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Research Projects at Software Engineering

Most projects are carried out jointly with companies and other research entities at SDU, and are externally funded, supporting industrial collaboration and societal relevance. We support our employees in building their academic careers, and we happily assist those who wish to transition from academia to industry or vice versa. 

Current research projects:

Connectivity and reconfiguration in Industry 4.0 (Digital Lead)

This project contributes new knowledge about reconfigurable software systems and architectures, which is the basis for building software platforms for Industry 4.0.
Contact: Torben Worm

Coordination and participation in IEA EBC Annex 79

The purpose of the project is to enable coordination and participation in Annex 79: “Occupant behaviour-centric building design and operation” which is a project under IEA’s program for “Energy in Buildings and Communities” (EBC).
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Data-driven agent-based simulation for decision support

Contact: Sanja Lazarova-Molnar

Data-Driven Energy Experts as drivers of Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector

In this project we will develop a new energy technology to lower the barrier for experts to use Internet of Things sensor data to take actions to improve energy-efficiency in the building sector.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard


DigitalLead is Denmark’s innovation cluster for digital technology. The aim of the project is to foster innovation activities among the knowledge partners together with private and public organisations.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard


DIREC is an international flagship centre for digital research with a mission to: conduct world-class research in new digital technologies, expand research and education capacity in Denmark and create value for Danish society and businesses.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

DIREC: Re-Use of Robotic-data in Production through search, simulation and learning (ReRoPro)

In contrast to other fields in AI, the potential of exploiting large data collections is not realized in robotics yet. We aim to analyze the underlying scientific and technical challenges as well as associated legal and privacy issues.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

DIREC: Cyber-Physical Systems with Humans in the Loop

Constructing cyber-physical systems with humans in the loop is important in many application areas to enable a close co-operation between humans and machines. 
Contact: Mahyar Tourchi Moghaddam

DIREC: Edge-based AI Systems for Predictive Maintenance

Downtime of equipment is costly and a source of safety, security and legal issues. Today, organisations adopt a conservative schedule of preventive maintenance independent of the condition of equipment.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

DIREC: Mobility Analytics using Sparse Mobility Data and Open Spatial Data

The mobility of people and things is an important societal process that facilitates and affects the lives of most people. Thus, society, including industry, has a substantial interest in well-functioning outdoor and indoor mobility infrastructures that are efficient, predictable, environmentally friendly, and safe.
Contact: Mahyar Tourchi Moghaddam

DDSA: Danish Data Science Academy

Danish national academy that supports data science talent development broadly, including machine learning, artificial intelligence and the internet of things.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Dynamic Office Environments on the Users Terms

The project investigates and demonstrates how office environments can be efficiently utilized, thereby reducing energy consumption while simultaneously increasing user satisfaction and improving the experienced indoor climate.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Facility Cobot

The project investigates and demonstrates how office environments can be efficiently utilized, thereby reducing energy consumption while simultaneously increasing user satisfaction and improving the experienced indoor climate.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Farm SustainaBI

The project proposes the integrated use of wireless sensor networks, data analytics and modelling that enable an efficient decision support system together with a state-of-the-art cloud solution supporting blockchain for livestock agriculture.
Contact SDU Co-PI: Sanja Lazarova-Molnar

Holistic Risk Assessment for Drones

Contact: Sanja Lazarova-Molnar

Industry 4.0 lab facilities for Experimenting with Robot-Building Integration

The overall objective of this effort is to enable the SDU I4.0 lab as an experimental facility to study robots in terms of the spatial building context and how to integrate them in a successful manner.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Intelligent Concrete Drying

Contact: Jan Corfixen Sørensen

Privacy and Security Risk Assessment in Interoperable IoT Systems (Digital Lead)

The increasing integration and automatic combination of data enables many new forms of privacy and security attacks, e.g., uncovering identifies of people en temporal-spatial IoT data. This project's main idea is to address this problem.
Contact: Simon Hacks

Smart Green

In this programme we will use novel Big Data analysis combined with practical demonstrations in SMEs securing a leap towards a greener, sustainable, and more energy efficient (by 10%) greenhouse production system.
Contact: Jan Corfixen Sørensen


Completed Projects

CARMEN - Center for Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Engineering

The project focuses on new and advanced methods to virtually carrying out all phases of an robotics-based automation process.

Energy-effective Programming of Collaborative Robots

The project will enable more energy efficient robots based on a new method for programming robots via Augmented Reality. It is estimated that programming robots with more energy efficient movements potentially can save the electricity consumption equaling more than hundreds of thousands of Danes each year.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard

Future Freezer Unit (2017-2020)

The project aims to develop a fully automated robotic freezer that can keep track of the growing number of blood, tissue and cell samples in healthcare, which is a consequence of the development of personalized medicine. The freezer should increase patient safety by minimizing the risk of mix-ups.

Contact:  Ulrik Pagh Schultz


The purpose of the project IoTStyring is through Internet of Things (IoT) and digitalisation technologies to develop and test an innovative concept for energy efficient control of floor heating, ventilation, and lighting all in one.
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard


The purpose of this project is to build up novel research and knowledge within the field of development and use of welfare and health technologies – by creating interdisciplinary collaboration among end users, research institutions, enterprises, and health professionals.

SAFE - Safe Perception and Behavior in Autonomous Agricultural Machines

The purpose of this project is to develop safety systems that permit agricultural machines to autonomously handle all significant physical hazards in the agricultural fields. 

Sensing Behaviour: Occupancy-Informed Architecture by Customizable Situational Mapping with Computer Vision

The purpose of the project is to inform architectural practice by customizable situational mapping of occupant based on computer vision
Contact: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard


For more information

Contact Torben Worm, Head of SDU Software Engineering


Last Updated 29.03.2023