#SPAICER — Meet the Consortium

About Partners, Supporters and Sponsors

Daniel Trauth
Apr 18, 2019 · 5 min read
Meet the CML, Image: © WZL | Daniel Trauth & Semjon Becker

Co-Authors: Thomas Bergs (WZL), Andreas Feuerhack (senseering), Christian Gülpen (Time), Sabine Janzen (DFKI), Wolfgang Maass (DFKI), Patrick Mattfeld (WZL), Philipp Niemietz (WZL), Frank Piller (Time) — alphabetical order

The Partners

#SPAICER was initiated by DFKI and RWTH (TIME & WZL).

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH is Germany’s leading business-oriented research institute in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods. The DFKI research group Smart Service Engineering (SSE), headed by Prof. Dr-Ing. Wolfgang Maass, develops solutions for the systematic conception and development of smart service systems at the interface between technical and business issues. AI-based methods, technologies and platforms for the acquisition, storage and analysis of sensor-based and unstructured data sets are developed and applied for the derivation of Smarter Services. In this project, preliminary work in the areas of Knowledge Representations (Semantics), Distributed AI, Machine Learning and Self-adaptive Systems will be carried out. Technologically, the peer-to-peer platform TUCANA will be introduced, which enables the distributed processing of sensory data using machine learning methods and has already been successfully tested in various research projects.

Across the world and for many decades now the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has stood for successful and forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production engineering. In six different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production. These activities are being intensified on the RWTH Aachen Campus in the Production Engineering Cluster. The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four professors: Thomas Bergs, Christian Brecher, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh. The exemplary fineblanking process has been researched for several decades at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at RWTH Aachen University at the Chair of Manufacturing Technology, headed by Prof. Thomas Bergs. In this context, the sensor technology of the available fineblanking system has been continuously refined over the past few years and research into the potential of this cyber-physical system has been driven forward. The research work also focuses on the process chains on which fineblanking is based. The fineblanking system under consideration is also part of the RWTH’s Internet of Production excellence strategy. The focus is on using data-driven understanding of manufacturing processes and cross-organizational data sources to optimize manufacturing processes in order to be able to react dynamically and flexibly to fluctuations in processes and process chains. The understanding of these interrelationships is a basic prerequisite for an AI-controlled resilience system in production and is introduced into the research project by WZL-TF.

The Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) at the RWTH Aachen University conducts research in the field of technology and innovation management from a strategic, behavioural and computational perspective. Under the direction of Prof. Frank Piller, extensive research has been carried out over the past decade in the areas of open innovation, co-creation and the involvement of customers in the innovation process, innovation culture, business model development and customer-oriented value creation. The institute is an integral part of the TIME Research Area at the Faculty of Economics of RWTH Aachen University. In TIME, more than 100 senior and junior researchers work at the interface between innovation, technology management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Current research focuses of RWTH TIM are the transformation of established organizations in the face of disruptive technological innovations, such as industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, learning systems, smart products & services, or additive manufacturing; the systematic development and evaluation of new business models as well as social challenges in connection with new technologies (responsible innovation).

The Supporters

During the application phase we were able to convince the following companies of the #SPAICER concept. If you think the #SPAICER project has future potential, please read here how you can Become A #SPAICER supporter yourself. No strings attached!

Elseyer Straße 8 | 58119 Hagen

Am Gaswerk 2–10 | 28197 Bremen

Industriesring 3| 3250 Lyss

Ernst-Sachs-Str. 62 | 97424 Schweinfurt

Obere Stahlindustrie 4 | 44793 Bochum

Robert-Linnenmann-Str. 17 | 48336 Sassenberg

The Sponsors

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) is a supreme federal authority of the Federal Republic of Germany. It has its headquarters or first place of business in Berlin, its second place of business in the Federal City of Bonn. The current head of the authority is the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Peter Altmaier (CDU). The Federal Ministry of Energy and Economics (BMWi) grants subsidies to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as various universities and research institutions within the framework of various funding programmes.

Competent management of policies, programmes and projects is needed to ensure that Germany can realise its full potential as a hub of innovative excellence — this is precisely our speciality as the DLR Project Management Agency. We provide an array of services to key decision-makers from the worlds of government, science, industry and education — from analysis and consultancy to the development and implementation of policies and measures on the regional, national, European and international level.

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