Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT - Germany
For about 30 years now Fraunhofer FIT has been conducting R&D on user-friendly smart solutions that blend seamlessly in business processes. About 160 researchers with backgrounds in Computer Science, the Social Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Psychology and Engineering, work in interdisciplinary teams and combine insights from computer science with questions from other fields. Thus, the institute invents and develops applications custom-tailored to support people in their jobs and to enrich their leisure time. Our specific strength is a comprehensive system design process, from test and validation of concepts to the handover of well-implemented systems.
Our research, development and consulting services for our partners and clients in the private and public sectors are aggregated in five business areas:
• Management of Cooperation and Innovation develops technologies and offers research-based consulting to support digitization in companies. In addition to communication and cooperation systems, we focus on professional training, intelligent mobility, big data technologies for scalable analysis of heterogeneous data, and on innovative solutions for interaction and visualization using Mixed and Augmented Reality.
• Life Science Informatics, focusing on microsystems technology and integrated imaging systems for High Content analysis in diagnostics and drug research.
•Internet of Things / Energy Efficiency, focusing on cyber-physical systems for smart monitoring, optimizing and management of systems and devices to reduce energy consumption, as well as solutions for Smart factories, Smart Cities and Industry 4.0.
• Usability and User Experience Design, with special emphasis on context-optimized man–machine interaction, optimal usability of applications and devices, professional usability training, Web compliance and accessibility.
• Sustainable finance management on the microeconomic as well as the macroeconomic level, focusing on micro-analytic simulation in impact assessment as well as on (risk) analysis and efficiency improvement of complex business processes, using decision support tools, among others.
CloudTeams – Collaborative Software Development Framework based on Trusted, Secure Cloud-based Pool of Users
Software developers register their software project on the platform, draft campaigns with questionnaires, select their target group, and ask end users for their feedback on the project idea, mock-ups, and prototypes. End users fill in their profile, follow interesting software projects, get notified of and participate in running campaigns, and collect rewards for their feedback. The interaction between the end user and developer community happens in a privacy respectful way as data of end user is anonymized. More benefits for software teams are advanced team collaboration and project management tools, and connectors to popular third-party services for software development and testing.
CloudTeams targets startups and SMEs, as well as tech-savvy customers. Start-ups and SMEs, having not the time and money to find a matching target group and gain deep market insights, collaboratively develop software that meets the customers’ needs. Tech-savvy customers, being interested in current developments from software teams and willing to do a little work for influencing future developments, make their voice heard by developers.
Target User: Software users, software developers, product managers, startups, SMEs
CloudTeams has received funding from The European Union’s Framework Program for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020, under Grant Agreement No: 644617. Fraunhofer FIT was the coordinator of CloudTeams, led the development of the CloudTeams Collaboration Platform, and developed the team platform component for the developer community. Project Partners were Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (DE), NTUA – National Technical University of Athens (GR), FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik (DE), SILO - SingularLogic (GR), YASAD – Turkish Software Industrialists Association (TR), Booreiland (NL). The project started in 01.03.2015 and ended in 28.02.2017.
Prof. Wolfgang Prinz - Germany
Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD (FIT) has a PhD in computer science from the University of Nottingham. He is vice chair of Fraunhofer FIT, division manager of the CSCW research department in FIT, and Professor for cooperation systems at the Technical University in Aachen. He is carrying out research in the area of Cooperative Systems, CSCW, Groupware, Information systems and Blockchain concepts and applications. He participated in and managed several COST, ESPRIT, IST and national research projects. Wolfgang Prinz is member of a number of conference committees: Programme Chair of ECSCW’97, Co‐Chair of GROUP’97 (ACM), Programme Co‐Chair of WACC’99 (ACM) and Mensch und Computer 2002 and 2016, Co‐Chair of E‐CSCW 2001, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of CSCW (Kluwer) and editor of i-com, the Journal of Interactive Media (de Gruyter).