BRIDGE-US Project (2019-2021)

Today’s networked world produces large amounts of data with great diversity in terms of volume and data sources, with data from industry 4.0 and self-organized systems or services gaining an ever-increasing share. The invention of new technologies in the field of Big Data therefore requires new know-how. A key path to the integration of value creation and digitisation systems and related services in industry 4.0 is to support human decision making with automated digital algorithms. The Bridge-US project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and consists of 6 partners from Germany and US.

The gap between human cognitive abilities and the need to understand large amounts of data is widening and therefore requires technological support and specially trained professionals. BRIDGE-US aims to strengthen the required capabilities as a Big Data Expert by comprehensively marketing research. The project includes various activities ranging from different types of workshops, the presentation of a Big Data Award to the marketing of Big Data Research Made in Germany through innovative promotional materials and social networking activities. The project is scheduled to start on 1 June 2019 and run for 18 months. Our focus is on research topics in the areas of supply chain management, logistics, smart cities and digital processes in healthcare. In this project, joint German-American concepts are to be developed which complement each other and are to be continued after the end of the project in order to sustainably develop project results.

According to Andrea Nahles, former Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, “digitization drives our imagination and innovation and surprises us with an endless stream of new products and business models. The Minister stressed the role of big data, digital transformation, industry 4.0 and crowdworking as the most important technical prerequisites for progressive work 4.0. In this respect, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are best suited to revolutionize traditional business models and personnel development. BRIDGE-US defines the concept of Human Cyber Physical Systems (HCPS), which are not limited to the area of Work 4.0 and Smart Offices, but also include applied CPS in the area of human well-being,Smart Health Care systems and human services, which are key requirements in the innovative world of Work 4.0 concept. In this context, training in digitisation and in particular expertise in handling large amounts of data are particularly important skills. We therefore believe that special efforts should be made in the area of Big Data to revolutionise and modernise the world of work.

Project General Information: 

  • Project Title: Big Data Made in Germany Inspiring the US
  • Project Acronym: Bridge-US
  • Project Total Budget: 200K EUR
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Project Coordinator: 
  • University of Siegen, DE

Project Partners: 
  • Petanux GmbH, Bonn, DE
  • Technical Information Library, Hanover, DE
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US
  • Mississippi State University, US
  • University of Maryland, US