Towards the Internet of Services: The THESEUS Research Program

  • Wolfgang Wahlster
  • Hans-Joachim Grallert
  • Stefan Wess
  • Hermann Friedrich
  • Thomas Widenka

Part of the Cognitive Technologies book series (COGTECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Principal Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wolfgang Wahlster
      Pages 3-13
    3. Stephan Fischer
      Pages 15-27
    4. Norbert Luetke-Entrup
      Pages 29-36
    5. Rudi Studer, Catherina Burghart, Nenad Stojanovic, Tran Thanh, Valentin Zacharias
      Pages 37-50
    6. Henning Kagermann
      Pages 51-56
  3. Core Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Tilman Becker, Catherina Burghart, Kawa Nazemi, Patrick Ndjiki-Nya, Thomas Riegel, Ralf Schäfer et al.
      Pages 59-88
    3. Eugene Mbanya, Sebastian Gerke, Christian Hentschel, Antje Linnemann, Patrick Ndjiki-Nya
      Pages 89-99
    4. Claudia Nickel, Xuebing Zhou, Mohan Liu, Patrick Ndjiki-Nya
      Pages 101-110
    5. Ulrich Bügel, Veli Bicer, Jens Wissmann, Andreas Abecker
      Pages 111-119
    6. Markus Löckelt, Matthieu Deru, Christian H. Schulz, Simon Bergweiler, Tilman Becker, Norbert Reithinger
      Pages 131-144
    7. Daniel Porta, Matthieu Deru, Simon Bergweiler, Gerd Herzog, Peter Poller
      Pages 145-162
    8. Simon Bergweiler
      Pages 163-178
    9. Kawa Nazemi, Matthias Breyer, Dirk Burkhardt, Christian Stab, Jörn Kohlhammer
      Pages 191-202
    10. Thorsten May, Kawa Nazemi, Jörn Kohlhammer
      Pages 203-209
    11. Alexander Binder, Wojciech Samek, Klaus-Robert Müller, Motoaki Kawanabe
      Pages 211-223

About this book


The Internet of Services and the Internet of Things are major building blocks of the Future Internet. The digital enterprise of the future is based not only on mobile, social, and cloud technologies, but also on se­mantic technologies and the future Internet of Everything. Semantic technologies now enable mass cus­tomization for the delivery of goods and services that meet individual customer needs and tastes with near mass production efficiency and reliability. This is creating a competitive advantage in the industrial econ­omy, the service economy, and the emerging data economy, leading to smart products, smart services, and smart data, all adaptable to specific tasks, locations, situations, and contexts of smart spaces. Such tech­nologies allow us to describe, revise, and adapt the characteristics, functions, processes, and usage patterns of customization targets on the basis of machine-understandable content representation that enables auto­mated processing and information sharing between human and software agents.


This book explains the principal achievements of the Theseus research program, one of the central pro­grams in the German government's Digital 2015 initiative and its High-Tech Strategy 2020. The methods, toolsets, and standards for semantic technologies developed during this program form a solid basis for the fourth industrial revolution (Industrie 4.0), the hybrid service economy, and the transformation of big data into useful smart data for the emerging data economy.


The contributing authors are leading scientists and engineers, representing world-class academic and in­dustrial research teams, and the ideas, technologies, and representative use cases they describe in the book derive from results in multidisciplinary fields, such as the Internet of Services; the Semantic Web, and semantic technologies, knowledge management, and search; user interfaces, multimodal interaction, and visualization; machine learning and data mining; and business process support, manufacturing, automa­tion, medical systems, and integrated service engineering.


The book will be of value to both researchers and practitioners in these domains.



2020 High-Tech Strategy ALEXANDRIA Automation Business Process Support CONTENTUS Data Mining Digital 2015 Future Internet Industrie 4.0 Innovation Integrated Service Engineering (ISE) Machine Learning Manufacturing Multimodal Interaction Semantic Knowledge Management Semantic Search Semantic Technologies Semantic Web THESEUS The Internet of Everything The Internet of Services The Internet of Things User Interfaces Visualization cyber-physical production systems mass customization semantic machine-to-machine (M2M) communication semantic product memories sensor data smart factories smart products smart services

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Wahlster
    • 1
  • Hans-Joachim Grallert
    • 2
  • Stefan Wess
    • 3
  • Hermann Friedrich
    • 4
  • Thomas Widenka
    • 5
  1. 1.Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) GmbH SaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-InstitutBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Empolis Information Management GmbHKaiserslauternGermany
  4. 4.Corporate TechnologySiemens AGMünchenGermany
  5. 5.Strategy AdvisorySAP Deutschland AG & Co. KGWalldorfGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-06754-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-06755-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1611-2482
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6635
  • About this book