Today's society is characterized by an ever growing trend towards "Mobility", which becomes an integral part of peoples' private and professional life. This leads to emerging markets with sustainable growth rates for mobile communication and mobile internet being key factors of this development. Against this background, our lectures cover a broad spectre of topics from within our main research fields, Mobile Business and Multilateral Security (please see the picture below for details). They are complemented by seminars and theses in the respective fields, partly in collaboration with companies.
The "Mobile Business" lecture series provides an introduction to technologies and economic principles defining these markets. Students will be qualified to identify success factors of mobile business models and to judge on possible application scenarios. Starting with the basics of mobile communication services, emphasis will be put on an analysis of the interaction between individuals and mobile devices / services.
This includes an historic overview across the development of mobile communication infrastructures, services, and protocols. Based on this, students will be qualified to identify possibilities and limitations of mobile business applications and business models, in order to consider the resulting opportunities and challenges when deriving the success factors. Characteristic attributes of mobile services, especially in contrast to electronic services, will be outlined and considered in an analysis of the current market environment for mobile business applications. Furthermore, traditional as well as emerging business models will be discussed. The course concludes with a presentation and discussion of several exemplary application scenarios. Students will be able to reflect on specific attributes of mobile applications, to analyse new scenarios, and to draw connections to traditional and established scenarios.
In the 2nd part of this lecture series (Mobile Business II) focuses on the variety of opportunities and challenges, that are offered by mobile communication technologies and their specific properties and which need to be considered and addressed by companies and regulators. The overall objective of the course is to provide advanced knowledge about mobile applications and mobile services, ranging from technical to economic aspects. Students will be qualified to pro-actively realize inherent commercial potential and to identify and to address challenges and problems in the area of mobile business. An important facet of this is the discussion of international regulation and its implications on the development and application scenarios for mobile services.
Architectures for mobile services and their development are in the focus of the first part of the course. This includes topics such as security and privacy, usability, and the role of standardization. The presentation of exemplary application areas will allow students to understand and question how different design aspects are considered in current scenarios. The course concludes with a state of the art overview of current mobile business research topics and activities, enabling students to understand the lines of research and to draw connections to already existing mobile business applications and scenarios.
Information and Communication Security
The "Information and Communication Security" lecture series provides a general introduction to the topic of information and communication security. Students will be qualified to identify security challenges that come along with using and employing information and communication systems, and to identify and apply adequate means and methods to solve them. Emphasis will be put on the organisational and technical set-up of infrastructures, also including aspects of risk management and profitability analysis of security concepts and technologies. Further, students will be qualified to identify and assess security risks, in order to develop and establish appropriate security strategies.
Contents presented in the lecture will also be discussed in the context of international standardisation and regulation activities in the domain of information and communication security, allowing students to consider long-term developments, trends, and challenges in their analysis.