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Profilbild Jan Mendling
Philipp Simonis
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Process Management and Information Systems

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Mendling's research focuses on the question how business processes can be efficiently and effectively supported by information systems. To this end, Mendling and his team address questions of the information technology as well as of managerial questions.

Within the framework of business process management they developed a series of technical solutions for process mining and also management tools like the BPM Billboard.

The expertise of Mendling and his team is summarized in the seminal textbook "Fundamentals of Business Process Management", which is used by over 250 universities in 70 countries.

Scientific Services
  • cooperation with businesses from different branches
  • design of training concepts for process management
  • performance of training courses and projects for process improvement
  • development of new analysis software for business processes
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In the context of his projects, Mendling worked together with many medium-sized companies and DAX-companies from different branches. 

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LL.M. Digitalization and Tax Law

 

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Profilbild Weidlich
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Process-Driven Architectures

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Prof. Weidlich is a professor at the Department of Computer Science, where he leads the Process-Driven Architectures research group. The goal of his team is to support and improve the design and the analysis of process-oriented information systems (POIS) and event-driven systems (ES). POIS are software systems that help to automate, monitor, and control processes. These systems are established in various domains, from logistics, through healthcare, to infrastructure monitoring. The team’s research focuses on formal methods for behavioural modelling and verification, event-driven approaches to monitor and control processes, as well as questions related to process-driven data integration. The group further works on techniques that optimise the run-time behaviour of event-driven systems. In particular, the evaluation of event queries over streams can be designed more efficiently once regularities within event streams have been detected. In 2016, Prof. Weidlich was named Junior Fellow of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI) and awarded with the Berlin Research Prize (Young Scientist) by the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Scientific Services
  • extensive experience with the documentation of business processes and in training for process management techniques
  • expertise in process mining, data-driven analysis of processes in terms of qualitative (compliance requirements) and quantitative (bottleneck-analysis, management of resource deployment) properties
  • know-how in scalable infrastructures for event stream processing
Testimonials
  • for a leading US cancer clinic: analysis and improvement of clinical processes based on the data of a real-time-locating-system
  • for an international oil and gas group: development of techniques for detecting irregularities in streams of sensor data
  • for a well-known German manufacturer of enterprise software: design and development of add-ons for a business process modelling platform
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Profilbild Völkle
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Multivariate research methods

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Professor Voelkle is an expert in Quantitative Psychology. He and his team work on the development and adaptation of new assessment procedures, the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes, the design of studies as well as the analysis and interpretation of empirical-psychological data. Special emphasis of the research conducted at professor Voelkle’s lab lies on the analysis of longitudinal data and evaluation research. Professor Voelkle and his team are often involved as consultants in research and development projects in the education and health sector. To improve applied empirical research in the social and life sciences, they have founded the Berlin Methods Group in 2017.

Scientific Services

Powerful computers and access to all common statistical programs

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  • Health: Evaluation and statistical advice for psychological-medical research facilities and health insurance companies
  • Education: Evaluation and statistical consulting for private and public project executing organisations
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Profilbild Upmeier
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Biology

Research Biology Education

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Professional School of Education (PSE), Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Bildungsforschung, IZBF), Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg

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The research-based didactics of biology – the science of teaching and learning of biological contents and methods – is essential for the education and training of biology teacher students. One focus area of Prof. Upmeier zu Belzen’s work is the modelling and measuring of competencies in scientific methods for acquiring and consolidating knowledge of pupils, students and teachers. Her team applies qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research. Prof. Upmeier zu Belzen conducts experimental intervention studies to test the effectiveness of support frameworks regarding diagnostic capabilities and the ability to convey knowledge of (prospective) teachers as well as the effectiveness of different educational activities offered to pupils. The transfer of the results into academic practice is supported by relevant publications as well as by trainings for teachers and school administrations.

Scientific Services
  • Substantial collection of didactical media for teaching and learning biology of the Department of Biology
  • Hard- and software for video studies
  • Eye tracker
  • Assessment of teachers’ (school and university) competencies to acquire knowledge
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  • Professional School of Education (PSE): as a central institute the PSE is a cross-faculty liaison of education, school and teaching research. The PSE is both a teaching and research unit. Its main focus lies on the education of teachers under the conditions of heterogeneity, and on issues relating to the promotion of the gifted and talented.
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Bildungsforschung, IZBF): the centre’s main function is to examine questions of research on education, theoretically and empirically, and to present and transfer the results to improve educational systems, processes and activities in Germany as well as internationally.
  • Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg: structural unit comprising the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, informatics, science and technology, comparable to STEM) in all German types of schools and the related transitions, established to develop new techniques of teaching and learning. The unit is sponsored by Deutsche Telekom Stiftung and collaborates with PSE and IZBF. Participating teachers and students complete an internship in companies or institutions in Adlershof in order to learn about value added chains from basic research to high-tech production.
  • Humboldt Bayer Mobil: joint project with the Bayer Science & Education Foundation to promote academic education and to ignite curiosity and enthusiasm for science and research in pupils in grades 5 through 8. This project provides insights in research practices at universities and the private sector, which also supports career prospects in the areas of science and technology.
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Profilbild Legerlotz
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Sports Sciences

Department of Training and Movement Sciences

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Olympic Centre Berlin (Olympiastützpunkt Berlin)

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Professor Legerlotz is head of the Movement Biomechanics research group in the Department of Training and Movement Sciences. The research team focuses on different aspects of tendon adaptation. This includes the adaptation of connective tissues to strain in general and also the emergence, rehabilitation and prevention of tendon injuries in particular. Current research analyses the effect of changing hormone levels on the mechanical properties of the female tendon and training interventions that are used to treat athletes with tendinopathy.

Scientific Services

The departments offers three large laboratories with modern sports science equipment:

  • Motion Analysis Laboratory with a VICON system including twelve cameras and three AMTI force plates. Both the foundations of the force platforms as well as the camera mounts are decoupled from the sports ground of the laboratory to prevent the transmission of vibrations.
  • Force Diagnostic Laboratory with DAVID and Technogym strength diagnostics equipment for all major muscle groups
  • EMG laboratory with a Biodex System-3 and an Esaote ultrasound machine, which is used to study the muscle-tendon plasticity. To control the joint angle at the Biodex camera, mounts are available for installing eight VICON cameras. A large LCD-Screen provides the possibility for biofeedback.

All labs are air-conditioned and are equipped with an uninterruptible power supply and complete darkening.

Testimonials

Various projects with Olympic Centre Berlin (Olympiastützpunkt Berlin), from training adaptation to injury prophylaxis

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Profilbild Kümmerle
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Biogeography

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Prof. Kuemmerle’s team strives to better understand how land use change affects the environment and society. This includes assessments of spatial patterns and the underlying drivers of, for example, tropical deforestation, agricultural abandonment, or intensification of farming. Furthermore, the team studies how changes in land use affect the ecosystem services (e.g. food production or carbon storage) and biodiversity. As one focus the work group analyses trade-offs between use of resources and nature conservation, as well as how such trade-offs could be mitigated. The group also seeks to generate insights and records of high practical value for land use and nature conservation planning, and to assess the effectiveness of nature conservation measures. Prof. Kuemmerle’s regional focus is on Europe, the former Soviet Union and Latin America.

Scientific Services
  • the working group offers quantitative, spatially-explicit methods drawing from spatial ecology, geoinformatics, remote sensing, spatial statistics, econometrics, conservation planning, and wildlife biology
  • equipment to carry out broad-scale surveys to gather primary data
  • server and data storage infrastructure that allows for computationally demanding and/or big data projects
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  • different projects with environmental organisations
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Prof. Hoppe
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Occupational Health Psychology

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Prof. Hoppe’s research is focused on Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) especially on the analysis of work activities to maintain employee health and performance as well as to provide learning and development opportunities. OHP integrates occupational and health psychology with occupational medicine and traditional labor safety, which is insufficient for today’s flexible employment situation. Prof. Hoppe also examines the psychosocial characteristics of a specific workplace, e.g. work requirements or the level of influence on and control over tasks as well as the social working environment. She also studies the effects of these characteristics on employee health and his/her well-being. She investigates how psychosocial work characteristics influence an employee’s motivating factors like job satisfaction and commitment. Particular attention is paid to the situation of migrant and low-skilled workers and the analysis of the impact their workplaces and work environments may have on their health and well-being. Moreover, Prof. Hoppe studies multi-ethnic and -lingual workforces and the effects of diversity on employee health.

Scientific Services
  • risk assessment methods for workplace conditions
  • employee surveys regarding the promotion of health at workplace
Testimonials
  • postal operators, logistics companies, professional care providers, manufacturing companies: execution of employee surveys to gather data on psychosocial strain and resources in the workplace and to analyse effects of stress, job satisfaction and work performance
  • public institutions (e.g. universities, federal ministries), consulting companies, self-employed persons: development of health-related interventions and training sessions via mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets) to facilitate recovery strategies and self-management
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Profilbild Helbrecht
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Cultural and Social Geography

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ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.), Wüstenrot Foundation, Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen, Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW)

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Prof. Helbrecht focusses her research on the cultural, social and spatial development of cities. She investigates urban branding, city image and identity as well as the marketing thereof. Neighbourhood and urban development policies, urban governance, housing markets and demographic change are also topics of her research. Furthermore, Prof. Helbrecht conducts analyses of social space and studies concerning the public sphere and space. As the director of the Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrums für Metropolenforschung / GSZ), platform for interdisciplinary urban research, and as a member of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) Prof. Helbrecht is well connected in her field of expertise and prepared for interdisciplinary research projects.

Testimonials
  • ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.): scientific accompanying research on conflicts concerning commercial asset management of the night-economy in Kreuzberg
  • Wüstenrot Foundation: „Wohneigentum in Europa“ - Analysis of residential property in Europe and of the factors influencing home ownership quotas in cooperation with the ifo Institute (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich)
  • Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen: „Engpassfaktor Humankapital: Strategien der Bremer Wirtschaftsförderung zur Attraktion von Hochqualifizierten als Standortvoraussetzung der High-Tech-Industrie“ - Analysis of factors influencing (re-)location decisions of highly qualified professionals in a specific region for high-tech industry
  • Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW): „Der Kunstpark Ost: Wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Bedeutung für München“
  • Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung / GSZ): interdisciplinary platform for collaborative research for metropolitan studies. Its goal is to contribute fundamentally to future urban development, regionally and internationally. Main topics of this interdisciplinary approach are: urban change, the cultural base of and social momentum in cities, sustainable urban development, and internationalisation of urban studies
  • IRI THESys - Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems: the institute’s purpose is the interdisciplinary transformation research focusing on land use and use of resources, processes of urbanization in the 21st century, effects of climate change, as well as intra- and inter-generational environmental justice
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Profilbild Hippel
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Asian and African Studies

Department of Adult Education and Continuing Education

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University of Zurich, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer, DIHK)

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Prof. von Hippel and her team researches adult education and further training, and especially lifelong learning processes in adult education. In this context, they investigate institutions of general and professional further education and vocational training. The team has three special research interests. The first focuses on target groups and participant research. Prof. Hippel investigates why people take part in further education and what motivates them. Furthermore, she studies how people participate in further education. A second field of interest is on organisational research. The team investigates, for example, how different providers of further education develop their organisational structure over time and what kinds of trainings they offer for special target groups. Programme research is the third area of Prof. Hippel’s research. In this unit, the team explores the mechanisms that determine the setting of topics and how professional planning in organisations of further education is enacted. Unlike in schools, further education is not restricted by a set curriculum, but nevertheless content has to be negotiated and agreed on by different players. Existing programmes of further education reflect the demand to date, different interests and anticipated needs and are thus of interest for Prof. von Hippel’s research. For the last 20 years, the department has built up its own archive of further education programmes of Berlin-Brandenburg (Weiterbildungsprogrammarchiv Berlin-Brandenburg). It contains the further education programmes of over 500 institutions, accessible to scientific research and teaching.

Scientific Services
  • group discussions, focus groups and product clinics in the adult and further education sector (innovative method of market analysis for a target group oriented planning of training programmes)
  • contract research in the area of further education (group discussions, surveys based on questionnaires and interviews, programme analyses)
  • training for those employed in adult and further education (e.g. lecturers, programme planners, HR)
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  • several institutions of further education, amongst others for the unit for academic further education of the University of Zurich, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer, DIHK) and public institutions of further education: implementation of product clinics with the aim of target group oriented planning of training programmes for further education
  • direction of a German Research Foundation Project (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) on the subject of planning of continuing vocational training: realisation of case studies in big companies
  • several projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research(Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) related to social milieus and further education: training of further education providers
  • in co-operation with large companies and further education providers: supervision of academic theses
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Profilbild Schneider
© Falk Weiß
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Climatology

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The team of Christoph Schneider works on the impacts of climate and climate change in the field of urban climates and in the field of cryospheric sciences (anything related to snow and ice). His expertise comprises the downscaling of meteorological respectively climatological data for applications in high spatial resolution, for example for urban planning and construction schemes and also for the analysis of potential impacts of climate change on the level of city quarters and cities. Furthermore, such numerical and empirical-statistical procedures are applied to the projection of future water resources in glaciated catchments in high alpine environments worldwide. This also leads to applications regarding the future state of snow covers in mountain ranges which is especially important for questions of future prospects of snow sport tourism. In both fields of applications, the urban climatology and the cryospheric research, measurement strategies and data acquisition of relevant atmospheric variables for the projects are used besides theoretical modelling approaches and downscaling as outlined above.

Scientific Services
  • automatic weather stations
  • turbulence stations
  • devices for particulate matter and ultrafine particles
  • mobile sensoring techniques for meteorological parameters
  • measurement van as platform of mentioned instrumentation
Testimonials
  • Study of the potential and feasibility for large solar power plants on the Iberian Peninsula and in Northern Africa for a large German solar power panel  manufacturer (2005)
  • Study of the projections of impacts of climate change on snow sport in German low moutain ranges for the German Association of Skiing Clubs and the German Federal Secretary of Research and Education (2008)
  • Urban climate analysis for construction schemes for the City of Aachen (2006-2012)
  • Climate change adaptation plans for cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (2014, 2015)
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Profilbild Arampatzis
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Sports Sciences

Trainings and Movement Sciences

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zebris Medical GmbH, myon AG, Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH

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Prof. Arampatzis and his Department of Training and Movement Sciences are dealing with the interaction of the neural and musculoskeletal system in research and teaching. Of special interest for Prof. Arampatzis is the adaptation of the neural and musculoskeletal system by mechanical stress and its influence on human performance as well as motor control and motion security. Through an integrative approach of biomechanics, physiology and neuroscience, consequences for athletes and for people with degenerative changes of the neural and musculosceletal systems will be deduced. The main research focus of the department is on quantifying and changing the neuro-biomechanical potential of humans and on the investigation of its influence on the mobility in everyday life and sports. Considering this, the department also investigates the role of sports activities in order to prevent accidents and to preserve the quality of life for the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Scientific Services

The departments offers three large laboratories with modern sports science equipment:

  • Motion Analysis Laboratory with a VICON system including twelve cameras and three AMTI force plates. Both the foundations of the force platforms as well as the camera mounts are decoupled from the sports ground of the laboratory to prevent the transmission of vibrations.
  • Force Diagnostic Laboratory with DAVID and Technogym strength diagnostics equipment for all major muscle groups
  • EMG laboratory with a Biodex System-3 and an Esaote ultrasound machine, which is used to study the muscle-tendon plasticity. To control the joint angle at the Biodex camera, mounts are available for installing eight VICON cameras. A large LCD-Screen provides the possibility for biofeedback. All labs are air-conditioned and are equipped with an uninterruptible power supply and complete darkening.
Testimonials
  • zebris Medical GmbH: evaluation of pressure distribution measurements in treadmills
  • myon AG: evaluation of a wireless electromyography system aiming to quantify muscle activation
  • Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH: evaluation of a 3D motion capture system designed to analyse complex human movements
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