The Center for Smart Production Design Siegen researches the design, construction and implementation of completely new tool concepts using the example of forming technology. Here, the limits of conventional subtractive manufacturing are eliminated and extended by integrating additive manufacturing processes in toolmaking. The simultaneous integration of state-of-the-art sensor and actuator technology in the active surfaces of the tools activates them into intelligent tools. This results in an extension of existing process limits. In addition, interdependencies are also made tangible.
SMAP is a cross-faculty project. The Fab Lab is part of the Center for Smart Produdction Design and brings expertise on plastics 3D printing, rapid prototyping and will explore collaboration infrastructures. This infrastructure, which is being developed, is intended to bring together fabrication methods with the various know-how of the participants and to enable collaboration between distributed locations.

Duration: 2018-2021

Funding: ERDF funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Contact: Marios Mouratidis M.Sc., Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek


Fostering Entrepreneurship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (FESTEM) is an EU collaborative research project (Erasmus+) that aims to improve STEM sciences in the formal education system in the Palestinian Territories. The curricula of STEM courses will be enriched with topics of innovation, rapid prototyping, start-up and entrepreneurship in order to promote regional innovation and start-up potentials as well as knowledge transfer. Students will be able to compete and connect in local as well as global labor markets. The Fab Lab Siegen is supporting the development of four Fab Labs at the partner universities and advises on the teaching potential of such labs.

Duration: 2017-2020

Funding: Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education

Contact: Marios Mouratidis M.Sc., Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf, Konstantin Aal


YALLAH! – You All Are Hackers is an academic research hackathon, organized by the University of Siegen (Germany) and Birzeit University (West Bank, Palestine), funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) the program “Higher Academic Dialogue with the Islamic World”.

YALLAH!’s motivation is to enable multi-national, intercultural collaboration on social innovation. The participants will assess social issues with a grounded approach, will learn about field exploration and creative, ethnographic and innovative methods. Small teams will work on projects, hence applying methodology and will work closely with partners in each area.

YALLAH! is administered by Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf (Information Systems and New Media), University of Siegen and Prof. Dr. Iyad Tumar (Dpt .of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Birzeit University.

Funding: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Duration: since 2016

Contact: Marios Mouratidis M.Sc., Konstantin Aal, Sarah Rüller


The research project Digital Fabrication Infrastructures in Interdisciplinary Higher Education – FAB101 is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from March 2017 to February 2020. The University of Siegen (coordinator), RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bremen and Folkwang University Duisburg/Essen are involved in the network.
The task of the FAB101 research network is – based on the respective Fab Labs at the participating university locations – to conduct practical research in interdisciplinary cooperation on concepts for teaching in digital fabrication laboratories (Fab Labs) across study programmes and universities. The project is part of the digitisation strategies of the respective universities.
Fab Labs are fabrication labs where people learn, work and research together mainly with 3D printers, laser cutters, plotters, CNC milling machines and microcontrollers.
The project also looks at the structural framework conditions, such as the organisational and safety-related embedding of (new types of) Fab Labs at universities and the preparation of recommendations for hardware and software equipment.

Duration: 2017-2020

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Contact: Marios Mouratidis M.Sc., Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek


ZEIT.RAUM is intended to make places of remembrance in and around Siegen tangible and to enable citizens to engage with history and its significance.

“ZEIT.RAUM Siegen” is precisely on the subject of CSCW. In particular, we deal with questions of the design and appropriation of cooperative technological systems, knowledge management and the support of communities (e.g. in civic participation). CSCW is an interdisciplinary field of research which, in addition to computer science, is also supported methodologically and in terms of content by the disciplines of business administration, organisational sciences, labour sciences, psychology, sociology and anthropology/ethnography. CSCW is a sub-field of business informatics as well as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Duration: 2016-2018

Funding: Universität Siegen

Contact: Marios Mouratidis M.Sc., Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek

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