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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. 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

Research projects

Current projects

Upper Rhine 4.0 - Trinational Industry 4.0 Network of Excellence

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 expertise 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, increase 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.
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Completed projects

HALFBACK – Statewide readily available smart factories in the cloud

The main aim of the project was to design and develop an intelligent production infrastructure to ensure secure production processes across international border and regardless of location. HALFBACK supports small and medium-sized enterprises to realise their enormous added-value potential. It strengthens the digitalisation competences of companies and promotes the establishement of business networks in the Upper-Rhine region. The project was led and coordinated by Professor Dr. Christoph Reich of the Faculty of Computer Science at Furtwangen University.

Unexpected downtime of machines or tools has an extremely negative effect on the production processes, product quality and competitiveness of companies. To improve quality and production processes, maintenance must be planned in a preventative manner. By gaining and analysing sensor data from the production line and using other information (e.g. machine manufacturer's data) in the cloud, problems can be recognised early and an optimised maintenance planning can be carried out. The prevention of downtime in production should be possible without the use of expensive reserve machines for example. This is realised by means of an intelligent machine broker which coordinates the connection between machine and the company. The HALFBACK Broker Cloud Service is a secure cloud infrastructure which is connected with cyber-physical systems.


Duration01.04.2017 - 31.03.2020
Third party fundingINTERREG V A Oberrhein: European Funds for regional Development (EFRE) and regional funds
Funding amount€997,421
Project partners 
  • Furtwangen University: Project coordination and management: 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 Strasbourg: Project member
  • INSA Straßburg: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Project member
  • 7 associated partner companies: (4 from Germany, 3 from France) Kirner Schleifmaschinen, Senk CNC-Fräs- & Graviertechnik, Industrie Informatik, inovex, GTEO, INEVA SAS, Rhénatic
Contact detailsProf. Dr. Christoph Reich (Email application is started:christoph.reich(at)

  A4Cloud (EU-Projekt)

The A4Cloud research project aimed to increase trust in cloud computing. This 42-month, €14 million project led by HP Labs, devised methods and tools through which cloud stakeholders could be made accountable for the privacy and confidentiality of information held in the cloud. These methods and tools combined risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing.

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Duration01.10.2012 – 31.03.2016
Third party fundingEuropean Commission
Funding amount€335,960.00
Project partnersHP LABS-UK, SAP AG-Deutschland, ATC-Griechenland, CSA EMEA-UK, École des Mines de Nantes-Frankreich, EURECOM-Frankreich, Karlstad Universitet Sweden, QMUL-UK, SINTEF-Norwegen, TiU-Niederlande, Universitetet Stavanger-Norwegen and UMA-Spanien
Contact detailsProf. Dr. Christoph Reich (Email application is started:christoph.reich(at)

ASLAMaaS (Autonomic SLA Management as a Service)

Autonomic SLA Management as a Service (ASLAMaaS) allows cloud users to adapt their "outsourced" Cloud Services at any time according to the changes of their business processes and adjust the corresponding SLAs. A main aim of the project was to use, combine and adapt existing technologies to create a consistent, always adaptable and easy-to-use SLA management.

Duration01.09.2012 – 31.08.2015
Third party fundingGerman Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) FHprofUnt 2012
Funding amount€312,000.00
Project partnerGruner AG, Freicon AG, Wind GmbH
Contact detailsProf. Dr. Christoph Reich (Email application is started:christoph.reich(at)

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

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

Duration01.09.2012 – 31.08.2015
Third party fundingState of Baden-Württemberg (ZAFH AAL)
Funding amount269.400 EUR (Teilprojekt: PCEICL)
Project partnersHochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten; Katholische Hochschule Freiburg; University of Freiburg, IMTEK; Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe
Contact detailsProf. Dr. Christoph Reich (Email application is started:christoph.reich(at)

SAaaS (Security Audit as a Service)

See also Internal link opens in the same window:IT Security Work Group

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

Duration01.07.2011 – 30.06.2013
Third party fundingGerman Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
Funding amount€239,751.60
Project partnersSCHUTZWERK GmbH, ToasterNET GmbH
Contact detailsProf. Dr. Christoph Reich (Email application is started: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.