On June 16, the research department IML attended the congress of economics and innovation (Wirtschafts- und Innovationskongress) with its focus area future and innovation (Zukunfts- und Innovationsmeile) in Hanover as an exhibitor. In the Convention Center, Omair Bhatti presented the demo “Visual Attention Detection” as an approach to eyetracking for industrial AI. In this demo, mobile eyetrackers and modern deep learning models are used to identify objects that are fixated by the user. Real-time signals are processed with a multisensor pipeline, i.e., a flexible framework for the development of multimodal multisensor interfaces. The video signal of the front camera, the gaze signal and the attention events are visualized with a real-time monitoring tool.
At the congress, various topic areas addressed the latest developments in information technology, energy, nutrition, mobility, etc. Among the guests were Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil and numerous others.
As part of the Innosys dialog event “Künstliche Intelligenz im Mittelstand” (AI in small and medium-sized enterprises) on May 23, Dr. Marc Herrlich of the research department IML gave a talk with the title “Human-centered Interactive Machine Learning”. Therein, he addressed the special approach of Interactive Machine Learning (IML) and the connection to Explainable AI (XAI). Particular attention was paid to interface design and the consideration of “Human Factors” to actually realize the potential of Active Learning and IML. The rather traditional approach (longer iteration cycles) was compared to the IML approach, and present and future example topics from the IML Oldenburg location were presented. Subsequently, a vivid and productive discussion with the audience emerged. More than 100 representatives of the local science and economic sector attended the well-frequented event. Two live VR demos that were supervised by Bengt Lüers and Dr. Marc Herrlich were enthusiastically received as well.
CEWE Chairman Dr. Christian Friege, stresses: “We have to sustain the ability in Europe to create innovation in the area of Artificial Intelligence ourselves – also, in order to ensure a handling of it that corresponds with our values. As the regional economy, we want to contribute to the further establishing of this research cluster.”
The endowed professorship AAI is sponsored by CEWE, EWE AG, BÜFA, the OLB foundation, Dr. Caroline Neumüller, Alexander Neumüller, the economic association DER KLEINE KREIS e.V. and the Foundation of the Metal Industry in the North West for five years.
We successfully presented our demonstrator at DATEV Software Campus meeting. Visitors could see a real-time mobile eye tracking demo that highlighted the currently read text. This demo will be used to conduct our user studies in the SciBot Project.
The goal of our project SciBot is to identify behavioral patterns in human-computer interaction that can help in improving this interaction. In this project, we are mainly focusing on multimodal-multisensor interfaces, especially using eye tracking technology with text-based interfaces.
Kick-off ERICS in EIT Digital Infrastructure; we will adapt the digital manufacturing architecture to the ERICS usecases of real-time multimodal interaction and interactive machine learning with crowd-sourcing options.
DFKI conducted a user study regarding the evaluation of the handwriting and gesture recognition systems used in Smart Factories. The study was carried out in cooperation with MyScript and attracted a total of 120 participants.
Moniri et al. in cooperation with MADMACS win Best Video/Demo Award at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2016 (IE 2016) with the HRI paper: Human Gaze and Focus-of-Attention in Dual Reality Human-Robot Collaboration.
Joint press release of Volkswagen AG and DFKI: Volkswagen participates in DFKI and becomes a partner (shareholder). In a joint carrier project for cps for smart factories, Volkswagen and DFKI have started to develop a software framework to allow for new collaborative HRI (human-robot interaction) scenarios.
Mehdi Moniri presents DFKI’s smart factories Baxter demonstrator Eyebots to Joachim Gauck, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. See the future scenario of this human-robot interaction demo here.
CPS for Smart Factories integrates the EIT cPAS activity and focuses on combined use cases in the steel and robot domain. We welcome our new
Industry 4.0 partners from Fraunhofer (transfer of DFKI’s digital product memory technology).
For solving distributed parallel computations in a scalable manner that can still undergo optimisation, ELTE proposes the Task Oriented Programming (TOP) paradigm.
The international programmer workshop will take place in Budapest on December the 1st, 2014.