Press Releases

  • As part of the “MobDi – Mobile Disinfection” project, twelve Fraunhofer institutes were tasked with developing new key technologies for mobile cleaning and disinfection processes. The latest result of this research project is the disinfection robot “DeKonBot 2” from Fraunhofer IPA. In November 2021, the project partners presented the robot and its abilities to the public, including results from practical tests.

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  • Quo vadis AI: Where does Germany stand?

    Press Release November 2021 / November 26, 2021

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently attracting a great deal of attention in both research and policy, with funding and innovations on the one hand and regulation plans on the other. High profile guests are set to examine the current situation at the “Smart Machines in Use” virtual AI congress. On December 01, 2021, the event will present various insights around the theme “The German Government's AI strategy as a future opportunity for business”.

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  • Simple introduction to automation with robots

    Pressemitteilung October 2021 / October 18, 2021

    Resulting from the SeRoNet research project, the xito platform brings together robotics providers with users to facilitate the joint development of solutions. On October 28-29, 2021, a public virtual conference will outline how, also thanks to IPA technologies, xito can facilitate entry into the field of automation with robots to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generate greater added value. Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, will deliver the keynote speech for this conference.

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  • Mass production of fuel cells becomes a reality

    Press release October 2021 / October 18, 2021

    As part of the “H2FastCell” research project, a research team from Fraunhofer IPA and Campus Schwarzwald are developing a robot cell for the automated high-speed assembly of fuel cell stacks in conjunction with an industry consortium. In so doing, they are laying the foundations for the industrial mass production of this emissions-free technology.

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  • 3D-printed sensors

    Press release July 2021 / July 29, 2021

    3D-printing is becoming increasingly important in industrial manufacturing. It not only makes it possible to produce very complex shapes that would otherwise be virtually impossible to generate using conventional processes, but also enables small batch numbers to be produced on a cost-effective basis. However, up to now, the integration of electronic components and consequently, the production of customized sensors has presented a challenge. Now, together with the Baden- Württemberg-based companies ARBURG and Balluff, Fraunhofer IPA has achieved a breakthrough.

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  • Medical technology / 2021

    Stereotactic systems from the 3D printer

    Presse release June 2021 / June 16, 2021

    Stereotactic systems are special devices used in neurosurgical procedures. Until now, conventional production methods have meant that these devices are not only expensive to manufacture, but are also geometrically limited. However, in conjunction with inomed Medizintechnik GmbH, a research team from Fraunhofer IPA has now found a way of manufacturing stereotactic systems from plastic using a 3D printer – a cost-effective method that opens up new design potential.

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  • Study “Explainable AI in practice – application-based evaluation of xAI methods” / 2021

    Mastering Artificial Intelligence

    Press release June 2021 / June 02, 2021

    In most cases, artificial intelligence has a black-box character. However, it is only through transparency that trust can be built. Specialized software is available in order to explain different AI models. Now, a study by Fraunhofer IPA has compared and evaluated various methods, which explain machine learning approaches.

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  • White Paper: Dependable AI / 2021

    Making AI ready for safety-critical applications

    Press release May 2021 / May 31, 2021

    Production planning, logistics, maintenance, quality control – there is a wide range of application areas for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in industrial manufacturing. However, in practice, AI models have only been infrequently used up to now. The reason: It is incredibly challenging to empirically validate the reliability of such systems. New certification criteria could now ensure AI is ready to be deployed for safety-critical applications.

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  • New AI applications for SMEs in Baden-Württemberg

    Press release March 2021 / March 18, 2021

    Fraunhofer IPA is participating in three separate projects which have emerged victorious in the Baden-Württemberg “AI Innovation Competition”. The project partners will be spending the rest of this year developing AI-based applications to address needs identified in the areas of process monitoring, machine operation and beverage logistics.

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  • Harnessing the power of AI for robotics

    Press release March 2021 / March 03, 2021

    As a part of Cyber Valley, the AI Innovation Center “Learning Systems” operated by Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IPA supports companies in their efforts to exploit the economic potential of AI. Across a total of 44 projects, feasibility studies and solutions for practical applications have already been developed. With total funding of EUR 23 million, the “Cognitive Robotics” center at Fraunhofer IPA will expand the organisation’s service portfolio in this area from 01 March 2021.

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