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Technical University Dresden, Institute for Applied Computer Science

The chair of Technical Information Systems (TIS) within the Institute for Applied Computer Science belongs to one of the largest faculties for computer science in Germany with more than 2000 students and cooperates with further institutes and departments such as multimedia technology, tele-services, databases etc. Since 1994 it carries out research in the field of hardware (sensors, actuators, controllers, networks) and software for building automation („intelligent buildings“) with their functions such as heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, sunblinds, access control, security, energy management etc. Focal points are network architectures and distributed software in the building as well as methods and tools for all parts of the life cycle such as requirements analysis, planning, projection, CAD, construction site installation, system integration, launch, test, diagnosis, maintenance and reconstruction. Since 2004, the TIS chair is founding member of the Campus-based Engineering Center Dresden (CEC), a part of the worldwide research structure of SAP AG, working on topics such as smart items, software engineering, ubiquitous computing and data management. Through membership in the expert committee TC246/WG4 „Building Automation, Controls and Building Management“ (BACM) of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) the chair is involved with the European standardisation of relevant software, hardware and networks, prepares these in various industry gremia (VDI, VDE, LonMark, IEEE TC BACM) and is involved in the organisation of the worldwide leading conferences on technical networks for automation (IEEE WFCS, IFAC FET). Since 1993 the Institute for Applied Computer Science carries out research on assistive systems for people with special needs (disabled, sick or older persons), in particular in the field of specific user interfaces (e. g. for blind users). For this purpose the institute operates living labs for networked building automation and assistive systems for the blind; the latter supports blind students on the TU Dresden university campus. This also includes a usability lab for monitoring and evaluating human-machine interaction and improving ergonomics.