Research Group Industrial Data Science (INDAS)

Established in 2018, INDAS (INdustrial DataScience) is an interdisciplinary research group formed by a collaboration between the computer science department and mechanical engineering department at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

The group aims to bridge the gap between applied data science and Industry 4.0 by focusing on machine learning in industrial use cases, including but not limited to, predictive maintenance, quality, and productivity. Specifically, INDAS seeks to address industry 4.0 problems related to predictive maintenance from a data science and computational science perspective, and designs machine learning solutions for industrial processes.

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Research Focus

Contact: fatima.butt(at)

Current Research:

  • Extracting relevant features from time series to reduce pre-processing effort
  • Using state-of-the-art techniques such as wavelet transforms along with deep learning models such as CNNs, LSTMs, and transformers to classify the different industrial processes and biomedical signals such as Electrocardiograms
  • Applying our algorithms on a variety of datasets such as human activity recognition, industrial production, and ECG datasets

Contact: anahita.farhang-ghahfarokhi(at)

Current research area:

  • Time-series analysis to predict energy consumption
  • Time-series analysis to optimize process parameters

Previous research area:

  • Event analysis in production and business processes and cooperation with industry in the area of car manufacturing, printer manufacturing, and textile production
  • Process comparison and analysis: Deviation detection in business processes and bottleneck analysis to increase the performance of the processes

Contact: binder(at)

Current research area:

  • Industrial and data-driven after-sales service development

Previous research area:

  • Service business model development for different customer groups of a company from the machinery and plant engineering sector
  • Development of an evaluation scheme for service partners for a company in the mechanical and plant engineering sector


  • Jörg Schäfer, Baldev Raj Barrsiwal, Muyassar Kokhkharova, Hannan Adil, and Jens Liebehenschel. "Human activity recognition using csi information with nexmon". Angewandte Wissenschaften, 11(19), 2021, special issue "SI: Sensor-Based Human Activity Recognition in Real-World Scenarios", 2021, doi: 10.3390/app11198860.
  • Baldev Raj Barrsiwal, Jens Liebehenschel, and Jörg Schäfer. "Ml approaches for human activity recognition with low-cost hardware". In Embedded Software Engineering Kongress 2021 digital, Nov 2021.
  • Fatima Sajid Butt, Luigi LaBlunda, Matthias F. Wagner, Jörg Schäfer, Inmaculada Medina-Bulo, and David Gómez-Ullate. "Fall detection from electrocardiogram (ECG) signals and classification by deep transfer learning". Information, 2, 12, Sonderausgabe "SI: Computer Vision for Biomedical Image Applications", 2021, doi: 10.3390/info12020063.

Research Projects


1.) ML models enabled much-prolonged cleaning intervals saving time and money

2.) A better understanding of critical process parameters was achieved

Contact person: Fatima Butt, Anahita Farhang


  • The lifting device had to be calibrated by the operator with a proper counterweight
  • Obtained actuator data from Beckhoff CX9020 Ethernet control system for different configurations during training
  • Thus, collected data proper and improper configurations
  • Machine Learning Goal: predict configuration from sensor data and trigger warning in case of improper configuration

Contact Person: Jörg Schäfer

  • Monitoring of paint shop fitters
  • Optimization of batch quality of coating systems
  • Prediction of filter cleaning intervals
  • Prediction of necessary color cartridges of industrial 3D printers

Project and final theses in the research area of INDAS

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Prof. Dr.
Jörg Schäfer
Director of Computer Science (Bachelor)
Building 1, Room 217
Prof. Dr.
Dirk Stegelmeyer
Head of degree course: Service Engineering (Bachelor)
Building BCN (City Gate), Room 626
Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Matthias Wagner
Director of High Integrity Systems Study Programme
Building 1, Room 220
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last updated on: 01.24.2024