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IDiAL – Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains



People and Facts

The professors, researchers and research associates of IDiAL as well as interesting facts about the Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.

The founding of IDiAL

Under the aegis of the research focus Process Improvement for Mechatronic and Embedded Systems (PIMES) and in collaboration with the research focus Mobile Business – Mobile Systems (MBMS), Intelligent Business Information Systems (iBIS), and BioMedizinTechnik (BMT), 10 professors from 4 faculties founded IDiAL as the logical next step.

IDiAL researchers with the management. Prof. Dr. Uwe Großmann, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Igel, Prof. Dr. Katja Klingebiel, Prof. Dr. Peter Schulz, Prof. Dr. Andrea Kienle, Prof. Dr. Erik Kamsties, Prof. Dr. Sabine Sachweh (Speaker), Prof. Dr. Christof Röhrig (Speaker), Dr.-Ing. Emine Bilek (Managing Director), Prof. Dr. Martin Hirsch, Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolff. (Photo: FH Dortmund / Matthias Kleinen)

Growth and strong partnerships

Group picture of IDiAL staff members (2017). (Photo credit: Fachhochschule Dortmund)

IDiAL currently employs 58 staff members for research projects, who are mostly co-located at Otto-Hahn-Str. 23 and 27 in order to facilitate information exchange and cooperation across the projects.

The research associates include 24 postgraduates in cooperative doctoral studies with partner universities, partially funded by the doctoral program of Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Science and Arts.

IDiAL can rely on a strong network of universities supporting this work. The partners in this case include the following universities: TU Dortmund University, Technical University of Munich (TUM), FernUniversität in Hagen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Osnabrück University, Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Uni­ver­si­ty of Kassel, University of Hildesheim, University of Vechta, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and KU Leuven.

In addition to training in the form of projects and final theses, IDiAL is also involved in the teaching, through the English language Master's programs “Digital Transformation” and “Embedded Systems for Mechatronics”.

People at IDiAL