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Associated Projects within the BMBF campaign “The Future of Work”

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Made in Germany inspiring the US

AMTT – Additive Manufacturing Technology Transfer

The AMTT project aims to demonstrate the capabilities and opportunities of additive manufacturing (3D printing) to engineers in France. AMTT will allow current and future engineers to experience how additive manufacturing – a key technology for Industry 4.0 – can shape, change and improve their work. Engineers, students and decision makers will be welcome to experience solutions and find out about additive manufacturing at various events such as a roadshow, a hackathon or a conference.

DIGIMARI – Digital Manufacturing Research Initiative

DIGIMARI fosters the digitalization of small and medium manufacturing companies. It promotes cooperation between researchers and developers from the German state of Hessen and the “industrial heart of Japan” in the Kansai region around the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Companies, research institutions, and universities from other regions in Japan are welcome to contact the project´s service desk and online facilities or attend its unique roadshow and its research symposium.

FutureWork 360

Future Work 360 will display realistic future work scenarios in the plastics processing industry in impressive virtual reality. The tangible VR experience in the project´s digital lab will enable the virtual depiction of possible changes to current work flows and business models as well as the identification of changes in qualification requirements and increasing opportunities for new industry value chains. The digital lab will invite interested partners in France to experience digital twin technologies, processes and organizational workplace concepts spatially.

GRANITE – German Research Ambassadors Network for Industrial Technology Endeavors

GRANITE aims to initiate active dialogue between companies and research institutes and local administration and government in Japan and Germany. Establishing an innovative and sustainable network for applied research and technology will facilitate a joint effort for the exchange and transfer of knowledge between the two countries.

IntWash – Future of work in laundry 4.0

Industrial laundries offer important cleaning services, e.g. to hospitals or the food industry. However, the complexity of laundering processes has radically increased in the last few years. To overcome these challenges, the IntWash network will develop innovative research marketing concepts for laundries in the USA. The goal of those marketing concepts is to summarize the knowledge about “smart laundries” and thus help to establish novel industrial internet of things concepts in the worldwide laundry business.

KIT LINK – A high-level forum to connect innovators from Germany and the USA

The transatlantic network KIT LINK will connect high-level partners from industry, educational institutions and start-ups located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and the San Francisco Bay Area to drive innovation addressing the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals. The network´s members will include SAP and offer a wide range of expertise including digitalization, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, digital health, robotics, cloud services and open knowledge.

MEJOIN – Japanese German Mechatronic Joint Initiative

MEJOIN aims to establish a think tank for research, business clusters and small and medium enterprises from Japan and Germany in order to promote knowledge transfer and cooperation in the field of production automation and industry 4.0. Companies specializing in particular in mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering and automated production will be welcome to participate as well as businesses from neighbouring industries, e.g. medical technology.

PADERO – Participatory Design in Robotics for Elderly Care

PADERO reaches out to Japan to develop scenarios for employing socially interactive robots in nursing homes by integrating the needs of all the people involved, including nursing staff, the people in need of care and their relatives. The cultural differences in living with technologies will blend and enrich each other in PADERO hackathons enabling German and Japanese care and research organizations to jointly develop new and promising applications for robots in elderly care.

TransAIR – Transatlantic AI-based Robotics

TransAIR is aimed at developing a transatlantic dialogue on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in order to learn from the complementary approaches of AI research, commercialization and public debate in Germany and the USA. In this context, the central goal is to identify bridges for cooperation between the two countries. The portfolio of TransAIR includes workshops involving American and German scientists and strategic work to overcome communication hurdles and misconceptions with the aim to entice young US researchers to join German AI research projects.

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