Cloud Computing work group

Cloud Computing, i.e. the provision of IT services over the World Wide Web, is currently regarded as one of the largest growth factors in the IT sector. The Cloud Computing work group of the Faculty of Computer Science at Furtwangen University researches in this area. Cloud Computing is a large step in the direction of automated computer centres. Cloud customers can simply book and pay for Cloud Services (IT resources) themselves when they need them.

One of the most important areas of research is security in the Cloud Computing environment. At the centre are innovative, secure and legal Cloud infrastructures for SMEs. Companies must have the opportunity to check whether the necessary security measures to ensure the security of customer data in the Cloud have been taken by the Cloud services.

Besides Cloud security, other important research topics are the guarantee of service quality of Cloud services (e.g. guaranteed backup restore time), the integration of external Cloud infrastructures in the computer centres of SMEs and confirmation that Clouds are working to standards/guidelines (e.g. ITIL).

Institute for Cloud Computing and IT Security


Upper Rhine 4.0 - Trinational Network of Excellence Industry 4.0

Cloud Computing (I17196-1)

The fourth industrial revolution is underway. The digitalization and networking of value chains over the entire lifecyle of products are the main issues when it comes to the future feasibility of industry. For SMEs and SMIs these developments are not easy to accomplish as expertize and resources, among other things, are lacking. This is where the crossborder UPPER RHINE 4.0 project comes in.

The main activities of the project are focused on networking and cooperation, technology partnerships, qualification of employees, increasing of competitiveness and the creation of new opportunities for businesses in the Upper Rhine region. The crossborder network supports SMEs and SMIs in the transition of industry to the future. The long-term aim is to position the region as a reference area and technological showcase for the future in Europe.

Duration:01.10.2017 - 30.09.2020
Third party funding sponsor:INTERREG V A Oberrhein: European funds for regional development (EFRE) and regional funding
Project partner: 
  • INSA Straßburg: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (Projektträger)
  • Hochschule Furtwangen
  • Alsace Digitale
  • Alsace Innovation
  • AlsaceTech
  • BaselArea.Swiss
  • CCI Alsace Eurométropole
  • Fachhochschule NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
  • Hightech Zentrum Aargau
  • Hochschule Karlsruhe
  • Hochschule Offenburg
  • Rhénatic, Pôle numérique en Alsace
  • Université de Haute Alsace
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • 13 assoziierte Partner: ADIRA, Agence de développement d'Alsace • Bwcon - Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V. • CAFA-RSO: Club d'Affaires franco-allemand du Rhin-Supérieur • CONNECT Dreiländereck • Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg DHBW • Eucor - The european campus • FRAUNHOFER IWM • Haute-Ecole Arc • Hochschule Kaiserslautern • microTEC Südwest e.V. • MULHOUSE ALSACE AGGLOMERATION • REGION Grand Est • Société Industrielle de MULHOUSE
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)

HALFBACK – cross-border, highly accessible smart factories in the Cloud

Cloud Computing (I14415-1)

The aim of the project is to design and develop an intelligent production infrastructure in order to enable a secure production process across locations and countries. HALFBACK enables small and medium sized enterprises to achieve their enormous value creation potential. It strengthens the digitalization competences of companies and supports the establishment of company networks in the Upper Rhine region. The project is coordinated and headed by Professor Dr. Christoph Reich of the Faculty of Computer Science at HFU.

Unexpected downtime of machines or production tools is very bad for the production processes, product quality and the competitiveness of the company. To improve the quality and production processes, maintenance must be planned carefully. Using sensor data from the production line and analysis of the data, as well as additional information such as machine manufacturer data in the cloud, problems can be identified early and an optimized maintenance plan carried out. This makes it possible to ensure production without the use of expensive reserve machines or other measures to minimize downtime. This is done by using an intelligent "machine broker" which makes possible the coordination of companies and machines. Der HALFBACK Broker Cloud Service is a secure cloud infrastructure which is connected with cyber-physical systems.

 Further information on HALFBACK project

Duration:01.04.2017 - 31.03.2020
Third party funding sponsor:INTERREG V A Oberrhein: European funds for regional development (EFRE) and regional funds
Funding amount€997,421
Project partners: 
  • Furtwangen University: Project coordination and project leader: Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich
  • Furtwangen University: IfCCITS  (Institute for Cloud Computing and IT Security) Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich, Matthias Lermer)
  • Furtwangen University:  KSF (Institute of Precision Machining) Prof. Dr. Bahman Azarhoushang, Jürgen Struß
  • University of Straßburg: Project member
  • INSA Straßburg: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Project member
  • 7 affiliated partner companies: (4 in Germany, 3 in France) Kirner Schleifmaschinen, Senk CNC-Fräs- & Graviertechnik, Industrie Informatik, inovex, GTEO, INEVA SAS, Rhénatic
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)

A4Cloud (EU Project)

The A4Cloud research project hopes to increase trust in cloud computing. This €14 million project led by HP Labs will devise methods and tools, through which cloud stakeholders can be made accountable for the privacy and confidentiality of information held in the cloud. These methods and tools combine risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing.

Detailed information on A4Cloud is available at

Further information about the A4Cloud project

Duration:01.10.2012 – 31.03.2016
Third party funding sponsor:European Commission
Funding amount:€335,960
Project partners:HP LABS-UK, SAP AG-Deutschland, ATC-Griechenland, CSA EMEA-UK, École des Mines de Nantes-Frankreich, EURECOM-Frankreich, Karlstad Universitet-Schweden, QMUL-UK, SINTEF-Norwegen, TiU-Niederlande, Universitetet Stavanger-Norwegen und UMA-Spanien
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)


ASLAMaaS (Autonomic SLA Management as a Service)

Autonomic SLA Management as a Service (ASLAMaaS) allows cloud users to adapt the SLAs (Service Level Agreements) of their "out-sourced" Cloud Services at any time according to the changes of their business processes. A main goal of the project is to use, combine and adapt existing technologies to create an consistent, always adaptable and easy to use SLA management.

More information about ASLAMaaS

Duration:01.09.2012 – 31.08.2015
Third party funding sponsor:BMBF FHprofUnt 2012
Funding amount:€312,000,00
Project partner:Gruner AG, Freicon AG, Wind GmbH
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)

AAL-PCEICL (AAL Person Centered Environment for Information, Communication and Learning)

AAL-PCEICL is a research project which tries to develop assistive systems and technologies to ensure social relationships and participation for those in need of assistance. The project goals of AAL-PCEICL are assistance in communication, information management and in the establishment of an age-appropriate individual learning environment.

Further information about the AAL-PCEICL project

Duration:01.09.2012 – 31.08.2015
Third party funding sponsor:State of Baden-Württemberg (ZAFH AAL)
Funding amount:269.400 EUR (Teilprojekt: PCEICL)
Project partners:Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten; Katholische Hochschule Freiburg; University of Freiburg, IMTEK; Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)

SAaaS (Security Audit as a Service)

SAaaS is based on a cloud intrusion detection system with distributed agents deployed at logical key locations (e.g. VMs, VM hosts, cloud management) in order to monitor occurrences in the cloud. An occurrence can be a simple successful login, a series of unsuccessful login attempts, network connections between VMs or increasing CPU consumption of a certain VM. Distributed attacks on or misuse of a cloud computing environment can thus be detected early.

Further information on SAaaS research project

See also IT Security work group

Duration:01.07.2011 – 30.06.2013
Third party funding sponsor:BMBF
Funding amount:€239,751.60
Project partner:SCHUTZWERK GmbH, ToasterNET GmbH
Contact person:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich (christoph.reich(at)


  • Principles of Programing (AI, CN, SPB): Object-oriented programing in Java
  • Distributed Infrastructures for Mobile Systems (CN): Principles of network programing in Java (Socket, RMI) and C (Socket, RPC).
  • IT Management (SPB): IT Strategy, ITIL, IT Security Management, IT Controlling, IT Organisation.
  • IT Security Management (CN): Process of IT security management, BSI Fundamental Protection Catalogue, ISO2700* standards, IT risk management and IT measures.
  • Cloud Computing (Electives for Computer Scientists): Principles and applications of virtualization, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Cloud Management System and Hadoop.
  • Advanced Middleware (Master: ACM): Focus of module is object-oriented, news and service-based approaches: Application Server, Cloud Computing, Autonomic Computing and Agent Platforms.

Members of the work group

Prof. Dr. Reichchristoph.reich(at)
Timo Bayertimo.bayer(at)
Holger Gantikowh.gantikow(at)
Dirk Hölscherdirk.hoelscher(at)
Hendrik Kuijshendrik.kuijs(at)
Matthias Lermermatthias.lermer(at)
Philipp Rufphilipp.ruf(at)
Kevin Walliskevin.wallis(at)