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KIT combines the mission of a university with that of a large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association. With over 9000 employees and an annual budget of EUR 795 million, KIT is one of the largest research and education institutions worldwide. The KIT has a long standing tradition in wireless sensor network, context-aware intelligent systems, heterogeneous distributed systems and human computer interaction.

The TECO of the KIT is a well-renowned research group in Ubiquitous Computing and wireless sensor networks. TECO has been a primary innovators in mobile and ubiquitous technology developing the first mobile web browser (PocketWeb) in 1994 and building sensor enabled context-aware mobile phones in 1999 within the TEA project (EU Esprit). The group started research in intelligent pervasive computing systems and heterogeneous distributed systems in 1998, developing the first augmented artefact embedded sensor system (MediaCup), the first European sensor network and embedded system in 2000 (Smart-Its, EU FP5), smart object sensor system for industrial applications in 2005 (CoBIs, EU FP6). Recently the group has been involved in a wide variety of national, international and industrially funded research projects such the CHOSEN (EU FP7), Aletheia (BmBF leading innovation project) and TIMBUS (EU FP7) related to the integration of context-awareness and wireless sensing technology into industrial and enterprise applications.

TECO has traditionally a strong background in combining business process with contextual information and in-situ real world data. TECO is experienced in applying sensing and data analysis technology on different of industrial applications. Examples are the hazardous goods (CoBIs EU FP6) project or condition monitoring in automotive and aeronatics (CHOSEN, EU FP7). Currently TECO is researching context awareness in business work flows and services within the TIMBUS project (EU FP7). As part of the smart data innovation lab ( TECO currently works on scalable analysis technologies for applications in Energy and Industrial applications. The third primary expertise are research and development support for in-situ user interfaces. A special focus is the cost of ubiquitous mobile data analysis technology application in terms of field usability