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Research projects at adesso

We are already shaping the future today

Our current research projects

Standing still means taking a step backwards – this is especially true when it comes to successfully implementing IT projects. That makes it all the more important to think about the new developments of tomorrow, today. This is why adesso considers research to be an important element in the innovation process. We participate in (publicly funded) research projects in various forms with the aim of finding new solutions, which in turn enable us to actively shape the future of our customers. But for adesso, research is more than that: it is the fascination with the new, the possibility to go beyond what has been achieved. That’s why we also use research to improve and develop ourselves.

Current focal points of ongoing research projects:

  • Blockchain
  • AI/machine learning
  • Platform economics
  • Sensor technology
  • Partially automated cloud drive/edge cloud

Ongoing research projects


Construction projects are often handled by a large number of companies (SMEs), which are individually contracted. This often results in complex contract set-ups with a large chain of subcontractors. The complexity of the different trades involved means the current progress of a construction project is usually very unclear.

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The research project aims to develop an automated payment and contract management system in the construction industry using blockchain technology and BIM.

As part of the research project, adesso is developing a demonstrator for the blockchain-based payment system.

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01.08.2019 - 31.07.2022

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Chair of Computer Science in Engineering, Prof. Markus König
  • paluno, University of Duisburg-Essen (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Volker Gruhn
  • Freundlieb Bauunternehmen GmbH
  • Kapellmann und Partner

Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) and the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

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CERES is an ongoing research project. Digitalisation in agriculture is in full swing. Many farmers already use digital applications. There is also a willingness to share the data collected with others working in agriculture. At the same time, however, farmers have data protection concerns and fear that large companies will collect and analyse the data, leading to farms having to buy back this valuable information at a high price.

The ability to plan and measure operational processes plays a key role in resource-efficient and sustainable agriculture that takes animal welfare into account. This means that digitalisation is needed to integrate measurement methods into agricultural processes and to condense the collected data into information. To achieve this, data must be managed and processed in real time, which in turns creates a set of requirements regarding the speed, efficiency and quality with which data is processed. The CERES research project deals with these issues and others and will culminate in the implementation of a cooperative cloud platform. Information is made available via intuitive evaluation services so as to increase the competitiveness of domestic farms, to improve the individual and livestock-friendly husbandry of farm animals and to create transparency for consumers.

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15.11.2020 - 14.11.2023

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Digital product development process for the design of TFP preforms. Digital platform and AI sub-project

The mobility of tomorrow should be one thing above all: Sustainable. Therefore, increasingly lighter and resource-saving materials are being developed. Tailored Textiles (TT) are a form of fibre-reinforced composite materials that particularly meet these demands and are used in various industries such as mobility, automation, sports and prosthetics. One of the most promising processes for producing TT is Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP), a variant of technical embroidery.

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The aim of the DigiPEP research project is to establish TFP technology in the German economy. This is to be achieved by networking the value chain: design, structural mechanics, textile and production technology. For this purpose, a system model is being developed to make the development of TFP components and the transfer of information between the various players more efficient.

For this purpose, adesso is developing a data platform in the automotive sector that enables the exchange of the various data formats across the process steps. In addition, artificial intelligence is used to digitally map the transformation of a 2D textile into a 3D component.


01.05.2022 - 30.04.2024

  • RWTH University Aachen - Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Construction
  • RWTH University Aachen - Institute of Textile Technology and Chair of Textile Mechanical Engineering
  • EDAG Engineering Group AG
  • ModuleWorks GmbH
  • Ph-MECHANIK GmbH & Co. KG

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The 5G euriale project is one of the winners of the 5G.NRW funding competition, which was announced by the state of NRW to support innovative ideas around 5G technology.


The aim of the euriale project is to use the possibilities of the 5G system from mobile communications and edge cloud to ensure the interference-free and secure transmission of data together with image, video and audio information in emergency situations. The information is to be consolidated in a dynamic data room and made available to all parties involved in order to optimize communication within the rescue chain. Furthermore, sensible application scenarios for the use of augmented reality technology within rescue services are to be developed and tested.


01.02.2021 - 31.01.2023

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund (consortium leader)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen Chair of Software Engineering, Essen
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität WWU Münster with the University Hospital Münster, Münster
  • City of Dortmund with the Institute for Fire and Rescue Technology of the Fire Department, Dortmund
  • adesso mobile solutions GmbH, Dortmund

Supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the euriale blog, the project partners report from the fields of rescue, emergency medicine and digitalization, as well as from the ongoing activities of the consortium.

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The expansion of decentralised, renewable energy sources as well as manageable loads and storage (e.g., e-mobility) has meant that the control of energy systems is becoming increasingly complex. One solution is to divide the energy network into cells within which a decentralised, largely autonomous load and feed-in management is carried out.

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The research project aims to develop and evaluate concepts for cellular energy systems and intends to use machine learning methods to optimise regional withdrawal and production behaviour. In this context, the development of billing procedures is to be made possible through the use of smart contracts.

The feasibility analysis is performed by additional services that are only possible with 5G networks. This includes, among other things, the data rate-intensive and automated remote maintenance of distributed infrastructures using drones.

adesso is working on the development of a blockchain solution for the billing of services in decentralised energy networks. urban ENERGY is responsible for the development of software for cellular energy systems with demand-dependent 5G communication via network slicing.


01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022

  • DEW21
  • urban ENERGY GmbH
  • The city of Dortmund
  • The Frauenhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.)
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • TU Dortmund
  • innogy SE

Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) and the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

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GRIPPS-X is an ongoing research project in which adesso is involved as a partner. As a digital infrastructure for the European Economic Area, the GAIA-X initiative is a lighthouse project that removes the hurdles of data integrity and data sovereignty and creates an industrial data space for complex industrial product service systems (IPSS). The aim is to establish a uniform language in industrial service and to provide the corresponding support tools for a service platform.

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01.11.2022 - 30.09.2024

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The aim of the competence centre KARL (Artificial Intelligence for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region) is to design human-centred, transparent and learning-friendly AI-supported work and learning systems (AI-ALS) and to make them presentable in concrete practical applications.

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Rules, guidelines and presentable concepts of AI-ALS are designed and tested in practice, which combine the advantages of human and artificial intelligence. The KARL project focuses on four application domains in which the Karlsruhe region has proven economic and technological strengths: (1) mobility and autonomous driving, (2) knowledge-intensive services and ICT systems, (3)manufacturing industry and (4) education.

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01.04.2021 - 31.03.2025

  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • ADAC Nordbaden e.V.
  • ArtMinds Robotics GmbH
  • auvisus GmbH
  • Blanc and Fischer Corporate Services GmbH & Co. KG
  • CyberForum e.V.
  • Datalyxt GmbH
  • EDI GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
  • FZI Research Centre for Information Technology
  • INIT GmbH
  • Kinemic GmbH
  • KIT ifab - Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organisation
  • KIT wbk - Institute for Production Technology
  • LAVRIO.solutions GmbH
  • Neohelden GmbH
  • Optimum datamanagement solutions GmbH

Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the programme "Future of Value Creation - Research on Production, Services and Work", funding measure "KMU-innovativ: Produktionsforschung.

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Modern web services are the key to and engines of the ongoing digitalisation of our society. The misuse of these identities must be securely excluded in order to avert damage to private users and economic actors. However, attacks against web services often do not target an isolated technical level.

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They change over time and leave traces at various spots in the system, which must be evaluated as a complete whole. Complete means then also across different organisations. Often, data (for example, log data) for the detection of such attacks are also distributed among these organisations. In KIWI, methods of federated learning are investigated in order to detect such attacks in their entirety without having to share data from individual organisations.


01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023

  • 1&1 Mail & Media Development & Technology GmbH (1&1)
  • adesso SE
  • adesso as a service GmbH (3as)
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Technology and Economics (HsKA)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • secuvera GmbH (secuvera)
  • Technical University of Braunschweig, Institute for Application Safety

Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).

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A secure and open platform for AI-based health care apps

The aim of MONDY is to create a secure, open and interoperable technical platform for health care apps that defines and implements data storage and processing in a secure and legally compliant manner.


The platform provides AI modules that enable a combinatorial evaluation of various clinical pictures. To give an example, the two syndromes – epilepsy and depression – are assessed, and the ‘monikit’ (for mobile detection of epilepsy seizure) and ‘STEADY’ (for early detection of depressive episodes) apps are consolidated on the platform. The usability of the platform is tested and evaluated in a two-arm proof-of-concept study. The study design provides for an inpatient and outpatient setting at two sites.

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01.11.2021 - 31.10.2024

  • adesso SE
  • Stiftung Deutsche Depressionshilfe (SDD)
  • Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI)
  • Uniklinik RWTH Aachen – Centre for Epileptology
  • monikit
  • gematik

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Sealed Services

Sealed Services is an ongoing joint project to provide an infrastructure for implementing industrial services in value networks in the context of digital integrity and sovereignty. The Sealed Services joint project is creating an ecosystem to support SMEs in the co-production of industrial services.

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Distributed ledger technology is used to specifically link data-based and physical (‘on-site’) services to ensure integrity and sovereign and secure exchange of data. It looks at industrial, maintenance-related services as well as digital life cycle records for machines and plants.

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01.05.2020 - 31.10.2023

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An integrated virtual power plant network of decentralised, small-scale plants for the AI-backed provision of system services. Sub-project: AI-supported control and market logics

For reliable and secure operation of power grids, grid operators have always had to provide system services, which also include frequency maintenance. The transformation taking place in the energy industry, driven by the energy transition, poses new challenges for grid operation in general and the provision of system services more specifically. While system services are primarily provided by conventional power plants today, decarbonised energy supply systems and renewable energy plants will have to perform this function to a large extent in future.


The participation of small-scale wind, solar and hydropower plants has proved difficult to implement so far due to the massive cost associated with administration and control, among other things for balancing and, in particular, due to current requirements regarding invitations to bid on the provision of system services pursuant to Section 6(2) of the Power Grid Access Regulation [Stromnetzzugangsverordnung, (StromNZV)]. These issues are already being addressed today in various projects by aggregating several smaller plants into a virtual power plant.

The aim of this project is to develop a system that goes beyond simple aggregation and optimally exploits the different capabilities and unused potential of the new players via intelligent control in order to primarily provide (primary) balancing energy. Within the scope of the sub-project, adesso SE is pursuing three overarching goals:

  • the design and development of an optimal, efficient and automated market model for the virtual power plant network;
  • the development of an AI-backed balancing and billing model in the virtual power plant, which optimises the surcharge mechanism on the basis of plant performance forecasts, current electricity prices and other influencing factors.
  • the exploration of possible uses of the power plant network against the backdrop of German regulatory requirements.

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01.09.2021 - 31.08.2024

  • adesso SE
  • Urban Energy
  • TU Dortmund
  • H&S Technologie
  • Mainzer Stadtwerke

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Projects as an associated partner

MATCH is an approved research project in which adesso is on the scientific advisory board. It deals with the marker-independent analysis of circulating tumour cells in the blood. The aim of the MATCH project is to develop a system for marker-independent and non-destructive CTC analysis that covers the entire spectrum of CTCs.


The project focuses on providing consultancy on process-related and technical IT issues as well as on preparing the engineering, that is, collecting, maintaining and processing the necessary data, as well as developing complete data models.

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DIN SPEC was developed by a DIN SPEC (PAS) consortium (temporary body) within the framework of the PAS procedure. The project defines service categories, service contents and the description of scaffolding services in industry, for example for chemical and petrochemical plants, for the pharmaceutical industry, for power and metallurgical plants and for waste incineration plants. DIN SPEC is aimed at clients and contractors and also serves as a reference for non-specialists.

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Completed research projects

The second phase of the project focused on the development of an innovative digital marketplace for ICT providers and ICT users/customers. The aim was to enable ICT providers to offer their services via standardised adapters and to enable telecommunications services from different providers to work together intelligently. This meant that invoicing and services were provided from a single source.

To the project page [german]
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Phase 2: 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2018

  • paluno, University of Duisburg-Essen (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Volker Gruhn
  • IN-Telegence, Cologne
  • VATM (Association of Telecommunications and Value-added Services)
  • proXperts
  • Marketplace development, Uwe Lutter, CI, Hamburg

Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) as the result of a resolution passed by the German federal government and the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

Digitalisation is also advancing at an ever-greater pace in the automotive sector. This leads to the networking of vehicle sensors, environmental sensors, danger prevention for road users without sensors and the control of complex traffic situations. Within the scope of this project, a system for acquiring a comprehensive picture of the environment in a complex traffic situation in the context of semi-autonomous and autonomous driving was developed and tested.

adesso developed an edge-cloud-based application platform for this purpose | Group coordination

To the project page [german]
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01.07.2016 - 30.06.2019

  • TU Dortmund, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Prof. Wietfeld | Prof. Bertram | Prof. Frei
  • Willhelm Schröder GmbH
  • CommAgility LTD
  • Thomas v. Schwartzenberg, Automotive and Transportation, Dortmund

Supported by EFRE.NRW and the European Union, European Regional Development Fund.

A sensor-based system for therapy support and depression management is useful for providing long-term care for patients dealing with depression. To this end, relevant health parameters were recorded, indications of emerging depressive episodes were identified and patient self-management and doctor-patient communication were supported. This also made long-term data analysis possible.

For this project, adesso developed an app that collects sensor data individually as well as a backend system for complex statistical evaluations.

To the project page [german]

01.11.2016 - 31.01.2020

  • Universität Leipzig, Prof. Franczyk
  • InFAI e.V., Prof. Ivanova
  • InFAI GmbH Stiftung
  • German Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (Deutsche Depressionshilfe), Prof. Hegerl
  • Dr Alexander Kliem, Health, Berlin
  • adesso mobile solutions

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung), funding code 13GW0162 A-E.

The joint project ON4OFF kicked off in January 2019 and focuses on the concepts and applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The aim is to improve the customer dialogue with those customers who prefer to shop in their region. The project focuses on intelligently combining brick-and-mortar and online trade through the targeted use of AI methods and applications.


The aim of the project is to re-strengthen local retail trade using the idea of modern ‘smart cities’ in North Rhine-Westphalia as an example.

adesso is developing a demonstrator for digital retail and supports the testing in selected local retail stores.

To the project page [german]


01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

  • Forschungszentrum Jülich – Prof. Morries Riedel
  • paluno, University of Duisburg-Essen (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Volker Gruhn
  • IN-Telegence GmbH, Christian Plättke
  • Pieper Parfümerie
  • Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (FH Niederrhein)

Supported by the Wirtschaftsministerium NRW and the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

News, shopping, messenger services: apps for smartphones and web browsers have become an integral part of our lives. This means the security requirements for the data shared when using apps must be even higher. That’s why the AppSecure.NRW research project has set itself the goal of offering developers a way to develop this very sensitive software securely from the very beginning.

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adesso mobile solutions GmbH is providing consultation on the development of the tools as well as on practical testing and evaluation.

To the project page [german]


01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

Supported by the Wirtschaftsministerium NRW and the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Various companies and partner companies work together for a limited period of time on every construction project. The degree of digitalisation at these companies still often varies greatly. As a result, media disruptions, manual follow-up work, inconsistent planning data and outdated planning statuses are currently difficult to avoid in construction planning and execution.


That’s why digitalisation in the construction industry requires software applications, services and content data based on open standards to have a modular plug-and-play capability.

The SWARM research project is developing an open platform for the provision of certified applications, services and catalogues to be able to establish integrated project-specific digital value chains for construction projects. The aim is to support both clients in the handling of construction projects as well as contractors in the digitalisation of their business processes.

To the project page [german]


01.04.2018 - 31.032021

  • planen-bauen 4.0 Gesellschaft zur Digitalisierung des Planens, Bauens und Betreibens, Berlin
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Chair of Computer Science in Engineering, Prof. Markus König
  • think project! GmbH
  • RIB Software SE
  • eTASK Immobilien Software GmbH
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD (Fraunhofer IGD, Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung)

Supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) and the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

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