In Interactive Systems and Media, work began at the Chair of Information Retrieval (Professor Norbert Fuhr) on the EU Khresmoi project, which is developing a multilingual retrieval system for medical information for use both by medical experts and laypersons. Further information retrieval projects funded by the DFG address efficient, highly interactive retrieval and semantic cluster analysis. A recommender system for products and services that automatically adapts itself to the user and the current context based on semantic models has been developed in the DFG’s CONTICI project (Professor Jürgen Ziegler).
Research on social media was intensified with the acquisition of the BMBF joint project “Foodweb 2.0 – Development, application and evaluation of Web 2.0 technologies to foster education and innovation in the nutrition industry” (Professor Nicole Krämer, Professor Heinz Ulrich Hoppe). The influence of the source and complexity of information on the use of scientific information on the internet is investigated in a DFG project that forms part of the “Science and the General Public” Priority Programme (Professor Nicole Krämer).
Gesture-based forms of human-computer 
interaction are investigated in the DFG project “Gesture-based interaction and knowledge creation in mobile ad-hoc networks” (Professor Wolfram Luther with Dr. Daniel Biella and the Universidad de Chile) and in the EU project FoSIBLE (Professor Jürgen Ziegler), which aims to develop playful forms of training to preserve physical and mental capacities in the elderly.
In Networked World, the Networked Embedded Systems (Professor Pedro José Marrón) research group was able to begin work on several new EU and BMBF projects  totalling 1.7 million euros over the next four years. The Chair is coordinating two major EU projects, the Integrated Project PLANET on 
deploying, managing and controlling large-scale infrastructures for Cooperating Objects, as well as a Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects.
A Network of Excellence in Engineering Secure Future Internet Software Services and Systems (NESSoS, coordinated by Professor Maritta Heisel and Professor Stefan Eicker) was acquired within the Ruhr Institute for Software Engineering PALUNO. The project sets out to establish a permanent research association related to software engineering for secure software-based services and systems and raise the level of trust in the 
future internet by increasing the security of software, services and systems.
The close link with research issues in the engineering sciences is particularly apparent from projects addressing the topics of “Visualizing inclusions in slice images of steel samples” (Professor Wolfram Luther, Dr. Werner Otten in conjunction with Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH) and “Interval methods for robust model-predictive control of SOFC fuel cell systems” (Dr. Ekaterina Auer). At the Chair of Organizational Psychology (Professor Annette Kluge), the Steelsim research simulator went into operation in October 2010. This blast furnace simulator, co-financed by the Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung, is used for cognitive team research.
More generic research themes are addressed in a number of new DFG projects relating to topics such as “Graphs, Recognizability and Verification” (Professor Barbara König), “Interval methods for adaptive hierarchical models in modeling and simulations systems” (Professor Wolfram Luther, Dr. Eva Dyllong), and psychological aspects of breaches of rule in organisations (Professor Annette Kluge).