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Research Projects

MICADO: Migrant Integration Cockpits & Dashboards

MICADO is part of the EU research programme Horizon 2020, the consortium consisting of 15 partners is coordinated by the Digital City Science at the HCU Hamburg. By using new technologies of data analysis and data integration on the one hand and easily accessible audio-visual interfaces on the other, MICADO will provide a technical solution to facilitate the arrival and participation processes. These solutions will be developed and tested in co-creative processes in cooperation with the target groups of migrants and new citizens, public administrations, CSOs, and civil society. They aim at supporting communication with and between local authorities and facilitate access to relevant information.

Sponsor: Europäische Kommission Horizon 2020 

Partnesr: MICADO Consortium

Project Duration: 01.01.2019 – 30.06.2022

MICADO Website


TOSCA Toolkit for Open and Sustainable City Planning and Analysis

The Toolkit for open and sustainable city planning analysis is a cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India and Ecuador. Further partners are the municipal administrations in Ecuador and India, local tech companies, and universities.

Sponsor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH / Partners: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, municipal administrations in Ecuador and India, local tech companies and universities

Project Duration: October 2019 – March 2021

The TOSCA Toolkit – Video Tutorial on Vimeo

github - The TOSCA Toolkit


SURE - Sustainable Development of Urban Regions

SURE is a BMBF-funded, HCU-coordinated facilitation and synthesis research project carried out in cooperation with THL Lübeck and TÜV Rheinland Consulting. SURE operates a larger BMBF programme (nearly 150 institutions), in which 10 individual research and development projects focus on sustainable urbanism in South-East and East Asia, by supporting the projects in their scientific work, cross-sectional research, and finding cross-project synergies and transfer potentials.

Project Duration: 01.09.2020 – 30.08.2025

Sponsor: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project within the framework of the Strategy „Research for Sustainability" 

Partners: Technische Hochschule Lübeck, TÜV Rheinland Consulting

SURE Website


Gracio: Grasbrook CityScope

Using methods and tools for digital urban research, the DCS develops an interactive city model for the district of Grasbrook in Hamburg. The model will be used to support planning and decision-making via the visualization of complex spatial and social contexts. It will simulate development scenarios based on important urban planning qualities such as mobility and accessibility, energy consumption, and air pollution.

Sponsor: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH 

Project Duration: November 2018 - November 2020

Grasbrook Website


MEDIFLY Medizinischer Luftfrachtdienst mit unbemannten Luftfahrzeugen / Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

The joint Project Medifly Hamburg researches the possibility of unmanned aircraft for the transport of medical goods and how they can be safely integrated into existing urban air traffic. In addition to the legal framework and technical setup, the project is investigating the opinion and support of citizens, with the DCS researching, evaluating and conducting participatory formats.

Lead: GLVI Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsinformatik

Project Duration: 2021-2022

Medifly Website


i-LUM Innovative Luftmobilität in Hamburg

The i-LUM joint project develops and evaluates the feasibility of innovative concepts and technologies for airborne urban mobility for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region in future scenarios (2040/2050). Within the project the DCS focuses on the planning, functioning, modeling and application scenarios of the ground-based infrastructure of the Vertiports.

Lead: Research Consortium of Hamburg Universities for Innovative Air Mobility in Hamburg

Coordinator: TU Hamburg, Prof. Gollnick

Project Duration: 2021-2023

i-lLUM Website



MOVE21 is an innovation project funded by the European Commission. It aims at transforming European cities and their surroundings into smart zero emissions nodes for mobility and logistics. The project helps participating cities achieve a 30% reduction of transport-related emissions by 2030 via the implementation of 15 transport-related innovations. The project coordinator is the City of Oslo – innovator city in C40 and European Green Capital in 2019. The cities involved are Oslo, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Munich, Rome and Bologna. HCU is participating to the project in several activities, and carrying out the lead of the work package focusing on “The Urban-Social Layer”. It is ensured a positive effect of the innovations deployed during the project at a social level. 

EU Horizon 2020 project

Lead: City of Oslo

Project Duration: 2021-2024

MOVE21 Website


Cooperation with the LIG Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen

Establishing experimental-explorative research and development projects, and creating new tools and methods for the visualization and analysis of urban data in the context of strategic land use and urban development.

Partner: Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen (LIG) /State Agency for Real Estate Development Hamburg

Project Duration: October 2019 – April 2021


ROMI Reallabor Offenes Modell für Interdisziplinäre Planung

Incentive Research at HCU

Lead: HCU Digital City Science

In cooperation with HCU Profs. Ballestrem, Bögle, Breckner, Mondino, Schiewe, Wildner

Project Duration: 2021-2023


Sharing City College

Joint PhD research into topics of participatory urban development

Coordinator: ahoi digital, Hamburg Universities´ department of Computer Science

Project Duration: 2021-2023

Project Description


Cities4People Urban Living Labs for Mobility

Towards people-oriented transport and mobility

EU Horizon 2020 project

Coordinator: Copenhagen Business School

Project Duration: 2019-2021

cities4people Website