CITEC and CoR-Lab at Hannover Trade Fair

Visitors invited to experience Bielefeld University research innovations first hand at the Hannover Trade Fair 2017

Bielefeld University showcased its research institutes CITEC and CoR-Lab at the Hannover Trade Fair 2017. The Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) presented the multimodal mobile assistive and diagnostic system ADAMAAS at the Hannover Trade Fair.

The Adamaas glasses help the user to build a bird house. Photo: OWL GmbH/Adamski The ADAMAAS system consists of a pair of smart glasses that provide unobtrusive assistance to people in everyday activities. For individuals requiring assistance, the glasses can help them to, for instance, operate a coffee machine or assemble a bird house. From 24–28 April, interested visitors to the trade fair were able to try the glasses out for themselves at Bielefeld University’s exhibition booth in Hall 16 (booth A04). The exhibition stand was part of the joint exhibition space for the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL (Intelligent Technical Systems in Ostwestfalen-Lippe).

These days, common network hardware in the home, such as a router or a printer, typically work right out of the box because a single standard is used. This is not the case in industry, where different standards exist for networking machines – in order to comply, for instance, with tough real-time requirements. New technologies are being designed to simplify the networking and configuration of machines in such non-standardized environments. The adaptive network node, which was developed in the it’s OWL cross-cluster project Intelligent Networking, was also presented at Bielefeld University’s booth as part of “Digital in North Rhine-Westphalia – The Competence Center for the Mittelstand” (Mittelstand refers to the German economic base of medium-sized companies). The device follows the principle of “plug and produce,” meaning it is designed to be used directly in the factory after being plugged in. It automatically recognizes the respective networking technology and then autonomously configures the hardware.

At the special area on “Industrial Automation” at the OWL shared booth, researchers from the CoR-Lab (Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics) presented the latest results from their project “Flexible Mounting with Integrated Interactive Robotics (FlexiMir).” In this joint project between Bielefeld University and the Harting Technology Group, “plug and produce” concepts for applications in robotics and automation technology are being expanded. At the trade show, modular production systems for small-series production were presented with which mechatronic components can be dynamically integrated and combined. Here, a collaborative robotic system serves as a universal set-up, handling, and mounting component and allows for partial or full automatization of demanding production processes. Adapting the system to new tasks can be carried out interactively by the machine operator without time-consuming manual programming. New robot-assisted steps in the production process are thus seamlessly integrated into the process-controlled runtime environment of the assembly line.


Alicia Weirich, Bielefeld University
Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab)
Telephone: 0521 106-67108

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