Master-/Bachelor Thesis Offerings

Smart Process Technologies

Today the majority of data available is produced by processes in terms of log files from software systems and readings from sensors that are observing processes in the physical world. We want to develop technologies that use this data as well as explicit process models to improve process performance and support users involved in the process. On the technical side, topics of interest include the generation of process models from log data (process mining), the validation and comparison of process models as well as the prediction of process behavior. We are further interested in case studies on supporting business and also personal processes using process data and models. Candidates will either adapt and apply data analysis methods to real world processes or develop case studies in process optimization and guidance. We expect basic programming skills and knowledge in business process management and corresponding modelling languages.

Interested Students should contact Dr. Christian Bartelt (bartelt(at)es.uni-mannheim.de) for further Information.

The effects of Gamification on participation in online communities

In the last years there has been a growing interest in the use of gamification - the use of game design elements in non-game contexts (Deterding et al. 2011) to motivate user to participate in online communities and crowdsourcing applications (Morschheuser et al. 2016). Numerous examples in practice and science show that the use of game elements and game mechanics can successfully change behavior and increase user engagement (Hamari et al. 2014). However, effects of gamification on participation and community building in crowdsourcing are less studied so far.

In cooperation with the Robert Bosch GmbH in Renningen we developed an gamified innovation management system. As part of this project we are looking for motivated students that are interested to analyze the effects of gamification on motivation and user behavior in context of this gamified innovation management system.

In this context we offer the possibility to conduct a internships and/or a master thesis. For more information contact morschheuser@es.uni-mannheim.de