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Metrology for Digital Transformation

Department 9.4


Project and plans in the area of digitisation are strongly interdisciplinary. Therefore, the implementation of these projects often requires novel approaches to project organisation. For example, the realisation of a continuous digital workflow for metrological services requires an agile project approach since it is now well understood within the field of computer engineering that the full, accurate and unambiguous requirements are rarely known at the start of a project.

In the same way, the implementation of a future-proof research data management system at PTB is a task that none of the specialist departments can carry out alone. In particular, the high pace of change of external influencing factors and the complexity of the projects bring the existing division of labour and project organisation to their limits.

The department “Metrology for the Digital Transformation” supports and complements PTB’s activities in the field of digitisation via targeted cooperation projects and pilots. In doing so, the department actively integrates the competences of the other departments into the project implementation process and thus allows for a flexible and agile way of working. 

The work in the department is divided into four thematic areas:

The thematic areas serve as an anchor and orientation for the projects in the department and are geared to a long-term digital vision for PTB. For each thematic area, there is a contact person in the department to ensure networking, interlinking and a coordinated approach. The topic leaders and the department head form the core of the management team. They, in turn, are supported by people with competencies that are required across the department (e.g. communication, IT Infrastructure, Agile coaching). The Opens internal link in current windowDigitalisation Steering Committee (LK-D) acts as a supervisory body for: portfolio management; the alignment of long-term topics; and the establishment of projects with large time scales and or, significant personnel requirements.

In the topic areas, agile and flexible project teams form temporary groups that pursue the implementation of a specific task or objective in a largely self-organised manner. A project coordinator (in agile terminology, the “project owner” or “product owner”) supports the project team, sets priorities in consultation with the topic management and coordinates the continuous communication with the users/customers.  The project teams do not form permanent groupings but are put together at the beginning of a project on the basis of the competencies required for the particular implementation. 

Topic areas

The thematic area “”Digital Infrastructures” comprises projects for the digital transformation of the working methods of PTB itself. These include, in particular, projects in the field of eScience, eLearning and eCoaching.


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The “Metrology for Sensor Networks” topic includes research projects in areas such as: Industry 4.0; Cities of the Future; Autonomous Driving and Big Data. The projects in this topic area are largely third-party funded and are carried out in association with external research partners.


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The topic “Metrology for Data” combines projects in the fields of: research data management; ontologies and semantics; data infrastructures and metrology for artificial intelligence methods.


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The “Metrology for Sensor Networks” topic includes research projects in areas such as: Industry 4.0; Cities of the Future; Autonomous Driving and Big Data. The projects in this topic area are largely third-party funded and are carried out in association with external research partners.


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In terms of content, the work in the "Metrological Services" topic area are focussed on projects to actively drive forward the digital transformation in this area. These include projects for the introduction of digital certificates and for modelling work processes for their efficient digital transformation. The implementation of projects in the area of Opens internal link in current window„QI-Digital“ a long-term project to establish an interoperable digital quality infrastructure, also falls within this topic area.


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The junior research group acts as the link between the other groups of department 9.4 and the thematically related chairs at TU Berlin, among them SecT (Prof. Seifert), BigDaMa (Prof. Markl, Prof. Abedjan), DSI (Prof. Tschorsch) and CIT (Prof. Kao). The head of the junior research group also serves as a junior professor at TU Berlin. More information concerning our teaching activities can be found at the Opens external link in new windowcorresponding web site at TU Berlin. Research topics of our group include:

  • Design, development and evaluation of system software with a focus on safety and security, e.g., microkernels and hypervisors
  • Analysis of new security technologies in CPU designs and system-on-chip platforms
  • Prover technology for system software, especially for operating on the final machine code
  • Construction of secure distributed cloud services, development of necessary communication protocols

Additional the junior group is closely involved in the topic area "Opens internal link in current windowDigital transformation in the quality infrastructure".


IMEKO TC6: First International Conference on Metrology and Digital Transformation

Opens external link in new windowM4Dconf 2022

On 19. - 21. September 2022 the Opens external link in new windowIMEKO TC6 "Digitalization" organises the first international conference on metrology and digital transformation - the M4Dconf 2022. The Conference will be organized as hybrid event - with limited number of places for physical attendance in Berlin. 

Call for Papers

The Initiates file downloadCall for Papers is now open until 15th March 2022. Abstracts can be submitted within the general scope of the project or directly for a Special Session, such as:

  • Pathways to digital transformation
  • Modeling metrology in software for digital transformation

The Opens external link in new windowCall for Special Sessions is also still open until 31st January 2022.

To find out more about the conference, the venue and deadlines, visit the conference website: Opens external link in new windowhttps://www.m4dconf2022.ptb.de/