The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the joint Digital-Engineering Faculty of the HPI and the University of Potsdam is dedicated to teaching and research in the fields of analysis and conception of highly complex and networked IT systems. It was founded in October 1998 and offers the practice- and innovation-oriented study program IT-Systems Engineering as Bachelor and Master program and the three additional Master programs Data Engineering, Digital Health and Cybersecurity as well as an additional program in Design Thinking. Today, a total of 22 professors and more than 200 senior researchers, lecturers and research assistants are currently training around 700 highly talented young people in Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. In 2012, openHPI, an Internet educational platform for offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), started, embedded in a global social network. It provides free interactive online courses about different topics in information technology. According to the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) university ranking in 2020, HPI’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programs are among the four best-ranked computer science programs in the German-speaking countries, with the Bachelor’s program valued highest in 18 out of 28 analyzed categories and among the best in five additional categories. HPI develops study programs in the scientific fields of Cybersecurity, IT-Systems Engineering, Data Engineering, and Digital Health.
The HPI chair Digital Health – Connected Healthcare headed by Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich is actively involved in the WideHealth project. The research group is dedicated to pave the way for transforming healthcare systems from purely managing illness to maintaining wellness. Ubiquitous sensing and computing technologies are foreseen as the key enabler for pushing the paradigm shift from the established provider-centric healthcare model to a user-centered and preventive overall lifestyle health management that is available everywhere, anytime, and to anyone. Among other things, the researchers involved in the project have coherent knowledge in computer science, mathematics, and machine learning. HPI contributes to the exchange of knowledge among the WideHealth project partners with knowledge in federated learning and data-driven healthcare. Besides Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich, the PhD students Orhan Konak, Kristina Kirsten, and Bjarne Pfitzner are actively participating in the project and are involved in knowledge sharing with the project partners.
Current activities in the project range from scientific collaboration with the other partners, seminar contributions on selected topics, identifying potential EU calls/events for paper submission, and organizing an internal workshop on federated learning to joint publications. The collaboration with UKIM has already led to two conference paper publications in the first year. In 2023, HPI will host and organize a winter school on federated learning.
The EU-funded WideHealth project aims to conduct research on pervasive eHealth and establish a sustainable network of research and dissemination across Europe.