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Sustainability is digital: The FZI at Hannover Messe 2024

16 April 2024

Sustainability processes are in full swing in many areas of industry and society. Under the motto "Energizing a Sustainable Industry," the Hannover Messe 2024 will focus on solutions for a modern industry that can operate sustainably, climate-neutrally and continue to perform well.

An important key factor in achieving these goals is extensive digitalization. To this end, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology conducts research in the fields of mobility and logistics, robotics, energy and production, applied artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and social participation opportunities in a digital world, among others.

At the Hannover Messe 2024 during April 22 to April 26, FZI will present selected projects andSource: FZI Research Center for Information TechnologySource: FZI Research Center for Information Technology demonstrators in Hall 2 at the joint booth A36 with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They impressively show how more sustainability can be achieved in industry and what challenges society is facing.

The mobility of the future is networked and automated

With CoCar NextGen, the FZI presents its new research institution in the field of connected and automated driving. Equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology and computing power for complex requirements, CoCar NextGen is not only designed for special test fields, but is also the first vehicle of its kind to be approved for the entire German road network in real, diverse traffic. The modular design also makes it possible to optimally adapt the test vehicle to a wide range of research requirements.

Combating manipulation with media literacy

The formation of opinions with regard to more sustainability is not only determined by financial aspects. Fake news is not a new topic in principle, but with the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), it is becoming more diverse, linguistically mature and more difficult to identify. With the LLMM (Large Language Media Manipulator) demonstrator, the FZI wants to raise awareness of how texts can be changed in nuances with the help of current language model technologies, and thus have a strong influence on the reader's point of view.

Robotics and AI working together for efficient recycling

Electronic waste contains valuable resources. Returning them to the production cycle is complicated due to the complex composition of the components and the diverse and time-consuming action steps. With the demonstrator "Robot-based Recycling of E-Waste," the FZI presents a smart robot arm that sorts the components according to their recyclability and can separate pollutants. The action steps learned can also be adapted to changed processes or working environments.

Data protection-compliant research

Future mobility solutions are data-driven and are strongly oriented towards the needs of users. Personal data is often indispensable, but is subject to data protection regulations. The competence cluster ANYMOS — Anonymization for Mobility — investigates the use of anonymization techniques in order to maintain the utility value of the data. ANYMOS would like to establish a process model that guides companies to identify needs and possibilities of anonymization, to select suitable state-of-the-art methods, to apply them correctly, and also to identify and evaluate systemic re-identification risks. The joint exhibit with KIT illustrates the procedure for anonymization that preserves data utility value using various mobility applications.

"Turn the wheel for sustainable advice"

At the Hannover Messe 2024, climate coaches from the SME Digital Centre Climate.Neutral.Digital will advise small and medium-sized enterprises on their options for action in the transformation to climate neutrality and the development of sustainability strategies. As a basis for discussion, the topics are randomly determined via the "Wheel of Sustainability" and offer a low-threshold introduction to the comprehensive variety of topics of sustainability.

Digital Hub for Applied Artificial Intelligence (Karlsruhe): Support for AI start-ups

Together with selected network partners, the Digital Hub for Applied Artificial Intelligence (Karlsruhe) will present exciting projects in the field of AI research and application at the FZI booth. The Digital Hub is part of the German federal government's de:hub initiative, which was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in 2017. The goal is to apply methods and technologies of AI and the hub aims to serve as a central networking platform and nationwide contact point for AI experts from companies, start-ups and research as well as for (future) AI users.

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