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We present results of applied research for industrial applications from Fraunhofer institutes and companies' research departments - find out about the trends of the future!

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including from Fraunhofer Institutes, TU Munich, TU Vienna

  • It is an exciting new research area that is becoming increasingly important in the course of the mega trend of artificial intelligence (AI): So-called neuromorphic computing, also known as brain-like computing, uses technologies that mimic the human brain and nervous system. It could solve extensive associative learning problems. There is also the opportunity to significantly reduce the energy consumption of the currently silicon-based circuits. Fraunhofer EMFT is working on the EU project Neuronn, which started in 2020.
  • Artificial intelligence is predicted to have a major impact on society, culture and the economy. The use of AI in cities and urban environments, or Smart City for short, is a hotly debated topic. At the moment, the most explosive issue within this debate is Emotional Artificial Intelligence, i.e. AI with EQ. Minebea Mitsumi is concerned with the topic, because AI and Smart City are product and development branches here.
  • Driv and several research partners have received a mobility grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie measures of the European Union, which should flow into the development and testing of advanced wheel module concepts for autonomous vehicles. Driv, a Tenneco company, is part of the “Owheel” project with London-based technology company Arrival Ltd. Arrival, developer and manufacturer of generation 2.0 electric vehicles, as well as working with universities and industrial organizations.
  • Today heat pumps work almost exclusively on the basis of compressor technology. Compressors need harmful refrigerants. Against this background, six Fraunhofer institutes are developing highly efficient electrocaloric heat pumps in the Fraunhofer lead project “Elkawe” that do not use harmful refrigerants.
  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has been involved in the development of processes and systems for cleaning, sterilization and surface modification for decades. As part of an internal funding project, the institute has dealt with a novel approach to the automated detection and inactivation of biofilms and has now presented the first results.
  • In combination with domestic granite or other hard stones, carbon fibers enable completely new construction materials and building materials. Theoretical calculations show that if the carbon fibers are made from algae oil, the production of innovative materials removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is released. A research project led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now to advance these technologies.
  • Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Regensburg and Sulzbach are working together with industry partners on a novel analysis method in the "Virosens" project to make the efficacy testing of vaccines more efficient and cost-effective. The method combines electrochemical sensors and biotechnology and for the first time enables a fully automated analysis of the infection status of test cells.
  • With the Hyperloop it would be possible to drive from Munich to Berlin in half an hour. Elon Musk presented the concept of a super-fast train that races through a tube system. In 2015 Musk started the "SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition". Students from all over the world have already competed against each other three times with their prototypes for the cabin capsule, the so-called "pod". The prototype of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) raced three times as the fastest. The...
  • Laser Hall B3, Booth 335 Research report Robots must be equipped with sensors and software for three-dimensional vision in order to gain a spatial understanding of their environment and to be able to precisely control objects. A team of researchers at Fraunhofer IPMS has been developing and manufacturing microscanner mirrors, known as MEMS scanners, for over 10 years, which are intended to enable robots to detect objects in the area, similar to human vision.
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