NEULAND - The Innovation Day at KIT

Technology Exhibition

VR Teleoperation - How Autonomous Robots Learn from Humans

Industrial gripping of known items with defined pick and place positions has been state of the art for several years. Current developments use artificial neural networks for flexible gripping of objects with a-priori unknown pick and place positions, as it is necessary for example in order picking. For a correct classification of objects, i.e. the ability of the robot to recognize if the object to be gripped is the correct item, many images of an object as well as elaborate labeling are needed. If a new item is in the robot's gripping spectrum, this can lead to errors during picking or to a process interruption.

This is exactly where the VR teleoperation system comes in: In case of an unexpected case, the robot can request the help of a human VR teleoperator. During teleoperation, learning data is generated that can be taught to the system without interrupting the current operation, so that the system can independently grab the new item in the future.

Simultaneous automatic language translation

Due to the language barrier, many presentations do not reach their full potential audience. The speech-to-speech translation technology developed at KIT fills a gap here and offers a solution for many situations where human interpreters would be too expensive. The KIT Lecture Translator is the world's first automatic simultaneous translation system.

It has been in productive operation at KIT since 2012 and simplifies foreign students' studies in Germany. Beyond the lecture hall, however, there are many other areas of application. The system can translate lectures in many different situations, e.g. parliamentary debates, online training courses or festive speeches. Cooperations with various German universities, industry and the European Parliament are underway.


The PERFECTO HYBRID SUPPORT is a new structural element with unique properties in terms of durability, resource efficiency, shape and aesthetics. PERFECTO consists of a thin outer shell of stainless steel sheet, a core bar of high-strength steel and a filling of self-compacting concrete. The core bar is supported by the surrounding concrete in such a way that there is no risk of buckling and it can be stressed to its plastic limit load.

An innovative forming process without a forming tool enables the production of the column shape optimized with regard to the buckling figure. A wide variety of surface finishes are possible for the outer shell, such as mirror polish, satin finish, electrochemical coloring or even an electroplated precious metal coating. PERFECTO can be optimally adapted to the specific requirements of the construction task by matching the individual components and, with appropriate adaptation, can also be used as a tension member (e.g. in space trusses).

Anstaha - Production of stators with hairpin technology

As energy converters, traction motors play a central role in the powertrain of electrified vehicles, both in operation and in the preceding production. In particular, the manufacture of the stator and its power-determining components - coils of electrical conductors inserted into grooves of packaged electrical sheets - requires a great deal of production effort in order to meet the high quality and cost requirements of the automotive industry.

Due to the use of preformed, open coil segments made of rectangular conductors and extensive possibilities for automation, hairpin technology has great potential for producing high-quality traction motors in the process times of conventional combustion engines. Funded by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing of the State of BW, innovative processes and plant modules are being developed at the wbk on the basis of numerical and experimental test series in the context of hairpin technology, which will enable medium-sized companies to enter the electromobility market quickly.

Digital Twin and Click & Build

The creation of a Digital Twin - a 3D image of reality - enables innovative solutions for the entire life cycle of buildings, productions and products. The concept developed at the Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) and its Industrie 4.0 Collaboration Lab makes it possible for the first time to use a central service that provides all 3D as-built data independently of hardware and software.

The automated creation of 3D models from point clouds using the "Click & Build" technique is a key element here. Together with partners from industry and research, IMI is driving forward new digital transformation processes for medium-sized and large companies and developing new approaches for Germany as a business location.

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