We are the Westphalia DataLab

Probably the most innovative datalab in Europe

The Lab

We are a start-up which was founded in autumn 2017 by a team around Professor Dr. Reiner Kurzhals, Cornelius Brosche and the 145-year-old logistics company FIEGE as a strategic investor. In this combination, we combine the agility and adaptability of a start-up with the experience and security of a family-run company. For example, we are able to utilize the technological and scientific freedoms of a start-up company, bringing us to achieve our goal as quickly as possible. At WDL, we have few regulations regarding the technology to be used and no major obstacles to integrate the latest state-of-the-art technologies – as is often the case with large companies. The focus of our work is data analysis for companies for which we are able to obtain significant insights from their data. With the help of artificial intelligence we help our customers to become data-driven companies.



The team of data scientists around Professor Reiner Kurzhals and Cornelius Brosche and FIEGE, pioneers of contract logistics, is the industrial start-up Westphalia DataLab. Our team is characterized by great diversity and combines the expertise of various disciplines. In addition to computer scientists, statisticians and business economists, physicists, mechanical engineers, mathematicians and lawyers also work at the WDL. Due to the close contact of Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals to academia, we can always complement our team with suitable and specialized employees. Over 45 experienced data experts now form the WDL team.

Cornelius Brosche

Founder & Managing Director

Cornelius Brosche is a specialist for data mining, advanced analytics and big data technologies. Following positions at Porsche AG and the IT consulting division MHP, Cornelius Brosche is currently responsible for the overall operation and software development of the Westphalian DataLab. His vision is an advanced automation of analysis workflows, which gives all companies access to state-of-the-art analysis solutions.

Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals


Prof. Dr. Reiner Kurzhals is an entrepreneur in the field of Big Data Analytics and Professor for Data Science at Münster University of Applied Sciences. After selling his first Big Data company in 2015 to McKinsey & Company, New York, he is currently concentrating on the development of the first fully automated data analysis platform with the Westphalian DataLab.

Hans Georg Averhaus

Managing Director

As an absolute expert in the field of corporate planning & control, Hans Georg Averhaus supports the Westphalia DataLab as commercial managing director in all matters concerning the subject of financial planning. In his position, Hans Georg Averhaus is responsible for all issues related to liquidity, profitability and risk planning & control.

FIEGE Logistik Stiftung

Founder and Strategic Investor

The FIEGE Group, based in Greven, Westphalia, is a leading European logistics company specializing in efficient supply chain solutions. The long-standing company FIEGE is constantly reinventing itself in order to stay up to date in times of digitalization and automation.

The Westphalia DataLab is also supported by our advisory board. They support the management in important decisions and are at the same time an extended arm to science & industry.

Prof. Dr. Heike Trautmann


After several years in strategic management consulting in Essen, Munich and Düsseldorf, Prof. Dr. Heike Trautmann now heads the Institute for Information Systems at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster.

Heinrich Widera


Formerly Head of Business Information & Technology Services at Roland Berger, Heinrich Widera now works as an independent management consultant.

Carsten Schröder


Member of the Executive Committee of Münster University of Applied Sciences, Vice President for Transfer, Cooperation and Innovation

Prof. Dr. Norman Lahme-Hütig


Professor Dr. Norman Lahme-Hütig lectures at the University of Applied Sciences Münster with a focus on web engineering and in the future also in the field of AI. He has over 20 years of practical experience in the areas of IT architecture, frontend and backend development.

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