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Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence at DLR

Humanoid robot Rollin' Justin uses its AI for the space mission METERON
Hu­manoid robot Rollin' Justin us­es its AI for the space mis­sion ME­TERON
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Humanoid robot Rollin' Justin uses its AI for the space mission METERON

Hu­manoid robot Rollin' Justin us­es its AI for the space mis­sion ME­TERON
CIMON and Alexander Gerst
CI­MON and Alexan­der Gerst
Image 2/5, Credit: ESA

CIMON and Alexander Gerst

On 15 Novem­ber 2018 CI­MON, a tech­nol­o­gy ex­per­i­ment de­vel­oped and built in Ger­many, was used for the first time aboard the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. The in­ter­ac­tive and mo­bile as­tro­naut as­sis­tant is equipped with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and is part of the cur­rent hori­zons mis­sion of the Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst.
The fastest computer used exclusively for aeronautics research in Europe
DL­R­magazine 160
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DLRmagazine 160

The fastest com­put­er used ex­clu­sive­ly for aero­nau­tics re­search in Eu­rope is at the DLR site in Göt­tin­gen. The com­put­er is the heart of the sim­u­la­tion cen­ter C²A²S²E (Cen­ter for Com­put­er Ap­pli­ca­tions in Aerospace Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing).
Computer-assisted models for product development
Com­put­er-as­sist­ed mod­els for prod­uct de­vel­op­ment
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Computer-assisted models for product development

In SCIL, small and medi­um-sized en­ter­pris­es in par­tic­u­lar are giv­en ac­cess to the lat­est de­sign tech­nolo­gies and soft­ware tools for mod­elling, con­trol­ling and ad­just­ing com­plex mecha­tron­ic sys­tems across the en­tire spec­trum of their tech­ni­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.
Investment in high-tech in Göttingen
In­vest­ment in high-tech in Göt­tin­gen
Image 5/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Investment in high-tech in Göttingen

Three mil­lion eu­ros were in­vest­ed in the new su­per com­put­er at DLR site Göt­tin­gen.

‘Artificial intelligence’ (AI) is an umbrella term used to describe various computer science methods that can be used to automate sub-processes of human thought. DLR has been working on developing AI methods for more and more fields of application over many years. This research field has seen a strong upturn in recent years. New, advanced possibilities for collecting and evaluating enormous quantities of data using large amounts of computing power are opening up ever more areas of application.

Artificial intelligence has been an important part of research at DLR for many years. Interdisciplinary expertise, cutting-edge large-scale facilities and many years of experience in AI place DLR in the ideal position to contribute its expertise in key areas of research as part of the AI research landscape in Germany and the rest of Europe. DLR’s major areas of expertise lie in the well-founded selection, creative and innovative use, and targeted further development of AI methods for numerous industrial and socially-relevant applications in such fields as Earth observation, robotics, energy research, the development of assistance systems for air or road traffic management, and automated driving. Through this unique competence portfolio, DLR enables innovation, contributes towards the direct transfer of ground-breaking technologies to industry, makes data usable and promotes education in the field of AI – all in line with the national AI strategy. Artificial intelligence is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather enables task-oriented smart solutions for many current challenges. DLR is making important contributions in this field. This brochure gives an overview of AI research and its areas of application at DLR.

Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Selected fields of application and AI activities at DLR

  • Earth Observation: The geodata obtained using AI and the resulting knowledge is important for research into the Earth system and global change.

  • Safety-critical systems: Thanks to its expertise and experience at the interface between digitalisation and security, DLR is in an excellent strategic position to conduct cutting-edge European research for secure AI systems.

  • Automated and networked driving: AI technologies are key to the further development of automated and networked driving – an important area of research at DLR.

  • Personal assistants and expert systems: Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) are designed primarily to assist people. DLR has been conducting research into the use of AI technology for IPAs for many years.

  • Robotics: DLR is a world leader in the development of humanoid robots. With AI, DLR researchers are developing new methods to make robots aware of their own abilities.

  • Production: DLR is currently focussing on AI technology for automatic recognition and location measurement as well as for the networking of different systems as part of Industry 4.0.

  • Predictive maintenance and condition monitoring: The development of AI methods for the predictive maintenance of systems and structures is a central component of DLR research. In this way, technical problems can be identified before they occur.

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  • Dr. Mark Azzam
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tion Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5346
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne

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