University of Paderborn

UPBThe research group C.I.K. at the University of Paderborn (UPB) is one of the leading German institutes for research on civil safety and security As an interdisciplinary research group, the C.I.K. builds the bridge between civil rescue organisations, transportation service providers and end-user organisations in numerous projects. The gained expertise is the foundation for novel research topics in the context of emergency planning, coordination support, training and decision support. The C.I.K. has successfully finished and is currently working in a wide variety of projects on national and European level.

PRONTO (FP7-ICT) an event-based support system for intelligent resource management for emergency rescue operations has been developed. LAGE (funded by Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)) analysed various emergency operations with a special focus on semantic interoperability. MobisPro (funded by Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWI)) did research within the field of fire control and fire prevention trying to support decision makers along the whole process, a dedicated focus was on the definition and assessment of information quality within these processes. More information about finished projects can be found on the website.

RescueLab (BMBF) aims to develop innovative education and training in the field of civil protection. UPB focuses on the basic investigation and evaluation of IT-supported possibilities for the analysis of training exercises and the visualisation of the respective data methods. Interkom (BMBF) does research on inter-council concepts to enhance the resilience in conurbations. In this project, UPB researches on a concept to interconnect emergency management services on process level in order to enhance the exchange of services. Furthermore UPB develops a concept for situation based relevance assessment of processes based on publically available data. In the demonstration project SECUR-ED (FP7-SEC) the objective is to provide a set of tools to improve urban transport security. UPB is focusing on the concept of a simulation and modelling platform. SecInCore (FP7-SEC) UPB is mainly responsible for the analysis of representative data sets for past disaster events and systematic process analysis based on unified incident command systems.

Until today the C.I.K. has successfully coordinated several projects on national level, f.i. OrGaMIR, GenoPlan, MobisPro, OrGaMIR-Plus. Currently the C.I.K. is coordinating several projects on national and European level, f.i. EmerGent, SecInCore(both FP7-SEC) and Interkom (BMBF).

UBP contributes with knowledge based on the following specific research and work priorities:

  • Definition, measurement and assessment of data and information quality
  • Data modelling and process analysis
  • IT-supported reconstruction and analysis of emergency operations
  • Expertise in the field of requirements engineering and user-oriented evaluation in the field of civil safety and security

Role in the project

Taxonomy of information management processes and information systems and transfer

to data models and data exchange languages:

  • Organisational and administrative Project Coordination
  • Systemic process analysis and market study of information systems based on a questionnaire based approach, inspection and literature research
  • Specification of the taxonomy of all artefacts of the inventory
  • Requirements analysis and designing a data models and a XML data exchange language as part of the ‘common information space’ concept
  • Validation of inventory and taxonomy
  • Standardisation of interfaces and procedures
  • Exploitation and Dissemination


Jens Pottebaum,

Steffen Schneider,