Department of Computer Science

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    Research at the department of Computer Science

    Research at the department of Computer Science is application- and practice-oriented. The range of research topics is broad: It includes topics in image processing, computer graphics, business process control, computation of people's paths, IT security as well as biomedical, mobile and automotive computing next to smart home & living.

    The wide range of research projects shows how manifold and fascinating the field of computer science is. This is also experienced by our students, who are involved in these projects, and by the scientific staff, who continue their qualification after their studies.

    A complete list of all research projects of the department of Computer Science is availble on the homepage of the Research Department.

    To the list of reaseach projects (in German)

    Following, we present two research institutes in which members of the department of Computer Science are involved, as well as additional research activities.

    Two research institutes

    Since its foundation in 2008, the Institute of Optical Systems at HTWG Konstanz has been working on a representative cross-section of current optical technologies.

    The focus is on the system concept, which requires thematic coverage of all areas and components important in the industrial environment.

    The goal of the institute is to be a competent point of contact regarding all system components. Applications outside of optical systems are also considered. The following topics are covered:

    • Lighting technology
    • Optical measurement technology
    • Image and geometry processing
    • Computer graphics
    • Computer vision
    • Machine learning and AI
    • Mathematical modeling and simulation

    The research focus of the IOS at HTWG Konstanz has emerged as one of three focal points in the area of research and teaching across the faculties of Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Electrical and Information Engineering.

    To the Institute for Optical Systeme (IOS - in German)

    Constance Institute of Process Control - Konstanzer Institut für Prozesssteuerung (kips)

    The targeted control of business processes is one of the central management tasks of a company or institution. This control can take place at various organizational levels:

    • Governance: Who has the decision-making rights for the process?
    • Strategy: How should the process be designed for long-term usage?
    • Operational control: Which key figures are in the focus? What are the deviations from the target?
    • Execution: How is the implementation to be coordinated?
    • Implementation: How can the process respectively process step be supported by IT?

    Experience in corporate practice shows that the integration of various control systems on different levels provide significant added value.This is where kips comes in and links these levels in an integrated model and a corresponding toolset.
    Within the framework of application-oriented research at kips, guidelines, instruments and tools are being developed that make this integration feasible in operational applications.
    This research activity creates added value for the cooperating companies and institutions. They can learn about and use innovative process control methods at an early stage. In addition, students also participate in the work of the institute: they learn how theory relates to business practice in the context of exciting projects.

    Additional research activities

    IoT Sustainability Lab

    Source: taken from project material; schematic representation of the IoT Sustainability Lab

    Together with the department of Architecture and Design and the Lake Constance Innovation 4.0 Center, the department of Computer Science was successful in the call for innovation labs with the IoT Sustainability Lab. The lab will be funded by the cross-border EU funding program Interreg VI Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein and the New Regional Policy of the Swiss Confederation over the next four years with around 2 million euros and will be supported by the scientific association Vierländerregion Bodensee.

    Goal & participants
    The IoT Sustainability Lab investigates the effects of the Internet of Things (IoT) on sustainability in order to develop technical solutions and innovative business models for IoT services. The building sector serves as an application example. In addition to the university partners Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, University of Liechtenstein, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and Zeppelin University, the following industry partners are also involved in the lab: ISC Konstanz e.V., the lighting technology company Zumtobel Group, Anta Swiss, a manufacturer of waste collection systems, and RhySearch, the Rhine Valley Research and Innovation Center. Other companies such as Bosch Smart Home GmbH and Implenia AG are also involved as associated partners.

    Contribution of the department
    The lab is managed by the HTWG, with Prof. Dr. Sonja Meyer in charge of the content. The department of Computer Science is mainly developing a tool for the simplified sustainability assessment of IoT solutions. Professors Doris Bohnet and Sonja Meyer are supported in this task by research assistant Mohamed Ramadane, who has been working as a doctoral student at the department of Computer Science since 01.08.2023.

    Further external information on the IoT innovation lab

    IT security

    Research on IT security at the department of Computer Science is situated in the Lab for IT Security.


    • Secure software development
    • Protection against malware
    • reliable cloud applications
    • proactive IT forensics

    Our research on improving training for the development of secure software also serves to further develop teaching for lectures regarding IT security within the bachelor and master programs. In research projects we cooperate with companies from the region. Our work is supported by an endowed professorship from the Auerbach Foundation (German homepage).

    Calculating flows of people

    PInG - Validated simulation of people flows and infection risks for designing safe events and spaces

    In the PInG project (which stands for People, Infections, Design - the abbreviation is taken from the corresponding German words), headed by Prof. Dr. Rebekka Axthelm, the spread of infectious diseases is being modeled and numerically calculated as a function of room design and associated movement patterns of people. The project is funded by Interreg.


    • Partial differential equations
    • Finite element methods
    • SIR modelling
    • Validation

    Can measures be reduced during a pandemic situation if the probability of an infectious disease spreading can be reduced through optimal room design? In the predecessor project eFlow, a prototype of the planned software - called flowculate - was developed and is already freely available. Users can design their own space and select suitable parameters for an evacuation scenario. Based on the room design, the simulation shows how people move around the room during an evacuation. The simulation also shows in which areas the probability of very high densities occurs. Parameters of specific infectious diseases can be set and as a result the simulation provides a possible spread of the disease based on the movement of people.

    Further aspects are now being investigated in the PInG project: In order to evaluate the quality of the simulation results, as many scenarios as possible must be validated. In addition, it is being investigated whether different room ventilation systems cause relevant changes to the results. Another point is the simulation of non-evacuation scenarios, as such scenarios are not covered by the underlying model in flowculate. Another question is whether calculations can also be carried out if measured data describing a typical probability distribution of people is available as a basis.

    A screenshot of the flowculate software; image material: Prof. Dr. Rebekka Axthelm

    Ubiqitous Computing Lab (UC-Lab)

    The Ubiquitous Computing Lab (UC-Lab), headed by Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold, focuses its research and development on four areas:

    • Biomedical computing
    • Mobile computing
    • Automotive computing
    • Smart Home & Living

    The area of biomedical computing investigates issues for a self-determined and healthy life that are relevant and important within a modern society. Algorithms and special hardware are developed to support solutions and prototypically prove their performance. The topics of sleep medicine and stress management are exemplary research topics, which are explored e.g. with doctorates.

    Mobile computing continuously offers new innovations as part of embedded systems or smartphones. The detection, acquisition and pre-processing of environmental and also personal parameters are in the spotlight of research, which is often hardware and software oriented. Approches include external parameters, such as a location, and personal ones, such as the heartbeat in a body-area network.

    Automotive computing investigates issues in the field of automotive software engineering and in the simulation of the behavior of a vehicle using the virtual car simulator, which is being further developed in the laboratory.

    Smart Home & Living focuses on the field of assisted living. This topic, which has been accelerated in particular by demographic change, has become a technology transfer service. The lab's work is developed and tested in the Ecolar house - therefore the Ecolar house somehow became the Living Lab of the Ubiquitous Computing Lab. The lab develops new innovations but also prototypical applications that go far beyond the field of Smart Home. A significant contribution is made to a barrier-free access to new technologies.

    to the Ubiquitous Computing Lab (UC-Lab)

    IT infrastructure: laboratories, pc pools, software

    The department of Computer Science offers various contemporarily equipped laboratories and pc pools including up to date software for different topics.