IML at Wirtschafts- und Innovationskongress (congress of economics and innovation) in Hanover

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.

Demo “Visual Attention Detection”

Talk at Innosys dialog event

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.

Talk by Dr. Marc Herrlich

First industrial AI demonstrator of AAI and IML shown in a workshop with CEWE

Oldenburger Press reports about our Applied Artificial Intelligene (AAI) Endowed Chair and the first DFKI IML demonstrator in the context of image processing, deep learning, automatic captioning, and the connection to the market potential of semantic image processing. See the article here or here.

(left: Prof. Daniel Sonntag, right: Dr. Christian Friege, CEWE Chairman, image Source: Markus Minten)

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.

Successful Presentation of our SciBot Demo at DATEV

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.

Screenshot of our real-time demonstrator

ANNOUNCING The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces

handbook cover

ANNOUNCING The Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces: Foundations, User Modeling, and Common Modality Combinations. Volume 1

EDITORS: Oviatt, Sharon; Schuller, Bjorn; Cohen, Philip R; Sonntag, Daniel; Potamianos, Gerasimos; Krueger, Antonio

PUBLISHER: Morgan and Claypool/ACM Press.

This is a THREE volume series that presents the definitive state of the art and future directions of the field of Multimodal and Multi-Sensor interfaces.

CPS4SF EyeBots at DFKI

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.

Mehdi Moniri presents DFKI's smart factories Baxter demonstrator Eyebots to
Joachim Gauck, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany


New Carrier programme: DFKI and ZeMA signed a cooperation agreement for “Power4Production” (P4P); smart production technologies in the automobile sector are in the focus.

EIT cPAS Integration

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).