»LAURIN« Project Kick-Off

July 08, 2022

Handover of the funding agreement
Digital kick-off event for LAURIN

Following the handover of the funding agreement on June 21, 2022, the kick-off event for the long-awaited LAURIN project took place on July 8, 2022, as part of the »Modernity Fund - Digitization and Data-Based Innovations for Mobility 4.0 and Services of General Interest in the Lignite Mining Areas" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). Together with representatives of BMDV, the project sponsor VDI/VDE as well as the project partners, the goals for testing of cooperative and automated driving maneuvers as well as the swarm automation of the target platforms were discussed and debated.

As a result, the research project initiated by Fraunhofer IVI together with DEKRA is to raise the test automation of DEKRA Lausitzring to a new level. The complexity and quantity of necessary test scenarios for approval or for tests accompanying the development of automated vehicles are extraordinarily high, with the testing of cooperative, interacting driving functions in a swarm increasing this effort many times over. Such scenarios can only be experienced on digital test fields in continuous test operation.

The project has a volume of around €4.2 million, 58 percent  of which is funded by the BMDV. The consortium bundles the competencies of companies from the entire test and inspection chain. DEKRA has one of the most modern test sites, ibeo contributes high-precision environmental sensor technology to the project, and the test items are controlled via the iMAR control station. SmartMobile Labs implements the 5G communication and TraceTronic is an expert in virtual continuous testing.

Fraunhofer IVI focuses on communication and maneuver control in the course of realizing test scenarios of highly automated connected driving functions in a swarm of vehicles at high speeds. For this purpose, the traversable platforms of the company AB Dynamics available at the institute will be used and extensively expanded for the application. In spring 2025, the results are to be presented within the framework of a demonstrator.


Additive Manufacturing Forum 2022

July 05 - 06, 2022

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Under the motto »Industrial 3D printing on the rise«, Fraunhofer IVI presented itself at the 6th Additive Manufacturing Forum 2022, the leading conference for additive manufacturing with trade exhibition, in Berlin from July 5 to 6, 2022. The institute presented the AMCOCS project - a platform for digital testing and certification procedures in additive manufacturing.

In order to be allowed to use such a process, providing proof of strength is a necessary prerequisite. Currently, only very time-consuming and cost-intensive quality assurance processes exist for this area, which represent a high hurdle for the widespread use of this methodology. AMCOCS aims to accelerate the test and certification process by developing a digital, self-learning testing and certification platform. This will bundle data from the production phases of additive manufacturing, post-processing and material parameter determination.

As part of this project, AMCOCS will be piloted with use cases from the aerospace industry. Complex algorithms can be used to derive predictions about the strength of the objects to be printed. In the future, it should be possible to make reliable statements about the strength of the objects to be printed in advance, i.e. before printing. The material parameters determined on this basis will enable the user to carry out a professional design. Manual testing and certification procedures can thus be shortened.

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© Fraunhofer IVI

First Design Conference of the Fraunhofer Network »Science, Art and Design«

July 06, 2022

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With »Design in Focus Fraunhofer Research«, the Fraunhofer Network »Science, Art and Design« offered employees of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, partners from the national university landscape, artists and interested parties for the first time a conference and exhibition format for the exchange of internal design projects with external design practice and design research.

In three exciting sessions focusing on »Product Design & Interaction«, »Architecture & Workspace Design« and »Innovation Research & Design Integration« as well as an accompanying exhibition, best practice examples from the Fraunhofer Institutes were presented alongside successful networking projects.

The conference, which took place at the Fraunhofer Forum Berlin, also informed about the successful launch of the DesignLab, an initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes IWU, IWS and IVI as well as Technical University of Dresden, which will be located at the Fraunhofer IVI in the future. We are looking forward to the cooperation and many interesting projects.

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© Fraunhofer IVI

Hannover Messe 2022

May 20 - June 02, 2022, Hannover

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Flexible traffic data collection in compliance with data protection regulations under all weather conditions

In the context of connected and automated driving, many inner-city areas will be safeguarded in the future by sensors installed in the infrastructure. The reliable perception of road users under difficult weather conditions is one of the challenges that can only be met with cooperating and networked sensor systems.

In the KonSensData project (Cooperating Sensors for Data) of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT, a hardware solution consisting of radar and infrared camera in combination with data fusion is currently being developed to detect different classes of road users in a flexible, data-protection-compliant and, above all, robust manner and to transmit the data to other road users. The Fraunhofer Application Center »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure« based in Ingolstadt is playing a leading role in the research work. Together with the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences (THI), the institute contributes to research in the field of mobility in Bavaria.

Thank you for visiting us and our Sensorbox exhibit at Hannover Messe!

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© Fraunhofer IVI

Experiment Field LANDNETZ Awarded »Innovation Prize Reallabore« by Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

May 31, 2022

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The digital experimental field LANDNETZ was awarded the »Innovation Award Reallabore: Test Spaces for Innovation and Regulation« in the category »Insights« on May 31, 2022. The competition, offered by the BMWK for the second time, aims to make reallabs visible, honor innovative ideas and promote new reallabs.

Since 2019, scientists from the Technical University of Dresden (TUD), together with the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, have been researching solutions for area-wide wireless data transmission and networking in order to advance digitalization in agriculture. In doing so, the three project participants are relying on a new type of communication infrastructure. With the help of fully portable campus networks with independent mobile network and servers, agricultural areas are supplied with 5G and digital applications in agriculture are designed and tested. 

Fraunhofer SIRIOS Ceremonially Opened

May 25, 2022

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Opening event of Fraunhofer SIRIOS at the FUTURIUM in Berlin
The newly founded Fraunhofer Center for Security of Socio-Technical Systems SIRIOS was officially opened in Berlin's FUTURIUM with around 100 guests and high-ranking representatives from politics, security authorities, industry and research. The aim of the project is to comprehensively map complex crises such as a flash flood or a terrorist attack virtually as part of an inter-institute cooperation between the four Fraunhofer institutes EMI, FOKUS, IOSB and IVI.
Public safety and security is facing major challenges. Moreover, the manifold interdependencies between humans, technology and infrastructures in modern, highly networked societies - the sociotechnical systems - are extremely complex and have not yet been sufficiently analyzed for public safety issues. The opening of the new Fraunhofer SIRIOS therefore marked another milestone in German security research.
© Paul Hahn / Fraunhofer FOKUS
© Paul Hahn / Fraunhofer FOKUS
Fraunhofer president Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer
© Paul Hahn / Fraunhofer FOKUS

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