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Research & Innovation

"The year the Internet of Things became visible"

DFKI celebrates the long-term success of CeBIT 2015.

11 Sep. 2015
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For DFKI, CeBIT is the key event in its global IT calendar. "This is where we set up our research cooperations for the coming years," explains Reinhard Karger, Spokesman for the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). As the leading research institute in the field of innovative software technology DFKI maintains facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, a branch in Osnabrück, and a project agency in Berlin. In terms of number of employees and third-party funds it is the world's largest research center for artificial inteligence and its applications.

At CeBIT 2015, DFKI was seen and heard in several places. At their main stand in Hall 9 the center presented prototypes and applications for the collaborative configuration and simulation of manufacturing facilities and for intelligent interaction with cyber physical environments, along with intelligent adaptive assistance systems to support knowledge and action as well as virtual technologies for product development. Furthermore, DFKI exhibits were displayed at federal ministry stands (Education and Research, Economics and Energy), the University des Saarland and at the Rheinland-Pfalz regional pavillion.

"The research cluster Research & Innovation in Hall 9's integration into a leading IT exhibition makes it unique in the world," says Reinhard Karger.

"Such high-quality visitors from government, economics and research can't be found anywhere else."
Reinhard Karger

The 2015 CeBIT Innovation Awards gave his institute even more publicity. For its "digisign" solution the DFKI spin-off digipen technologies received one of the coveted prizes. A digital signiture with digisign can be forensically assigned to a single person.

"Lots of work, great later," tweeted Karger on CeBIT's future talk in Hall 9, which he helped to organize as curator and host. "This conference at the heart of the exhibition is the perfect special theme platform for us," says the DFKI spokesman. The anchor exhibit of the future talk stand, DFKI’s eight-meter long "SmartF IT Demonstrator", displayed "high-mix, low-volume manufacturing beginning with a batch size of 1."

"Looking back, 2015 will be remembered as the year that that it was actually possible for the first time to experience the increasingly significant Internet of Things," stated Reinhard Karger on the CeBIT blog. "It's similar to 2008 when the mobile internet was tangibly experienced for the first time," predicts the DFKI spokesman. "Just to get the facts straight: The mobile Internet was already being discussed and presented at CeBIT's hall of innovations in 2004."

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