28.05.2018

CEBIT: The FZI presents a Virtual Version of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg

Test Area Autonomous Driving – unbreakable digital wallet – cloud services certification – virtual health assistant – quantum-based prediction of molecular properties

Image source: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

An assistant robot for the industry that can copy the use of tools from its human colleagues, a test area for autonomous driving, an electronic wallet which is unbreakable for data thieves, a certification system for reliable cloud services and further exciting research and start-up projects will be presented by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, at their joint CEBIT presence in Hannover (hall 27, booth G52) from June 12-15.

Assistant Robot ARMAR: Number 6 is learning

Using robots in factory buildings and warehouses is a part of daily life. They fulfil diverse tasks such as order picking, welding or installation. But they are usually specialised in a very specific task and operate separated from humans by cages or barriers. However, ARMAR-6 can directly operate together with its human colleagues. The youngest member of the humanoid robot family of KIT is not determined to a specific activity, but it can for example learn on its own how to use new tools by observing humans. With its arms that resemble human limbs, ARMAR-6 can literally give its colleagues a hand with a hammer and a drill, pass the tools to them or assist them otherwise. This does not only work with a few pre-programmed working tools; thanks to artificial intelligence, the Robo-Helper is able to continuously improve its skills, either through observation, verbal instructions or from its own experience. It can thus be used in different environments without additional programming effort and support people in difficult or in highly stressful work. Number 6 of the ARMAR series, which orients itself in its environment by means of 5 cameras in the head and laser sensors in its mobile platform, was developed at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics of KIT. Torque sensors in the arm joints ensure that its power, which enables it to lift a weight of over 10 kilos even when its arm is stretched, is used in such a sensitive and safe way that it can collaborate safely with people. As a real assistant, ARMAR-6 can recognise when a person needs help and can proactively offer it.

Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden- Württemberg: experience the test area virtually

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology presents a demonstrator by which fair visitors can experience application scenarios of the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW). The test area was launched on May 3, 2018. Companies and research institutions can test future-oriented technologies and services related to connected and automated driving in real-life traffic there. However, not only automated driving of cars can be tested on the test area, buses, road cleaning vehicles or delivery service vehicles also have the opportunity to further develop future-oriented mobility of commercial vehicles on the test area. For this purpose, for example, various kinds of traffic areas were developed during the construction phase, and sensors for the real-time recording of traffic and its influencing factors were installed.

PriPay: secure and anonymous virtual wallet

Whether we pay cashless while shopping, collect loyalty points at the supermarket or book electronic tickets in local transport; during all of these transactions we leave a wide data track. A widely visible invitation for data hunters to follow our track. With PriPay, KIT researchers have developed a privacy-protecting payment system through which payments and point transactions can be processed completely securely and anonymously. The virtual wallet is administrated on the particular device of the user. Randomisation does not even allow the system operator to know the current score, but before a payment process is placed, it can still be guaranteed that the particular account balance is sufficient. Since the transactions are hidden, tracking is prevented right from the start. A double-spending detection prevents, on the other hand, that users spend undiscovered more money than they even have on their account. And: The system does also work without a permanent network connection. The fact that PriPay is efficient and operational will be demonstrated at the booth with the application scenario of a canteen system.

AUDITOR: reliable certification of cloud services

Holiday pictures, the music collection, even mission-critical data bases – the number of private persons and companies using cloud services is growing constantly. It is difficult to find a reliable cloud services provider or vice versa to convince potential customers of the professionalism of the own cloud offering in an unmanageable market. The research project AUDITOR, which is coordinated by KIT, wants to help with a pan-European data privacy certification of cloud services on the basis of the new European General Data Protection Regulation. The aim is also to improve the comparability of cloud services that companies of various EU member states offer. Insights, for instance, into the criteria catalogue can be found at booth E06 in hall 16.

Zana (only Tuesday): interactive and intelligent health assistant

On every trade fair day start-up projects of the KIT will be presented. By means of methods of speech technology and machine learning, the virtual health assistant Zana can communicate with users in form of dialogues, control the exchange in a target-oriented way by asking, and eventually make personalised recommendations based on medical expertise.

Heisenberg (Wednesday): quantum algorithms to predict molecular properties

The Heisenberg software runs on conventional computers as well as on existing and future quantum computers. As a result, development processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry can already be greatly accelerated and the understanding of chemical and physical relations can be increased. New products can be realised much faster.

Usertimes (Thursday): automated user research for digital offers

Digital offers, such as websites, apps or user interfaces, are supposed to be as user-friendly as possible. This requires a lot of tests in the development process. However, these are time-consuming and expensive. Usertimes automates established methods of user research and is thus able to deliver statistical results of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative user tests for the particular product within 48 hours. Usertimes therefore allows a time and cost saving of 80 percent in tests with real users.

Coral Innovation (Friday): idea platform for the exchange of new technologies

The idea platform of Coral Innovation disseminates thousands of innovative technologies of research, of start-ups or companies of which otherwise only the immediate environment would be aware of. It thus enables small and medium-sized companies to easily access technological developments and knowledge from new industries. The technologies are presented in a generally understandable form and are  interlinked in terms of content. Companies can thus discover interdisciplinary potential more easily or adapt unrecognised innovation potential from neighbouring technology industries.

Future of mobility: camera-based driver state detection

Another demonstrator with which the FZI presents itself at CEBIT is a commercial webcam that uses a system developed by the FZI to record relevant information about a car driver and his or her state. The camera-based system captures the face of the driver and evaluates it regarding heart and blink rate, head posture and emotions. This is a contactless measuring method that doesn’t require an additional technology on the body of the driver or special lighting. This system helps to avoid accidents caused by fatigue or lack of attention and provides the driver with optimal support according to his or her current performance requirements.

Virtual tour through the FZI House of Living Labs

The virtual simulation of the FZI House of Living Labs through so-called "head- mounted displays" allows the visitors to experience the FZI virtually. Realistically reproduced as well as animated FZI demonstrators can be expected there. The FZI House of Living Labs is a research environment that has been integrated into the FZI buildings in Karlsruhe and especially offers small and medium-sized companies a platform for developing and testing new applications, services and hardware. FZI researchers have digitised the FZI House of Living Labs in order to ensure that the transfer of knowledge is not limited to the Karlsruhe premises. In this way, interested parties can get to know what the FZI House of Living Labs has to offer, regardless of time and place.

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 provides a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

Further information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en

About the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Being the "Research University in the Helmholtz Association", KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 25,500 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programmes. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life.

Further information

Dr. Felix Mescoli, Editor/Press Officer
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Phone: +49 721 608-48120
Email: felix.mescoli@dont-want-spam.kit.edu
Web: www.kit.edu

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