Summer School applications are open now

Summer School applications are open now

Applications for our first HEdIS Summer School on “Innovative IoT for Sustainable Citizens” are open now. The overarching subject of the programme is the Internet of Things (IoT) that is so far underachieved even though it is said to be the driver of the fourth industrial revolution and Future Internet. African countries are not keeping pace with these technological advancements and do not have the skills and research required for IoT. It, however, offers potentials that will be explored in…

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SAVE THE DATE for our first Summer School

SAVE THE DATE for our first Summer School

The title of the first HEdIS Summer School is finally set: “Innovative IoT for Sustainable Citizens”. We are excited to announce that the Summer School will run from November 20th to 4th of December, with face-to-face lectures and workshops taking place from November 23rd to 29th at Nelson Mandela University, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The HEdIS team aims at creating awareness about sustainability problems in the themes water, mobility and energy. We will, among other things, tackle the complexities…

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Round-up of 1st Workshop

Round-up of 1st Workshop

The HEdIS workshop started with presentations on sustainability research projects at the Oldenburg University. This was followed by workshop sessions where participants chose and took part one of three round table discussions, which focused on the three main themes of the workshop as well as the upcoming summer school: water management, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. The first task was to identify  problems and/or case studies of each field and in which way theses issues could be addressed or solved and transferred into…

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Impressions of 1st HEDIS workshop in Oldenburg

Impressions of 1st HEDIS workshop in Oldenburg

This week the VLBA department hosted the 1st HEdIS workshop at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Starting with a pre-workshop on Monday, discussing topics such as establishing stakeholder needs, module participant profiles, defining the various definitions for sustainability, determining stakeholder roles, and defining the projects learning platform. Moreover, the steering committee chose the general theme for the 1st summer school during November at NMU entitled “Innovative Development on IoT” focusing the empowerment of smart citizens. A comprehensive round-up of the other workshop…

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Dumisani and Martin present their PhD topics

Dumisani and Martin present their PhD topics

On Wednesday 21st June Dumi and Martin presented their PhD topics at VLBA department (University of Oldenburg). Dumisani Nyumbeka is a 2nd year PhD student at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. His PhD research focuses on creating a scheduling model for the charging of electric vehicles using photovoltaic (PV) powered smart microgrids. This research is part of larger project that seeks to build a network of charging stations that are publicly accessible to the EV drivers nation-wide, thereby…

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Guests from NMU arrived

Guests from NMU arrived

Martin Smuts and Dumisani Nyumbeka from Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) arrived in Oldenburg this weekend. Both PhD students are looking into opportunities to discuss and work on their respective PhD topics. Martin and Dumisani both are working in the fields of sustainable mobility and energy efficiency. Martin Smuts is conducting his PhD in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. He aims to investigate different techniques to improve the accuracy of range estimation technologies in electric…

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HEDIS Workshop in June

HEDIS Workshop in June

From 27th to 29th June 2017, the Very Large Business Applications department (VLBA), will be hosting the first module development workshop of the HEdIS project at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Colleagues from the partner universities Nelson Mandela University  and the University of Cape Town, and several other academic and industrial partners from different institutions as well as entrepreneurs from Germany’s northern region will be joining the workshop. Energy, Water and Mobility will be the major workshop topics….

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DAAD New Projects Launch Event

DAAD New Projects Launch Event

From 24th to 25th April, Jorge Marx Gómez and Stefan Wunderlich attended the official DAAD launch event for newly funded projects in Bonn, Germany. The attendees from different institutions engaged in several very interesting activities, such as presentations, discussions, and networking. This very fruitful event helped generating synergies between newly funded projects and heterogenous partners. Many possibilities for collaboration have been discussed and identified. A comprehensive collaboration between different projects has been envisaged. The HEDIS team is looking forward to…

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Dr. Brenda Scholtz visits Oldenburg

Dr. Brenda Scholtz visits Oldenburg

  On 21st March 2017, Dr. Brenda Scholtz (Head of Deparment Computing Sciences at Nelson Mandela University (NMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa) gave a guest lecture about international university collaboration and academic writing. Her lecture took place at VLBA department of Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Dr. Scholtz leads HEdIS project from the side of NMU. Dr. Scholtz gave interesting insights into the differents aspects of academic writing. In addition to the very interesting lecture, discussions and planning about further…

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Impressions from HEdIS Launch Event

Impressions from HEdIS Launch Event

Over 30 representatives from different stakeholders (higher education institutions, private sector, and public sector) attended the launch of the Hub for Education on ICT for Sustainability. During HEdIS launch event many interesting presentations and fruitful discussions were held. All attendees were very encouraged and helped to make the HEdIS launch very successful. As a result, strategic objectives and module topics for the first project year were defined. The first iteration of HEdIS will address the topics of waste management, water management and…

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