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Research projects at adesso

We are already shaping the future today


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


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 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.

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
  • 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.


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.

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.


1. June.2020 to 31 May 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).


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.


1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021


  • 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.)


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.

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.


1 August 2019 to 31 July 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.)


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.

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


1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022

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


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.


1 January 2019 to 31 December 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).

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.

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.


1 December 2019 to 30 November 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.)


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.

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Phase 2: 1 September 2016–31 August 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

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1 July 2016 to 30 June 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.


1 November 2016 to 31 January 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.

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