Digitalization Projects

 

 

It's all in the mix!

Test theoretical knowledge directly in practice

In addition to the theoretical basics, broad application skills are also taught in the interdisciplinary digitization projects:

  • Project management and creativity techniques
  • Practical hardware and software projects
  • Soft skills (communication, conflict and teamwork skills)

Due to the different levels of knowledge of the students involved, this means, for example, in a project to develop an HMI design, that students from the second semester take on simple programming tasks in a team, other students from the third semester design the architecture and those from the fifth semester take on the project management, thus deepening the content of project management.

 

Agile project work

This is how we work with SCRUM in our projects

Agile software development today is mostly done with SCRUM as a project and product management tool. In the processing of our digitization projects, we fall back on this methodology and already teach you how to work with SCRUM during your studies. We use computer science methods to develop sustainable solutions for real problems through an agile, interdisciplinary team culture.

 

DIGIT.Partner

Questions on digitalization from the economy

These partner companies bring digitalization issues into our digitalization projects.

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Any questions?

Contact our study program teaching coordinator for all questions regarding the digitization projects:

Steffen Küpper, M.Sc.
E-mail: hello@digitecstudieren.de
 

Winter semester 2021/22

Our digitalization projects

Currently, our students are working on six different digitalization projects. See for yourself what these projects are all about.

  • The autonomous extinguishing robot

    Areas of Application

    • Industry 4.0
    • Autonomous Systems

    Participating institutes

    Initial situation

    Fires in e.g. (recycling) warehouses cause great damage and often pollute the environment. Area-wide stationary extinguishing systems are often not used or cannot be used due to technical-organizational and especially cost reasons.

    Goal

    A mobile autonomous fire extinguishing robot drives independently through the area to be monitored and checks it for the development of a fire. In the event of a fire, it reports this via radio and starts extinguishing the fire in parallel using the extinguishing module (a water canister with pump) carried along.

  • Smart Busses

    Field of Application

    • Mobility

    Participating institutes

    Initial situation

    The vehicles used in public, road-based transport have so far only been partially equipped with intelligent functionalities regarding a measurement of the occupancy factor. In addition, the transport companies can fall back on historical data (e.g. from passenger counts), but current trip requests cannot be taken into account dynamically without the involvement of the passengers. The economically unattractive consequences are empty trips and high costs for the transport companies. In addition, it is difficult for public transport operators to predict possible routes.

    Goal

    First, research on deficient aspects of current on-demand systems and analysis of the impact of residential and commercial areas on passenger travel behavior will be conducted. Subsequently, an in-vehicle occupancy detection system (e.g., via camera detection) will be developed and an app for transportation requests will be created. This app will be used by route algorithms in the control center to process trip requests. Forecast data from traffic planning approaches should also be able to be incorporated here. A possible control center should also monitor the operating states of the vehicles.

  • Firedoor

    Field of Application

    • Industry 4.0

    Participating institutes

    Initial situation

    A stove left on, a forgotten iron or an unattended candle - potential sources of fire can be found in all homes. It is therefore all the more important to minimize the potential damage in the event of a fire. Fire doors serve as a barrier to the source of the fire. If they are closed, the spread of fire can be temporarily reduced, thus preserving escape routes, for example. It is therefore all the more important that they are reliably closed during a fire and that the functionality of the fire doors is regularly checked throughout the building by safety officers.

    Goal

    In order to provide additional support for safety officers and at the same time reduce the risk of fire door failures, a system is to be developed based on artificial intelligence that detects during regular operation

    • if the door threatens not to close correctly
    • the failure of the closing mechanism is foreseeable in the future, in order to then inform the safety officer if necessary.
  • The digitalization of the weather station

    Field of Application

    • Digital Transformation

    Participating institutes

    Initial situation

    The weather station on the roof of the institute building C14 in the campus Feldgraben of the TU Clausthal has existed for 10 years as a hobby of a professor. Local weather data are recorded and made available online on the institute's website and that of the TU Clausthal. The data are evaluated in research and graduation work and used by tourists and insurance companies. For several years, a webcam has also been part of the hardware, providing an impression of the Feldgraben campus every 10 minutes.

    Goal

    The currently used system consisting of hardware and software stack is getting on in years and should be modernized and extended by further modern features. We want a top weather station of the next generation, which defines the state of the art in central Germany.

    The project was started in the summer semester 2021 and will be continued in the winter semester 2021/22.

  • Smart Car Rental

    Field of application

    • Autonomous Systems

    Participating instituts

    Initial situation

    Car sharing services can be found in many cities today. Customers can book a vehicle via an app and use it for trips. Depending on the provider, the vehicles can be found in defined parking spaces and can be parked there again after use.

    Goal

    To offer customers more convenience and make car sharing more attractive, we want to develop an innovative car sharing service. In this service, the rental cars will drive autonomously from the parking lot to the customer's current location. In the development process, we set ourselves the challenge of ensuring that the vehicles arrive safely at their destination, react to unexpected obstacles, perform emergency braking and recalculate routes. The implemented concept is evaluated on a 1:8 scale ADAS model vehicle in a laboratory environment.

  • Sensor based water monitoring

    Field of application

    • Circular Economy and Environmental Technology

    Participating instituts

    Initial situation

    Standing waters are reflections of their catchment area: Due to heavy development and agricultural use, they are usually polluted by nutrient inputs over a wide area. The impact of nutrient inputs on the aquatic ecology and water quality of bathing waters depends on many characteristics, the combination of which is individual for each water body.

    Goal

    A universal and very informative parameter is the oxygen content in the nearediment deep water over the course of the year. However, episodic onsite measurements with mobile probes are timeconsuming and allow only limited conclusions about the seasonal development. The aim of the project is to design a measurement sensor for permanent use in water bodies, after prior testing in reference lakes.

    The project was started in the summer semester 2021 and will be continued in the winter semester 2021/22.

 

 

Summer semester 2021

Our digitalization projects

During the summer semester, our students worked on three exciting digitization projects.

  • The smart bus stop

    Fields of application

    • Mobility
    • Digital Transformation

    Participating Instituts

    Initial situation

    Up to now, stops for public, road-bound local transport have often been purely static objects, which are not equipped with communication and information systems. Some stops only consist of a stop sign and do not consider any accessibility aspects. In addition, the transport companies can draw on historical data regarding the number of passengers. Without IT systems that do not incorporate passenger data, current travel requests cannot be taken into account dynamically. This leads to empty runs, which cause unnecessary costs. Digitalization therefore offers enormous potential here!

    Goal

    In order to enable public transport companies to reliably detect travel requests, a stop is to be developed that can reliably detect them. Various technical principles are conceivable for this, such as registration via QR code on the cell phone, RFID or camera-based image recognition. The stop should also be able to recognize dangerous situations, such as the presence of people in the action area of an approaching automated vehicle. The use of Car2X technology is a predefined condition for communication between the individual systems.

  • The digitalization of the weather station

    Field of Application

    • Digital Transformation

    Participating institutes

    Initial situation

    The weather station on the roof of the institute building C14 in the campus Feldgraben of the TU Clausthal has existed for 10 years as a hobby of a professor. Local weather data are recorded and made available online on the institute's website and that of the TU Clausthal. The data are evaluated in research and graduation work and used by tourists and insurance companies. For several years, a webcam has also been part of the hardware, providing an impression of the Feldgraben campus every 10 minutes.

    Goal

    The currently used system consisting of hardware and software stack is getting on in years and should be modernized and extended by further modern features. We want a top weather station of the next generation, which defines the state of the art in central Germany.

  • Sensor-based water monitoring

    Field of application

    • Circular Economy and Environmental Technology

    Participating instituts

    Initial situation

    Standing waters are reflections of their catchment area: Due to heavy development and agricultural use, they are usually polluted by nutrient inputs over a wide area. The impact of nutrient inputs on the aquatic ecology and water quality of bathing waters depends on many characteristics, the combination of which is individual for each water body.

    Goal

    A universal and very informative parameter is the oxygen content in the nearsediment deep water over the course of the year. However, episodic onsite measurements with mobile probes are timeconsuming and allow only limited conclusions about the seasonal development. The aim of the project is to design a measurement sensor for permanent use in water bodies, after prior testing in reference lakes.