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DFKI in Livestreams at Hannover Messe 2021 Digital Edition

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Interviews, talks, expert panels and a virtual factory tour. With ten livestreams in the exhibitor and conference program, DFKI is supplementing its range of videos on exhibits and projects, which will be available throughout Hannover Messe. The spectrum of topics covered by the livestreams ranges from industrial AI in business to resilience and applied INDUSTRIE 4.0 in manufacturing to AI in the design process, AI for the environment and sustainability, and AI for Europe.

The Hannover Messe 2021 Digital Edition (12 – 16 April) exhibitor and conference program rounds out the virtual presentation of exhibits, prototypes and solutions.

Following the livestreams, the speakers will be available for discussion. The URL of the video conference will be displayed at the end of each livetalk.

The livestreams in detail:

Industrial AI for Business
Monday, 04/12/2021, 4:00 - 4:25 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, CEO & Head of Research Department Cognitive Assistants, DFKI
Reinhard Karger, Corporate Spokesman, DFKI

DFKI's mission is human-centric AI. Research is application-oriented, industry-focused and project-based. DFKI CEO Prof. Antonio Krüger gives a compact overview of results from the AI research fields of deep learning, robotics, sensor technology, human-machine interaction, language and education technology. Topics of the live conversation with DFKI corporate spokesman Reinhard Karger are: AI in medicine, AI for logistics and trade, AI for GreenTech and smart services in industrial and business processes, hybrid AI for explainability and trustworthiness of AI systems in decision-making situations. But also the opportunities of GAIA-X for digital sovereignty or human-robot collaboration in dynamic industrial environments. This year, DFKI looks back on 10 years of INDUSTRIE 4.0, innovations, project results and research prototypes for the entire entrepreneurial value chain.

Catching Up – AI in INDUSTRY
Tuesday, 04/13/2021, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadana, Senior Manager Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Deutsche Telekom
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, CEO & Head of Research Department Cognitive Assistants, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Professor Toby Walsh, Laureate Fellow & Scientia Professor of AI at the School of CSE, UNSW, in Sydney 
Moderation: Peter Seeberg
Many different forums are discussing AI and ethics, and how companies need to be more careful in this digital age. But what new issues does AI bring to the table? And what are just old issues in a new guise?

DFKI4planet - How Artificial Intelligence is Helping to Make the Economic World More Sustainable
New competence center at DFKI bundles expertise in the field of environment and sustainability
Tuesday, 04/13/2021, 2:00 - 2:25 p.m.
Dr Aljoscha Burchardt, Senior Researcher, DFKI
Dr Jörn Hees, Teamleader Multimedia Analysis and Data Mining, DFKI
Dr.-Ing. Christiane Plociennik, Senior Researcher, DFKI
Dr. Stefan Stiene, Head of Competence Center Smart Agriculture Technologies, DFKI
Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, Head of Research Department Marine Perception and Competence Center DFKI4planet, DFKI

Environment and sustainability have a new name at DFKI: DFKI4planet. The Competence Center AI for Environment and Sustainability bundles expertise across many research areas at the Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Berlin, Bremen, Osnabrück and Oldenburg sites. Professor Dr. Oliver Zielinski, head of the Marine Perception research department at the DFKI Laboratory Lower Saxony and head of the competence center, says of DFKI4planet, "DFKI has great potential to meet global challenges such as climate protection, energy transition and resource conservation with key AI technologies. In addition to Zielinski (Sensor technology water protection), four other DFKI experts will discuss establishing sustainable AI methods in industry, including in the areas of agriculture and forestry (forest monitoring/digitalization), INDUSTRIE 4.0 (recycling cycles), speech technology (Green NLP) and cognitive assistance systems (Innovative Retail Lab).

Autonomous, resilient, agile - Production Level 4 redefines the production of the future
Tuesday, 04/13/2021, 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski, Chairman of the Board SmartFactory Kaiserslautern & Head of Research Area Innovative Factory Systems, DFKI.

The GAIA-X data platform enables the implementation of Europe-wide shared production. Multi-agent systems organize the optimal production processes to optimize value creation and conserve resources. The Production Level 4 vision reformulates the structure of manufacturing.

TRACTAT, CAMELOT, RICAIP - Transfer of control in distributed Industrie 4.0 applications – What if robots call for help?
Wednesday, 04/14/2021, 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.
Dr. Tilman Becker, Director RICAIP-Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production, CzechTechnical University in Prague
Dr. Tim Schwartz, Senior Researcher and Head of the Human-Robot Communication Research Group, DFKI

Autonomous robots are also expected to be used, for example, as transport robots in industrial scenarios. Unlike rigidly programmed systems, they can adapt their behavior to current conditions and change their route if obstacles block the way. If they get into situations for which they cannot find a solution themselves and need outside help, they initiate a transfer of control (ToC). The technology is being addressed in the TRACTAT project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and its successor CAMELOT, and is finding influence in the German-Czech EU project RICAIP, where it is being extended to include aspects of distributed production. In the live broadcast, RICAIP director Dr. Tilman Becker and DFKI scientist Dr. Tim Schwartz will present the concepts and ideas developed using two practical demonstrators.

AI and design: design as a driver of user-centered innovation
Wednesday, 04/14/2021, 2:00-2:25 p.m.
Rahel Flechtner, Researcher, Research Department Interactive Textiles, DFKI
Aeneas Stankowski, Researcher, Research Department Interactive Textiles, DFKI
Andreas Schepers, Head of Corporate Communications, DFKI Berlin

Modern design approaches redefine the integrated technology and product development process and position design as a connecting discipline between basic research and application contexts. By integrating user-centered design methods at an early stage, complex research projects can be supported by concrete objectives. In this way, the quality of use is taken into account from the outset and not, as in the classical design process, only considered afterwards.

10 Years of Industry 4.0: On the Future of a German Export Hit
Official trade fair panel on the topic of 10 years of Industry 4.0 on the main channel of HANNOVER MESSE
Wednesday, 04/14/2021, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEA, DFKI
Prof. Henning Kagermann, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Acatech
Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Messe AG

The initial article "INDUSTRIE 4.0: On the way to the 4th industrial revolution with the Internet of Things" appeared on April 1, 2011, shortly before the opening of Hannover Messe. Prof. Kagermann and Prof. Wahlster had formulated the concept together with Prof. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, who today, as State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Research, has switched from the advisory to the actively shaping side of politics. At the time, under the impression of the financial crisis, the authors wanted to make the German economy more resilient and competitive by means of ambitious projects for the future via mutability and resource efficiency. The main idea was to couple real and virtual spaces in so-called cyber-physical production systems in order to use digitization advances already made in the Internet of Things and Services and in industrial applications of artificial intelligence for the next generation of factories. This was technologically interesting, but would only have made an impact in specialist circles. The term "INDUSTRIE 4.0" got to the heart of the objective.
"Since 2011, the concept of INDUSTRIE 4.0 has spread virally and is now associated with Germany around the world like the terms "kindergarten" and "autobahn." With this export hit, we have once again been able to establish an innovative concept from Germany internationally in the high-tech world for the first time, after they mostly came from America or Asia for many years. However, we must not slacken in research and innovation for the next phase of this 4th industrial revolution now that the halfway point has passed, but must continue to invest particularly in industrial AI as the second wave of digitalization, because the enormous potential of INDUSTRIE 4.0 is far from exhausted," explains Prof. Wahlster.

Resilient production through Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, 04/15/2021, 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß, Head of Research Department Smart Service Engineering, DFKI
Reinhard Karger, Corporate Spokesman, DFKI

Disruptions are ubiquitous in industry. They affect internal processes, such as material supply, damage to machines or tools, power outages, or employee overload and illness. In addition, disruptions can be external factors, such as systematic market changes due to innovative technologies, changes in demand, or changes in the political or financial system. To increase the resilience of individual production companies or entire production systems, disruptive potentials and trends in the market, network and company must be identified at an early stage, and acute disruptions must be responded to optimally and learned from. The development of low-threshold, collaborative Smarter Services to support AI-based resilience management, based on AI technologies and INDUSTRIE 4.0 standards for sharing data, empowers companies to anticipate and effectively respond to disruptions.

10 years of Industry 4.0 - An idea conquers the world
The SmartFactory-KL as the nucleus of the 4th Industrial Revolution 
Expert panel
Thursday, 04/15/2021, 1:00 - 1:25 p.m.
Dr. Kurt Bettenhausen, Chairman of the Harting Technology Group
Prof. Dr. Ing. Martin Ruskowski, Head of Research Department Innovative Factory Systems, DFKI
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Managing Director SmartFactory EU
Moderation: Dr. Haike Frank, Member of the Board SmartFactoryKL, Director Marketing Lightning & Imaging, Schott AG

For more than 15 years, SmartFactoryKL, founded in close cooperation between science and research, has been involved in researching and applying modern information and communication technologies and AI in industrial production. The technology initiative based at DFKI in Kaiserslautern has thus become the world's first manufacturer-independent demonstration platform for INDUSTRIE 4.0 and is regarded as the nucleus, pioneer and innovation driver of the 4th Industrial Revolution. In the live discussion, Martin Ruskowski, CEO of SmartFactoryKL and DFKI Research Area Manager for Innovative Factory Systems, and founding fathers Detlef Zühlke, now CEO of SmartFactoryEU, and Kurt Bettenhausen, CEO of the HARTING Technology Group, take a look at how visionary ideas conquered the world as INDUSTRIE 4.0 and how they describe a new concept of the human-centric factory of the future with Production Level 4.

The CLAIRE Innovation Network - The Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe. 
Friday, 04/16/2021, 3:00 - 3:25 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek, Executive Director and Head of Research Department Agents and Simulated Reality, DFKI.
Reinhard Karger, Corporate Spokesman, DFKI.

The Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE AISBL) was founded in 2018 by the European AI community to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation with a particular focus on human-centric AI. CLAIRE's goal is global brand awareness for "AI made in Europe". The Research Network now includes over 390 AI research labs and organizations from across Europe. Now it is joined by a similar community of commercial companies, startups and entrepreneurs - the CLAIRE Innovation Network. Both networks represent different perspectives to address the needs of their respective stakeholders. CLAIRE represents the entire community where Research and Innovation Network work closely together to realize the ambitious vision and foster the connection between research and industry.


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