Research in application: Discover our projects

The Fraunhofer CCIT Research Center Machine Learning engages in interdisciplinary projects in diverse application areas such as production technology, quality control, process monitoring, or dialog systems and media analysis. The center cooperates with partners from business and industry as well as with universities and research centers. Discover the variety of our projects here.

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AI-based monitoring of microorganisms

Chemistry & raw materials

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In the project "AI-based monitoring of microorganisms" our scientists developed a new control technique for microorganisms, which is based on a data analysis of spectroscopic measurements with Machine Learning methods. This approach is a first step towards real-time quality control without the use of laboratory equipment or a high workload.

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Aging prediction of a catalytic converter in industrial processes

Chemistry & raw materials

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The chemical and mechanical industry is in great need of the so-called Industry 4.0 technologies in order to increase the efficiency and expand all the benefits of their processes. Particularly, the use of catalytic converters requires a predictive mode of operation, for instance in gas purification processes, with aims to minimize failures and unexpected maintenance-related downtimes due to aging.

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Innovative building materials by data-driven virtual materials design

Construction

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A sustainable circular economy is essential to achieve the goal of climate neutrality. To this end, the development of new innovative building materials in particular is crucial. However, this development has so far been a very laborious and lengthy process. To support and significantly accelerate this effort, experts from Fraunhofer IBP and Fraunhofer SCAI are working at the Research Center Machine Learning on new data-driven virtual materials design techniques.

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Efficient linear solvers for battery aging simulations

Energy & Environment

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Linear solvers represent the numerical core of battery aging simulations and simulations in many other development applications. The different physical properties of battery cells require different solver approaches. Adapted solver strategies and parameter settings are crucial for both numerical robustness and efficient calculations. Within the project, an autonomous solver control (ASC) was developed, which performs these adaptations autonomously, based on evolutionary and surrogate learning methods. This allows the straightforward application of efficient, iterative solver procedures for different types of lithium-ion cells in battery aging simulations.

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Deep learning in production of piece goods

Energy & Environment

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In mass production of piece goods, machine parameters are preferably kept constant; as a result, the quality data generated contain little information about errors or faults and are therefore not readily usable for deep learning approaches. The participating institutes ICT and IOSB have developed an AI which targets exactly this problem and transfers methods of one-shot learning to the field of piece goods production. Thus, the improvement of quality control by AI is easier to achieve for companies even during operation and without laboriously having to collect and document faulty parts.

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Stopping the biological clock with AI

Healthcare

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Our research team has developed a test that allows accurate determination of your biological age from home. They are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyze the large amount of data that is generated to investigate the underlying protein targets that change during the aging process and identify molecules that can halt or even reverse this process.

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AI based prediction of drug side effects

Healthcare

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More than 90% of clinical trials during drug development fail, resulting into huge economic costs for pharma companies and – indirectly – negative impact on society, because patients do not receive new medications. In addition to lack of efficacy, unwanted side effects are among the most frequent reasons for the failure of clinical studies during drug development. The aim of this project was to investigate whether modern AI-based approaches can predict potentially adverse side effects already in the preclinical phase.

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Experiencing noise protection measures in urban living spaces

Healthcare

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Noise is one of the biggest health risks for people in industrialized countries. Established methods for noise assessment are based on long-term evaluations of standard sound sources, which have hardly any relation to the real and subjectively perceived noise. Since the perception of noise is highly individual, there is a need for tools and methods to make noise situations realistically audible and experienceable. Experts for acoustics, noise control and AI from the Fraunhofer Institute IDMT and the Fraunhofer Institute LBF realized a web-based application for the simulation of noise situations (auralization) with and without reduction measures in urban living spaces.

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Speech assistance for citizen services

Public administration

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Scientists of the Research Center Machine Learning developed a custom, hybrid AI approach for an independently deployable voice assistance solution. With this solution approach, citizen services can be extended with a voice assistant, e.g., to enable filling out and submitting applications in a completely voice-based manner – for everyone, but especially beneficial for people with motoric or visual impairments.

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Voice and gesture control in Industry 4.0

Services & crafts

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New forms of interaction with technical devices and user interfaces via gestures and speech have great potential in industry to make processes more efficient and intuitive. Voice assistants can support and simplify existing processes, such as visual inspection in quality assurance. Experts at the Research Center Machine Learning are working to combine speech recognition and gesture control into a multimodal voice assistant that can be used for defect identification and marking.

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Study on "Quantum Machine Learning"

Services & crafts

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Many tasks in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are still today, despite advanced computing power of computer systems, only solvable with immense time and computational effort. It will take a "quantum leap" to raise Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to a new level and make the almost unsolvable solvable. This study presents fundamental concepts and technologies of quantum computing, analyzes the current research and competence landscape, and identifies market potentials.

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Automated quality control of reflective surfaces

Services & crafts

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The quality control of reflective surfaces in production pushes conventional measurement technology to its limits. Alternatives such as manual visual inspections or technically complex testing systems have disadvantages: the former are time-consuming and subjective; the latter are characterized by high costs and low flexibility. These weaknesses are addressed by our scientists in this project.

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Interpretable AI in predictive maintenance

Services & crafts

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Predictive maintenance plays a central role in modern industry. In the HEAD project, experts from the Research Center Machine Learning are developing interpretable AI models that predict tool wear in cutting processes from acoustic emission. The objective is to increase both the robustness of the production process and the availability of the machines – while maintaining consistently high production quality.

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AI for industrial manufacturing: intrinsic component identification and traceability

Services & crafts

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Methods that use markers or optical features to identify components lead to problems in tracking and identification after processing. The Fraunhofer Institutes ITWM and IZFP address these weaknesses by identifying information from inside the component to extract unique features, similar to an individual fingerprint. This enables component identification even if the surface of the components is covered by paint or similar, or if the components are subjected to deformation, e.g., by quality control. This ensures an essential prerequisite for knowledge-based process-influencing decisions in production, which helps to optimize quality, productivity and costs.

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Smart Roberta - training Artificial Neural Networks yourself

Technology & telecommunications

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Teaching artificial intelligence "hands-on" – the project "Smart Roberta" extends the "Open Roberta" platform of Fraunhofer IAIS with artificial neural networks (ANN). Open Roberta already offers a graphical programming interface for a large number of "embedded systems", which, thanks to the "drag and drop" principle, simplifies the introduction to programming in particular. The goal of Smart Roberta is to teach students how ANN works in a way that they can understand by conducting experiments on small embedded systems instead of on complex, high-performance hardware.

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“Sort with me!” – An interactive, self-learning handling robot

Technology & telecommunications

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The handling robot presents new and sometimes sophisticated AI technologies for handling tasks by means of a simple interactive game for young and older players about sorting objects. The robot is controlled via speech recognition and is mobile, which makes it highly versatile.

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KI4Tools – How AI makes you a better craftsman

Trade & consumption

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The scientists of the Research Center Machine Learning developed a retrofit solution for handheld tools including an intelligent sensor module that measures various parameters during work processes that are analyzed by AI algorithms to delivers process insights for worker assistance and quality assurance. The AI algorithms not only detect actions (e.g., the tightening or loosening of screws) but also the location and sequence of operations is assessed.

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Risk minimization in local rail transport

Traffic & transportation

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New types of safety assessment of local rail passenger transport supported by Artificial Intelligence offer a wide range of possibilities to make processes safer. Automatic object detection enables the recognition of hazardous situations, the identification of critical conditions and the support of responsible persons in decision-making. Experts from Research Center Machine Learning combine AI-based object recognition with user-optimized presentation in an overall system that allows for the timely and accurate identification of dangerous situations in the field of public transport.

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