16th-20th April, 2018 - KTU Kaunas, Lithuania
4th-8th June, 2018 - FH Dortmund, Germany
6th-8th June, 2018 - FH Dortmund, Germany
29th-30th June, 2018,
2nd-6th July, 2018,
11th-13th July, 2018,
17th-21st September, 2018,
4th-6th October, 2018,
KTU Kaunas, Lithuania
15th-19th October, 2018,
FH Dortmund, Germany
9th-17th November, 2018,
- UPV/EHU Bilbao, Spain
19th-23th November, 2018,
FH Dortmund, Germany
3rd-7th December, 2018,
FH Dortmund, Germany
12th-16th March, 2018 - Campus De Nayer, Sint-Katelinje-Waver, Belgium
22nd-24th February, 2018,
4th-8th December, 2017 -
3rd-11th November, 2017 – Bilbao, Spain
20th-24th November, 2017 – Dortmund, Germany
16th-20th October, 2017 – Dortmund, Germany
12th-14th October, 2017 – Druskininkai, Lithuania
18th-22nd September, 2017 – Leuven, Belgium
30th June – 7th July, 2017 – Dortmund, Germany
3rd-7th April, 2017 – Dortmund, Germany
1st-8th April, 2017 – KTU Kaunas, Lithuania
13th-17th March, 2017 – Campus de Nayer, Sint-Katelijne Waver, Belgium
KU Leuven, NTNU Trondheim, UPV/ EHU Bilbao
The REPM Conference (Research and Education in Project Management Conference), organized by the UPV/ EHU University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, took place for the first time on 22nd-23rd March, 2018. ( link ) Its goal: To bring together people from the field of Project Management (PM), practitioners and academics, to discuss recent developments in Research and Education and the implementation of PM in the different fields of work, as well as to bring into focus possible approaches to the way of teaching PM. For this, postgraduate students, lecturers and practitioners met for a dialogue at eye level, while one entire session was dedicated to the talks by members of the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Dortmund). After presentations on the application of PM in the field of work as well as on educational models at universities, a final panel discussion between practitioners and academics took place. Although the participants agreed that PM cannot be exclusively learned at a company or a university, the suggestions for didactical and practical approaches differed on various levels. Nevertheless, the broad agreement was that practice and theory need to be coordinated in a better way, in order to achieve a standard within the didactics of PM which complies the requirements of companies and universities, likewise. This goal is already being targeted at FH Dortmund, especially by the EuroMPM, as well as by the DAAD funded project EuroPIM (European Partnership for Project and Innovation Management). The idea is to permanently establish an International Master School for PM. The involved EuroPIM partners are UPV/EHU Bilbao (Spain), KTU Kaunas (Lithuania), KU Leuven (Belgium) and NTNU Trondheim (Norway).
The second day of the conference was mainly dedicated to a series of workshops targeting topics like Certification of Competences of the Project Manager, Software for PM, Writing Research Papers on PM, as well as Didactical Concepts for Teaching PM at Schools. The conference concluded with a presentation on the construction project of the Football Stadium San Mamés in Bilbao, which was completed in 2013. While being in the Basque Country, Clara Decelis Grewe (Project Coordinator DAAD EuroPIM), Christian Reimann (Informatics Department), Thorsten Ruben (Coordinator Embedded Systems for Mechatronics and Ruhr Master School), Rolf Schuster (Informatics Department) und Carsten Wolff (IDiAL Institute) visited the UPV/ EHU Campus in San Sebastian to discuss further cooperation formats for joint Block Weeks, Summer Schools and exchange programmes for students from Bilbao, San Sebastian and Dortmund. Main point of interest was the new Master Digital Transformation, which will start at FH Dortmund in the upcoming Winter Term 2018/19.
The proceedings of the REPM 2018 are now available here !
Like in previous years, students, lecturers, and academic staff from FH Dortmund took part in the International Days (12th-16th March, 2018) at the KU Leuven Technology Campus De Nayer in Belgium. This event organized by KU Leuven and Thomas More University of Applied Sciences features lectures, presentations, and workshops focusing on Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship ( link ). Following this year’s theme “International = Digital?” topics like trends in the mobile radio technology, big data, AI and autonomous robots, augmented reality, as well as new technologies for the automobile industry were presented. Speakers from countries like Belgium, China, Germany, Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine, and the United States took part in this event. For the students from FH Dortmund, besides the lectures, a special workshop programme was organized.
For the students, the week started with the lecture “State-of-the-Art Computer Vision and Image Interpretation Techniques to be used in a Mechatronic System”, combined with a practical exercise with Raspberry Pi on face recognition. On Tuesday, they participated in the lecture “Introduction to VHDL & Combinatorial Circuits on an FPGA” and in the practical exercise “Sequential Circuits & System on Chip Design on an FPGA“. On Wednesday they visited the lecture “Motor Management and Chip Tuning”, which included a guided tour through the Test Center for Automotive Technology.On Thursday, the lectures “Natural Language Processing – NLP – Speech and Text Analytics”, and “Avatars Virtual Agent & Bots“ took place, the latter examining the creation and working process of AIs. Also, the students were able to gain first knowledge on programming in Python during the course “Python on Raspberry Pi”. On Friday, the event concluded with a presentation of the Product Certification Center (PCC) and an introduction into the field of Electromagnetic Compatibility.
KU Leuven not only created a broad academic programme, but also offered a wide variety of social events. On Sunday, students from FH Dortmund were welcomed by Peter Arras, professor at KU Leuven, and were guided through downtown Mechelen were they could enjoy its unique cultural atmosphere. On Monday, they were invited by students from KU Leuven, Campus De Nayer, to join their Cantus, a typical Belgian student evening. For the lecturers and academic staff, different guided city walks through Lier and large networking events were offered.
The International Days at the Technology Campus De Nayer offered students the opportunity to visit lectures by experts from all over the world and to get into contact with different concepts of teaching, enabling them to see their own academic as well as professional development from a different angle. Some were even encouraged to study for a semester abroad at KU Leuven.
Dortmund International Research Conference 2018
This year’s Dortmund International Research Conference will be taking place on 29th and 30th of June 2018 and will bring together researchers as well as Master and PhD students from all different nations to discuss and work within the areas of:
Business decision makers need the right information, in right form at right time. Business intelligence supports these needs and continues to play an important role in business IT.
In this Block Week, the students will learn to perform data analysis with Excel to obtain the necessary information to generate a forecast by using real (!) data from a company. Interpreting and understanding the performance of such sales figures will be one of the main tasks.
The ICIST Conference is hosted by the biggest technical university in the Baltic States – Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania). It aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Software Engineering and Information Technology Applications. The conference featured original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of modern information systems, software systems and IT applications.
During the 23rd International Conference on Information and Software Technologies (ICIST 2017 ), Christian Reimann, Carsten Wolff, as well as one PhD and one Master student from FH Dortmund presented two scientific papers (published at Springer). The main target was to enable postgraduate students to take part in the academic discourse and to engage more students into the activities of the EuroPIM consortium.
To show the university’s international diversity – this was the goal of the 9th International Week 2017, which took place at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts from October, 16th-20th 2017. Prorector Prof. Dr. Helmut Hachul welcomed 24 representatives from 15 countries on Campus. At the different sites, a varied programme was offered to the participants: In over 20 presentations by the international lecturers, the students were able to experience teaching practices from different study fields from all over the world. The students also received valuable information on how to organize and finance their study abroad and were able to discuss their questions with representatives from the universities, as well as with students who just returned from their study abroad. While enjoying snacks with tastes from all over the world and learning how to spell their name in Chinese or Arabic at the “Marktplätze der Möglichkeiten” (‘market places of possibilities’), the students got an insight into different topics on internationalization within the different university departments, the Ruhr Master School, the AStA (students' union executive committee) and the International Office. Those interested in supporting refugees who are at FH Dortmund, had the opportunity to join the project „FHDO hilft“ by e.g. registering for its buddy programme. While visiting Campus and during different social events, lecturers from Dortmund and partner institutions had the chance to exchange ideas on current and future cooperation projects.
Like in 2015 and 2016 FH Dortmund and the UPV/EHU Bilbao offered a joint Block Week for the EuroMPM Study Programme on Quality Management on Campus of the UPV/ EHU Bilbao. This block week was the sequel to the block week „Creativity and Information and Knowledge in Project Management“, offered at FH Dortmund in April 2017 and targeted students from advanced semesters. Its focus was on the Sustainability of Projects, mainly from an ecological point of view and its related models to perform Project Management. These two joint block weeks form part of the strategy of EuroPIM to build a joint International Master School for Project and Innovation Management.
Master Block Week and PhD Seminar
The Block Week was a joint activity of Master level students from Ruhr Master School (www.ruhrmasterschool.de), FH Dortmund, HS Bochum and DAAD EuroPIM and was organized by the programmes: Master Elektromobilität (HS Bochum), Master Geoinformatik (HS Bochum), Master Angewandte Nachhaltigkeit (HS Bochum), European Master in Project Management (EuroMPM, FH Dortmund), Master Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (FH Dortmund), and Master Informatik (FH Dortmund).
The students worked on a real world case study in the field of engineering, project management and business development, while the case studies were selected from ruhrvalley: See Project here
The PhD Seminar “European Project and Innovation Management” was organized during the Winter School by the EuroPIM consortium and Fachhochschule Dortmund.
The seminar combined few formats: a PhD colloquium, lectures, and open discussions. The content was developed jointly by 8 PhD students in advance virtually, after discussing the results of the 1st PhD seminar held in July and sharing ideas and visions on what was the demand of the most active participants at the moment.
The seminar addressed such higher goals as enhancement of project management science, intensification of academic research in the field of project and innovation management on the doctoral level, promoting measures that insure progress of PhD student research, networking of doctoral students, expanding DAAD EuroPIM network through inviting participants from another institutions, internalization of FH Dortmund, development of intercultural communication competences, development of academic English presentation skills.
During this Block Week students from FH Dortmund and KU Leuven worked together on the topic of digitalization in aircraft industry.
On Monday, the topic was presented to the students at the Siemens facilities and the following tasks were given to be solved during the week:
1. What is the impact of the digital transformation on the cost structure of an airplane?
2. How will the digital transformation change the value structure of an airplane?
3. How will the development process of airplanes be changed by the digital transformation?
4. What impact does the software development have on the entire development process?
The students received lectures in which teamwork and team dynamics, processes in software development and software cost analysis, as well as general business models and business models focused on Software Industry were discussed. Within this context, the students worked in four groups on the four topics given. They received then feedback from representatives from Siemens, which were then taken into account on the further work. On Friday, the final results were then presented again to Siemens.
The event received a positive feedback from students as well as professors and Siemens communicated the possibility for students to do an internship at Siemens.
From left to right: Prof. Dr. Christian Reimann, Prof. Dr. Katrin Löhr (Prorector for Internationalization and Diversity) and Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolff during the opening of the IRC 2017.
The Dortmund International Research Conference and Summer School brought together many students, reserachers and guests from all over the world.
Taking place for the 8th time, the International Research Conference was inaugurated on the 30th June, 2017 by our two prorectors, Katrin Löhr and Andrea Kienle. During this two-day-conference, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund became the centre of attraction for researchers all over Europe. In about 30 paper presentations over 60 participants, including masters students, PhD studentsm and lecturers, presented and discussed the results of their recent research.
The subsequent Dortmund International Summer School took place from 2nd-7th July, 2017, with over 100 students from 12 Universities and more the 20 lecturers. Mostly, the participants came from the partner universities in Bilbao, Kaunas, Leuven, Trondheim, Ternopil and Kiev, but also from institutions in Austria, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Pakistan, Palestine, and Ukraine.
During workshops the following topics were addressed: the marketing and design of an app for the Dortmunder U (in cooperation with Harald Opel); Sustainable Project Management; Software Engineering for Automobiles (in cooperation with Siemens AG). Like in the previous year, Jan-Philipp Büchler trained lecturers from Dortmund as well as from partner universities in the field of the Case Writing Method. Organized by Ala Nuseibah, a three days PhD Summer School in the field of Project Management, which involved the participation of several european experts, took place. In addition, the participating PhD students from Dortmund, KTU Kaunas, NTNU Trondheim, UPV/EHU Bilbao and COMSATS Islamabad participated at the workshop of the Graduate College of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund.
The participants of the IRC 2017
The participants of the PhD Summer School 2017
Participants of the stream Usability Engineering at the Summer School 2017
In cooperation with José Ramón Otegi Olaso from UPV/ EHU Bilbao, Ala Nuseibah from FH Dortmund offered a Workshop for students of the Master Programmes EuroMPM and Economics. The goal was to give the students an understanding of creative approaches to problem solving and decision-making processes, which focused on philosophical, psychological, logical or cultural perspectives, while taking into account the interest of the involved stakeholders. The applied methods and tools were, amongst others, Brainstorming, 635, Mind Mapping, TRIZ and SECI. Tools for the documentation and creation of knowledge were discussed. The students were asked to write a scientific paper, from which the best 3 papers were presented during the Dortmund International Research Conference 2017, and published in the IRC Proceedings (ISBN: 978-3-00-058090-1):
- Marina Mayor Musetti, Ekaterina Terenteva, Natalia Carranza Madrazo, Ala Nuseibah: Qualitative and Quantitative Benefits of Knowledge Management in Projects: A Combined Approach from Literature and Praxis.
- Sarosh Khan, Matthias Waidmann, Thomas Strücker: An Approach for harnessing maximum benefits from Knowledge Management Systems.
- Kamran Musa, Subin Baidya, Tribane Saha, Ala Nuseibah: Different Dimensions of Knowledge Management Benefits in Projects – An Empirical Overview.
Students from FH Dortmund, FH Krems and KTU Kaunas and from different study programmes like Marketing, Economics, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering came together for this Project Week at KTU Kaunas.
The participants were divided into four groups to work on the projects Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, which they had to design and develop on their own. The main goal was to advertise Kaunas as the European Capital of Culture 2022 (http://kaunas2022.eu/en/).
At the same time, this event served as a Kick-Off Event for a couple of project teams which will continue working on the digital applications designed during this block week.
Through this event which took place in an intercultural as well as interdisciplinary environment, students had a first insight into their future working environment. Through the different social events the host country and city were presented to the students. Inspired by this week, some students decided to include a semester abroad into their academic curriculum. Also, the participating lecturers came together for further planning of the International Week at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, during which they will be able to present their ongoing research projects and to continue strengthening their academic partnerships within the DAAD EuroPIM consortium.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund was invited to attend a two-day workshop followed by an International Week in KU Leuven, the International Days 2017 at Technology Campus De Nayer, from the 13th till the 17th of March 2017. Students from Master Embedded Systems for Mechatronics, European Master in Project Management and the Master in Computer Science Programs (22 in total) participated in this event.
On the first day of the two-day workshop, March 13th, the students attended a workshop given by Prof. Dirk Van Merode, which included Advanced PCB design, VHDL-FPGA and the tools from Xilinx, and ARM Cortex M7 on STM Discovery. The students were given a tour on Campus and its laboratories, and were introduced to the different research projects currently held there. Afterwards, they were invited to attend a cultural event, a so-called cantus, which is typical for Belgium and was organized by the KU Leuven student fraternities. The Cantus mainly involves singing and drinking beer; the songs are from a book called the Codex, which contains anthems, and hundreds of songs in different languages, such as Dutch, French, German, etc. This experience was new to our international students and was very well accepted and enjoyed. On Tuesday, March 14th, Prof. Toon Goedemé gave a workshop in Face Detection and Object Tracking, which was later followed by a practical session in face detection using the Raspberry pi. In the evening, a guided tour through Mechelen was given by Prof. Peter Arras, which the students very much enjoyed.
On Wednesday, the International Days started. Speakers with expertise in different areas, technological and non-technological, like communication skills and innovation came from different parts of the world, like Portugal, Ukraine, United Kingdom. On this day, new trends in automotive industry were introduced, in addition to presenting the role of technology in the international leasing business. Followed by another lecture on the Revolutions in Artificial Intelligence. In the afternoon session, a lecture was given on Motor Management and Calibration, followed by a tour at the De Nayer Campus Test Center for Automotive Technology (ATC), where some tests were performed as a demonstration for the students.
Thursday started with a morning session on Python using Raspberry Pi. In the afternoon, sessions on Deep Learning and Deep Learning with Object Detection took place. Afterwards, the students were offered a guided tour in the Laboratoria De Nayer located on the Product Certification Center (PCC), where a wide range of multidisciplinary testing services are carried out, like Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), mechanical tests (vibration, shock,…), among others.
On Friday, a session on the problems and methods of technical and biomedical diagnosis was given, followed by a session on the potentials of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the opportunities and challenges that it poses. Afterwards, it was shown how to develop IoT applications based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Later that afternoon, students attended sessions in intercultural communication and innovation.
These sessions attended by the students of FH Dortmund belonged to a much broader offer of sessions at the International Week. This opportunity has given the students the chance to meet other students, researchers, and entrepreneurs with different expertise and to share their experiences and knowledge.
Leuven was the perfect Study Abroad City
“In conclusion, I can say that the study abroad in Leuven was beyond my expectations. Even though, I had to deal with some problems related to accommodation, language and project, I believe that they all made me stronger and helped me to improve my skills while trying to find a solution. On the other hand, I had the chance to study in one of the best universities in Europe. Moreover, I led an engineering project within an international team consisting of diverse study backgrounds. Besides, I made a network from all around the world by meeting with new people not only from university, but also from companies by contacting possible sponsors for the project [I worked on]. Last but not least, I enjoyed my time with friends by going [on] trips, participating in university events and student organizations. Leuven was the perfect study abroad city by means of high percentage of the students in the city, weekly student events & parties and welcoming the international students.”
– Ilayda Ündar, EuroMPM student
Ecorace Challenge. (Courtesy of Ilayda Ündar)
Chance to meet and understand local Norwegians
“It took me not so long to integrate with Norwegian students as they were quite good in English- so there was not really a language barrier for non-Norwegian speaker! I participated in lot of student extracurricular activities organized by our department and program- PROMAN, European Students Networks which includes cabin trip, pub crawl parties, Jule board, Buddy Program meetings, etc. I also joined one of the largest global youth organization AIESEC, Trondheim chapter and participated in a 3-day annual conference at Bergen, Norway. Through these activities I got immense chance to meet and understand local Norwegians and tried to learn their culture and way of treating life in general.
On other side I was focused and determined to write a good quality specialization research project along with the right mix of specialization courses. The teaching method was quite interesting, as all classes were divided into different components from regular seminars to group assignment and guest speaker sessions.”
– Temoor Khan Khoso, EuroMPM student
I fell myself well-equiped for the Master Thesis and Business Life.
“Before going to Bilbao for a semester, I had some worries because I am already an international student and I got used to live and study in Germany. However, Bilbao was a different experience for my life since the culture and people’s perspective are entirely different. I could experience different lives through this project and it helped me decide in which culture I can work much better. […] I will be always open to work in different projects with the participation of people coming from different cultures. I really liked this experience and I feel myself well-equipped for the master thesis and business life.”
– Özgür Yasar, EuroMPM student
Northern Lights (Courtesy of Martin Brehmer)
I honestly did not expect such an individual support
“At first, the personal attachment to the supervisor surprised me. With such a large and prestigious university (Nobel prize 2014 in medicine) I honestly did not expect such an individual support. Especially since such a connection between professor and student in Germany is not usual. Especially the address of a professor in Norway is unusual for German conditions. Thus professors are addressed there with their first name. After my professor had drawn my attention to the upcoming conference PROFES2016, where he was one of the organizers, I placed myself as a volunteer. The volunteer team included some of his students as well as researchers from other countries. This resulted in a multicultural team responsible for the organization of the conference. Organizing the check-in of the researchers, greeting and participating in the get-together was part of the tasks. Through the participation I had the opportunity to talk with the authors of the paper and to listen to specialist lectures. The framework program has given me many insights into the scientific work, as well as the Norwegian life.”
– Kevin Schie, Computer Science student
n the block teaching unit Advanced Interaction Techniques at the Technical University of Kaunas (KTU) students from KTU Kaunas, FH-Dortmund and IMC Krems come together to create concepts and prototypes for VR or AR marketing games. Marketing is one of the most prominent application areas for Augmented and Virtual Reality application. And yet, especially for small enterprises and family businesses, it is very difficult to even judge how such techniques could be applied in their case, as this requires usually in depth technical knowledge. Within this block teaching unit students will apply their knowledge in their respective field to overcome this barrier and create concepts and early prototypes tailored to the needs and requirements of such companies. As the students cover a wide range of disciplines, from Management, Marketing, Project Management to different aspects of Computer Science and Software Engineering, the created concepts and prototypes will reflect this interdisciplinary approach. Besides a technical concept and prototype the students will also create a project plan, business model, marketing plan, etc. to fit the companies’ needs. This allows the companies to get a first „hands-on“ experience with new technologies and offers the students an interdisciplinary and international learning experience mirroring the needs of later employment.
If you are interested in participating and to find out whether you are eligible for funding, please contact us via this e-mail .
Learning Differently! – the new Block Week organized by Ruhr Master School will take place at different locations in the Ruhr Area. We offer to students studying Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (and related fields of study) at our EuroPIM partner universities the English taught Module “Mechatronic Systems Engineering”, directed by Stefan Henkler from FH Dortmund.
Mechatronics Systems Engineering is both a challenge and a chance. A holistic and well elaborated engineering process for complex mechatronic system/cyber physical systems is a mandatory requirement for developing future intelligent products. The focus is on the early phase of mechatronic systems design since this phase offers the biggest leverage for better technical systems. Topics like cross domain engineering and systems integration are addressed, too. The content of the course is largely inspired from finding of the BMBF Spitzencluster “it’s OWL” and the new Fraunhofer Institute “Entwurfstechnik Mechatronik”. A continuous transfer of new findings into this course is intended.
Requirements: mechanics/physics, basics of embedded systems - requires: MOD204 Control Theory and Systems, MOD103 Embedded Software Engineering
Recommended skills: SysML, UML
Please find a detailed course description here . To find out whether you are eligible for funding, please contact us via this e-mail .
Tim Torvatn from NTNU Trondheim will be teaching Change Management at FH Dortmund within the study programme for EuroMPM.
Change Management is strongly linked to Project Management for projects are often initiated because of a need for changes in an organization. It must not only be checked which kind of changes an organization is willing and able to follow, but also the impact of projects on organizations and all stakeholders, while holding a balance between technical aspects dealing with processes, roles and responsibilities on one hand and the more complex human side on the other hand. The objectives are to enable students to explain concepts of change management and to be able to detect, develop and apply tools and techniques for change management and to develop the competence to analyze and create new ones.
The ICIST Conference is hosted by the biggest technical university in the Baltic States – Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania). ICIST 2018 aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers and practitioners from academia and industry working in all major areas and interdisciplinary areas of Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Software Engineering and Information Technology Applications. The conference will feature original research and application papers on the theory, design and implementation of modern information systems, software systems and IT applications.
For the call for papers click here .
If you are interested in participating and to find out whether you are eligible for funding, please contact us via this e-mail .
The FH Dortmund and the UPV/EHU Bilbao will offer a joint Block Week for the EuroMPM Study Programme on Quality Management on Campus of the UPV/ EHU Bilbao. This block week is the sequel to the block week „Creativity and Information and Knowledge in Project Management“, offered at FH Dortmund in April this year and is directed at students from advanced semesters. Its focus lies on the Sustainability of Projects, mainly from an ecological point of view and its related models to perform Project Management.
If you are interested in participating and to find out whether you are eligible for funding, please contact us via this e-mail .