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[Translate to English:] Multi-Touch-Tisch aus dem Institut für Informatik, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft
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[Translate to English:] Multi-Touch-Tisch aus dem Institut für Informatik, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft

Graduate Schools

Apart from the opportunity to graduate as a research assistant in one of our research groups, our graduate schools offer state of the art research with emphasis on a particular field of research. The Paderborn Center for Advanced Studies in Computer Science and Engineering (PACE), offers further information.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network KnowGraphs

KnowGraphs is an EU-funded training network led by Prof. Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo of the University Paderborn. Receiving € 3.87 million, this Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) will offer 15 fully funded doctoral positions including trainee stays in companies and further educational measures.

Thematically, KnowGraphs deals with the role and utilization of knowledge graphs, a family of data representation mechanisms. As an AI key technology, graph-based approaches have become indispensable for the intelligent handling of large amounts of data or even search queries.

The research topics of KnowGraphs will focus on the scalability of knowledge graphs to make them accessible to a wide audience of users across multiple domains. This audience ranges from companies of different sizes and domains—like Industry 4.0, biomedicine, finances and law—to single users that are supported by personal assistants. To this end, the PhD candidates in KnowGraphs will work on a mixture of topics ranking from theoretical foundations to the practical usage of knowledge graphs and their economic effects.

KnowGraphs focuses on addressing four of the facets of knowledge graph management: (1) representation, (2) construction and maintenance, (3) operation and (4) exploitation. The project addresses these pillars by researching and developing novel methods, models and frameworks using a cross-disciplinary mix of methods from Web Science, Data Science, Knowledge Representation, Knowledge Engineering, Big Data, data law, and business innovation. The results will be applied across sectors, i.e., in domains including personalized medicine, Industry 4.0, question answering, personal assistants and Web search.


Funded by: European Union


Graduiertenkolleg Human Centered Systems Security NERD.NRW

The postgraduate research training group NERD (North Rhine-Westphalian Experts on Research in Digitalization) is funding your researchers in IT-security at universities and universities of applied sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia to promote research in the area of Human Centered Systems Security. Young researchers from different locations and principle investigators are (often for the first time) cooperating on shared projects. Heart of the training group is the research in groups of two across universities.

At Paderborn University, the Software Engineering group participates in NERD. In a collaboration with the Usable Security and Privacy group of Bonn University, the researchers are working towards novel user-experience concepts for code-analysis tools.


  • Universität Bonn
  • RWTH Aachen
  • TH Köln
  • FH Aachen
  • Hochschule Ruhr-West
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • FH Münster
  • Uniklinik Münster

Funded by: NRW

NRW Forschungskolleg: Design of flexible working environments - human-centered use of Cyber-Physical Systems in industry 4.0

For production companies, the transition to Industry 4.0 opens up great opportunities for modernization and the associated increase in the efficiency of production processes. In addition to the still largely existing technical challenges involved in developing such systems, the role of employees throughout the entire value chain is undergoing considerable change. The seamlessly networked, dynamic and real-time-oriented processes fundamentally change work processes and require more flexible employment. The challenge lies in the development of new social infrastructures, which anticipate rapid technological development and see the human being as the focus of development throughout his entire working life. 

Therefore, the NRW Forschungskolleg will deal with the following topics:

(1) Transition to people-centered, flexible and adaptive work processes, taking into account their social embedding and organisational justice.

(2) Use of learning, intelligent assistance systems in the form of cyberphysical devices.

(3) Development of a requirement oriented system engineering approach as a basis for interdisciplinary cooperation.

(4) Investigation of the resulting changes in occupational requirements with consequences for initial and continuing training and learning at the workplace.


Universität Bielefeld

Funded by: NRW


The Research program "Digital Future" (copy 1)

With our Research program we aimed at the development of the scientific basis for a master plan “Digital future” for employers, employees, freelancers and private persons to support them in the proactive forming of the digital transition.  Our research is based on a holistic concept. Following this approach we identified where the digital transition happens. We want to understand its mechanisms and to generate methods that prepare and guide people in their working and private life.

The digitalization is a technological process that leads to revolutionary changes in all aspects of life. The term digitalization comprises very heterogeneous developments. For example, on the one hand the high flexibility in working life made possible by digital technologies is perceived negatively as a constant availability and a dissolution of boundaries between work and private life. On the other hand the novel flexibility is appreciated as an individual control over time with new freedom and possibilities. It is very hard to assess the impact of the digital transition and to make predictions about the influences on life and business.

Poorly noticed is the fact that the technical development opens up possibilities to actively create a modern and mature form of digital life and work. Research studies about the readiness and possible consequences of the digitalization of work processes exist. But a clear trend about the employment effects cannot be found. This means that it is not the technical innovation that deterministically forces a certain route and formation of the digital transition. Instead a diversity and formability of the future become apparent. These possibilities of forming a digital future are studied in the projects of our research programme considering chances as well as risks appropriately.

Partner: Universität Bielefeld

Funded by: NRW



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