Cognitive Manufacturing Lab (CML) - WZL and DFKI cooperate in new Research Environment

23/04/2019

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The Cognitive Manufacturing Lab (CML) is a research environment jointly supported by the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at the RWTH Aachen University and the Smart Service Engineering Research Unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in which innovative concepts of AI-based production environments are investigated from the point of view of production technology, artificial intelligence and business management in simulated as well as real environments.

  Group picture of research team in front of DFKI entrance Copyright: DFKI, WZL f.l.t.r.: Dr.-Ing. Daniel Trauth (WZL), Philipp Niemietz (WZL), Hannah Stein (DFKI ), Dr.-Ing. Patrick Mattfeld (WZL), Dr.-Ing. Sabine Janzen (DFKI), Professor Wolfgang Maaß (DFKI)

The Cognitive Manufacturing Lab (CML) is a research environment supported by the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with the Smart Service Engineering Research Unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). In the research environment innovative concepts of AI-based production environments are investigated from the point of view of production technology, artificial intelligence and business management in simulated as well as real environments.

The aim is to bring together a broad-based, excellent research with industrial users. The purpose is to advance breakthroughs in the application of artificial intelligence in modern production in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way and to put them into practice in a sustainable way.

The CML should thus become an internationally leading driver of the digital transformation of the production industry in relation to industry 4.0 and beyond.

Professor Wolfgang Maaß, Scientific Director of the Smart Service Engineering Research Unit at DFKI in Saarbrücken

  View into a machine hall Copyright: WZL/Winandy Research environment for a self-adaptive, modular production environment

The topics „self-adaptive, modular production environments“; „trust, security and efficiency especially through Edge AI in production environments“; „resilience management of production environments and networks“; „marketplace for trading data products (economy & technology)“ as well as „natural-immersive human-machine communication and cooperation“ will be researched together. The first priority is the development of the virtual Cognitive Manufacturing Lab in order to subsequently involve other subject areas, professors, faculties and research departments of DFKI and RWTH Aachen University.

The CML represents an important milestone for innovative and future-oriented manufacturing technology at the RWTH Aachen Campus, in particular with the inclusion of key technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and blockchain. We are very proud of the cooperation with Professor Maaß and his team from DFKI in Saarbrücken.

Professor Thomas Bergs, Chair of Manufacturing Technology and Director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at RWTH Aachen University