Internet and/or intranet-based IT applications play an increasing role in both the private and business world. These types of infrastructures and applications are the focus of this research field.

Web-based Infrastructures and Applications: Adaptive Systems

Modern Grid and Cloud Architectures consist of the loosely-connected systems and resources of various organisations which are collected in a virtual total system. The latter makes possible highly-flexible business processes which can adapt to current conditions. One of our main focuses in this research project is in the dynamic generation of secure services and the adaption of already existing non-secure services.

Current projects


Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich
IMZ & Faculty of Computer Science
Head of Information and Media Centre (IMZ)
Head of Computer Centre (academic)
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2324
Fax: +49 (0)7723 920-1109
Furtwangen Campus, Room C 1.12
Email: christoph.reich(at)

Web-based Infrastructures and Applications: E-Learning

Electronic modes of learning (E-Learning) are emerging as a major feature in discussions at national and international level on the development and modernisation of the German education system. The introduction of E-Learning (e.g. to complement face-to-face instruction (Blended Learning) or distance-learning systems ) requires coordinated planning, supervision and integration into existing structures, as shown by numerous studies and examples in universities as well as in vocational training and professional business training.

Besides the examination of (Rapid) Authoring Tools and their suitability for the independent  production of learning content by teachers, this research focuses above all on answering the questions which will increase the acceptance and learning success of E-learning measures in universities and scientific education.

Current projects

Advanced Media Production

The focus of this research area includes aspects of media production which will experience sustained changes in the next few decades and which could lead to a paradigm change in film, TV and internet production. Currently research is being carried out in the following areas:

Stereoscope HD Production and 3D Cinema
Research focus: Administrative rights, recording and playback of stereoscopic 3D films, animation and games. Current research results are summarized in the following reports of the Faculty of Digital Media:
Arbeitsbericht Nr. 5 and Arbeitsbericht Nr. 7

Previous projects:

  • Binocular Eye Tracking Systems for the Evaluation of the Quality of Stereo3D Representation/ BinoQ3D (2013-2016, HFU-DM, TU Ilmenau, Fa. Ergoneers, funded: BMWI/ZIM KF3121501BZ3)
  • Autodetection and  Correction of Camera Lens Errors with regard to Stereoscope Video Production Methods / ADEKKA (2011-2013, HFU-DM, Fa. crs-iimotion, funded: MWK-BW / Innovative Projects). Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Schneider.

Post-media Production Realities (post-PRO)
In the last 30 years computers have changed from programmable processing machines to become production tools. What they produce today can be summed up under the general heading of "media".

Questions and Research interests: How will this development continue if media are already as normal a part of our lives as light, air and water? Within the framework of the Post-media Production Realities research cluster we will examine, with what tools and using what methods these ubiquitous media will be created, who will create them (man or machine?) and how can they be adopted?

Further questions: Will machines produce media for other machines and why? What characteristics make some media a top quality "diamond" and others end up in the garbage? Some answers to these questions can be found in our book "Post-media Realities".

Excerpt: An Essay from the Past


Prof. Nikolaus Hottong
Faculty of Digital Media
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2519
Furtwangen Campus, Room I 1.01
Email: Nikolaus.Hottong(at)

Digitalization: the broadband infrastructure of tomorrow

The focus of research is the continual question of recent developments in the expansion of national infrastructure and digitalization. This ranges from the evaluation of new technologies and the economic aspects of the telecommunication market, to the interrelationship of the public and private sectors in dealing with the common task of infrastructure development.

From a technological point of view we will follow developments in line technology, installation methods in infrastructure expansion and innovations in the area of news technology in physical media transmission. Building on this we will develop network expansion strategies and accompany their practical implementation. In doing so we will also regularly conduct feasibility studies.

The experiences gained will then be used to contribute to legal, political and societal issues. The protection of competition in a free market economy which is nevertheless characterized by quasi-monopolies is a particular focus of our research work.


Prof. Dr. J├╝rgen Anders
Faculty of Digital Media
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2926
Furtwangen Campus, Room I 1.01
Email: Juergen.Anders(at)