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Made in Lower Saxony: cutting-edge research on key themes at CEBIT

Everything from automated emergency calls to augmented reality for wind farms to information management and digital health The state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) is a powerhouse of research on some of the main technology areas covered by CEBIT.

21 Mar. 2018
Lower Saxony research

In case you haven’t heard of it, Lower Saxony is Germany’s second-largest federal state – and this year, it will have a strong presence at CEBIT, where it will be showcasing all kinds of futuristic digitization scenarios at a group pavilion in Hall 16. Local universities, universities of applied science and research institutions will be using the pavilion to present solutions relevant to themes being highlighted at CEBIT 2018, e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Security, Internet of Things, Smart Home, eLearning and Digital Health.

Automated emergency calls, network boost for panorama videos, and hearing aids of the future

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg has announced it will be showcasing ProtectMii, a new kind of emergency phone call app. The smartphone app can initiate an emergency call to selected contacts without any active input on the part of the user. It is powered by an intelligent tracking system which is based on a patented combination of software and hardware and is designed for the international market. The university will also be showcasing a digital assistant for residential landlords. Known as Homevoice, the assistant can fully automate a range of administrative tasks, such as tracking incoming rent payments and billing for utilities and other charges.

Panorama video streaming is really taking off at the moment, thanks to the advent of affordable 360-degree cameras. That’s at the enthusiast end of the user spectrum, but Industry 4.0 is also driving a wealth of more commercial and industrial applications, such as security surveillance and plant inspection. The catch, of course, is that transmitting panorama videos requires a lot of bandwidth. Göttingen University is working on this challenge, and at CEBIT will be demonstrating how a clever combination of edge computing and Future Internet technologies can enable video streaming without network overloads.

Meanwhile, Hannover Medical School (MHH) is conducting research into next-generation hearing-aid systems. One approach is that future hearing aids will have brain-computer interfaces and will thus be thought-controlled. To this end, the MHH researchers are currently looking at ways of tapping into hearing-aid wearers’ EEG signals. Another approach is to add artificial intelligence to cochlear implants. Cochlear implants restore hearing to the profoundly deaf by feeding signals directly into the auditory nerve.

Machine learning and programs for ICT teaching

Leibniz University Hannover is an important player in applied machine learning – the use of machine learning processes and big data analytics to efficiently accomplish very complex tasks. Visitors to the university’s stand at CEBIT will be able to experience the many possibilities of machine learning by interacting with a range of exhibits, learning modules and games.

Currently available eLearning solutions do not fully realize the great potential of digitization because for the most part they are designed for individual self-tuition. Osnabrück University is changing this with CodeUp, an ICT teaching program it has developed which makes learning a shared, group experience. The software combines insights from neurological research with elements of gamification and modern machine learning to create a fun and engaging training simulation. The university will also be using CEBIT to present its industrial design lab. A first for Germany, the lab uses high-performance computers, 3D printers and virtual reality technology to create product prototypes.

Augmented reality for wind farms, smart home control systems for greater energy efficiency, and cyber security for small enterprises

Using a wind farm as an example, Jade University of Applied Sciences will be demonstrating how technical and business data can be combined to provide integrated real-time plant overviews. The solution leverages smart infrastructure to ensure wind plant availability and system security. All processes are tracked and represented using augmented reality in the form of a digital twin.

Delivering cost savings, energy efficiency and comfort in the home is the aim of an innovative app currently being developed by Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Scheck365 is a prototype of a smartphone app that enables homeowners to control their smart home systems in such a way that the energy efficiency of many other homes is improved as well. At CEBIT, the team from Hannover University will reveal how the solution as a whole can contribute to the energy transition.

The Lower Saxony Ministry of Internal Affairs and Sport will be in Hall 16 with a cyber security consulting solution for small and mid-size businesses and universities. The solution is an information and communication platform that helps IT decision-makers identify the tools they need to safeguard their organizations against cyberattacks.

Big Data and AI: Using intelligent information management to improve medical treatment outcomes

The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, will be demonstrating how big data technologies can dramatically improve the quality of information management in medicine. The TIB information management process is already being used in the EU’s iASiS: Big Data for Precision Medicine research project. The aim of the process is to model genome data and information from various medical records in databases in order to improve patient treatment.

Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig) is conducting research in a similar area. A group of researchers from the university will be at CEBIT, demonstrating how data lakes – storage repositories that hold vast amounts of raw data in their native format – can be structured and turned into services that users can quickly search using keywords. The university’s showcase will feature an example from the pharmaceuticals industry.

OFFIS (Institute for Information Technology) likewise has its sights set on using big data and the cloud to improve patient quality of life and reduce healthcare costs. For its part in the international Medolution project, OFFIS has developed a smart environment that integrates professional and user-created data. At CEBIT, the institute will be demonstrating the necessary processes with reference to an artificial heart.

CEBIT visitors who want to learn about the cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the research landscape should definitely stop by the Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) pavilion in Hall 16, at Stand D18.

About CEBIT

At CEBIT 2018, everything is geared to generating business, leads and bright ideas. CEBIT is a triple-punch event covering everything essential to the digitization of business, government and society. The innovations on display in the d!conomy section of the show give IT professionals and decision-makers, trade and the public sector the tools they need to streamline and futureproof their operations. The event’s d!tec showcase puts the spotlight on developers and startups. The d!talk conference program features visionaries, lateral thinkers, creatives and experts . The d!campus is heart of CEBIT –relaxed networking, street food and live music. The first day of CEBIT 2018 – Monday, 11 June – is reserved for conference attendees and journalists, with the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 12 June. The exhibition halls will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the d!campus staying open till 11 p.m. Opening hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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