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DFKI and WZL cooperate in new research environment

| Press release | Industry 4.0 | Knowledge & Business Intelligence | Human-Machine Interaction | Smart Service Engineering | Saarbrücken

The Cognitive Manufacturing Lab (CML) is a research environment jointly supported by the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at the RWTH Aachen University and the Smart Service Engineering Research Department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in which innovative concepts of AI-based production environments are investigated from the perspective of production engineering, artificial intelligence and business management in simulated and real environments.

F.l.t.r.: Dr.-Ing. Daniel Trauth (Oberingenieur am Lehrstuhl für Technologie der Fertigungsverfahren des Werkzeugmaschinenlabors WZL der RWTH Aachen und Leiter des Bereichs Digitale Transformation von Fertigungsverfahren), Philipp Niemietz (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Leiter der Gruppe Digitale Transformation von Umformprozessen am Lehrstuhl TF des WZL), Hannah Stein (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am DFKI Saarbrücken), Dr.-Ing. Patrick Mattfeld (Geschäftsführender Oberingenieur am Lehrstuhl für TF des WZL), Dr.-Ing. Sabine Janzen (Senior Researcher am DFKI in Saarbrücken), Professor Wolfgang Maaß (wissenschaftlicher Direktor des Forschungsbereichs Smart Service Engineering am DFKI in Saarbrücken).

The goal is to bring together a broad-based, excellent research with industrial users. The aim is to advance breakthroughs in the application of artificial intelligence in modern production in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way and to put them into practice in a sustainable way. "The CML should thus become an internationally leading driver of the digital transformation of the production industry in relation to INDUSTRIE 4.0 and beyond," says Professor Wolfgang Maaß, scientific director of the Smart Service Engineering Research Department at DFKI in Saarbrücken.

Together, the following topics will be discussed:

-    Self-adaptive, modular production environments.

-    Trust, security and efficiency, especially through Edge AI in production environments.

-    Resilience management of production environments and networks.

-    Marketplace for trading data products (Economy & Technology).

-    Natural-immersive human-machine communication and collaboration.

First and foremost is the joint development of the virtual Cognitive Manufacturing Lab in order to subsequently involve other subject areas, professors, faculties and research departments of DFKI and RWTH Aachen University. 

"The CML represents an important milestone for innovative and future-oriented manufacturing technology at the Aachen location, in particular by incorporating key technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and blockchain. We are very proud of the cooperation with Professor Maaß and his team from DFKI in Saarbrücken," says Professor Thomas Bergs, Head of the Chair of Manufacturing Technology and Director of the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University. 

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen 
For more than 100 years, the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen has stood for trend-setting research and successful innovations in the field of production technology. Under the direction of the four professors Christian Brecher, Thomas Bergs, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh, the WZL researches in six areas - manufacturing technology, machine tools, production systematics, gear technology, manufacturing metrology and quality management - the future-oriented design of production in high-wage countries. Together with industrial partners from various sectors, the WZL works on solutions for a wide range of production issues in both publicly funded and bilateral projects. These activities are continued on the RWTH Aachen Campus in the cluster of production technology.

Smart Service Engineering at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

The Smart Service Engineering Research Department at DFKI researches and develops KI-based services in production and manufacturing under the direction of Prof. Wolfgang Maaß. The main focus is on distributed Smart Services, which are developed on the basis of Edge AI technologies. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH was founded in 1988 as a non-profit Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It has locations in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen, Osnabrück, Oldenburg, a project office in Berlin and a branch office in St. Wendel. DFKI is Germany's leading business-oriented research institute in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods.

Contact WZL
Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. Daniel Trauth
Tel: +49 241 80 27999

Contact DFKI
Dr.-Ing. Sabine Janzen
Tel: +49 681 85775 5269


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Research environment for a self-adaptive, modular production environment

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