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Czech Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček and his delegation discussed possible German-Czech cooperation in the field of automation during their visit at Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin.

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His Excellency Karel Havlíček examining the Industrie 4.0 Transferzentrum

On Wednesday, February 5, Fraunhofer IPK opened its doors and laboratories to His Excellency Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic. Together with his eleven-member delegation, Havlíček thus accepted the invitation of the automation and machine vision experts, Prof. Dr. Jörg Krüger and Dr. Bertram Nickolay.

The scientists presented the work of Fraunhofer IPK to the neighboring country’s delegates. A guided tour through the central test area and the in-house Industrie 4.0 Transferzentrum demonstrated the practical applications of the research. Afterwards, the attendees talked about the German-Czech project activities at Fraunhofer IPK so far and possible opportunities for future cooperation.

Prof. Krüger sees points of contact above all in the automotive industry and in the field of artificial intelligence: »At Fraunhofer IPK we are pushing the use of AI in production and are working closely with universities and companies to close the gap between basic research and industry.«