Research Pearls

Innovative Projects on the Way to Application

Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, hands Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel a synthetic diamond from a presentation by Fraunhofer IAF.
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Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, hands Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel a synthetic diamond from a presentation by Fraunhofer IAF.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Max Planck Society presented the “research pearls for application-oriented research” to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Berlin on January 10, 2017. Professor Johanna Wanka, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rainer Sontowski and other high-ranking representatives from politics, business and science joined the event as well. Via future-oriented technologies and concepts, ten researchers impressively demonstrated the innovative power of research in Germany – each one in just seven minutes.

Topics ranged from detecting dyslexia at an early stage, using “smarter data“ in health care, and creating compact energy storage solutions for electric vehicles through to advanced safety engineering, the fight against antibiotic-resistant hospital germs and a “magnetic diamond“ for production control. The “research pearls“, presented by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Max Planck Society are diverse and garner recognition world-wide. 
 

Close Cooperation between Basic Research and Application-Oriented Research

“A presentation like this encourages us to continue providing the reliable financial framework conditions that have made Germany such an attractive place for research“, stated Merkel, after listening to the researchers present their work in just under two hours.

In his conclusion, Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer outlined the need to promote critical key technologies in order to secure the innovative power and sovereignty of Germany and Europe: “In addition to the cooperation between science, politics and the economy, we have successfully demonstrated that both pearls and diamonds are created through the unity of basic research and application-oriented research.“ In order to maintain the best possible conditions for the development of key technologies and disruptive innovations, it is necessary to extend the chain of pearls as well as making sure it does not break.

The idea for the event with its interesting and entertaining format emerged from the so-called "Innovationsdialog" at the Federal Chancellery between the federal government and high-ranking representatives from business, science and society. This dialog provides independent specialist advice to the federal government on innovation policy topics. Members of this steering committee include, Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society. 

Fraunhofer's Five “Research Pearls“

Short, concise, comprehensible: Researchers from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft presented five projects, one of which was a cooperation project with the Max Planck Society.

 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS explains how machine learning is the basis for human-machine interaction and how it will change our lives in the coming years.
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Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel (Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS) explains how machine learning is the basis for human-machine interaction and how it will change our lives in the coming years.

"Big Data and Machine Learning: Computers Understand Sound and Image"

Professor Stefan Wrobel (Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS) explains how machine learning can be used to analyze images and spoken language. In combination with deep-learning approaches, methods of object and pattern recognition can be applied. For example, to autonomous driving, geological analysis and medical diagnostics. 

Prof. Dr. Harald Mathis from the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology FIT explains to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel how elderly people will be able to receive medical care from home via smart TV.
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Prof. Dr. Harald Mathis (Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology FIT) explains to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel how elderly people will be able to receive medical care from home via smart TV.

"Staying Safe and Healthy Longer Using Smart Data"

Professor Harald Mathis (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT) reported on an e-health platform that is already market-ready. At its center is the patient's television. The system integrates the collection, display and evaluation of various vital parameters as well as video telephony.

Dr.-Ing. Mareike Wolter from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS explains how application-oriented battery research can help electric vehicles more quickly.
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Dr.-Ing. Mareike Wolter (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS) explains how application-oriented battery research can help electric vehicles more quickly.

"EMBATT – the New Battery Concept for Electric Vehicles"

Dr.-Ing. Mareike Wolter (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS) explained a new battery concept for electric vehicles, which promises bipolar batteries with energy densities of up to 450 watt hours per liter and a range of up to 1000 kilometers - twice as much as before. 

Dr. Haya Shulman from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technnology SIT presents tools used to reduce vulnerability and potential abuse of commonly used Internet services.
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Dr. Haya Shulman (Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technnology SIT) presents tools used to reduce vulnerability and potential abuse of commonly used Internet services.

“Security of Internet Infrastructures“

Speaking about the security of Internet infrastructures, Dr. Haya Shulman (Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT) also presented the tools that Fraunhofer developed for worldwide security analysis of Internet infrastructures.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Ambacher from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF presents the results of the cooperation with researchers at the Max Planck Society: Diamond tips serve as a basis for new quantum sensors to characterize the smallest magnetic fields with nanometer-exact resolution.
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Prof. Dr. Oliver Ambacher (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF) presents the results of the cooperation with researchers at the Max Planck Society: Diamond tips serve as a basis for new quantum sensors to characterize the smallest magnetic fields with nanometer-exact resolution.

“Magnetic Diamond for Production Control“

Professor Oliver Ambacher (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF) presented a successful joint project with the Max Planck Society. The partners developed a special diamond tip that recognizes even the smallest magnetic fields and will be used for the analysis and control of magnetic storage media in the future.