Fraunhofer IPK

Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik

Digital Transformation - Englische Ausgabe 2017

Events and Dates VI

New MoU with China

Signed in the Federal Chancellery

Professor Eckart Uhlmann and Wang Xizheng sign the »Memorandum of Understanding« in the Federal Chancellery in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (© German Federal Government / Guido Bergmann).

On June 01, 2017, Professor Eckart Uhlmann, director of Fraunhofer IPK, signed a »Memorandum of Understanding« on the planning, implementation and evaluation of innovation centers in China in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Wang Xizheng, Director of the Human Resource Center at the Talent Exchange Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIITEC) in Beijing, signed the MoU for China.

As part of the Chinese Government program »China Manufacturing 2025« national and provincial innovation centers will emerge all across China. The Memorandum of Understanding provides for the participation of Fraunhofer IPK in an effort to strengthen Chinese-German cooperation. Together with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the cooperating parties will find suitable sites for innovation centers in China. Fraunhofer IPK will accompany the construction and development of the innovation centers. In the process, experts of Fraunhofer IPK will work closely with the respective province offices of the MIITEC and will provide management and intelligent production training for Chinese managers, both in China and in Germany.

A long term objective is to establish a continuous exchange of Chinese and German experiences with Industrie 4.0 which will benefit both nations. The focus will be the technical project cooperation and the technology transfer in support of the program »China Manufacturing 2025« as well as the identification of potential cooperation partners of Fraunhofer IPK.

With this Memorandum of Understanding, Fraunhofer IPK continues on its established path of entering into long-term cooperation with the Chinese government. As early as 2015, Fraunhofer IPK signed a similar agreement on an Industrie 4.0 cooperation with the Jiangsu Economic and Information Technology Commission. At that time, the parties agreed on the development of joint strategies for the standardization of Industrie 4.0 and the cooperation in the areas of intelligent manufacturing as well as information and communication technologies.  In 2016, based on the above-described cooperation, the parties agreed on the joint planning of the private Sino-German Intelligent Manufacturing Research Institute (SGIMRI) in the Jiangsu Province. This institute will be financed through economic revenues, and will provide engineering services to Chinese companies in the area of intelligent production. Fraunhofer IPK will support the Chinese colleagues significantly in the acquisition and realization of these projects and will consult with the Chinese peers on business strategies and business plans for SGIMRI.

Your contact

Prof. Dr. h. c. Dr.-Ing. Eckart Uhlmann

Phone: +49 30 39006-100   


German Mobility Award 2017

InREAKT Received an Award as Flagship Project for Intelligent Mobility

Proud Winners: The partners who worked on the project InREAKT, among them Dr. Bertram Nickolay and Dr. Aki Zaharya Menevidis (3rd and 5th person from the left) from Fraunhofer IPK. On the outer right: Jury chairperson Dorothee Bär, member of the German Parliament and Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure, left in the picture: Ute Weiland, CEO of the Initiative »Germany – Nation of Ideas«. (© Germany– Nation of Ideas / Bernd Brundert)

On June 29, 2017, the »Germany – Nation of Ideas« initiative and the German Federal Ministry for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure announced the ten winners of this year's best practices phase of the German mobility award. One of the ten awards went to the project InREAKT, a cooperation of STUVA e. V., VBK Karlsruhe, INIT, Fraunhofer IPK, Infokom and the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Psychology Institute.

InREAKT provides an improved emergency management in public transport systems which shall foster an increased sense of security. Violence and vandalism can cause passengers to feel concerned for their safety using public transportation, particularly at night. Employees of public transportation companies may also face critical safety situations or medical emergencies. Effective emergency management is therefore of the utmost importance in order to strengthen trust in public transportation systems. This is the objective of the InREAKT system, which was developed as part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

The core idea is the IT-supported processing of an integrated emergency reaction chain comprised of the following elements: Recognizing that a person needs assistance, reporting a situation, informing response forces, and intervening at the site of the incident. The project is based completely on digital technology: The system applies optical sensors to recognize situations, a software-based incident management system with action recommendations which assists the control center of the public transportation company, and a specifically programmed App for employees. Fraunhofer IPK uses depth and RGB sensors for optical detection, selection and classification of scenes in a defined segment of a vehicle or a stop. In the process, the system creates an online situation detection image (image frame) as well as a status analysis of sequential frames, which are searched for similarities with offline-defined sequences of movements, movement patterns ,and scenes. All technical work was supported by interdisciplinary research provided by social scientists to guarantee acceptance by the passengers.

Approximately 170 Start-ups, companies, associations and research institutions in Germany handed in their entries for the nationwide award. With the German Mobility Prize, the »Germany – Nation of Ideas« initiative and the German Federal Ministry for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure give public visibility to intelligent mobility solutions and innovations. Safety and reliability in mobility was the focus for the 2017 projects.

Your contact

Dr.-Ing. Bertram Nickolay

Phone: +49 30 39006-201   


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