Bachelor-/ Master Thesis: »Methodical implementation strategy for network monitoring systems in industry 4.0«

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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 29,000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros.

In the course of the fourth industrial revolution, modern technologies – such as artificial intelligence or IIOT – are increasingly being integrated into the existing industrial network. As a result, a change from the hierarchical automation pyramid to a fully connected automation network occurs. In the process, the boundaries between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) are increasingly dissolving, which means that cyber-attacks on OT are on the rise and classic solution approaches are reaching their limits. Monitoring industrial network traffic as protective components against malicious attackers offers one solution. Therefore, this thesis aims to support companies in using such network monitoring technologies for production data with a methodical approach, to work out advantages, and to point out challenges. For this purpose, you will closely accompany the set-up of a production environment with the help of components from automation technology and coordinate the use of network monitoring systems. In addition, you will gain valuable insights into the challenges of the networked industry and have the opportunity to communicate with companies undergoing digital transformation.

What you will do

  • Familiarization with industrial network monitoring systems
  • Implementation of network monitoring systems and evaluation of network data
  • Development of a methodical implementation strategy
  • Validation and documentation of results

What you bring to the table

  • You are studying industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or a comparable subject
  • A high degree of initiative, motivation, and team spirit
  • Good language skills in German and/or English

What you can expect

  • Professional supervision and technical support in the preparation of your thesis
  • Scientific development of a practice-relevant, highly topical, and exciting subject
  • Targeted and fast processing of topics
  • Participation in innovative research and development projects with renowned industrial partners
  • A state-of-the-art machine park equipped with edge cloud systems and 5G infrastructure

Questions according to this position will be answered by:
Alexander Kreppein M.Sc.
Research assistant production quality
Phone: +49 241 8904-289

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