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Within IDiAL, research is perceived as implementation-oriented development work with a clear perspective for application and transdisciplinary cooperation with stakeholders from industry and community.

Research profile of the institute and resulting current key topics

The Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL) is the central scientific institution of Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts and deals with essential aspects of digital transformation. It is involved in numerous research projects, extensive networking and is also strongly engaged in the social sphere in addition to teaching. Besides organizing international conferences, establishing a cooperation with China, various projects to strengthen international exchange as well as local and regional projects in the field of digital transformation, IDiAL was significantly involved in research on the realization of future neighborhoods, such as the planned Smart Rhino in Dortmund, and many information events on digital transformation in various sectors.

The renovation of the User Innovation Center(Opens in a new tab)  was completed in the summer of 2020, and the first workshops and events could already be held while observing the coronavirus-related hygiene measures and distance regulations. At the end of the year, IDiAL joined the International Microservices Community. Further highlights of 2020 included the organization of  two IEEE conferences by IDiAL: the IEEE European Technology & Engineering Management Summit (ETEMS 2020) and the 5th IEEE International Symposium on Smart and Wireless Systems (IDAACS-SWS 2020). Due to the pandemic, IDAACS 2020 was held entirely virtually in September, while ETEMS 2020 took placein March as a hybrid format.

In the past year, IDiAL was once again able to present itself successfully with the processing of numerous existing and newly added national and international projects and further increase the quality of its publications. With the publication of the dissertation “Developing Eye Tracking Methods for Detecting Source Code Comprehension Strategies” by Fabian Deitelhoff, the institute successfully completed one further doctoral promotion. With the present Annual Report 2020(Opens in a new tab) , IDiAL documents these works and presents its portfolio of activities and results in a compact form.

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