Industry 4.0, Factory of the Future, Digital Innovation Hub, Digital Transformation


4STEPS project is addressing the main challenge of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) as tool towards a new, digital industrial revolution holding the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, mass customisation, increased speed, better quality and improved productivity and its development is supporting the RIS3 in the target regions in the different sectors.


Transnational Research, Research Policy, Smart Specialization (S3/RIS3), Innovation Network

Alpine Research and INnovation Capacity Governance mehr erfahren

Although most of EUSALP regions developed S3/RIS based on EC requirements, R&I triple helix still focuses little on a transnational approach of strategic topics for the Alpine Region (AR) to better exploit economic opportunities. There is no strategic transnational collaborative framework on topics of specific Alpine importance, e.g. Digital Divide, Climate Change, Biodiversity conservation, etc., both between Public Authorities (PA), and between Academia and Business sector (BS) with limited transnational R&I on such topics.

Austrian Blockchain Centre

Blockchain, Supply Chain Management, Traceability, Platform Economy, IT Security

Austrian Blockchain Centre
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The K1-Center ABC–Austrian Blockchain Centre -mission is to be the one-stop-shop Austrian Research Centre for Blockchain (and related) technologies to be applied in industrial applications like industry 4.0 / IoT as well as financial, energy, logistics, government and administrative applications.

Alpine Space is facing challenges due to aging population, youth unemployment rates and increasing strains on budgets, so communities need to innovate their social sector by delivering better health and social outcomes. However, those cannot be generated if public money and traditional payment mechanisms, such as “fee for services”, are the only option available.

BayAut DataKMU

Data Science, Blockchain, Networking, Predictive Maintenance, Anomaly Detection, Data Marketplace, Artificial Intelligence

Vernetzung und Wissenstransfer im Bereich Data Science mehr erfahren

In the Bavarian-Austrian border region, there is a solid knowledge base for research and innovation in the field of data science with different emphases. However, there is a lack of constant, permanent cooperation between the key players and their network partners. The DataKMU project, therefore, establishes a strategic, regional cooperation platform to increase the transfer potential and the transfer performance of the participating partners.

BIFOCAlps project is tackling a common challenge to many Alpine Space (AS) regions : due to globalisation, many enterprises in manufacturing sector are not as competitive as wished in global markets, resulting in increased levels of unemployment, abandoned facilities and remaining plants that need new products and new processes.


Circular Economy, Innovation Networks, Sustainability, Intelligent Specialization (S3/RIS3)

Circular economy hubs in peripheral urban centres in Central Europe mehr erfahren

Urban centres of peripheral regions of Central Europe are lagging behind central areas in the field of innovation and business development. It is due to the lack of access to global innovation processes and partners and lack of utilization of local innovation potentials.

Optimization problems under constraints can be found in all scientific disciplines that deal with unknown parameters. Within the Research Centre for Process and Product Engineering (PPE) applications, among others, involve Financial Mathematics (Portfolio Optimization), Operations Research (Logistics), Statistics, and Engineering (Design Automation). Frequently, the derivation of analytical solutions to these optimization problems is limited or, in fact, rarely possible. In such situations, efficient and effective numerical methods are required to provide reasonable solutions.

The Josef Ressel Centre aims at developing numerical methods for complex problems and to achieve synergies between thematically diverse but strucutrally similar problems. Our main goals are to scale flexible and diverse laboratory solutions originating in academic environments to powerful IT environments and extending existing industry solutions in the three application areas by access to libraries for alternative and innovative computational algorithms.


Networking, Innovation Ecosystems

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KMUdigital’s goal is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Lake Constance region in coping with and implementing the rapidly progressing industrial digitisation. This leads to radical upheavals of business models and process chains, which can threaten the very existence of SMEs and in many cases are already having a massive impact today. Due to their limited resources and high degree of specialisation, SMEs hardly have the opportunity to fully grasp and absorb this change.

The generation of added value from data is a key technology for the design, development and operation of products and services. Products become intelligent and their users remain in continuous contact with the manufacturer after delivery. This shifts the focus from a one-time sale of a product to the provision of a continuous service.

The Mobility Choices project aims to make a significant contribution to strengthening sustainable mobility in the Lake Constance area.
The Mobility Choices project by Prof. (FH) Thomas Feilhauer from the Process and Product Engineering research center aims to make a significant contribution to strengthening sustainable mobility in the Lake Constance region.


Sustainability, Renewable Energy Sources, Policy Support, Networking

Policies for Renewable Energy Sources in Industry mehr erfahren

RESINDUSTRY aims to increase the energy independency of the EU industry sector, by decreasing its energy intensity through a higher integration of RES. The long-term objective is to increase the industry competitiveness by decreasing its energy bill, rising their energy independency, thus uncoupling their energy costs from geopolitical externalities.

Smart Government

Smart City, Digital Transformation, Open Government, Intermunicipal Exchange Platform

Bodensee Akademie 
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In recent years, innovative, promising but also disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things, sensor systems, big data and artificial intelligence have gained in importance for the public sector and will significantly influence the face of modern administration and the provision of its services. Everywhere, municipalities face the same opportunities and challenges, because the transition to an intelligently networked city administration is not easy and uncharted territory for many authorities. Uncertainties in dealing with the new technologies, concerns about possible job losses, acceptance among the population and the economy, and organizational and institutional hurdles are challenges that make successful transformation difficult.

Priority of the research project: Current stress tests only consider a handful of scenarios and do not quantify the plausibility of scenarios. Furthermore, second round effects arising from the reaction of financial institutions to shocks are rarely considered. This current approach may lead to an illusion of safety, to premature reaction on alarming stress test results, and to the underestimation of risk.

More Information About Business Intelligence & Innovation Hub


Prof. (FH) Dr.-Ing. Jens Schumacher
Leiter Forschungszentrum Business Informatics, Hochschullehrer

+43 5572 792 7118


Dr. Florian Maurer
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

+43 5572 792 7128