Since 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) have been conducting research and development activities together through Atlantik-Brücke e.V.. Future scientific topics such as spaceflight, digital technologies, energy and the environment play a major role in this partnership.
Iain Stewart, President of the NRC, visited DLR’s site in Oberpfaffenhofen on 4 December with a delegation to help further strengthen German-Canadian relations. The NRC is Canada's Crown Agency for scientific and industrial research. The guests were welcomed by Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, and Hansjörg Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology. Pascale Ehrenfreund congratulated the NRC on the ceremonial opening of the NRC Office at the Canadian Consulate in Munich on 4 December 2019 and presented a brief overview of the most recently established DLR institutes. The NRC showed particular interest in cooperation in the fields of quantum technology for secure communications, optical communications systems and the exchange of best practices in diversity management. The results of the joint DLR-NRC workshop ‘Robotics and the Factory of the Future’ (February 2019) were discussed and further cooperation in the field was agreed upon.
At the end of the visit, Rudolph Triebel, Head of the Perception and Cognition Department at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (RM), showed the delegation around the Robotics and Mechatronics Center. The Department of Perception and Cognition is concerned with better enabling robot systems to perceive their surroundings using two of the senses most accessible to robots – touch and sight.