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EDIH Suedwestfalen

Hub information

EDIH Title

European Digital Innovation Hub for employee-centered digital transformation in South Westphalia

Geographical scope

Regional
South Westphalia (Germany)

Description

The planned EDIH is located in the German region of South Westphalia. South Westphalia is an industrial region with a strong focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with more than 150 so-called “hidden champions”, i.e. those often little-known small and medium-sized enterprises that are among the European and world market leaders in niche markets. The major industrial sectors of metal production and processing as well as mechanical engineering generate 75 % of total sales in the industrial sector each year, accounting for about two-thirds of total industrial employment. South Westphalia is therefore not only the third strongest region in Germany and by far the strongest industrial region in North Rhine-Westphalia (most populous federal state in Germany), but also one of the oldest industrial regions in Europe. However, the strategic orientation of EU policies and the twin objectives of making Europe greener and more digital poses challenges for the rather traditional “old industry” within South Westphalia. The focus must therefore be on providing the best possible support for SMEs within South Westphalia in overcoming these challenges. For this reason, establishing an EDIH with a strong European orientation is of particular benefit to the South Westphalian economy with its high export quota. The economic success of SMEs in South Westphalia is based on the expertise of their employees, which has grown over decades. The EDIH SWF will provide a set of services and infrastructures to support SMEs in how this product-specific expertise of human specialists and executives can be complemented by the adoption and development of in-depth, socio-informatic digitization competencies in the design of human-centered artificial intelligence, employee-based cyber-security as well as socio-technical assistance systems. The EDIH will support SMEs during the transformation process in cooperation with the social partners to maintain innovative strength in the long term.

Coordinator information

Contractual contact information

Thomas Ludwig
+492717404763

Operational contact information

Thomas Ludwig
+492717404763

Coordinator address

Adolf-Reichwein-Strasse 2a
57076 Siegen
Germany

Coordinator Business name

University of Siegen

Coordinator Legal name

Coordinator department

Department
Chair of Cyber-Physical Systems

Market and services

Technologies

Cyber-physical systems
5/5
Human computer interaction
5/5
Additive manufacturing
5/5
Internet of Things
5/5
Digital twins
5/5
Virtual Reality
5/5
Artificial Intelligence & Decision support
4/5
Gamification
4/5
Internet Services & Applications
4/5
Laser-based manufacturing and materials processing
4/5
Robotics
4/5
New technologies for Audio-Visual sector - Media
3/5
Cybersecurity
3/5
Mobility
3/5

Sectors

Manufacturing and processing
5/5
Metal working and industrial production
5/5
Automotive
5/5
Construction & Assembly
4/5
Public administration
4/5
Smart City
3/5
Health care
3/5

Services

Prototyping
5/5
SME support
5/5
Field trial
5/5
Innovation management
5/5
Knowledge transfer
5/5
Circular economy
5/5
Technological innovation
5/5
Technology transfer
5/5
Public sector innovation
3/5

Beneficiaries

Contact Name Role Country Address Business Name Legal Name Participant Type Website
Gerrit Pohlmann Partner Germany Baarstrasse 6, 58636 Iserlohn, Germany FH-SWF HES http://www.fh-swf.de
Bernd Kuhlenkoetter Partner Germany Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany RUB HES http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Jochen Schroeder Partner Germany Lindenstraße 45, 58762 Altena, Germany GWS OTH http://www.gws-mk.de
David Unbebaun Partner Germany Sandstraße 26, 57072 Siegen, Germany DNZ REC http://www.dnz-siegen.de
Joerg Siegmann Partner Germany Rathausstraße 2, 58095 Hagen, Germany HB PUB http://www.hagen-wirtschaft.de