Innovation through Cooperation: Welcome to the 40th Face to Face Meeting

Cooperating means not having to do everything by yourself. A network with suppliers, customers and other actors brings new impulses and holds great potential. Companies have long relied on universities of applied sciences as providers of ideas, trendsetters and research partners. Research collaborations help to develop new products faster, cheaper and more customer-oriented. We will show you how you can make use of these resources and expand your cooperation skills.

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Date: Thursday, 4 June 17:00

Location: Foyer des Switzerland Innovation Parks Biel/Bienne, Aarbergstrasse 5, 2560 Nidau

 

Global Days | Digital Skills: What should students learn? How would this change our teaching? A framework for competence development in the 21st century.

Competing on a digital market by offering services and goods over an online-platform, developing a web application for a web shop, organizing the product management of a newly introduced software, or working in a virtual team: Our working environment as well as the required skills are drastically changing. This dominant technological development is the major reason for the now-hype about digitalization. It accentuates the need for advanced technological and digital skills which employees need to perform in their jobs. What digital skills do graduates require today to master the job requirements of tomorrow?
First, we look at the definition of (digital) skills and competences. Second, we introduce a competence framework which helps us to look closer at what digital skills and competences students are currently being taught and how those skills might evolve. Third, we look at how effective teaching methods can be used to increase the learning experience of digital natives.

 
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Creating value, closing circles: insights into the circular economy

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Thinking in circles, thinking in systems – The Circular Economy pursues the goal of saving obsolete products from the trash and returning them as secondary raw materials into the production cycle. Dr. Stefan Grösser, professor of Strategy and Organization and dean of Studies BSc «Industrial Engineering and Management Science» at BUAS, presents various potential business models for the circular economy and gives insight into a current project of the European Union. Make sure to register quickly: The first participants to enroll will receive a free entry for this event!

 
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CIRCUSOL – A new research project, focusing on circular business models for the solar power industry

Solar power is a rapidly growing industry. The main objective of the EU-H2020 research project CIRCUSOL is to provide systemic circular business solutions to the solar power industry. The solar power sector is well suited for such business models. They have the potential to deliver double benefits on resource efficiency and low carbon emission.

The research is conducted by the Institute for ICT-Based Management ICTM which ist part of the Centre for the Digital Society from the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

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Using white-box nonlinear optimization methods in system dynamics policy improvement

We present a new strategy for the direct optimization of the values of policy functions. This approach is particularly well suited to model actors with a global perspective on the system and relies heavily on modern mathematical white-box optimization methods. We demonstrate our strategy on two classical models: market growth and World. Each model is first transformed into an optimization problem by defining how the actor can influence the models’ dynamics and by choosing objective functions to measure improvements. To improve comparability between different runs, we also introduce a comparison measure for possible interventions. We solve the optimization problems, discuss the resulting policies and compare them to the existing results from the literature. In particular, we present a run of the World2 model which significantly improves the published “towards a global equilibrium” run with equal cost of intervention.

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Digitale Welten: Neue Ansätze in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik

Digitale Welten durchdringen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft und dabei bilden Modelle und Algorithmen die Basis für die Bewältigung deren Komplexität. Das Buch “Digitale Welten: Neue Ansätze in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik” stellt ein breites Einsatzspektrum kybernetischer Ansätze in aktuellen Themenfeldern dar. Es veranschaulicht wie Simulationen und kybernetische Modelle und Methoden in vielfältigen, komplexen Entscheidungssituationen zur Analyse und Gestaltung von Lösungen verwendet werden können.

Die im Buch beschriebenen Anwendungsbereiche reichen von Lehr- und Lernkontexten über Netzwerke, Unternehmen und Produktionssysteme bis hin zur kritischen grundsätzlichen Reflexion über Simulation und ihren Einsatz. Die Beiträge zeigen die Vielfalt an kybernetischen Konzepten, Methoden und Modellen in unterschiedlichen Disziplinen auf und belegen die Aktualität der kybernetischen Perspektive.

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Türöffner-Events 2017: Gelebte Energiezukunft: Bauen für morgen

Im Rahmen der Veranstaltung “Bauen für morgen”, welche am 15. Juni 2017 in Nidau in der Berner Fachhochschule BFH stattfindet, steht das Thema Energiespeicherung im Zentrum.

Unterschiedliche Forschungsgruppen der BFH und das PV-Center des «Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA» (CSEM, Neuenburg) sind in den neuen Forschungslabors im Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne tätig und stellen Nutzungsarten und Geschäftsmodelle vor, die aufzeigen wie das Potenzial nachhaltiger Energiequellen wie Photovoltaik und Wind besser besser ausgeschöpft werden können. Mehr Informationen zum Anlass

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New Springer-book publishes the results from an EU-project: “Dynamics of Long-Life Assets”

The editors present essential methods and tools to support a holistic approach to the challenge of system upgrades and innovation in the context of high-value products and services. The approach presented here is based on three main pillars: an adaptation mechanism based on a broad understanding of system dependencies; efficient use of system knowledge through involvement of actors throughout the process; and technological solutions to enable efficient actor communication and information handling.

The book provides readers with a better understanding of the factors that influence decisions, and put forward solutions to facilitate the rapid adaptation to changes in the business environment and customer needs through intelligent upgrade interventions. Further, it examines a number of sample cases from various contexts including car manufacturing, utilities, shipping and the furniture industry. The book offers a valuable resource for both academics and practitioners interested in the upgrading of capital-intensive products and services.

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The book is the result from the EU-project Use-It-Wisely.

 

 
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Projekte scheitern wegen dynamischer Komplexität : Qualitative Feedbackmodellierung zur Komplexitätsbewältigung

Gründe für nicht erfolgreiche Projekte sind zum Beispiel Kommunikationsprobleme oder Mangel an qualifizierten Projektmitarbeitern. Dies sind jedoch nur Symptome für tiefer liegende Ursachen. Eine wesentliche davon ist dynamische Komplexität, welche durch die Eigenschaften eines Systems (Verzögerungen, Rückkopplungsbeziehungen, Akkumulationen, Nichtlinearitäten) erzeugt wird. Dynamische Komplexität unterscheidet sich fundamental von Detailkomplexität. Der grösste Hebel für Projektverbesserungen liegt im Management dynamischer Komplexität. Jedoch fehlen die dafür benötigten Methoden weitestgehend. Dieser Artikel stellt Feedbackmodellierung als eine Möglichkeit vor, dynamische Komplexität zu erfassen. Dadurch kann die Planung wie das Management von Projekten robuster ausgestaltet werden. Der gesamte Artikel kann hier heruntergeladen werden.

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Co-Evolution of Standards in Innovation Systems

This book addresses the phenomenon of coevolution of standards in residential built environments. It develops a feedback-rich simulation model of the revelatory case of the Swiss residential built environment, first, in order to explain the historical coevolution of standards in this system and, second, to analyze the effects of different administrative polices on energy demand, improvements of energy efficiency in building codes, and estimating reductions in the Swiss green-house gas emissions until 2050.

„A valuable frameworks for researchers and decision makers to assess the adequacy of models and validity of analyses of complex dynamic systems such as the one that determines the energy efficiency of buildings.“ (Professor Henry B. Weil)

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