Bachelor Thesis: Rule System Component Enhancement in fortiss Smart Energy Living Lab


The rule system component in the fortiss Smart Energy Living Lab is responsible for automation of smart devices in an office environment. The intelligent control of actuators using sensor data is based on defining rules. We use a rule-based approach to automate the behavior of lights, shutters, and other actuators in the demonstrator. The existing rule system already provides features to support automatic rule generation and adaptation of existing rules. The implementation is done on JBoss Drools, which is a Business Rules Management System.


The goal of this thesis is to extend the existing rule system component by:

  • Analyzing and refining the concept for automatic generation and rule adaptation.
  • Implementing the developed/refined concept in the fortiss demonstrator.
  • Evaluating the approach by using a simple use case for controlling lights and shutter in the demonstrator.


  • Understanding the existing Living lab demonstrator and the existing rule engine.
  • Refining and improving of the existing approach.
  • Implementing use cases for controlling lights and shutter in the demonstrator.
  • Providing detailed documentation of the work done as part of thesis work.


  • Good knowledge of Java, OSGi.
  • Basic knowledge of maven, drools rule engine.
  • Self-driven and motivated to work independently.

Contact Person(s): Pragya Kirti Gupta, Markus Duchon, Bernhard Schaetz

Bachelor Thesis: Integrating the EnOcean VLD telegram type into the fortiss Living Lab demonstrator


The concept oft the „Living Laboratory“ enables to research new technologies in a real working environment. Sustainable and enduring, life and work are the goals of this concept. The effective and primarily the efficient usage of different technologies and their interaction are of vital importance.

Our transfer- and research institute offers a space therefore. Here the „Living Lab: Energy – Efficient Living“ has been developed. The „Living Lab“ is a distributed system with robust and adaptive embedded functionalities. An important feature oft he „Living Lab“-concept is the service-oriented architecture, which enables to easily integrate new sensor and actuator technologies and to use them efficiently.

The project is a joint cooperation between the Chair of Software and Systems Engineering of the TU München and the research and transfer institute of fortiss and will be executed in the fortiss office space.


The living lab demonstrator already supports different types of home automation devices, including the EnOcean protocol ( Last year, a new telegram type was introduced, which is much more complex that the telegrams before and is also bi-directional. So far the Living Lab demonstrator only supports the older telegram types. Goal of this thesis would be, to extend the existing module (in our system it is called the EnOcean Actuator Client) to support the VLD Telegram type

Your tasks are:

  • Getting familiar with the EnOcean Protocol
  • Comparison of the different EnOcean telegram types
  • Getting familiar with the Smart Living Lab demonstrator
  • Implementing and testing the new protocol type

Your prerequisites:

  • Good Java- and Eclipse-Knowledge (good to have but not mandatory: OSGi, maven, git)
  • Basic knowledge in protocol theory
  • Have fun to work in a group


Then we look forward hearing from you. Please send your application with the identification number to career(at)

Identification Number:

FB1-SES-12-12-2014 *

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Contact Person(s):  Dagmar Koss, Markus Duchon

Bachelor Thesis: Develop Gamification Concepts for the fortiss Smart Energy Living Lab mobile Apps

Topic is taken

– Good knowledge of one ore more mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows 8)
– Experience in Java and the Eclipse platform
– Good but not necessary: basic knowledge of gamification

The Smart Grid Demonstrator is developed as a part of the regular office space at fortiss. The demonstrator’s backend is based on a Service Oriented Architecture making it flexible and extensible.
As one of the next extensions to the system, the existing mobile Apps, which allow the user of control and monitor the living lab. To raise the awareness of how to save energy and for keeping the user motivated, gamification in the apps could be used.
Goal: Development and Implementation of gamification aspects in the mobile Apps

– Evaluation of the gamification concepts with respect to the Smart Energy field
– Creation of a gamification framework for Smart Energy mobile Apps
– Prototypic implementation into an App

Dagmar Koss, email, Tel.: 089 / 3603522-26