Ongoing Research Projects




Project Coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Paul G. Plöger

Research Staff:

M.Sc. Rhama Dwiputra
B.Sc. Sergey Alexandrov
B.Eng. Praveen Ramanujam

Development of a novel steering technology for the KUKA youBOT service robot.





Project coordinator:
Prof. Dr. André Hinkenjann

Optimized lighting systems for the improvement of efficiency and well-being




Next-Generation Reservoir Simulation

The simulation of oil or gas reservoirs requires compute-intensive simulation methods. That part of such a simulation that consumes most of the compute time is the repeated solution of very large linear systems. The matrix of such a linear system has a special structure: it is a sparse matrix. In this project selected compute intensive operations on sparse matrices are optimized for future parallel computer architectures. In particular accelerators like graphic processors and the Xeon Phi processor family are of interest. One of the operations of interest ist the multiplication of a sparse matrix with a (dense) vector.

Project Coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Berrendorf

Research Staff:

M.Sc. Jahved Razzaq
B.Sc. Simon Scholl
B.Sc. Jan Ecker



Cooperation with Osaka University, Japan: Mobile Augmented Reality

Analysis and mitigation of perceptual and cognitive factors that affect mobile augmented reality applications

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Ernst Kruijff


Silva (System to Instantiate Large Vegetated Areas) is a software framework for the generation and visualization of large ecosystems.

Project Coordinators:

Prof. Dr. André Hinkenjann

M.Sc. Martin Weier


Stella Efficient Mobility

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Alexander Asteroth

The Stella Efficient Mobility project focuses on issues in intelligent transportation. Motorized, light weight, aerodynamic velomobiles are used as a platform for the exploration of energy-efficient control and human-machine hybridization.


HyMN HyperMedia Novels

HyperMedia Novels (HyMN) are narrative structures with modular multimedia content.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heiden



"EmoRobot" is a joint research project of four  German universities. Its aim is to explore the use of technical assistance systems in the care of dementia patients.

Project Coordinators:

Prof. Dr. Erwin Prassler

Dr. Björn Kahl





FeGeb - Fake detection for face biometrics using active NIR camera system

Project coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Jung

Funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)



SPAI - Save person recognition in the working area of industrial robots

Project coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Jung

Funding: German statutory accident insurance (DGUV)



EU-Projekt RoCKIn: Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

RoCKIn is an EU project that will be run over the next three years, consisting of robot competitions, symposiums, educational RoCKIn camps and technology transfer workshops.


EduFill: Dr. Björn Kahl

Echord Experiments are a new lightweight funding scheme, perfectly suited for short-term trials or focussed technology transfer activities. Participation in ECHORD offers the possibility to transfer exciting research results in (mobile) robotics from laboratory level to Bachelor and Master programs (including the chance to address the general public).

Projekt IVAB_bau2007_1  

IVAB: Interactive, virtual, realistic sample rendering

Working group Computer Graphics of Prof. André Hinkenjann in the Institute of Visual Computing.

Various interactive, high quality 3D rendering approaches are used that will enable constructors to take easier and cost-effective decisions on interior design and fitting options.

Projekt PlasMoNa_Navigation  

PlaSMoNa: Platform for the standardized combination of web 2.0 technologies, navigation and smartphones for social applications

Working group Computer Graphics of Prof. André Hinkenjann in the Institute of Visual Computing

The project team will research the combination of currently successful web 2.0 applications, especially the social networks, with satellite- and indoor-navigation.


Agent based traffic simulation: (Agentenbasierte Verkehrssimulation - AVeSi) - development of a realistic traffic simulation for virtual environments.

Project coordination:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Herpers and Prof. Dr. Peter Becker, Department of Computer Science at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences


 Systemic Change Management (sysCM)

The research project „sysCM“ of Prof. Dr. Karl W. Neunast envisions a software-environment that will support the process of systematic change-management. The project is one of three that has been selected in the first round of an internal BRSU start-up funding scheme for high potential research initiatives.

 Lego Mindstorms NXT_3  

SaSeRoS - Safe and Secure Robots based on Open Source Software

International Intensive Programme (IP) in the Life-Long-Learning-Programme Erasmus funded by the European Commission.
Students and lecturers from the universities Metropolia (Espoo, Finland), HiST (Trondheim, Norway), HvA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), UPV (Valencia, Spain) and BRSU (Sankt Augustin, Germany) jointly learn and teach about safe and secure systems on the example of robotics.

 Projekt IntSenMa  

IntSenMa -  Intelligent Sensor System for Contact-free Material Detection on Cutting Machine Tools.

The IntSenMa project is a cooperation between the faculty of Computer Science (Norbert Jung) and EMT (Robert Scholl). It aims at developing a robust optical material detection, that can be used to avoid dangerous situations when using machine tools or to notify a user about a necessary reconfiguration with regard to the used material. Properties of optical reflections of beams in the near-infrared up to the UV-spectrum are investigated to identify characteristic signatures of materials that will allow a robust detection.


"FPGA based Computer and Machine Vision"

The research project of Prof. Rainer Herpers is being funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for the exchange of young researchers with the Canadian partners at University of New Brunswick (UNB).

In 2011 and 2012 two BRSU student researchers will be able to spend a month at UNB.


  Experiment in the SAHC

(Short Arm Human Centrifuge) at the DLR. A cooperative research project with scientists from the York Centre for Vision Research in Toronto, Canada. The experiments are in the tradition of the "perceived upright". The gravitation is being changed with the help of the Centrifuge.

Contact: Prof. Rainer Herpers


 Project Transcoop

Within the scope of a cooperative research project with scientists from the York Centre for Vision Research in Toronto, Canada, the following questions will be explored:

  • What is the influence of the different cues (e.g. visual, audio, physical, etc.) on depth perception?
  • Are there cues that are fundamental for a reliable depth perception - and  others that have less impact?
  • How can those cues be represented adequately?
  • What is the impact of different ways of moving in VR (e.g. active vs. passive, with vs. without acceleration, etc.)?
  • Is the effect of the cues for self motion and three dimensional depth perception the same in different virtual environments?


 Project Sightwalk

The goal of this project is to develop a computerbased algorithm for anonymization, based on latest methods of computer vision, which reliably recognizes faces and licence plates, even in uneven illuminated pictures and in variant distances or physical orientations, and afterwards anonymize those in accordance with data protection regulations.

Prof. Rainer Herpers


Neurocognitive Changes during moderate stress in the immersive Bycicle Simulator - Implications for the use of virtuel environments for training and educational purposes

Cooperation project with the German Sport University Cologne

Pilot study by the research team of Prof. Rainer Herpers in the Immersive Visualisation Environment Immersion Square, short  "FIVISquare".

Contact: Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Boronas



Development of a real bicycle simulator that virtually presents traffic situations within an immersive environment for the road safety education and training of various age groups.
 Prof. Rainer Herpers


EXSET: Excellence in Security Evaluation Testing

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to increase security for users of smart cards and systems that are secured by card chips and also for a large number of German industries.


BRICS: Best practice in Robotics

The prime objective of BRICS is to structure and formalize the robot development process itself and to provide tools, models, and functional libraries, which help accelerating this process significantly.


Methods and Tools to Support a continuous Requirements Engineering in SME-Projects for Developing User-Oriented Software (in German: KoREM)"

In software projects there is often a gap between customers, users and developers. This implies a huge risk of misleading developers to implement system functions detached from the relevant user scenarios.To reduce this risk software companies need methods and tools for Requirements Engineering.

The KoREM project develops such methods and the according tools especially for the use in small companies.The project is based on a cooperation with Prof. Dr. Barabara Paech (Software Engineering at Heidelberg University) and  Insiders Technologies GmbH in Kaiserslautern.

If you are working in a SME and interested in testing our results, please let us know!

Prof. Dr. Simone Bürsner


LBIS: Lernfähiges, berührungsloses Infrarot-Sensorsystem für Schutzeinrichtungen an Sägen 

The aim of the project is the development of an adaptive, contactless infrared sensorsystem for the safeguarding of circular saws on construction sites and in meat dissecting enterprises.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Norbert Jung



The Project PixelStrom aims to display very large computer graphic models (or complex shaders), as employed for example in the CAD, design, visualization and computer games sector, inexpensively in real time.

Project Coordinator:  Prof. Dr. André Hinkenjann 


Publication of environmental data (observation data)

Objectives of the project are a definition of a standard procedure for the publication of observational data, the development of a workflow system to automate the data publication process and to ensure the reusability of the results and its application to observational data of other environmental sciences as well as the integration of the procedure and the system in the normal operation of the World Data Center for Climate (WDCC) in Hamburg.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hense

Kanada Schoolbus  

International Distributed Computer Science Degree

The project aims to develop a German-Canadian Computer Science dual degree program.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers

3D umgebung  

6-MIG: 6-DoF-multiuserfähiges Interaktionsgerät für 3D-Projektionsumgebungen

The aim of this project is to develop an input device  for use in 3D projection environments that is  intuitive, direct, absolute-working and is  based on the technology of laser pointers.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers  


SEN-TAF: Seniorengerechte Technik zur Autonomieförderung: Anforderungsstudien, Marktanalysen und Akzeptanztests

The project aims to create a requirement and market analysis on household technology suitable  for senior citizens. In addition, the project's focus is on the development of a "SEN TAF" robot and its market launch.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Karl W. Neunast  


TraCell: Interaktive Globale Beleuchtungsberechnung mit dem Cell Prozessor

The project aims to implement an application-oriented R & D project in the field of interactive global illumination computation for medical applications and for the product development process.

Project Coordinator:  Prof. Dr. André Hinkenjann


Bicycle Driving Simulation in the Immersive Visualisation Environment Immersion Square "FIVIS"

Influence of visual information on the behaviour of cyclists.
This project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - Program "Applied Research at Universities in combination and the Industry"- (FH3).
Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers

RFID in der Logistik - Offene System auf Basis von EPC und ONS

The aim of the project is the development and implementation of an EPC / ONS management system that can be used as a standard software with a uniform architecture for every application and in any enterprise.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Pohl  


 Plattform für wissenschaftliches Rechnen

The project seeks to develop a national optical testbed for the extension and evolution of X-WIN and DFN.

Project Coordinators:

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Berrendorf

Prof. Dr. Ralf Thiele



Aufbau von interaktiven virtuellen Umgebungen zur Evaluierung von Usability Fragestellungen im Arbeitsschutz

Development of a simulation environment for the development of security concepts for reducing accidents at work.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers  


Super Computer (Hochleistungsrechner)

The project promotes research and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of Computational Science & Engineering at BRS University.

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Berrendorf


Terminated Research Projects

motorized, light weight, aerodynamic velomobiles