Newer and newer models with more and more sophisticated technology are entering the market. Yet, these lovely new devices often just don't function as reliably as they ought to.
Germany is a recognized center of technology. German cars are top worldwide. We are the world's market leader in eighteen of thirty-eight technical branches of machinery and plant manufacturing. If this is to remain so, technical products must be one hundred percent safe and reliable.
So that complicated software functions correctly, researchers from Magdeburg and Kaiserslautern are jointly working on concepts intended to help manufacturers perfect their products. There is tremendous need for research especially for developments in motor vehicle, medical, power and material handling engineering. The researchers intend to take advantage of virtual reality.
Things that are normally invisible shall take on form in cyberspace where software integrated in machinery and devices precisely demonstrates how it performs. Moreover, the vividness of virtual reality helps it eliminate reservations against modern technology. Findings directly enter into the development process and make DVD recorders, cars or entire power stations safer and more reliable. Ultimately, machinery and plants should function faultlessly all the time.
"Virtual reality is perfectly suited for this and will be instrumental in bringing us closer to this goal. Our Virtual Development and Training Centre VDTC in Magdeburg has made us a nationwide leader in this field," says Prof. Michael Schenk, Director of Fraunhofer IFF in Magdeburg. Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, Director of the Fraunhofer IESE adds, "This is an extensive topic of research. Ultimately, technology ought to make people's lives easier. Since this is not always the case, we have to address these issues, in particular whenever we fully rely on machinery and devices and often even trust them with our lives, for instance in traffic on the road or in the hospital."
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting the project with 9.2 million euros as part of its initiative Advanced Research and Innovation in the New States. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern are involved.
Ultra-precise chip-scale sensor detects unprecedentedly small changes at the nanoscale
18.01.2017 | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Data analysis optimizes cyber-physical systems in telecommunications and building automation
18.01.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen SCAI
An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...
Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...
Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...
Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...
19.01.2017 | Event News
10.01.2017 | Event News
09.01.2017 | Event News
20.01.2017 | Awards Funding
20.01.2017 | Materials Sciences
20.01.2017 | Life Sciences