Research Centre of Digital Labs & Production
The research group Digital Labs & Production connects people, spaces and processes in the life sciences. From mixed-reality digital twins via progressive web applications to machine-to-machine interfaces, we connect physical and digital worlds through data and analytics.
The centre combines specific methodological and technological expertise in the digitization and virtualization of laboratories, processes and production facilities in the life sciences. This includes, on the one hand, the networking of devices, processes and people using interfaces, data pipelines and data management and, on the other hand, the mapping of physical systems and infrastructures to models and simulation environments. Digital twins are a good example of how these topics interact.
Three research groups are active in this field.
Simulation & Optimization
Strategic, tactical and operational process optimization using modelling and simulation tools are the focus of the research group. This includes the modelling and simulation of the dynamics of heterogeneous, complex systems as well as the investigation, optimization and control of their behaviour.
Data Management & Visualization
The research group specializes in the development of systems for data aggregation, transformation and management. Processing pipelines are designed and implemented to take data from their sources (e.g. graphic user interfaces, wearable sensors, measuring probes) through preparation steps (incl. quality control and homogenization) to storage solutions, analysis and visualization of results and insights.
Edge Computing & Interfaces
The research group combines dynamic physical structures with digital environments using sensor, actuators, and edge computing. The group supports automation and decentralized intelligent data processing in the life sciences by connecting people, machines, and contexts.
The centre offers courses at BSc and MSc level in the fundamentals of data science, in mathematical and physical modelling (with a focus on simulation-based process optimization), in data management (with a focus on database technologies and visualization), and in physical computing (sensors and actuators) as well as cloud and edge computing.
The specialization Digital Labs & Production of the BSc ADLS is coordinated by this centre and corresponding Bachelor and Master theses are offered.
- Bachelor of Science (ZHAW) in Applied Computational Life Sciences
- Master of Science in Life Sciences - Specialisation Applied Computational Life Sciences
In addition, the centre is involved in programs and activities in the field of science education beyond the university level and offers continuing education courses.
Team Digital Labs & Production
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A top-down indicator of lean-green alignment in small and medium-sized enterprises
To address the challenge from global warming, the UNFCCC has given rise to several initiatives to channel financial capital into decarbonization efforts. Among investors, demand increasing for investment vehicles that offer both environmental sustainability as well as economic performance benefits. We aim to design ...
Digital Simulation of the Swiss Vaccination Center Winterthur
Predicitve Waste Management for SBB Train Stations
We develop a system to optimize the waste collection and disposal on SBB's train stations. The new system will use a container fill level sensor network, a novel waste accumulation forecasting algorithm, and state of the art methods for simulation-based tour-planning.
Data-driven decision support for intracranial aneurysms and hospital catering using Bayesian networks
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Fighting bites with bytes: Promoting public health with crowdsourced tick prevention
Ticks are on the rise and transmit several infectious diseases, leading to serious illness or even death. The smartphone App “Zecke–Tick Prevention helps people, to remember the tick bite location and to check it for potential Lyme disease symptoms. In an interdisciplinary approach, ZHAW-scientists want to find out ...
Rüegg, Ramona; Schmid, Tamara; Hollenstein, Lukas; Müller, Nadina,
Effect of particle characteristics and foaming parameters on resulting foam quality and stability.
LWT - Food Science and Technology.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2022.113859
Gerber, Nicole; Hollenstein, Lukas,
Wie die Digitalisierung den Food Service im Care Bereich erreicht.
2022(4), pp. 79-80.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-25448
Vorburger, Robert; Hollenstein, Lukas,
Neue Verrechnungsmodelle für die Maschinenindustrie.
2021(2), pp. 5.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23748
Gerber, Nicole; Hollenstein, Lukas; Krähenbühl, Andrea,
Was wäre wenn?! Unsichtbares sichtbar machen mit Simulationen im Verpflegungsprozess.
FM Perspektiven: FM Innovationen in HC digital, Wädenswil, 26. November 2021.
Krähenbühl, Andrea; Gerber, Nicole; Höhener, Rebecca; Hollenstein, Lukas,
Simulationen von Verpflegungsprozessen : auf Knopfdruck zur richtigen Entscheidung.
2021(4), pp. 22-24.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23063