This project aims at establishing an interdisciplinary research centre for Acceptance, Usability, and Ethics in new (medical) technologies’ (AC-TEC) at RWTH Aachen University. Special attention is given to gender aspects, as well as to the identification of fields of application and the examination of selected problems.


Development of novel mobile, context sensitive passenger information systems for multimodal travelling scenarios (travelling with different transport systems).

01.11.2008 – 31.10.2010
3rd International Summer Workshop on Communication Design
15.09.2001 – 22.09.2001
New and innovative concepts for transport and energy need also new and innovative ways to inform their users about the existing possibilities of use. The project econnect Germany, located in Osnabrück, aims the integration of electromobility in existing transport systems to show the population how regenerative engeries can be used in the public transport.

The international cooperation project of RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) for optimization of innovation processes.

01.10.2006 – 30.09.2009

In the research program eHealth different disciplines develop in the research program eHealth integrative, multidisciplinary models for user-centred design of eHealth systems.

01.10.2008 – 30.09.2011

The interdisciplinary DFG network „empirical investigation of internet-based communication“ encloses 15 researchers (linguistics, psychology, informatics...) from eleven colleges and research facilities with the focus on data-supported analysis of linguistic phenomena of web communication. The aim of the network is the concentration of interdisciplinary competence to develop standards for the preparation of linguistic data as well as methods and tools.


Worldwide research efforts are directed on the global reduction of CO2. ­Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) is a novel approach to reduce CO2 emissions and the use of fossil resources. Potential CCU applications and products are plastic products, cement and fuel production, or enhanced oil recovery. The project investigates the public perception and acceptance of CDU in Germany and identifies main arguments for and against the technology. Future users´ acceptance is a decisive factor for demand and consequently success of new and innovative products.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 63299658 ("Climate-KiC").

Careerbuilding Programm for female students in Engeneering and Natural Sciences:
2003 –

Urban Future Outline (UFO) aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary research on urban spaces. Within the framework, experts from different disciplines (arts and engineering, natural and social sciences) develop innovative solutions for the cities of the future. UFO frames three research areas: Future Mobility (FuMob), Future Ecosystem (FuEco), and Future Energy (FuEne).

Future Energy focuses on new ways to implement sustainable robust energy systems, successfully. The challenge is to develop a holistic approach combining different disciplinary perspectives by integrating social and environmental factors into the engineering process of the identification, planning and realization of energy scenarios.

01.09.2013 - 31.05.2016

Urban Future Outline (UFO) aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary research on urban spaces. Within the framework, experts from different disciplines (arts and engineering, natural and social science) develop innovative solutions for the cities of the future. UFO frames three research areas: Future Mobility (FuMob), Future Ecosystem (FuEco), and Future Energy (FuEne).

Future Mobility focuses on demands, potentials and limits of public communication concerning new mobility concepts. The objective is to develop new approaches for the planning and realization of infrastructure decisions that include stakeholders (citizens, decision makers, experts, etc.) and their perspectives on urban planning processes.

01.09.2013 - 31.05.2016

The projects’ aim is to further develop processes of specification, planning, construction and expansion of complex technical systems due to the integration of acceptance as an inherent process factor in the life cycle of large-scale technologies (development of models and methods as well as verification at the example).

01.04.2009 – 31.03.2012
The aim of the project „hypermedia tutor“ is the development of a web-based learning environment, which teaches knowledge and methods for the user-friendly creation of web contents/ hypertexts.
01.05.2001 – 31.10.2002

Aims at the development of an integrative approach for the evaluation, development and application of methods for process modelling in companies.

01.09.2008 –31.10.2011
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are more and more confronted with the effects of demographic change (lots of highly qualified experts retire) and changes in occupational biographies (new working models, high mobility, teleworking, parental leave). In order to maintain or improve the innovative capability of enterprises new concepts are needed which support the networking of employees and the interaction between experts.

German Research Foundation (DFG), promotional focus “Scientific Library Services and Information Systems” (LIS), programme “Thematic Information Networks“.

01.05.2007 – 30.04.2009

The perception of products depends on various parameters, such as aesthetic, functional or social aspects.


With regard to the energy turnaround in Germany, innovative and decentralised energy supply systems are needed. In addition to the technical and economical feasibility, the acceptance of society is of upmost importance and necessary. The interdisciplinary research project KESS aims to delve and simulate a decentralised, flexible and stable energy supply based on a mixture of renewable and conventional energy conversion processes.

01.12.2014 - 30.11.2017

Industry 4.0 is based on the principle of substantial flexibility of manufacturing by self-optimizing cyber-physical systems, which makes a deterministic planning hardly possible: designers, workers and machines need to become more flexible and adjust themselves to changing requirements. In this context, planning software becomes crucial for the success of the manufacturing chain. The flexibility of the production requires deep and broad software operation knowledge as well as a software, which supports the user reducing the complexity of variety of functions of CAx systems just in time on demand.

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2018

The project focuses on the development of a study module in which basic knowlegde concerning literature and documentary search, preparation and formulation of specialist content for hypertextual formats is provided.

01.10.1999 – 30.04.2001

The project Mobility Broker aims at enabling individual and flexible mobility and supporting the passengers manage their entire trip–from planning to booking.

The main objective of the project is to realize an passenger information system as a web platform for desktop computers and an application for mobile devices. The passenger information system will combine all local means of transport to enable uni- and intermodal travelling. The users should plan, pass, change and pay the entire trip with just one system–even if multiple means of transport are involved.

01.10.2013 – 31.05.2016
Speaking – writing – visualizing. Forms, functions and disturbances of modality interdependencies and concept genesis’ in professional interactions
01.04.2014 - 13.02.2018

To investigate the effects of exemplary model projects on pupils’ and adolescents’ interest in technology

01.01.2007 – 01.04.2008

Developments, concepts and tendencies of (medical) technical solutions in the healthcare system.


In the project methods of addressing senior experts on Open Innovation Platforms are developed. Furthermore, we focus on the task-oriented design of such platforms taking the perspective of the target group (attractiveness and usability).

01.10.2014 - 30.09.2015

How does one write operating instructions reader-friendly? How does one create a form in such a way that users know what they have to fill out? And how can one plan and formulate a successful corporate website of a company?


The project reacts to the change of professional engineer profiles, whose workdays increasingly consist of communication.

01.01.2005 – 30.09.2007
in Mathematics, Natural  Sciences and Technology
in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology

The student competition of the Siemens Foundation addresses high school students as of grade 10. The foundation encourages them to develop innovative ideas as solutions for important human issues by means of mathematical-technical approaches. The topic of the competition 2012/13 was: ‚Stadt-Land-Fluss. Zukunftsplanung ist ein Muss’ (‚Urban-rural-and beyond. Planning the future of our environment’). The objective of this competition is to identify young researchers,  trigger their fascination in science and technology, and support them in their long-term endeavors.


The efficiency of producing companies relies on knowledge generation and communication. Shortened innovation cycles and steadily growing complexity in the entire value chain process set high demands for efficient and effective education and training options for the employees. E-learning is an alternative to traditional forms of further training that offers advantages such as time and cost savings.

01.03.2011 - 30.09.2014

A survey of age-related conceptualizations of technology.

15.05.2004 – 31.12.2004
Future technologies for mobility and healt
01.07.2005 – 31.12.2006

With the project "TiK – Talking Technology" RWTH Aachen University breaks new grounds in the transfer of knowledge.

2001 – 2005
In this project, funded from our own resources, we develop testing methods for the evaluation of web sites. In our laboratory, we can evaluate company or other institutional websites with members of their target groups.
2002 –

The evaluation of complex technical systems is fragile, it depends on the perceived or ascribed characteristics, their evaluation by individuals and social systems as well as the level of information regarding the technology. The introduction and permanent establishment of large-scale technologies such as deep geothermal energy therefore requires actions that allow for an efficient exchange between the involved groups at an early stage and the development of common, shared solutions. The aim of the project TIGER is to achieve by scientifically and empirically implemented and proven models, a broad-based perception and profile of the energy extraction form.

01.03.2012 – 31.12.2015

Cooperation project with WZL (RWTH Aachen University) and Dept. of Industrial engineering of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Research project on life quality in city quarters in the context of mobility, city structure and energy turnaround.
Aim of the project is the methodological and normative-evaluative study of weakly-structured Internet discourses ("Web 2.0 discourse") using the example of large-scale technologies such as energy technology for the purposes of acceptance research and risk communication.
01.11.2012 - 30.04.2016