CeBIT: Autonomous Driving and a view into the future

Driving without red traffic lights – Skillful robots – Linguistically talented computers – Eye tracking at home – Paragliding fun

A test area for autonomous driving, sensors that make robots more skillful, quality management by means of virtual reality, better text comprehension for computers, an eye tracking laboratory at home and a vibrating variometer for paraglider pilots as well as a symposium on the latest trends in robotics: At the joint CeBIT presentation of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from 20 to 24 March 2017 in Hannover (Hall 6, Stand A30), the exhibition visitors can experience exciting research.

Future Mobility – Test Area Autonomous Driving

More safety and at the same time less fuel consumption and time saving – with the virtual test drive through the city of Karlsruhe, the FZI and KIT give an outlook on chances and possibilities of autonomous and interconnected driving the way it will be tested and explored in the future within the test area Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW).

The demonstrator is equipped with a model vehicle and traffic lights. The visitors can observe the communication between the interconnected car and the signalling equipment. The communication does not only take place via light signals and optical sensors but also via radio. Thus, the approaching car will be informed about the status of the traffic light once the car accelerates and it can subsequently match its driving manoeuvres. It can slow down or increase speed so that an unnecessary waste of energy can be reduced at red traffic lights.

In the test area, various types of vehicles – from bus and private transport to delivery traffic up to street cleaning services – will be tested and developed for automated and interconnected driving in real traffic. The preparations are extensive: The tracks of the test area cover both urban areas with car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well as rural roads and motorways. They are currently in the process of being included into the highly precise 3D maps data base and the infrastructure is being equipped with sensors that capture the entire traffic flow and its influencing factors. The launch of a test run of the test area is scheduled for this year.

Things Thinking – Computers Learn Understanding Languages

The spin-off company of KIT Things Thinking develops artificial intelligence that understands texts and is thus able to help detecting defects in documents.

Natural language is a revolution in the interaction between man and machine. Machine learning, statistics and other approaches will not be able to overcome high obstacles as long as machines do not understand the meaning of language and instead try to grasp it from a mathematical and statistical point of view. Things Thinking differs from previous methods in natural language processing since it understands the meaning of language concepts.

The software understands, processes and uses the semantics of language and is thus highly versatile, for example in industry 4.0, with software manufacturers or consulting companies. In future, customer service might be improved through virtual assistants, or legal tech solutions might help interpreting contracts.

RüttelFlug – The Ultimate Gadget for Paraglider Pilots

RüttelFlug (engl. hovering flight) is a variometer that displays vertical speeds via vibration patterns. This variometer for paraglider pilots or balloonists has no disturbing sound or image signals and can be worn like a bracelet around the wrist.

A barometric sensor determines the vertical speed and sorts it into classes of rates of climb and descent. Various vibration patterns communicate these rates to the paraglider pilot. In this way, the pilot can immediately feel speed changes. Thanks to this new concept, rates of climb and descent as well as information about airflows and weather conditions during the flight are conveyed more pleasantly and less obtrusively. RüttelFlug is the ultimate gadget for all paraglider pilots who do not only wish to enjoy the flight without disruptions but also to enhance and extend the experience.

Market Research – The Home Eye Tracking Laboratory

Eyezag is a spin-off company of KIT. The company develops a technology that can calculate the exact gaze position on the monitor using any standard webcam. Studies that were so far only able to be carried out in a laboratory by performing elaborate trials and with special hardware and trained employees, can now be carried out easily and quickly online. The suitable target group can be addressed online and thus the user behaviour can be recorded authentically from their home desk or couch. The user interface has been designed so that neither the test persons nor the expert analysing the results need to install special software or plugins – a normal web browser opens the door into the virtual eye tracking laboratory. In the online suite, studies can be created, conducted and evaluated. Possible forms of presentation are heat maps or gaze plots. Statistical calculations are possible, too. Machine learning approaches keep on improving the system through self-learning. The technology is useful in market research. Further developments in interaction, diagnosis and assistance are possible.

Skillful Machines – Bi-Modal Sensor for Industrial Robots

Intelligent robots can perceive their surroundings and react to it without any contact. They can safely interact with their environment and even carry out complex tasks such as unerringly and reliably gripping unknown objects.

Sensors developed at KIT replace camera systems, which creates whole new possibilities of interaction between the machines equipped with the technology and their surroundings or a workpiece. The TNS, a capacitive tactile proximity sensor uses the capacitive electric coupling to identify objects without touching them and to precisely register the compression force of the grip. At the stand, the visitors can learn about the functionality of such sensors, for example in teleoperations where the sensor data is shown on a haptic display. In this way, the user can trace the environmental perception of the robot.

AUREUS: Intelligent Data Visualisation for Industry 4.0

Virtual and augmented reality applications (VR/AR) are about to conquer industry, logistics, healthcare, trade and many more sectors in the near future. A 3D printer will show the CeBIT visitors how data in production plants can be visualised by means of augmented reality in real time: A tablet shows the wind speed and direction measured by the sensors in the miniature production plant. Sensor information in production processes and plants that are sensitive to environmental factors are particularly relevant. Injection moulding for instance is error-prone if draughts or temperature changes influence the production.

The visitors can change the factors of the demonstrator via a regulator and thus influence the quality of the printed product. In order to provide this intelligent data visualisation with augmented reality for industry 4.0, the data of various sensors with model-driven software development approaches is read, semantically enriched by context information such as standard data or a data history, transformed and displayed on mobile devices. The measurement and intelligent visualisation is supposed to help specialist workers to easily interpret disturbing influences from air and their possible origins in the future and to perform correct trouble shooting.

Symposium “Robotik im 21. Jahrhundert” (Robotics in the 21st Century)

Well-known experts from all over Germany are going to talk about trends and the latest developments in robotics at a scientific symposium on Wednesday, 22 March, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in the Convention Center (CC), Room 3A.

Speeches will be held by: Prof. Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Prof. Oliver Brock (Technical University of Berlin), Prof. Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg), Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs (University of Hannover), Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Prof. Sami Haddadin (University of Hannover), Prof. Katja Mombaur (Heidelberg University), Prof. Oskar von Stryk (Technical University of Darmstadt), Prof. Britta Wrede (Bielefeld University), Prof. Florentin Wörgötter (University of Göttingen).

Further Programme

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Visit of the KIT stand (Hall 6, Stand A30)

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Introduction, greeting and demonstration (Hall 6, conference forum Future Talk)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, KIT
12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch break and exchange of ideas (Convention Center (CC), Room 3A)

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Scientific symposium “Robotik im 21. Jahrhundert” (robotics in the 21st century)
(Convention Center (CC), Room 3A)


About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs is a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. The headquarters of the FZI are located in Karlsruhe.

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