Why Bosch chose the University of St. Gallen for its Internet of Things Lab

Well, there are many good reasons to cooperate with a well-respected institution like the University of St. Gallen. After leading the Bosch IoT Lab for nine months, there is one aspect making me confident that we founded our lab at the right place.

The Bosch IoT Lab is a part of the Chair of Prof. Elgar Fleisch at the Institute of Technology Management. Prof. Fleisch recognized the importance of combining academia and business when it comes to creating new business models.

Today, his chair is home to a number of labs and working groups with exciting topics. It is this inspiring environment for a vivid topic such as the Internet of Things (IoT) that thrills me everyday. I´ll give you a few examples.

The Bits to Energy Lab is a joint research initiative of ETH Zurich, the University of Bamberg, and the University of St. Gallen. It combines information technology and behavioral sciences to promote sustainable energy consumption. Amphiro provides consumers with feedback on their water and energy consumption in the shower and thus induces energy savings.

IoT research ecosystem: Labs and their research topics at the chairs of Prof. Fleisch at University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich (both Switzerland)

IoT research ecosystem: Labs and their research topics at the chairs of Prof. Fleisch at University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich (both Switzerland)

MILA is applying data mining technology to connect offerings and requests for small services.

The Auto-ID Lab at the chairs of Prof. Fleisch is part of the worldwide Auto-ID Labs network. The team focuses on the integration of products with the internet in order to sense, check, and act upon consumer and business needs. Intellion is a spin-off that provides solutions that support and control processes in production logistics by leveraging wireless technologies.

The team at the Health IS lab works on specifying, developing and evaluating consumer-centric applications that lead to health and well-being. Key aspects investigated in this context are how mobile and ubiquitous information systems as well as remote communication between patients and health care providers such as physicians or pharmacists impact health-promoting behavior. A promising project in this area is Alphastreams. It aims at supporting the interaction of patients with pharmacies by means of mobile computing.

To sum it up, all labs are working on topics that are very relevant in the context of the Internet of Things. For example, the Bosch Lab´s energy savings related projects build heavily on the Bits to Energy Lab´s experience in the field of behavioral economics. In addition, all labs aspire at creating sustainable businesses as can be seen from the start-ups mentioned above.

A fruitful combination of science and business. What do you think are the most important aspects a company such as Bosch should take away from a cooperation with such a university institution? Do you know other ecosystems in which research & business partner for IoT ?


About the author

Markus Weinberger

Markus Weinberger

I am Professor for “Internet of Things” at Aalen University. Before I have been Director of the Bosch Internet of Things & Services Lab at the University of St. Gallen. During the almost 15 years at Bosch I gained experience in such different fields as driver assistance systems, internal auditing and engineering services. I had the opportunity to work in areas like ergonomics, calibration of electronic control units, project management, process management and Enterprise 2.0. I hold a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technische Universität München. I studied mechanical engineering in Munich and Trondheim, Norway.