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How Saxony is Becoming More Digital

Researchers at Chemnitz University of Technology will be presenting practical and forward-thinking IT research at the Third Digital Conference of the Free State of Saxony on 26 November 2018

The Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig, has invited all to the Chemnitz Stadium for the “2018 Saxon Digital Forum” on 26 November 2018. This conference brings together Saxon expertise in digitisation and will be discussing development opportunities for Saxony’s digital society. This year’s topics include “Artificial Intelligence” (AI), “Virtual Reality” (VR), and “Augmented Reality” (AR). During the course of the conference, guests will discuss the effects of digitisation in exclusive rounds in a total of 17 different thematic areas.

Chemnitz University of Technology will be on site to discuss their projects and facilities within these fields, including the Mittelstand 4.0 Center of Excellence, on the 2nd floor, in the hall on the right hand side. Mittelstand 4.0 offers practical support for digitisation, especially to small and medium-sized companies in the supplier industry, mechanical and facilities engineering, and their IT service providers. The center is coordinated by Professor Ralph Riedel of the Institute for Industrial Management and Factory Systems of Chemnitz University.

Professor Fred Hamker, head of the Professorship for Artificial Intelligence at Chemnitz University, will take part early on in the conference in a roundtable discussion on “Artificial Intelligence in Saxony”. Hamker will also join his colleague Dr. John Nassour at a presentation booth on the 2nd floor of the stadium and present research findings on the subject of neurorobotics. 

Other presentations will include projects on barrier-free home design with VR by Danny Rüffert, human motion detection in VR by Professor Guido Brunnett, Chair of the Professorship of Computer Graphics and Visualisation, as well as presentations from Dagmar Lange of Mittelstand 4.0 on dynamic speech animation and visualisation, and a VR/AR-supported gesture demonstrator. 

In addition, workshops and lectures involving Chemnitz University will take place. Professor Wolfram Hardt, Chair of the Professorship of Computer Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, will partner with Chemnitz University researcher Dr. Julien Vitay (Professorship of Artificial Intelligence) to hold a workshop on the subject of artificial intelligence in the automobile. 

The workshop by Jonas Trezl and Erik Hunold of the Professorship of Ergonomics and Innovation Management is dedicated to the topic “what benefits do AR bring to Wissensarbeit 4.0?”  Wissensarbeit 4.0 refers to a new, evolving work environment that is highly involved with digitalisation and innovation. 

Further information on the 2018 Saxon Digital Forum:

(Author: Matthias Fejes; Translation: Jeffrey Karnitz)

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