internet of things

Emergency response

HCI and multimodal assistance