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Chair of Materials and Surface Engineering
Materials and Surface Engineering

Chair of WOT represented at the 29th Leipzig Seminar with keynote speech and own stand

The 29th Leipzig Technical Seminar took place on 7 March 2024 at the Congress Center in Leipzig with over 220 participants. The specialist seminar is one of the most important ZVO/DGO events with an exciting programme of lectures, an informative accompanying exhibition and a wide range of opportunities for professional exchange. The WOT professorship was represented with several contributions.

Once again this year, Professor Dr Thomas Lampke (WOT) opened the event and moderated the first part of the lecture programme. In addition to specialist presentations on innovations in coating thickness measurement, increasing sustainability and energy savings in electroplating and the development of non-toxic complexing agents, the keynote speech on the topic of „the use of artificial intelligence in electroplating – how can human-technology interaction be taken into account?“ was also presented.

The presentation by Dr habil. Franziska Bocklisch (WOT) focussed on the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation in electroplating technology. Using the example of the modelling process for the zinc-nickel system, it became clear how essential human expert knowledge and experience are, alongside measurement data, as the basis for creating artificial intelligence (AI). Human cognitive processes, e.g. complex decision-making, serve as a model and starting point for the development of AI-based assistance systems. The initial results of a feasibility study conducted in cooperation with the B+T Group were presented. It shows that multi-criteria parameter optimisation with a combination of knowledge- and data-based procedures leads to transparent AI decision proposals. The research work will be continued in an online study on visualisations in electroplating and in coating experiments, the data from which will be used for AI modelling.

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The accompanying exhibition with 44 exhibitors was also a complete success. Mr Dominik Höhlich informed interested visitors about two application-oriented R & amp;D topics of the WOT professorship, which are funded via the „Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung“ (IGF) funding programme. One is the electroplating of gold from cyanide-free gold(I) complexes for use in joining technology and the other is the innovative production of open-pored metal structures by electroplating defined wax geometries.


Picture: (clockwise from top) Dr habil. Franziska Bocklisch gave a lecture on hybrid decision-making by man and machine in electroplating (Photo: Leuze Verlag/Piterek); Dominik Höhlich in conversation with interested parties at the WOT stand (Photo: private); Prof Thomas Lampke moderates the expert discussion (Photo: private)

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