"MetalClass" and "DeSiRe-NG" in focus at the "DigitaleZukunft@OWL" congress

Let's shape the future - this was the motto of this year's "DigitaleZukunft@OWL" congress on March 14 at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn. The Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT) of the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (TH OWL) presented the "MetalClass" and "DeSiRe-NG" projects.

Prof. Dr. Markus Lange-Hegermann presents "MetalClass".

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From left to right: Sebastian Gretenkort (Lufthansa Industry Solutions), Maxim Friesen (inIT) and Lukas Dalhoff (InnoZent OWL e.V.) present "DeSiRe-NG"

Dynamic exchange on digital and sustainable topics of the future

Almost 400 participants used the congress to discuss challenges, opportunities and innovative solutions for a digital and sustainable future. A total of 45 exciting projects from various subject areas were given the opportunity to present themselves in three-minute pitches.


"MetalClass" – for a better recycling process

Prof. Dr. Markus Lange-Hegermann used the three minutes to present the "MetalClass" project. The aim of the project is to develop a measurement method for the non-destructive real-time classification of copper or aluminium scrap based on PGNAA (Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis) in order to optimize the recycling process. PGNAA is an analytical measurement technique used in materials science and other fields to determine the composition of materials. The project originates from the Mathematics and Data Science research group, headed by Prof. Dr. Markus Lange-Hegermann.

A highlight was the announcement that metals can be classified integrally in less than a second. Several companies showed great interest in the project results.


"DeSiRe-NG" – reliability and security in 5G networks

Maxim Friesen presented the "DeSiRe-NG" project of Prof. Dr. Henning Trsek'sNetworked Automation Systems research group, which deals with the reliability and security of 5G networks for industrial applications. The aim of the project is to investigate and improve the reliability and resilience of 5G networks, particularly with regard to industrial applications. This is done by analyzing and processing faults and interference in 5G campus networks using a toolbox based on open source software. 




An entirely successful event

Between the pitches, themed islands with small project exhibition stands offered time and opportunity to exchange ideas and delve deeper into the respective fields of research.

The congress was organized by OstWestfalenLippe GmbHDigitalBüro OWL, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum and the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Ruhr-OWL.


Further information

Find out more about "MetalClass" at:

Find out more about "DeSiRe-NG" at:

TH OWL was also represented with four other exciting research projects. You can find more information here: