[Digitization and Industry 4.0] Designing digitally enabled Services in a playful way with the DiDesigner

You are interested in working on a thesis with high managerial and practical relevance?

You possess knowledge in software development and you would like to a apply this knowledge in a meaningful way?

You would like to foster your understanding of digitization and Industry 4.0 in the context of today's businesses?


[Digitalisierung & Industrie 4.0] Spielerisches Design neuer digitalisierter Services mit dem DiDesigner

Sie haben Interesse an einer praxisorientierten und realitätsrelevanten Arbeit im Rahmen Ihres Studiums?

Sie verfügen über Grundkenntnisse in der Softwareentwicklung und würden diese gerne sinnstiftend zur Anwendung bringen?

Sie wolle mehr darüber erfahren, welche Bedeutung Digitalisierung im Allgemeinen und Industrie 4.0 im Besonderen in der Wirtschaft zukommt?


Analysis of the user perspective on the development of smart services, between reuse and self-development.

IoT platfroms come with their marketplaces, where ready-to-use solutions are offered to the users, whteher developed by the vendor or by partners. The goal of this thesis is to capture the platfroms' users perspective and assess their decisons as they develop IoT solutions. For example, when and why do they use ready-to-use building blocks? When do they need to develop modules on their own? What drives their choice of the platform or modules? What are the challenges they encounter? etc.

What IoT vendors think you should know for developing IoT solutions? An insight from IoT learning materials provided by IoT vendors

The goal of this thesis is to determine on the one hand the building blocks of IoT solutions as envisioned by IoT platfroms leaders and on the other hand the knowledge modules necessary for the development of IoT solutions.
The student will conduct a field research across leading IoT platforms to determine and compare the material that these offer as well as the methods/models that they prescribe.

Evaluation of IoT cloud marketplaces from a user-centric design perspective

The goal of this study is to evaluate how do IoT platforms' vendors leverage modularity principles to reduce the complexity of IoT solutions development on their platforms marketplaces. The student will conduct a multi case study on complexity reduction in the design of cloud marketplaces for users (examples: AWS, Thingworx, Mindspehere) as where the marketplaces are instances of co-creation platforms.

Co-creation in GitHub from a modularity perspective: a case study.

This thesis aims to answet the main question: How is complexity reduced on the co-creative platform GitHub for code developers?
Sub-questions might include:
What are the mechanisms (example: reuse of code) that are applied to support the users throughout their journey on the platform? How are the users supported in their several tasks such as service discovery, design, development, evaluation, implemenation, coordination with other co-developers etc? How is complexity managed on the platform through modularity and description? 

Co-creation in retail - case study with Swisscom

The Bachelor's or Master's thesis deals with new functions by which classical, stationary retail can fulfill new value-added tasks.
The thesis shows a) the current state of research (retail, service and co-creation) and b) designs a concept of how co-creation surfaces (e.g. in the form of lab surfaces) can be embedded in retail surfaces and which adjustments are necessary.
Starting point should be findings from the open innovation laboratory JOSEPHS (by Fraunhofer IIS). Based on these findings, a current concept test by Swisscom should be accompanied and evaluated.

Data-driven services in sports

The innovation of new, data-driven services is not limited to industrial applications. Data-driven services can also be applied in football or other types of sport to deliver new offerings to both the fan as well as the athlete. This thesis should take a closer look at some examples of data-driven services that are currently offered.

For further information, please contact martin.schymanietz [at] fau.de


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