Eric Grosse as guest at the University of Padua

From June 6-7, 2023, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Eric Grosse participated in the MidTerm Meeting of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation project "Models and Methods for an Active Ageing workforce: an International Academy" funded by the European Commission in Padua. There he presented latest research results of the Center for Digital Transformation (CeDiT) on human-robot collaboration considering socio-demographic influences. Eric Grosse is, among other things, a member of the scientific advisory board of this project.


Ukraine Digital Project

This week Jun.-Prof. Benedikt Schnellbächer had the pleasure to welcome Liudmyla Anisimova, Deputy Dean for Research and International Collaboration at the Faculty of Economics at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, at the Campus of Universität des Saarlandes.

Together with our third partner, Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolaiv, the three universities are collaborating within the Ukraine Digital project, funded by DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. As part of the project, 14 students are currently joining the chair's bachelors course Basics in Management of Digital Transformation remotely from Ukraine, including participation in the tutorial and case studies. Part of the visit was the signing of the official certificates that Ukrainian students will receive upon completion of the course.

Apart from the joint courses the project partners will focus on new interdisciplinary formats in new product development and entrepreneurship to promote the creation of startups out of the universities.

Thank you Liudmyla for having made this strenuous trip from Kyiv to Saarbrücken along with a gift in the form of a limited edition of Ukrainian postage stamps. We are looking forward to further intensifying our collaboration. 


Professor Marta Rinaldi visiting CeDIT

 Since 01.04.23 we are pleased to welcome Professor Marta Rinaldi from the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelly” in Italy to UdS.
She has been doing research at the Department of Engineering of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” since 2019 and received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Parma in 2015. She is currently teaching and researching in the field of supply chain modeling and simulation, sustainable design methods and management concepts of production systems, and integration of ergonomic aspects in human-robot interaction decision models in logistics. Ms. Rinaldi will work as a visiting scholar with Eric Grosse on research projects related to digital transformation until July 31, 2023.
Ms. Rinaldi published more than 50 scientific papers in international journals and is co-editor of the journals Healthcare Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics.


Stefan Morana gewinnt Preis für JAIS Paper

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Der Artikel  "On the Design of and Interaction with Conversational Agents: An Organizing and Assessing Review of Human-Computer Interaction Research " von Stephan Dederich, Stefan Morana, Alfred Benedikt Brendel, und Lutz Kolbe gewinnt den "Best Paper Honorable Mention Award" vom Journal of the Assocaition for Information Systems (JAIS)  für das Jahr 2022 (hier https://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/)     

Das JAIS ist das Hauptjournal der Association for Information Systems (AIS), Teil des "AIS Senior Scholars' List of Premier Journals" und nach der VHB Jourqual 3 mit A bewertet.                    

Stefan Morana wins award for JAIS Paper

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

The article "On the Design of and Interaction with Conversational Agents: An Organizing and Assessing Review of Human-Computer Interaction Research " by Stephan Dederich, Stefan Morana, Alfred Benedikt Brendel, and Lutz Kolbe wins the "Best Paper Honorable Mention Award" from the Journal of the Assocaition for Information Systems (JAIS) for the year 2022 (https://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/ here).     

The JAIS is the main journal of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), part of the "AIS Senior Scholars' List of Premier Journals" and rated A according to the VHB Jourqual 3.

Digital Entrepreneurship at Saarland University

6 teams, 7 minutes and lots of good ideas:

This year, the final event of the "Digital Entrepreneurship" course, organized by Alexander Schöneseiffen, was once again hosted by the Union Stiftung in Saarbrücken. In the course led by Benedikt Schnellbächer, students not only develop theoretical content on the topic of entrepreneurship, but also develop their own business idea over the course of the semester and several case studies.

The managing director of the Union Foundation, Michael Scholl, welcomed six highly motivated student groups that presented their solutions to various problems in a pitch format with great commitment and ambition.

Special thanks also go to Dr. Mara Schuler-Bermann from KWT | Gründer-Campus Saar as well as Joachim Behrendt from BIC Angel Investments, who once again successfully rounded off the event with great commitment and passion as jury members with competent and constructive feedback.


When plush cubes fly through the lecture halls!

When plush cubes fly through the lecture halls!

In the past three years, teaching at universities has inevitably been "turbodigitized," and Saarland University is no exception. Nevertheless, there is much room for improvement, especially in hybrid teaching formats. What could be improved is now being investigated by business administration junior professors Stefan Morana and Eric Grosse in a kind of field test.

You can find the whole article here.


My colleague is a robot - acceptance of collaborative robotics in warehouses

In a new article in the current issue of Industrie 4.0 Management, Frederic Jacob, Eric Grosse, Stefan Morana and Cornelius J. König present possible barriers to the acceptance of collaborative robotics in warehouses and discuss recommendations for action for human-centered, sustainable human-robot collaboration.

The article can be accessed here.


Startup Tour

Yesterday evening the first event of this year's Startup Tour took place! The series is organized by Alexander Schöneseiffen and the Chair for Digital Transformation & Entrepreneurship of Saarland University and is part of the "Digital Entrepreneurship" course. The goal of the Startup Tour is to give our students the chance to listen firsthand to the experiences and advices of entrepreneurs and startup ecosystem players.

The first stop was at Halle4 Co-Workingspace in Saarbrücken. The students were welcomed by Bitahoy and QuantPi. Marius Bleif, co-founder of cyber security startup Bitahoy, shared the exciting journey of his young company and how important it is to always question and adapt one's hypotheses. Dorothea Gotthardt as the new COO of QuantPi shed light on the explainableAI phenomenon and shared her experience from a VC and fundraising perspective.

Afterwards, the students had time to talk to the experts, ask questions and exchange ideas.


Evaluation of an exoskeleton

How can a mechanical exoskeleton reduce employees' workload in a manual picker-to-parts order picking system for plus-cooled fruits and vegetables?

Eric Grosse and the team of the Juniorprofessorship of Digital Transformation in Operations Management at Saarland University joined the evaluation of an exoskeleton using their motion capture system.

Reducing the physical workload for human order pickers is playing a central role in order picking systems of brick-and-mortar grocery retailing.


Spillover of funding dry-ups

Funding dry-ups spill over from one funding market to others across borders. When banks face a funding shortage in one market, they substitute into other sources of funding, intensifying competition in those markets. As a result, banks that are not directly affected by the original funding dry-up might nevertheless face a funding squeeze, as they are crowded out by the directly affected banks in the latter's search for alternative funding.

Andreas Barth recently published the paper titled Spillovers of funding dry-ups (joint with Inaki Aldasoro (BIS), Florian Balke (Strategy &) and Egemen Eren (BIS)) in the Journal of International Economics, the leading outlet for research in international economics.

Please find the article here:

Spillover of funding dry-ups