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    30. July 2020

    Invitation of the United Nations Department “Economic and Social Affairs” to participate in expert discussion

    Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller will take part in the virtual expert exchange on the topic “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” from August 4 to 8, 2020, at the invitation of Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She represents the topics “Ageing & Digitisation” as deputy chairperson of the 8th Ageing Report Commission of the Federal Government as well as “Participation-oriented and sustainable technology design”.

    30. July 2020

    Publication Prize of the DGA

    Richard Paluch, research associate in the research area of Business Informatics, in particular IT for the Aging Society, was selected by the German Society of Audiology (DGA) for the Publication Prize 2019. He will be awarded the prize during the online conference on September 3, 2020.

    2. July 2020

    Usability-Analysis of CrypTool

    Usability-Analysis of CrypTool

    We assign a project or final thesis to students of HCI or Business Informatics with the main focus on the usability and interface analysis of CrypTool (www.cryptool.org) and the improvement of the user experience. The exact design can be worked out in close cooperation with Prof. Esslinger and the supervisors. The goal would be to evaluate the current versions of CrypTool (CT2, JCT and/or CTO) and to work out, implement and evaluate suggestions for improvement. The work can also be carried out as a project work with subsequent final thesis.

    If you are interested, please contact Prof. Esslinger directly (bernhard.esslinger(at)uni-siegen.de).

    15. June 2020

    Call for tender for various final/project work within the IDES KMU project

    The assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society” offers a range of new topics for project and final theses.

    The different topics revolve around the topic of “accessibility” in the context of IT workplaces and include field studies and technical (further) developments of supporting tools.

    You will find all advertised topics on the website of the assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society“.

    If you have your own topic ideas, please let us know your suggestions.

    Info: https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/en/abschlussarbeiten/

    Contact for project and thesis work around barrier-free IT and barrier-free IT workplaces:

    Sven Bittenbinder

    Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
     Phone: 0271 740-4470
     Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de

    27. April 2020

    Call for proposals for the Master’s thesis – Participatory website design for a caring community project in Switzerland

    Our Collaborative Research Center Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society is writing a master thesis with the title:

    Collaborative and participatory design of media of cooperation for caring communities – Participatory website design for caring community project in Switzerland

    The existing cooperation of the Junior Professorship IT for the Ageing Society at the University of Siegen with the research group Ageing at home of the Careum Hochschule Gesundheit (Zurich, Switzerland) offers the opportunity to write a final thesis on the participatory design of a project website within the framework of subproject A05 – Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society of the SFB Media of the cooperation.

    The final thesis will be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss project CareComLabs, which has already established 3 Living Labs in Switzerland. The participatory approach is central here. Together with actors of the emerging caring communities, their internet presence will be designed. In addition to the design of the website, the conception, implementation and reflection of the participatory design process are also part of the final thesis.

    Click here for the announcement of the Master’s thesis – Participative Website Design for Caring Community Project in Switzerland

    19. February 2020

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses with blockchain

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses with blockchain

    Any type of project or thesis

    for the following modules (Bachelor & Master):

    • Wirtschaftsinformatik
    • Human Computer Interaction

    Shared mobility is an emerging, environmental friendly alternative to individual transport and could be one of the driving forces behind the urgently required mobility transformation. The main idea is that individuals no longer own their personal vehicles, but instead have on demand access to cars, bicycles, scooters or rides from shared mobility providers.

    Rural areas are mostly dominated by private transport and a personal car is usually unavoidable. In most places, public transport is usually less well developed and often even further reduced for cost reasons. Here, shared mobility services could increase the mobility of people, but currently are rare and, if existent, isolated from one and another. One of the main reasons is that shared mobility providers, for economic reasons, follow a top down approach where they reduce their offerings with decreasing population density. At the same time installation hurdles for non profit seeking providers are large, especially regarding the technical infrastructure required to operate such a service.

    To address the before mentioned challenges of shared mobility in rural areas, as well as to facilitate and support the adoption and provision of more services, we are currently developing an open, blockchain based platform that enables peers to share vehicles in rural areas.

    Related tasks are:

    • design of blockchain based services
    • development of smart contracts for Ethereum
      • we expect programming skills but not necessarily in Solidity
    • programming of microcontrollers and their connection to the blockchain


    • 3Blue1Brown: But how does bitcoin actually work? work?(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBC nXj3Ng4)
    • Nakamoto , S. ( Bitcoin: A peer to peer electronic cash system. Manubot
    • Shaheen , S., Cohenand , A., & Zohdy , I. (2016). Shared mobility: current practices and guiding principles
    • Wüst , K.: and Gervais, A.: Do you need a Blockchain? 2018. Do you need a Blockchain? 2018 Crypto Valley Conference on Blockchain Technology (CVCBT) (2018), 45 54

    Lukas Böhm (lukas.boehm(at)uni-siegen.de)

    The full document can be found here.

    29. October 2019

    Offer for various projects and bachelor and master theses


    Various projects and bachelor and master theses

    Shared mobility services such as nextbike, DriveNow, TIER or Uber are experiencing a rapid growth worldwide. In many cities, shared mobility services with bicycles, cars and e-scooters are central components of alternative mobility strategies to tackle traffic-related problems.

    However, as a result of the rapidly growing fleets, operators of modern services are facing existential challenges. At the same time, the services must be designed to be economical, customer-friendly, environmentally friendly and in cooperation with public authorities. For planning and efficient operation, precise estimations of future mobility demand are required.

    Existing approaches to forecasting demand in the context of shared mobility services, however, mostly focus on station-based systems and cannot address the complex spatial and temporal dependencies resulting from the flexible provision of vehicles without fixed stations.

    Methods from the fields of data science and machine learning offer the opportunity to leverage the large amounts of data generated by the ever faster growing fleets and provide a basis for efficient operation and successful optimization of the offerings.

    Main topics:

    • Development of web crawlers for data retrieval
    • Data cleansing and data analysis
    • Machine learning and other data science methods

    Lukas Böhm (lukas.boehm(at)uni-siegen.de)

    The full offer is also available here.

    16. March 2018

    We are proud to present our new publication : Socio-Informatics – A Practise-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts

    The book is an exploration of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological foundations of human-centred design. Specifically, it critically examines the notion of ‘practice’ and argues for an understanding of the concept which emanates from engagement with design problems rather than simply from social scientific theory. The contributors to the book in their various ways all subscribe to a systematic account of how practice- oriented studies can inform design.

    Using the perspective of ‘grounded design’, it pursues a long term view of the design process, arguing for user engagement from the very earliest stages of design policy, including methods for understanding user practices to inform initial design policies up to and including processes of appropriation as technologies are embedded in contexts of use. Grounded design is a perspective which also deals with the vexed problem of appropriate generalization in design studies and the kinds of cross-comparison that can usefully be done. The book contains a number of case studies which exemplify these themes, some of which are rooted in the use of technology in organizational contexts, others of which deal with design in contexts such as care of the elderly, firefighting and multicultural education.

    7. July 2017

    Announcement for project works & BA/MA theses

    Mobile crowd-sensing, smart city, digitalization of mobility

    These days, moving around can be highly mediated by the usage of smartphones and various
    location-based services. Further, the increasing digitalization and mobile sensing capacities have high
    potential for making cities smarter and to enable them to react more directly on its citizen’s travel
    needs. On behalf of such a smart city movement, we use mobile crowed-sensed travel data to
    enhance the understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

    Work setting:
    We provide students with an interesting working surrounding and the opportunity to build on
    previous work. This includes a mobile sensing app based on intel SDK and the Open.DASH framework
    (https://opendash.de/) for data visualization. The framework was originally developed to provide
    personal energy feedback but can be adapted to other contexts, like mobility. With this in mind, first
    widgets that account for individual mobility behavior have already been developed and can be used
    as examples in further work.

    Work description:
    On this basis and depending on individual interests, capabilities and workloads, there are a number
    of ways students can become involved in:
    • Developing single widgets that visualize particular issues of daily mobility;
    • designing incentives for data tracking and sensing by users or
    • doing fieldwork to explore information needs.
    • Other topics are possible and can be discussed considering personal interests.

    Target Group: Information Systems students (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik, BA/MA Informatik) and
    MA Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students

    Starting point: Now open for applications

    We highly encourage students to combine their project work with their BA/MA thesis.

    In case of questions and interest, contact:
    Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

    * The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.

    7. July 2017

    Announcement for a Student Job Offer (SHK/ WHB)

    With immediate effect, we are looking for Information Systems (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik,
    BA/MA Informatik) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students interested in supporting our
    research in the new GaNEsHA project located at the chair of Information Systems and New Media.

    The project aims to support cities in their (re-)organization of mobility infrastructures in accordance
    with the transportation needs of its citizens. To make cities smarter, mobile crowd-sensing travel
    data will be used to enhance our understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

    We offer interested students the opportunity to work in a research project with an interesting
    consortium and encourage them to enhance their development and design skills as well as their
    empirical working practices.

    Successful candidates will ideally display the following characteristics:
    • good study records;
    • enjoys working in a team;
    • programming skills/ or interest in JavaScript for web technologies;
    • experience /or interest in empirical work;
    • motivation for a longer lasting work-cooperation.

    In cases of questions and interest, please contact:
    Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

    * The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.