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  • Fraunhofer IAO is researching the hybridization of data-driven and physics-based models as part of an EU project / 2021

    Using digital twins for predictive maintenance

    News / July 20, 2021

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    In industry, predictive maintenance strategies are becoming more important as a means of countering unexpected production breakdowns and wasting of resources. In the EU-funded project Z-BRE4K, Fraunhofer IAO has collaborated with international industrial users to research, develop and test solutions for the hybridization of data-driven and physics-based models of production systems.

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  • A survey by Fraunhofer IAO looks at what the public expects from future museum concepts and the opportunities offered by digitalization / 2021

    Will virtual museum visits survive the pandemic?

    Press release / June 29, 2021

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    In a survey of around 1000 participants, conducted for the Future Museum innovation network, Fraunhofer IAO has been investigating wishes and expectations regarding the use of digital technology in museums and science centers now and in the future. These results were presented at a hybrid meeting of the Future Museum network, held at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. In one key finding, the survey reveals a hesitancy with regard to digital technology on the part of some respondents.

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  • International Morgenstadt Initiative runs dedicated city labs to develop sustainability profiles / 2021

    Global approach, local solutions: making cities more resilient

    Press release / June 02, 2021

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    It takes international cooperation to tackle a global challenge like climate change. Yet local solutions, adapted to the specific conditions in individual cities, are also required. In response to this need, the Morgenstadt Initiative is using so-called city labs to draw up a sustainability profile and action-based road map for pilot cities such as Kochi, Saltillo and Piura.

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  • A new survey on working from home by Fraunhofer IAO investigates how, one year into the pandemic, the work situation and job demands have changed / 2021

    The future workplace – a survey of offices workers currently working from home

    News / May 25, 2021

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    In a nationwide survey, Fraunhofer IAO is examining the impact of remote working on the working conditions of German employees since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic one year ago. The results of this survey, which considers both individual and structural aspects, provides the foundation for a study that will offer conclusions on a variety of factors and trends impacting future working practices.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO supports Audi in digital factory transformation / 2021

    AI25 – the digitalization of automotive manufacturing

    Press release / April 30, 2021

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    The Automotive Initiative 2025 (AI25) is a joint project launched by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO together with AUDI AG and the Technical University of Munich. Its purpose is to establish a world-leading network of excellence for the digital transformation of automotive manufacturing. This network is to be located in the Heilbronn region in Germany, with the required IT solutions provided by technology partners AWS, SAP, Capgemini and XL2.

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  • AI Innovation Center publishes study series on practical applications of learning systems / 2021

    Capitalizing on the business opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence

    Press release / April 01, 2021

    The Fraunhofer AI Innovation Center has published a series of ten studies which illustrate the potential benefits of AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications in a range of areas linked to industrial manufacturing and services. As part of the Cyber Valley research consortium, the inter-disciplinary research teams at Fraunhofer IPA and Fraunhofer IAO help businesses to advance AI-based applications and their commercialization.

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  • Future Meeting Space presents research on the future role of business events / 2021

    In the future, business events will be multisensory and authentic

    Press release / March 30, 2021

    As part of the corporate communications mix, business events are set to play an increasingly important role. At a recent online event, Future Meeting Space – an innovation network set up by Fraunhofer IAO and GCB German Convention Bureau – has now presented the results of 18 months of intensive research in this field. The study, which is free of charge, looks at the changed circumstances for the event industry and stakeholders’ shifting expectations.

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  • The international service research community will gather for the 2021 RESER conference on the Heilbronn Bildungscampus / 2021

    Fraunhofer IAO to host international service research conference

    Press release / March 17, 2021

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    It is almost two years since the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO established its Research and Innovation Center for Cognitive Service Systems (KODIS) at the Bildungscampus in Heilbronn. This coming October, KODIS will host the international RESER conference for the very first time. The focus of the event will be the digital transformation of the service industry, which is being driven by the increasing role of data and AI.

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  • Long-term Fraunhofer IAO study reveals COVID-19 effects on mental health / 2021

    Pinpointing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with AI

    Press release / March 09, 2021

    Fraunhofer IAO, the University Hospital Dresden and seracom GmbH joined forces to investigate the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic using AI algorithms in a project called WIBCE. The results of the associated Germany-wide online survey indicate that younger people experience more psychological distress than older people, despite the fact that their objective health risk is relatively low.

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  • New position paper from Fraunhofer IAO explores the key factors for a viable and sustainable nighttime economy / 2021

    The smart city that never sleeps

    Press release / March 05, 2021

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    How can nocturnal activity generate greater wealth for society and help boost the local economy? Fraunhofer IAO has taken a closer look at cities with a thriving nightlife, both in Germany and abroad, and identified key strategies for building a successful and resilient nighttime economy. The position paper “The outlook on nighttime economy” shows best practices and highlights the relevance of this activity for cities of the future.

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