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Learning systems at CeBIT

Exhibition preview with a focus on products and projects from the AI ​​world

At the new CeBIT from June 11th to 15th, not only the latest collaboration and digital workspace trends will be presented, but also the “Learning Systems” platform. AI is one of the most important topics at the fair, which is taking place in Hanover with a revised concept.

The new Cebit promotes more collaboration, because the digital workplace is becoming a productivity hotspot. What is needed are solutions with 360-degree output that provide all office tools in a single process. Social collaboration is becoming increasingly important: modern messenger services network employees as required, make knowledge shareable and ensure data security.

In terms of content, the fair is to present all technologies that are driving digital transformation: AI, blockchain, security, IoT and 5G, human robotics, VR / AR, drones, collaboration & workspace 4.0 and future mobility. "The alignment along the digital megatrends has paid off, because all the large companies that are significantly shaping the digital transformation are participating in the new CeBIT," said Oliver Frese, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG.

Huawei, IBM, Salesforce, SAP, Vodafone and Volkswagen are represented as premium partners. Other participants are companies and organizations such as Atos, Datev, Intel, Software AG, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, HPE, Rittal, Oracle, Atlassian, Lancom, AVM, Materna, Oracle, LG, Bundesdruckerei, the Fraunhofer Institutes and the Karlsruhe Institute für Technologie (KIT), the DFKI, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, ADAC, Ionity, Secusmart, Aldi Nord, BASF, Bundesbank, Continental, EY, Lufthansa, Redbull or Melitta.

Merkel is not coming

In addition, the organizers are expecting more than 350 start-ups, says Frese: “The new Cebit is a success even before it even starts. Between 2,500 and 2,800 companies from around 70 nations will take part in the new CeBIT. They are all convinced of the merging of business and festival. Our courage to adopt this radical new concept will be rewarded. ”It will be interesting to see whether the concept will work; After all, as in the previous year, Cebit 2017 attracted around 3,000 exhibitors from 70 nations and more than 200,000 visitors to Hanover. So this time there are significantly fewer exhibitors taking part - and some large stands, such as those from Deutsche Telekom or Microsoft, are missing because you save money and only take part in the congress. And the opening of the computer fair will take place this year without Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Like her predecessors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, Merkel has never missed the opportunity to open the trade fair in person. Things are going differently now, although the Chancellor had urgently warned last year: “Don't make me a Wacken out of Cebit!” Cebit must remain a trade fair. Merkel is now drawing the consequences - and the second row of political celebrities has to step in and come to the “Welcome Night”, which replaces the traditional opening ceremony on the evening before the fair; Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, among others, want to give speeches.

In Hanover, the diverse possibilities of the new world of work should be experienced. The digital workplace is becoming more and more important for companies: Nine out of ten decision-makers believe that mobile tools and collaboration services improve productivity.

A recent study by British Telecom names five key building blocks for increasing performance: a better networked workplace, comfortable co-working outside of the office, in-house apps, instant messaging services and more powerful end devices.

Defined role descriptions are a thing of the past

The massive technical changes are both an opportunity and a challenge: every third company in Germany has already redefined the tasks of employees. According to the management consultancy Accenture, firmly defined role descriptions will soon be a thing of the past, as the work will have to be organized much more project-based.

“In the working world of the future, machines will not dominate people. Rather, intelligent technologies are the key for more productive employees who can get rid of routine tasks and devote themselves to those with higher added value, ”explains Frank Riemensperger, CEO of Accenture Germany.

Make work smarter and more efficient

However, AI plays a key role in Workspace 4.0. Assistants such as Alexa or chatbots that respond to voice input make it easier to use many programs. IBM will be demonstrating the Watson Workspace platform, which combines the capabilities of a cognitively working supercomputer with a collaboration solution that bundles communication streams from various sources and sorts them according to relevance - from e-mail to company chat to social media apps.

In Hanover, Ephesoft is presenting version 4.5 of its Transact software for the intelligent capture, classification and extraction of unstructured document data. As a new feature, machine learning-based web interfaces are integrated, which make it possible to integrate the classification into existing applications.

M-Files presents a content service and ECM platform with which every user can access all data in his work environment - regardless of their storage location. The documents do not have to be tagged or linked because artificial intelligence generates the necessary metadata.

Heiko Meyer, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Germany, emphasizes: “In the future, every machine, every process, every building will be equipped with intelligence. At CeBIT, we want to get people excited about the opportunities that this opens up. But we will also show the ways and means to realize these opportunities and to protect yourself from the risks. "

Diverse application examples

The demonstrated application examples from HPE also include production machines that repair themselves, intelligent rooms that guide and operate people, data centers that resolve impending bottlenecks independently, networked things that hackers recognize by their behavior, and novel computers that can handle millions of symptoms of illness Compare with each other to find exactly the right medication.

Together with partners, the IT group will also show the technologies that form the basis for such applications - such as hybrid infrastructures, location-based services, IoT systems, artificial intelligence, blockchain applications and supercomputers. They collect and analyze data from the Internet of Things, from data centers and from the cloud in order to derive recommendations and actions in a split second.

AIPARK - Faster to free parking spaces

People - especially in large cities - spend a lot of time looking for a parking space. One solution is the cloud-based AIPARK app, which uses a dynamic map to display free parking spaces in the area. In addition to the personal recommendation, which includes both commercial and public spaces, the probability of actually getting the free parking space is also calculated.

With real-time data from over five million smartphones, the app offers comprehensive data availability compared to competing products. For the forecast of free parking spaces, long-term information such as traffic light, traffic and weather data as well as geographical conditions are evaluated and processed by artificial intelligence. The data pool contains around 60 million parking spaces, of which there are free parking spaces in the vicinity. The app can also be used to view the opening times of parking garages and provide direct feedback on the individual experience.

Connected vehicles, autonomous driving, digital automobile design, quantum computing, artificial intelligence in companies, blockchain technology, ride sharing, virtual reality configurator, live user experience and a world premiere - the Volkswagen Group wants the trade fair to be “one Festival of Innovations ”and be more present there than ever before. Frank Witter, Group Board Member for Finance and IT, says: “The digital skills of our team are the indispensable prerequisite for innovative new products, services and urban mobility concepts of the future. For us, Cebit is the ideal place to present the innovative strength of our group and its brands to a broad public. In addition, we can - practically at first hand - gain a deeper insight into the dynamic developments around us. "

Mobility concepts of the future

Martin Hofmann, Head of Volkswagen Group IT, adds: “Volkswagen is at the forefront in all future digital fields, and our experts are doing pioneering work in many areas. In the mobility company Volkswagen, IT and digitization stand for international cooperation, for exciting tasks, state-of-the-art technologies and for agile work in fast, creative teams. Visitors will experience all of this with us. "

The "learning systems" platform

These few exhibitor examples make it clear: AI is one of the most important topics at the new Cebit. The “Learning Systems” platform will also be represented in Hanover as a topic partner with leading experts. They discuss progress, current developments and future course-setting in the development and use of artificial intelligence.

The platform learning systems, which is represented with numerous members in Hall 17 on two separate “Expert Stages” on the subject of AI as well as at the stand of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Hall 27, was initiated and united by the BMBF last year at the suggestion of Acatech Experts from science, business, politics and civil society on the subject of "Artificial Intelligence".

Together they develop options for action and recommendations for the responsible use of learner systems. The aim of the platform is to promote social dialogue as an independent broker, to stimulate cooperation in research and development and to position Germany as a leading technology provider in the field of learning systems. Federal Minister Anja Karliczek (BMBF) and Dieter Spath (President Acatech) are in charge.

AI is changing traditional business models

This is important because learning systems and AI are increasingly driving the digitization of the economy and society. They are drastically changing traditional business models and value chains and are finding their way into our everyday lives.

"We have to use the associated opportunities for Germany as a business location and at the same time openly discuss the challenges - for example in relation to IT security or the future of work", says Dieter Spath, Co-Head of the Platform for Learning Systems and President of Acatech - German Academy of Engineering Sciences. At the “Future Work Forum” on June 11th, Spath will discuss with people from business, trade unions and politics what opportunities digitization offers for business, employment and good work and how the loss of jobs and qualifications can be countered.

On June 12th and 13th, members of the steering committee and the working groups of the platform will speak at various “Expert Stages” about current developments and necessary guard rails for the responsible use of AI. Safe and fair algorithms are just as much a topic as human-centered human-machine interaction, specific applications, for example in the healthcare sector, and the framework for Germany's technological leadership in the field of "artificial intelligence". On June 12th between 1.30pm and 3.30pm:

  • Hand in hand with our robot colleague - How do we structure the collaboration between man and machine?
  • Fair and Safe Algorithms: Social Requirements for the Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence

On June 13th, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the discussion will take place under the headings:

  • From knowledge carrier to technology leader: How Germany is becoming a pioneer for AI
  • Successful business models thanks to AI: Requirements and prospects in the healthcare sector.

The platform is represented at the BMBF's stand in Hall 27 throughout the trade fair. Using selected exhibits, trade fair visitors can get an impression of current AI systems from various areas of application. "Artificial intelligence is the driving technological development that will shape the economy and society in the next few years. That is why we have made AI one of the top topics at the upcoming CeBIT, ”said the head of the exhibition, Frese.

Exciting topics

The developments in blockchain and AI or cognitive computing are extremely exciting. According to the industry association Bitkom, both technologies are among the key technology and market trends of the year for every fourth company (26 percent) and achieved strong growth compared to 2017.

Bitkom supports the newly aligned Cebit, which will take place in summer for the first time this year and will position itself as an expo, conference and festival. "Digitization is not just a business, it can also be really fun and offers topics of conversation far beyond the economy," said Bitkom President Achim Berg. "The new Cebit makes people want to go digital, we want to prove that at the Bitkom stand." For the first time, they are presenting themselves on the open-air site with a container camp, which is equipped with a "Digital Arts Box", a "Recruiting Area" and a " Lounge Bar ”.

Every second person wants to understand artificial intelligence

Personalizing search results, recommending products or creating individual disease diagnoses - AI is already part of everyday life for Berg. Although AI often uses personal data, many consumers are not interested in how and on what basis the AI ​​decisions are made, states Berg - and refers to the result of a representative survey. According to this, almost one in two (48 percent) is not interested in how an AI makes decisions based on personal data. "Even if for many consumers how artificial intelligence works is obviously of secondary importance, companies should ensure the greatest possible transparency here," says Bitkom President Achim Berg.

After all, four out of ten German citizens (45 percent) would want to know which rules an AI system uses when it makes decisions based on personal data. Younger users in particular are interested in it. Six out of ten of the 14 to 29 year olds (61 percent) state this. The older Germans stand in contrast to this: almost two thirds of those over 65 (64 percent) have no interest in being able to understand the AI ​​decisions. Berg: “The great potential of AI lies in the fact that it delivers results in a better quality and faster than humans could. It is all the more important to be able to understand the decision-making process of AI systems in principle. "

Responsible use of AI

Bitkom has published a catalog of recommendations for the responsible use of AI. He shows ways how decision-making supported by algorithms, machine learning and AI can be used for the benefit of society and the economy. Representatives of science and companies that successfully use algorithms for machine learning and AI contributed to this.

Not only the current use of AI is exciting, but also its further development. The question arises: What are the universities of the republic currently working on? What exciting innovations from home and abroad will soon be on the market? Cebit reveals what is technically feasible today and what can be reality tomorrow. In addition to AI, the focus is also on the megatrends humanoid robotics and augmented reality.

With a share of almost three percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), Germany is among the leaders in Europe when it comes to spending on research and development (source: Statistical Office of the European Union, Eurostat). The fact that the scientists from Germany are currently among the best in the world is impressively demonstrated in Hanover.

Exclusive insights into the laboratories

Leading researchers, visionaries and lateral thinkers also meet at the business festival. Most research institutes present themselves in the "Research & Innovation" area of ​​the new trade fair platform d! Tec. In addition, scientists will speak on the d! Talk stages and present groundbreaking concepts at the interface between science, business and industry.

The sixth generation of the Armar robot family from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Hall 27) is eagerly awaited. Armar-6 is characterized by a high degree of integration of AI, IT and mechatronics. As part of the EU funding project “SecondHands”, the humanoid robot learns to reach for tools, to use them or to hand them to a person.In addition, he can independently identify whether a technician needs help and support him. The Research Center for Computer Science (FZI) of KIT is also represented. This non-profit organization for IT application research and technology transfer comes to Hanover with an intelligent camera system for networked vehicles that provides a detailed assessment of the driver's fitness and alertness. The parameters heart rate, blink rate, head posture and emotion are monitored and evaluated.

Augmented Reality for the OR

Under the motto “Sparking your Future”, the institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft want to show the breadth of their expertise in the field of digital transformation in Hanover: from artificial intelligence to Industry 4.0 to cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (Hall 27 and FG). The highlights include the AR glasses 3D-Arile from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD), which are intended to support doctors in tumor operations. Background: Malignant tumors often form metastases that spread through the body through the lymph node system. Determining the exact location of these nodes requires great skill on the part of doctors. The Fraunhofer researchers have developed a navigation aid with which the exact position of the lymph node can be displayed on augmented reality data glasses.

Another new development is intended for tomorrow's smartphone users: the revolutionary Hawkspex Mobile app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) enables food to be scanned for freshness and chemical treatment, body parts to reveal hidden repairs or medicines their authenticity. The researchers want to reveal more at the fair.

Humans and robots work hand in hand

So far, robots have only supported humans with individual tasks. Only an expansion of the cooperation over many work steps will lead to optimal relief - for example in assembly, repetitive activities or ergonomically unfavorable movement sequences. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at the BMBF stand in Hall 27 shows how humans and robots can work together efficiently and safely in flexible production in the field of Industry 4.0.

Other well-known universities and research institutions are present as part of the trade fair activities of the federal states - for example the Hanover Medical School on the Lower Saxony joint stand (Hall 16). Here, research is being carried out on the next generation of hearing systems: in the future, hearing aids will be equipped with a brain-computer interface and controlled by mind control. To do this, the researchers want to use the carrier's EEG signals. The university is also showing a prosthesis for the deaf that is equipped with AI technology.

The Technical Information Library in Hanover demonstrates how big data technology can bring knowledge management in the medical field to a new level of quality: information from various medical records is to be incorporated into databases and genome data in order to improve the therapy of patients.

The Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-Time Systems at the Technical University of Munich is presenting its work on a human brain project at the joint stand Bayern Innovativ (Hall 27): The Neurorobotics Platform is to simulate brain models made up of neural networks and an artificial body Taxes; the platform should be seen in action. The Technical University of Munich is also bringing a biometric mouse robot to Hanover that can imitate the walking behavior of rodents.

Six exhibitors share the Baden-Württemberg International stand (Hall 27). The focus is on intelligent systems and Industry 4.0. Aalen University presents its cyber-physical learning factory as a platform for teaching and research. On the one hand, digital twins (virtual images of physical objects) and applications can be tried out, and on the other hand, the system serves as a production line for small parts. At the trade fair, the focus is on checking data security in the form of “Factory Hacking” and “Intrusion Detective Systems”.

d! talk brings brilliant researchers live on stage

World-class scientists will also speak about their latest discoveries and developments. Marc Raibert, CEO and founder of Boston Dynamics, who uses the example of his four-legged high-end robot Spotmini to demonstrate how robotics is revolutionizing our everyday life (Tuesday, June 12, Hall 27), and the psychologist and memory specialist, have announced that they are Hacker Julia Shaw from University College London ("The Memory Illusion") on Wednesday June 13th in Hall 27.

The first speaker highlight will be at the opening on the new "Take-off Monday" (June 11) in the Convention Center: a keynote by Jaron Lanier. The American scientist who works at Microsoft Research was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his fundamental criticism of the business models of the large Internet companies.

Also on Monday in the Convention Center, the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, will speak about digitization from a scientific perspective. One of the best-known science journalists, Ranga Yogeshwar, will give a lecture on Wednesday, June 13th in Hall 27 on the future interaction between humans and computers under the motto “Who programs whom?”.

The DFKI at Cebit 2018

DFKI presents “Artificial Intelligence for Humans” - and as part of the d! Tec platform in Hall 27, it takes up the trade fair's trend topics. Project results and research prototypes are also added, for example AI solutions for the use of self-driving vehicles in road traffic, which are being researched jointly with research institutions and industry. Specific topics are problems of environment perception, scene understanding, trajectory planning and behavior analysis of other road users.

In order to leverage potential at the interface between business taxation, finance, tax law and IT, to accelerate developments and to test application options in practice, DFKI and WTS founded the joint Center of Competence for Tax Technology (CoC-TT) last year. In Hanover, the CoC-TT gives an insight into the current activities and technical developments in this new field (“Tax 4.0”) for applications of artificial intelligence.

From smart farming to data-driven business models

An exhibit shows new "Smart Services" in food production. “NPotato”, an “artificial potato” equipped with sensors, ensures that the farmer finds out in real time whether the setting of his harvesting machines is optimal and the harvest is adequate or whether there is potential for optimization. Based on this data, deep learning technologies are used to make forecasts of how much profit will be generated with the current harvest. The "nPotato" is extended by "Smart Services". In addition to selling data to raw material investors, the producer can actively influence the quality of future deliveries in advance, e.g. by exchanging varieties.

The aim of “Be-catching” is to research interaction methods which, by “merging” the real and the digital world, make the connection between experiment and theory understandable, tangible and interactively researchable in real time for learners in the STEM subjects of the course . An interactive experiment from electricity theory will be shown, which is supported by sensors and augmented reality.

Mobile body tracking

The lightweight and modular design of the BodyAtTrack system enables easy integration into clothing or devices for applications in the fields of medicine, sports and rehabilitation. A single miniature battery supplies the entire system with energy and allows hours of operation. The kinematic motion analysis can be called up directly from a smartphone without any additional software, app or plug-ins.

Hybrid teams in variable production are a topic at the stand of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Hall 27, E52) - illustrated using the example of milk delivery. The milk boy was the godfather for the production logistical concept of the “milk run”: In order to avoid the delivery of too much milk that would then spoil, the boy only provided a full bottle when he found an empty one. Transferred to industrial production, this design allows the control of the materials, but defines the schedule and the batch size. The concept of the delivery service, on the other hand, enables needs-based ordering and delivery of components in the specific production situation. In addition, the robotic supplier can also be commissioned to bring a drink or snack, for example, and thus contributes to a positive work environment for the worker.

The focus of research on hybrid manufacturing scenarios is the efficient upgrading of convertible production at process, product and device level through a controllable Industry 4.0 infrastructure to support the use of heterogeneous, mobile and stationary robots for socio-technical production. Components are researched and tested that flexibly enable the interaction of people, machines and services in hybrid teams on the basis of existing and newly learned skills.

An answer to the General Data Protection Regulation

A conflict of objectives becomes clear through the General Data Protection Regulation: Users are dependent on data-based services, but at the same time want informational self-determination, while service providers are often overwhelmed with the implementation. The DaSoMan project provides intelligent middleware that uses appropriate encryption and authorization concepts to ensure that providers can only use and legally analyze data for which the user has granted them authorization.

With Guided AL, a service platform for intelligent value-added services (so-called "Smart Services") is demonstrated, which proactively supports people faster, more safely and more efficiently. The visitor himself slips into the role of a fictitious user and learns with every step how digital assistants are at his side, e.g. when looking for a parking space or shopping.

The main theme of the Serious Games Conference has been determined: On June 14, between 12.30 and 6 p.m., the focus will be on Artificial Intelligence. Under the title "AI - Leveling Up to Intelligent Worlds", numerous presentations, panel discussions and discussions on the subject of AI and games technologies will be held. The Serious Games Conference is taking place for the eleventh time as part of Cebit in Hanover.

The relevance of the topic quickly becomes clear: According to a current study by the McKinsey consulting agency, the use of artificial intelligence in Germany can mean that the gross domestic product by 2030 will be 160 billion euros higher than without AI. The games industry is also strongly linked to AI. After the Google AI "Alpha Go" succeeded for the first time in March 2016 in defeating the world's best Go player Lee Sedol, Google subsidiary Deep Mind and Blizzard now want to publish an AI API for Starcraft II.

At the Serious Games Conference, AI development will be viewed from different angles. Technology, which is still in its infancy, has already fundamentally changed the way humans and machines interact. This harbors both opportunities and risks. On June 14, international experts from the games industry and the field of deep learning will discuss how the future can be made more humane with serious games and AI.

The Serious Games Conference is organized by Nordmedia - Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen / Bremen mbH in partnership with game - Association of the German Games Industry. V. and Deutsche Messe AG. It will take place on the “Expert Stage” in Hall 27 as part of d! Talk.

Cebit 2018 starts on Monday, June 11th with a conference and media day, the exhibition starts on Tuesday, June 12th. The exhibition halls are open from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the d! Campus until 11 p.m. The Friday of the trade fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday night, the clubs invite you to a “Cebit Night” - and after the Cebit end on Friday there will be a closing party with concerts at the Kröpcke, a central square in downtown Hanover. From 9 p.m. a surprise guest will be on stage there, who will only be announced in the course of the evening.


As a specialist journalist, he has specialized in IT use in companies.