Digital networking is the term we use to describe the continuous and continual linking of the physical world with the digital world. This linking process underlies many very different concepts. How this complex process should take place in different areas in coordination between society, politics, manufacturers and operators is the subject of our research work.
Digital networking is the term we use to describe the continuous and continual linking of the physical world with the digital world. This linking process underlies many very different concepts such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, smart grids, smart production, Industry 4.0, smart buildings, the Internet of Systems Engineering, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Everything.
Central to all these concepts is the digital capturing, mapping and modeling of the physical world as well as the networking of the resulting information. These enable real-time and partially automated observation, evaluation and control of the physical world.
Digital mappings play a central role along with the technologies and infra-structures of digitalization. They comprise various data and models at different levels of abstraction, at different quality levels, and from different perspectives on things, systems, processes, persons, organizations, and societies.
Networking in the physical world can be reflected in networking models and data. Using the data, models with execution semantics provide a basis for verification and validation of digital mappings and the analysis thereof using simulative and analytical methods to evaluate and predict effects in the physical and/or digital world. In addition, different network technologies and types are required in equal measure for networking. They are implemented by software-defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and network slicing.
The research group examines security concepts and solutions and their impact on privacy and civil society. It investigates the resilience and practicability of technology and analyses the actors' patterns of action and thought. New approaches to knowledge about security and privacy are created and researched.
Artificial intelligence systems are increasingly being adapted to human activities. Fed by data humans generate, they are working ever more closely with us in real time. The search for artificial intelligence is also a search for human values. An important part of our research is on how knowledge can be integrated into technologies and how it can be derived from them.