Towards Space Mining: A Smart Space Management Solution to Minimize Indoor Spreading Risk of COVID-19

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Otto, M., Kipping, G., Gau, M., Grisold, T., & vom Brocke, J. (2022). Towards Space Mining: A Smart Space Management Solution to Minimize Indoor Spreading Risk of COVID-19. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. (VHB_3: C)

Publication type

Paper in Conference Proceedings


Policies to fight COVID-19 have largely targeted at indoor spaces. Abundant empirical evidence showed that COVID-19 spreads more easily through aerosols in closed rooms. We have been utilizing Design Science Research (DSR) to develop a smart space management solution that draws from space-related trace data to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in indoor environments. At the heart of our solution is a digital device that mines and visualizes these data to create awareness about the spreading risk of COVID-19 at a given point in time and encourage those physically present in the room to take relevant actions (e.g., opening a window). In this research-in-progress paper, we report on the first design cycle and deliver (1) design requirements, (2) an initial set of design principles, and (3) a prototypical implementation of a solution that brings to awareness when COVID-19 is likely to spread in indoor environments. Our research highlights the importance of examining space, which has received very little attention in the information systems field.


The Role of Space in Information Systems
FFF-Förderprojekt, December 2021 until November 2022 (finished)

We act in the understanding of a smart space management solution that we are prototyping and testing specifically for the COVID-19 use case. The project will explore the evolving role of space and ... more ...


Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair of Business Process Management