Research with practical and theoretical links

Research at the DHBW Heidenheim is oriented toward applications and transfer in the fields of health, social affairs, technology, and economics. The principle of duality is reflected in the practical and theoretical links of this research.
 

Research projects

Laboratories of the DHBW Heidenheim

The DHBW Heidenheim is equipped with a range of laboratories that support teaching, research, innovation, and transfer. Students use these laboratories to write their study theses, project theses, and bachelor theses. Research projects can also be implemented in collaboration with companies and institutes.

 

Contact

For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:
 

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim

Telefon
+49.7321.2722.137
Mobil
+49 162.2577123
Fax
+49.7321.2722.139
E-Mail
petra.weber@dhbw-heidenheim.de

Research projects in health

PfAU – New paths for vocational care professions in Ulm

Due to demographic trends, there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in nursing professions, but the number of graduates is shrinking in this field. By 2030, a shortage of around 180,000 workers is predicted in the field of nursing care for the elderly, as well as a shortage of around 300,000 workers in health and general nursing care.
To secure a skilled workforce in the Ulm metropolitan area, interested young adults with supportive needs (e.g. persons with learning disabilities, migration backgrounds) are accompanied and supported for a two-month preparatory phase during the admissions process and for twelve months of training in health and general or elderly nursing care at the vocational school of the Ulm University and Rehabilitation Clinic. The project is under evaluation by the DHBW.

Study filed: Social work with the Elderly
Study field: Interprofessional Healthcare
Contact: Prof. Dr. Andrea Helmer-Denzel and Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann

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Publications

 

eCampus Public Health – Virtual Concept

The eCampus project facilitates virtual, multi-location teaching. The “Public Health – Virtual Concept” subproject features a blended learning concept to teach key topics in the field of public health. This pilot project connects the two locations at Heidenheim and Stuttgart.

Study program: Interprofessional health care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann
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Learning in practical training – mentor qualifications in practically oriented facilities

The availability of technically and pedagogically qualified staff is an essential prerequisite of adequate training at practically oriented learning locations. In the field of nursing, there are practical guidelines specified and established by law. However, for therapy professions, this concept has not been legally formalized and is not included in the budgets of practices and clinics, nor is it directly transferable. This project investigates how mentor qualifications can be designed to prepare practicing therapists to work with learners and motivate them to teach.

Study program: Interprofessional health care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann
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Role changes caused by the academization of nursing and health care professions

In recent years, various study programs on direct patient care have been created in Germany. Although the fields of activity of future graduates have not yet been sufficiently clearly defined in practice, the specific guidance provided during the practical phase is especially important for achieving the goals of these programs. This raises the question of the professional socialization of students against the background of changing roles in everyday practice.

Study program: Applied health and nursing sciences I Contact: Prof. Dr. Marcel Sailer
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Influence of the GeriNeTrainer program for multimorbid elderly patients recruited from practices with a geriatric focus

Together with colleagues from the medical and social sciences, Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann investigated the effectiveness of a specially developed cognition and training program (GeriNeTrainer) for multimorbid individuals of a very advanced age. The goal was to strengthen comprehensive care coverage in the district.

Study program: Interprofessional health care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann
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Research projects in computer science

Open educational resources (ÖWR)

In the field of public administration, ÖWR is the German acronym for Open Educational Resources (OER): training, competence, and awareness. The ÖWR project aims to develop competencies and raise awareness of the public administration in Germany for open learning and knowledge resources. The project creates impulses to take advantage of open educational resources.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Business Information Systems I Duration: November 2016 - April 2018 I Contact: Prof. Dr. Sabine Möbs

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Smart Vehicle

As part of a research collaboration between the “Indian Institute for Information Technology” (IIIT) and the computer science program at the DHBW Heidenheim, this project aims to develop a software solution that can qualitatively evaluate the behavior of drivers in typical traffic situations. To gather data materials for the project, eye-tracking experiments were performed in specially prepared cars, and records were made of the eye movements and traffic situations of drivers. Dr. Hrishikesh Venkataraman (IIIT) and Prof. Dr. Rolf Assfalg (DHBW Heidenheim) expect that these data can be used to derive rules to describe where drivers distribute their attention in specific situations. This would allow a standard model of motorist behavior to be established that could subsequently be used to automatically evaluate the driving behavior of individuals. The DHBW successfully applied for funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to cover the mobility costs of the project.

Study program: Computer science I Duration: 2016 - 2017 I Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Assfalg
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The EAGLE project

There is an increasing flood of regulations that are becoming more and more complex. It currently takes too long for access to relevant information to be provided in a comprehensible form. The EAGLE (EnhAnced Government LEarning) project is an EU-funded project to create an integrated learning solution for public administration.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Business Information Systems I Budget: 3.2 million euros I Duration: February 2014 - January 2017 I Contact: Prof. Dr. Sabine Möbs
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Energy optimization of paper machines with sensor networks

Wirelessly connected sensors can collect flexible long-term measurements of the temperature and humidity in the dryer section of paper machines at low cost. This allows the dryer section to be operated “more critically” overall – meaning closer to the design point. In an initial series of experiments, savings of €80,000 per year were achieved for a single machine.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Business Information Systems I Contact: Prof. Till Hänisch
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Functional programming for the Internet of Things

Components in the Internet of Things (IoT), such as light switches, thermostats, and other sensors, are especially sensitive to software errors. Minor malfunctions may be tolerable, but software bugs can lead to security gaps that are unacceptable in such applications due to the possibility of real-world damage.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Business Information Systems I Contact: Prof. Till Hänisch
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Online wear assessment of forming fabrics

A rapid LED flash device is used to capture images of forming fabrics in paper machines during operation. This isn’t easy for several reasons. Accordingly, a special LED flash system was developed and tested over several weeks in production conditions.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Business Information Systems I Contact: Prof. Till Hänisch
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Research projects in social work

Scientific support for the regional strategy “District2020 - Design. Together.”

What does the district landscape of Baden-Württemberg look like in practice? This question was investigated by Prof. Dr. René Gründer of the DHBW Heidenheim, Prof. Dr. Anja Teubert and Prof. Dr. Süleyman Gögercin of the DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen, and two other project members, Georg Reiff and Lisa Wabersich, until December 2019. The project defines a district as a living social environment where people play a role, accept responsibility, and provide mutual support to one another. This can be a street, a neighborhood, a city district, or even an entire village.

The goal was to comprehensively and systematically investigate the strategies of municipal services at the level of local, neighborhood-oriented residential structures (districts) in Baden-Württemberg. Concretely, the first step involved asking municipalities about their current activities. 

The project team’s work was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs of the State of Baden-Württemberg as part of the state strategy “District 2020 - Design. Together.

Study field: Social work I Contact: Prof. Dr. René Gründer
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Engagement doesn’t grow on trees. Qualification of engaged citizens and specialist workers in Baden-Württemberg

Qualification opportunities for civic engagement focus on more than just content-based training. For volunteers, they also represent an important form of recognition and appreciation of their work. This project aims to examine the suitability of existing qualification instruments for users (engaged citizens and civic engagement workers) and potentially develop new qualification options and formats.

Study field: Social work with the Elderly I Contact: Prof. Dr. Andrea Helmer-Denzel
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Positioning of welfare state organizations in an institutional context

Past research has found a trend of economization in welfare state organizations. The thesis that the actions of these organizations are being primarily guided by economic values is investigated by means of a suitable research design. Unlike previous quantitative surveys, the study goes beyond the surface of formal regulations. A comparative perspective that takes into account the diversity of welfare state organizations is also adopted.

Study field: Youth, Familiy and Social Welfare Services
Contact: Christine Dukek and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Burmeister

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PfAU – New paths for vocational care professions in Ulm

Due to demographic trends, there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in nursing professions, but the number of graduates is shrinking in this field. By 2030, a shortage of around 180,000 workers is predicted in the field of nursing care for the elderly, as well as a shortage of around 300,000 workers in health and general nursing care.
To secure a skilled workforce in the Ulm metropolitan area, interested young adults with supportive needs (e.g. persons with learning disabilities, migration backgrounds) are accompanied and supported for a two-month preparatory phase during the admissions process and for twelve months of training in health and general or elderly nursing care at the vocational school of the Ulm University and Rehabilitation Clinic. The project is under evaluation by the DHBW.

Study filed: Social work with the Elderly
Study field: Interprofessional Healthcare
Contact: Prof. Dr. Andrea Helmer-Denzel and Prof. Dr. Claudia Winkelmann

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Publications

 

Women. Migrated. Engaged. Voluntary engagement of women with an immigrant background

Volunteers are “multi-motivated.” They don’t act according to any single line of reasoning or motivation. Each individual may be guided by a variety of motives. Although motivation is now a key focus of research on engagement, the specific motives of persons with an immigrant background have largely been neglected. Most research is based on the results of the volunteer survey, which asks questions that do not specifically consider migration-related issues. Accordingly, this study asked the following research questions: are there special motives that can be traced back to personal experience of migration and which have not yet been captured by surveys of the general population? Are there motives that can be attributed to the profile of “person with a migration background”? Are there special motives to become involved with groups associated with the host country rather than ethnic groups?

Study field: Social work with the Elderly
Contact: Anne-Kathrin Schührer and Prof. Dr. Andrea Helmer-Denzel

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EU cooperation project for "commune conflict advice"

The DHBW Heidenheim cooperates with the "forumZFD" in the framework of the project "Commune conflict advice: Participative ways for sustainable Integration". Communes and rural districts in Germany are close to face big challenges in case of the social change in absorved societies and migration. To facilitate the integration of citizens from third countries and push the network and cooperation in communes, the project sets different fields of action. The project is founded by financial resources of the asylum-, migration- and integration-pool from the European Union. 

Study field: Education and Learning Support - Child and Youth Care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter K. Warndorf and Sylvia Lustig
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Promoting dialogue between the police and football fans

In the collaborative project DiPoFu, funded by the German Football League (DFL), 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 and the DHBW Heidenheim aim to find new ways to ensure a safe stadium experience together with the police, football fans, and social workers acting as mediators.

Study field: Education and Learning Support - Child and Youth Care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter K. Warndorf
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Acting together: prevention in rural areas

Social work is entrusted with the task of supporting people who face difficulties. This requires on-site services that are relevant to their target groups. This project uses media workshops as an alternative way to attract young people in particular, giving them the opportunity to express their opinions publicly by creating films.

Study field: Education and Learning Support - Child and Youth Care I Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter K. Warndorf
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Quality of life for the elderly in rural areas

In collaboration with the senior planning department of the district of Schwäbisch Hall, the project “Getting old in the district of Schwäbisch Hall” researched the living conditions of elderly people and the key factors that influence them in rural areas of selected municipalities. Working closely together with the administration and mayor, questions about social environments were investigated with suitable methods of qualitative and quantitative social research, and the results were incorporated into student teaching research projects.

Study program: Social work I Contact: Prof. Dr. René Gründer
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District development in Heidenheim ‘Zanger Berg’

Zanger Berg in the outskirts of Heidenheim is considered a historically growing social hotspot due to unfavorable social mixing caused by residential segregation processes. Based on social environment analysis, reconnaissance, population surveys, and citizen participation procedures (future workshop), strategies and concrete project ideas for sustainable community-oriented district development are designed in this initiative.

Study program: Social work I Contact: Prof. Dr. René Gründer
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Research projects in business

Digitalization circle

The topic of digitalization in the insurance and finance industry has shaped the research activities of the BA - Insurance program for a while now. These activities will continue to be significantly expanded in the future. Digitalization is not just considered from a technical perspective but additionally and most importantly from a management perspective.
The digitalization circle of the Study program Insurance was created to reflect this.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Insurance I Contact: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hilp
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eCampus: Module Law II - Labor law

From 2015 to 2017, this eCampus project designed a pilot lecture course on labor law across multiple locations. The course includes virtual and digitally integrative teaching elements and is hosted on the learning management system Moodle. Among other things, Moodle serves as a central collection point for learning materials (“content sharing”), provides additional interactive functionality (e.g. electronic case studies from employment law), and provides access to online consultation hours with lecturers.

A teaching film titled “A practical test of the termination protection process - DHBW eCampus” and explanatory student videos were produced specifically for this project.

Study program: Degree in Business Administration, Major Service Management/Services Marketing I Contact: Prof. Dr. Klaus Sakowski
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Contact

For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:
 

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim

Telefon
+49.7321.2722.137
Mobil
+49 162.2577123
Fax
+49.7321.2722.139
E-Mail
petra.weber@dhbw-heidenheim.de

Laboratories

The DHBW Heidenheim is equipped with a range of laboratories that support teaching, as well as research, innovation, and transfer. Students use these laboratories to write their study theses, project theses, and bachelor theses. Research projects can also be implemented in collaboration with companies and institutes.

 

Obesity trainer

An increasing number of people are obese. This creates new challenges for medical and nursing care. The goal of the simulation is to address this health disorder from a scientifically valid basis to encourage reflection on personal positions, infrastructure and equipment in health care facilities, and to raise awareness of prevention and supportive health measures, while promoting empathy.

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Age simulator

As people get older, their eyesight, hearing, grip, and walking abilities become diminished, as well as their mobility. But what does this mean exactly? The age simulator allows participants to experience everyday scenarios from the life of an elderly person. The goal is to address demographic change from a scientifically valid basis to encourage reflection on the bio-psycho-social sensitives of the elderly and raise awareness for this topic among a wide range of target groups.

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Automation laboratory

The automation laboratory of the DHBW Heidenheim is divided into two sections: two model systems of automated production lines by Festo Didactic and three robot training cells by Kuka.

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CIM/CNC laboratory

The CIM/CNC laboratory is equipped with a manufacturing workshop for CNC machining parts.

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FabLab

A FabLab is an open workshop that offers production facilities and modern industrial production techniques for manufacturing individual parts. A large variety of different materials can be processed using equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering technology, and many other machines and tools.

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Haptics laboratory

In their work, physical therapists use their sense of touch to look for tension and evaluate how joints feel by exploring them manually, for example to feel whether there are any spasticity changes in neurological patients. Among other projects, the haptics laboratory operates a specially developed and validated test and training system to measure the haptic threshold, namely the highest possible sensitivity of active tactile exploration.

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Plastics laboratory

The plastics laboratory of the DHBW Heidenheim focuses on the use of various fiber-reinforced materials and the molds needed to manufacture parts. The typically small quantities of materials required for laboratory conditions often necessitate different procedures than series production, but the parts, resources, and processes must still satisfy the same quality requirements.

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Laboratory for generative manufacturing processes (3D printing, rapid prototyping)

Generative manufacturing processes, also known as 3D printing or rapid prototyping, allow individual parts to be created without tools.

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Laboratory for optical metrology

Optical scanners make it possible to measure and test the surface of objects of almost any size. In the laboratory for optical metrology of the DHBW Heidenheim, parts are digitized using an ATOS III strip projection scanner made by GOM mbH. This involves recording surfaces in three dimensions for subsequent analysis and evaluation to diagnose faults and assess the quality of the object.

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Laboratory for scanning electron microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy makes it possible to represent the surfaces of objects at higher magnifications and greater focus depth. The laboratory for scanning electron microscopy at the DHBW Heidenheim performs measurements, tests, and analyses of metallic, mineral, and biological samples.

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Laboratory for non-destructive testing / industrial computed tomography

Non-destructive testing of objects with industrial computed tomography (iCT) makes it possible to visualize any complex, hidden, or even internal structures of parts. The laboratory for industrial computed tomography of the DHBW Heidenheim generates a three-dimensional dataset that allows a precise and high-resolution metrological analysis of parts and enables faults to be diagnosed.

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Molecular biology laboratory

Molecular biology examines living phenomena at the molecular level. It studies the structure and function of biological macromolecules such as nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) and proteins. The molecular biology laboratory at the campus Ulm-Wiblingen allows students to perform molecular biology and genetic engineering work.

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User experience laboratory

The user experience laboratory investigates new learning scenarios against the background of Industry 4.0 and conducts research projects in fields such as digital learning and automotive software. The best-known application is eye-tracking software, from the field of marketing. Another application involves studying user-friendly, experience-oriented designs for user interfaces in human-machine interactions.

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Contact

For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:
 

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim

Telefon
+49.7321.2722.137
Mobil
+49 162.2577123
Fax
+49.7321.2722.139
E-Mail
petra.weber@dhbw-heidenheim.de

Contact

For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:
 

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim

Telefon
+49.7321.2722.137
Mobil
+49 162.2577123
Fax
+49.7321.2722.139
E-Mail
petra.weber@dhbw-heidenheim.de

Contact

For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:
 

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim

Telefon
+49.7321.2722.137
Mobil
+49 162.2577123
Fax
+49.7321.2722.139
E-Mail
petra.weber@dhbw-heidenheim.de