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The chair of computer engineering at Chemnitz University of Technology organized the first international RFID workshop in the Saxon-Czech frontier region

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hardt (front center) and project leader Ariane Heller (front right) with the Czech and German participants of the "InWest" seminar at the foyer of the foundation "International Information Science and Meeting Center" at Laubusch, Saxony. Photo: private

Following an intensive planning and preparation phase, for the first time Czech and German students of computer science and applied computer science met for a professional scientific exchange in the scope of the Czech-German EU-project "InWest". The workshop took place from the 2nd to the 4th of november 2011 at the "International Information Science and Meeting Center" in the environment of the region of Oberlausitz in Saxony. The "Ziel 3" project "InWest" (Informatik-Wissenstransfer zur wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung der sächsisch-tschechischen Grenzregion) went thereby into the first of three process phases that aim to work up the latest results of research from the fields of electromobility, geoinformatics, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and sensor network technology. In the following, they ought to be presented to the local industry as new custom-made applications for small and medium-sized companies. The lead partner oft he project is the chair of computer engineering at Chemnitz University of Technology headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hardt.

The subject of the first seminar was "RFID applications in the production process", within the scope of which eleven students of Chemnitz University of Technology and eight students of Jan Evangelista Purkyne University at Usti nad Labem in Czech Republic presented their elaborations in the form of short lectures. These concerned for instance diverse RFID techniques or concrete fields of application of RFID in the area of logistics. The lectures were held in English. "In the run-up to our workshop, the participating students had already intensely dealt with the subject matter, so we had consistently good presentations", reports project leader Ariane Heller. That again is a very good basis for the following two work phases. Towards the end of the presentations, a demonstrator was defined by the group and German-Czech working groups were set up for programming the demonstrator in the next work stage.

"It is also gratifying that inspite of some linguistic and cultural barriers the collaboration between the students worked out very well from the beginning and they found together quickly as a group", adds Heller enthusiastically.

An important contribution to getting to know each other was the common visit oft he Konrad Zuse Museum at Hoyerswerda. Fitting to the subject of computer science, the participants got an insight into the history of computer engineering from its beginnings to the present day. "We got a lot of positive feedback on the part of the students concerning the whole event structure", says Ariane Heller. "That encourages all of us to head towards the upcoming workshop phase full of vim and vigor."

Please find more information on the project "InWest" at http://www.in-we-st.eu or contact Ariane Heller, chair of computer engineering, phone 0371 531-35023, e-mail ariane.heller@informatik.tu-chemnitz.de.

(Author: Alice Keönch)

Katharina Thehos
20.12.2011

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