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January 13, 2022 | TU Dresden builds world's leading driving simulator for autonomous driving

Inside the sphere is a cockpit where drivers can test the operation of autonomous cars.
Inside the sphere is a cockpit where drivers can test the operation of autonomous cars.

The development of autonomous cars is one of the greatest challenges facing engineers The development of autonomous cars represents one of the greatest challenges of the present time for engineers. However, the same applies for drivers, who often still have to get used to operating this new technology. For this reason, the TU Dresden has built a driving simulator that is specially designed for the special features of autonomous vehicles and with which handover scenarios in driving between technology and humans can be explored particularly well. In addition, the simulator is also capable of making medical assessments of the driver's fitness to drive or of researching the perception of movements, driving comfort and drivability. This involves the use of a new simulation technology that enables a realistic perception of vehicle behavior, including the sensation of acceleration and changes in direction. A "highly immersive" technology in which the conscious mind believes the virtual world to be real. The development of the simulator, which costs around 12 million euros, has received seven million euros in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport. The spherical facility is considered the world's most advanced simulator of its kind and is scheduled to officially go into operation in Dresden in 2023.

January 10, 2022 | Collaborative robots, the world's first carbon house and growth in future technologies - the business location of Dresden enters the new year stronger than ever

Lightweight construction on the upswing: Elbe Flugzeugwerke aims to continue growing in Dresden in 2022
Lightweight construction on the upswing: Elbe Flugzeugwerke aims to continue growing in Dresden in 2022

Dresden as a business location is looking forward to the coming year, which holds a number of exciting projects in store for the region. With the opening of the "CUBE", for example, a major milestone is already on the horizon in spring. The CUBE is the world's first house made of carbon concrete, a recyclable and sustainable building material that was developed in Dresden and is now being brought to market maturity. This is a success for Dresden's greentech site, whose 360 members plan to continue growing in 2022. The same goes for Dresden's robotics scene, which has declared a battle against the shortage of qualified employees with smart co-workers and collaborative robots. With the second Robotics Festival and other projects, the growing Dresden cluster wants to further boost the technology's breakthrough in 2022. It could also be helped by the networking of theory and practice at the site, which is to be further strengthened in 2022 by government grants worth millions. The project involves TU Freiberg, HTW Dresden and TU Dresden, which want to use the funding to expand the technology transfer between science and industry so that new research results find their way into practice even faster in the future. Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), which maintains a site in Dresden for the conversion of aircraft using state-of-the-art lightweight components, is a good example of where this can lead. EFW is now looking for 300 new employees for this future-oriented industry, who will continue to drive the company's growth.

December 14, 2021 | Vattenfall and Cloud&Heat launch pilot project to provide sustainable computing capacity.

Green IT for greater energy efficiency: Cloud&Head and project partner Vattenfall show how this is possible in Stockholm.
Green IT for greater energy efficiency: Cloud&Head and project partner Vattenfall show how this is possible in Stockholm.

Data centers are consuming more and more electricity and resources - a problem that the Dresden-based startup Cloud&Heat wants to solve by using sustainable technologies and building the most energy-efficient digital infrastructure possible. To this end, the IT specialist has now partnered with the energy company Vattenfall. In a pilot project, the two partners want to work on the development of fossil-free high-end servers that can fulfill extremely high computing requirements thanks to artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. And they will do so while consuming as few resources as possible, for which purpose the servers will be connected to a biomass heating system for cooling. In this way, the excessive waste heat from the data center, which is located in two containers near Stockholm, is dissipated and fed into the nearby district heating system. With the increasing importance and demand for Green IT, Cloud&Heat and Vattenfall intend to improve this project further and offer more solutions to promote more sustainable data infrastructures.

December 8, 2021 | Dresden scientists increase the efficiency of sustainable perovskite solar cells

With her research at TU Dresden, Prof. Yana Vaynzof is playing a key role in driving the market readiness of perovskite solar cells.
With her research at TU Dresden, Prof. Yana Vaynzof is playing a key role in driving the market readiness of perovskite solar cells.

Electricity from solar energy is an important component of the energy transition, therefore researchers are constantly working on improving the efficiency of solar cells. Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, head of the Chair of Novel Electronic Technologies at TU Dresden, in collaboration with colleagues from the Italian University of Pavia, has succeeded in doing so with so-called perovskite solar cells using an "inverted architecture". The Dresden researcher was able to increase the efficiency of the small power plants from 23 to 23.7 percent by adding organic salts. But that's not enough: The altered composition of the cells has also increased their stability. In view of these improvements, Prof. Vaynzof says the company is a big step closer to the market launch of this promising technology. Perovskite cells with an inverted architecture are considered a sustainable alternative to conventional silicon cells, because their production consumes significantly less energy. Until now, however, this has been at the expense of the efficiency of the particularly lightweight solar power plants, which has now changed with the modified composition. We already reported on Prof. Vaynzof's research successes in mid-April, when she caused a stir with a new manufacturing process for perovskite cells that enabled better reproducibility.

December 2, 2021 | 22 million for digital twin: TU Dresden receives order to research the future of the road

The future of traffic is connected and digital.
The future of traffic is connected and digital.

The future of the road is digital - that seems obvious. In order to research digital transportation, a special department was set up at the TU Dresden to study so-called digital twins. Digital twins are computer models that virtually map physical processes by using real-time sensory monitoring in order to optimize them regarding specific goals. In connection with the further development of autonomous driving, they are expected to play an important role in the future. The contract from the German Research Foundation (DFG) has therefore been awarded a funding budget of more than 22 million.

Professor Michael Kaliske from the "Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Structures" at TU Dresden will lead the new field called "Digital Twin Road - Physical-Informational Mapping of the Road System of the Future". Other institutes are joining the project as partners, for example from RWTH Aachen University. In addition to the new research area, the project also includes two graduate colleges, which are now being established at TU Dresden. In acquiring the project, the Dresden research location was able to compete against a large number of other applicants.

November 26, 2021: German astronaut conducts experiments on the ISS for TU Dresden

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is looking forward to his journey into space. Among his luggage are two high-tech devices co-developed by the TU Dresden.
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is looking forward to his journey into space. Among his luggage are two high-tech devices co-developed by the TU Dresden.

Flying into space as an astronaut - a dream that finally came true for Matthias Maurer after long preparations. On November 12, the German ESA astronaut traveled in a SpaceX rocket for the first time toward orbit to conduct a series of scientific experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Also on board were two research missions accompanied by the TU Dresden. The first is a 3D printer known as "Bioprint First Aid," which can produce a tissue-forming "bio-ink" that can be used to accelerate the healing of abrasions. The second experiment is designed to develop a smart breathing gas analysis system. Unlike previous systems, this should allow significantly more mobility and enable the wearer's physical performance to be determined more accurately. Matthias Maurer is expected to spend the next six months on the ISS.

November 18, 2021: Dresden researchers develop novel cancer therapy

Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the Dresden-based company Cellex.
Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the Dresden-based company Cellex.

Digital technologies are revolutionizing medicine and promise new opportunities for cancer therapy. The Dresden-based company GEMoaB's research supports so-called CAR-T therapies, in which blood cancer patients are treated with genetically modified immune cells. These killer cells fight cancer, but they often cause an excessive immune reaction of the body, which can be life-threatening. GEMoaB technology is designed to prevent this immune reaction by turning the killer cells on and off. The founder of GEMoaB is stem cell expert and physician Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, who already co-developed the CAR-T approach. Ehninger was the director of Medical Clinic I at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital and a physician at the TU Dresden Hospital. He is co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the company Cellex, based in Dresden and Cologne. Blackstone Life Sciences currently invested a quarter of a billion US dollars in GEMoaB. In the future, the company will be the european head office of the newly founded international company Avencell Therapeutics. Dresden will become the site of Avencell Europe.

November 15, 2021 | NTT DATA Business Solutions strengthens Sachsen’s IT network

On a growth path: The global player at the Dresden site.
On a growth path: The global player at the Dresden site.

The digitization of companies is advancing. Cloud Computing is becoming more and more important in this regard. NTT DATA Business Solutions AG (formerly itelligence AG), based in Dresden, Germany, also continues to expand driven by the increasing need for cloud management: In the current second half of the year, the world's leading SAP service provider for SMEs and corporate customers has reported a positive trend in business. The growing demand for SAP support and cloud management is also strengthening the company's location in Saxony, where the company has invested over 40 million euros to date. In the future, NTT DATA Business Solutions intends to expand innovation partnerships in topics such as Smart City, 6G Connectivity and Industrial Internet of Things. Plans include a more intense cooperation with the Smart Systems Hub, the Silicon Saxony cluster and the region's universities. In doing so, the company is promoting the boom in the IT and software industry in Dresden as a center of innovation.

November 4, 2021 | Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung and KarriereStart bring nationwide start-up week to Dresden

Startup Week: Founders and young professionals exchange ideas in the New City Hall.
Startup Week: Founders and young professionals exchange ideas in the New City Hall.

Dresden offers high-tech founders the best conditions for a successful start to the market. Among many regional supporters there are the Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung (Office of Economic Development) and the KarriereStart education, job and startup fair: On the occasion of Startup Week Germany, the two institutions invite you to the startup seminar "On your mark, get set, ... Stop - Develop concepts with new ideas and confidence". Decision-makers from companies in a wide range of industries as well as investors will report on topics such as innovative startup models or new strategies during the corona crisis. The event will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the New City Hall, registration is required and possible until November 11.

The motto of this year's StartUp Week Germany from November 15 to 21 is "Founding means diversity." Its aim is to get young people excited about entrepreneurship, to enable the exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions about startups and self-employment, and to present initiatives to promote start-ups.

October 27, 2021 | Dresden-based hydrogen company secures multi-million investment

109 million euros for Sunfire: Green hydrogen promotes energy transition.
109 million euros for Sunfire: Green hydrogen promotes energy transition.

The market for climate-friendly green hydrogen is growing - also in Europe. Investor funds totaling 109 million euros are to enable the Dresden-based company Sunfire to industrialize its novel electrolysis technology in the future and set up its first giga-factories. The investors include lead investors Lightrock and Planet First Partners as well as Carbon Direct Capital Management and HydrogenOne Capital. With the development of its high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC), Sunfire is setting new standards for the production of green hydrogen: the startup's electrolysers are capable of producing a synthesis gas in just one step that can be converted into products such as kerosene or diesel. In this way, Sunfire's technology helps replacing fossil feedstocks such as petroleum or coal. By 2023, the company headquartered in Dresden also plans to build a production facility for alkaline electrolysers in Germany with a capacity of 500 megawatts per year. Further expansion is already being planned.

October 20, 2021 | TU Dresden researcher receives prize for innovative material combination for robot arms

More cost-effective robot drives through innovative material combination: For this achievement, Moniruddoza Ashir, a mechanical engineering expert from Bangladesh, has now been awarded the Innovation Prize by the Industrieclub Sachsen e.V. The textile and clothing engineer and mechanical engineer with a doctorate has been researching alternative materials for kinetic systems at the Institute for Textile Machinery at TU Dresden since 2013. While gripper and robot arms are traditionally mostly based on metal, Ashir's dissertation recommends shape memory alloys made of nickel and titanium that can return to their original shape despite deformation. These are already established, he said, but expensive. His presented new combination with fiber-plastic composites such as glass or carbon requires less alloys and is therefore more cost-efficient in production.

Award ceremony of the Innovation Prize of the Industrieclub Sachsen 2020, from left to right: Ms. B. Deutsch (Managing Director Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.), Prof. Dr. Ch. Cherif (Director of ITM), Prof. U. Staudinger (Rector of TUD), Dr. Ashir and Dr. G. Bruntsch (President Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.)
Award ceremony of the Innovation Prize of the Industrieclub Sachsen 2020, from left to right: Ms. B. Deutsch (Managing Director Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.), Prof. Dr. Ch. Cherif (Director of ITM), Prof. U. Staudinger (Rector of TUD), Dr. Ashir and Dr. G. Bruntsch (President Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.)

October 15, 2021 | Dresden-based startup helps plastics manufacturers with recycling

100 percent recyclable: Johanna Bialek and the Holy Poly team aim to avoid plastic waste.
100 percent recyclable: Johanna Bialek and the Holy Poly team aim to avoid plastic waste.

In the European Union, and thus also in Germany, numerous single-use plastic products have been banned since July 3, 2021. This is intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment. The Dresden-based startup Holy Poly supports manufacturers of plastic products in meeting the stricter requirements for more recycling in companies and in society and in achieving self-imposed waste reduction targets. Holy Poly's customers in this regard are primarily B2C brand manufacturers that bring higher-value plastic products to the market. The development goal, according to Holy Poly, is products that are 100 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable - and a plastics industry that is committed to a circular economy. In this step, Holy Poly supports companies with various service packages - from consulting to design and engineering to implementation. Initial projects have already been realized with Mattel and Innocent.

October 8, 2021 | Dresden AI software simplifies leukemia diagnosis

Bone marrow smear of an AML patient: The new software detects a specific gene mutation based on the external cell characteristics (dark green coloration).
Bone marrow smear of an AML patient: The new software detects a specific gene mutation based on the external cell characteristics (dark green coloration).

Digital technologies are revolutionizing medical technology and creating new opportunities, such as for the early detection of cancer. Researchers at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden and TU Dresden have developed a novel computer system based on artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time, an analysis software supports physicians with high precision in diagnosing acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is the most common form of rapidly progressing blood cancer in Germany and affects the bone marrow. In addition, the AI solution makes it easier to detect a gene mutation that is important for the treatment of the disease. The scientists developed the system using artificial neural networks that mimic human abilities. The technological approach can be applied to many other image-based examination methods and is currently being expanded.

October 7, 2021 | Dresden is up-and-comer of the year in the Smart City Index

Dresden made the biggest leap in this year's Smart City Index of major German cities: from 24th place last year to sixth place in the current shortlist. The nationwide digital ranking is compiled annually by the ICT industry association, which collects and reviews around 11,000 data points in five thematic areas for this purpose. Dresden is one of Europe's leading high-tech locations and uses digital technologies for future-oriented urban development, among other things. Dresden's research and business players are global pacemakers for smart city solutions in many areas, such as the development of 6G. The IT and software industry is now the largest job generator in Dresden. The Dresden city administration is also taking a leading role in the smart city issue, for example in the implementation of the Online Access Act in Germany. For example, more than 80 different administrative services can already be applied for electronically using the online assistant. By the end of 2022, 200 services are to be available online.

September 24, 2021 | Flywheel at TU Dresden stores wind energy at record levels

Installation of the flywheel in Boxberg 2021
Installation of the flywheel in Boxberg 2021

Storage technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries, pumped storage plants or synthetic fuels, play an important role in the energy transition. Another technology that has received little attention so far are so-called flywheels, in which excess energy is stored in the form of rotational energy. The potential of this technology is demonstrated by a flywheel developed by the TU Dresden in Boxdorf in Lusatia, which can store half a megawatt hour of energy and deliver up to 500 kilowatts at peak times. The demonstrator is thus five times larger than the largest flywheel storage system to date. Set up near a wind farm, the technology could help capture electrical energy from power peaks in the future and store it for windier periods. According to the TU Dresden, the demonstrator could be operated economically without any problems.

September 24, 2021 | TU Dresden becomes part of the European University Eutopia

From now on a part of the European University Eutopia: The Technical University in Dresden.
From now on a part of the European University Eutopia: The Technical University in Dresden.

Eutopia is a network of partner universities that aims to build the European university of the future. For this purpose, Eutopia wants to prepare students, teachers and learners for the disruptions and challenges of the 21st century. At the same time, the Europeanization of the study program is to be further pushed, in which the Technical University of Dresden, which recently joined the network, is now also participating. Rector Ursula M. Staudinger hopes that this membership will enable her to shape joint European teaching projects at the TU Dresden. The admission ceremony took place on Thursday, September 23, at the residence of the Italian ambassador in Belgium. Together with the TU Dresden, the Università Ca'Foscari Venezia and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa joined the association. Thus, Eutopia consists of a total of nine universities.

September 16, 2021 | First "Dresden Robotics Festivals" brings together the leading minds of the robotics scene

The Dresden Robotics Festival brings the leading minds of the international robotics scene to the capital of Saxony
The Dresden Robotics Festival brings the leading minds of the international robotics scene to the capital of Saxony

The first Dresden Robotics Festival brings together the international robotics scene from industry, research and new business in the Saxon capital from September 16 to 22. Among the 350 participants and 60 international speakers of the event are leading robotics manufacturers such as Fanuc, Siemens, Stäubli and Yaskawa, as well as well-known scientists, executives and start-ups. The Dresden Robotics Festival was initiated by "Robot Valley Saxony", an industry association that works with Saxon startups, suppliers, service providers, research institutes and public institutions to promote Saxony as a leading robotics location. With the Dresden Robotics Festival, the innovation region of Dresden once again underlines its ability to play a decisive role in shaping the future of the growth industry of robotics.

September 9, 2021 | Project launch for 6G-Life research hub in Dresden

Opening of the 6G-life Research Hub: Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek, 6G-life Program Manager Sarah Franke, TUD Rector Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger and Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer.
Opening of the 6G-life Research Hub: Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek, 6G-life Program Manager Sarah Franke, TUD Rector Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger and Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer.

With " 6G-Life " a new research hub has been opened at the Technical University of Dresden, which is all about 6G - the mobile communications standard of the future. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to advance the development of quantum communication and artificial intelligence in mobile communications. In this way, developments such as virtual reality or the tactile Internet (real-time remote control of physical objects) are set to be lifted into the broad mass market in the future with the introduction of the 6G network. Currently, such applications are mainly limited to local 5G campus networks. In comparison to the 5G standard, this requires significant improvements in latency, resilience and network security, which the 6G Life Hub is now researching. In addition, another focus is on promoting startups. With regard to 6G development, Dresden is considered one of the world's leading research centers. With its funding, the BMBF aims to establish Germany as a world-leading technology partner and to shape technological change.

September 2, 202 | Climate protection through digital technologies: Federal Ministry awards prizes to two Dresden research projects

Reducing the resource consumption of digitalization with innovative technologies - that is the goal of "Green ICT," an innovation competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The competition started with 22 research teams, three of them have now been honored by Federal Minister Anja Karliczek. Two of them come from the Technical University of Dresden - "E4C" and "DAKORE". The two projects, led by Professor Gerhard Fettweis and Professor Frank Ellinger, are developing digital solutions to improve the energy efficiency of future communications and information technologies. "Digital technology and climate protection must go hand in hand. That is why we are already working on solutions to the challenge of energy-efficient digital technology", said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek at the award ceremony. In total, the three winning teams will receive funding of up to 12 million euros from the BMBF.
Prof. Frank Ellinger presents a setup for measuring very fast microchips. The monitor shows a highly magnified chip operating at very high frequencies of about 200 gigahertz.
Prof. Frank Ellinger presents a setup for measuring very fast microchips. The monitor shows a highly magnified chip operating at very high frequencies of about 200 gigahertz.

August 25, 2021 | Artificial intelligence as an early indicator: Scientists at TU Dresden achieve breakthrough in implantable AI systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already used in many areas of medicine, for example in the evaluation of patient data in order to detect diseases at an early stage. But scientists at TU Dresden have now gone one step further: With a bio-compatible AI platform, for the first time they succeeded in implanting AI into the human body. The goal of the research team led by Prof. Karl Leo, Dr. Hans Kleemann and Matteo Cucchi of the Chair of Optoelectronics is to use the AI platform to detect healthy and pathological patterns in biological signals, to classify heartbeats in real time and thus to detect pathological changes at an early stage without permanent medical monitoring. The basis for the AI chip are polymer-based fibre networks that structurally resemble the human brain and enable the complex processing of data (“reservoir computing”). The scientists see this approach as an opportunity to develop further intelligent systems in the future that can help save human lives.

Polymer-based artificial neural network. The strongly non-linear behaviour of these networks enables their use in reservoir computing.
Polymer-based artificial neural network. The strongly non-linear behaviour of these networks enables their use in reservoir computing.

August 20, 2021 | Dresden researchers develop new hardware for the artificial brain

The human brain works highly dynamically and extremely efficiently. Neuroinspired computers try to mimic this - so far mainly through software solutions. But according to Dr. Alina Deac, project leader at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the brain's mode of operation should also be able to be reproduced on the hardware level in the future. Together with her research team, she is investigating extremely small materials, so-called nanodisks, which, when manipulated with ion beams, show an activity pattern similar to that of communicating nerve cells in the brain. This opens up new possibilities for miniaturized hardware applications in the field of artificial intelligence, whose practicality can be excellently researched at the science location Dresden, says Dr. Alina Deac: "Dresden is a unique location for innovations around neuromorphic computing or Wi-Fi technologies. It is a huge advantage that we can already test our development here on site for its practical suitability. For example, we can also integrate the nanodisks into more complex electronics in the long term with our partners at the TU Dresden and with industry." The range of applications for nano-disks is enormous. Comparable technologies can already be found in commercial magnetic storage devices and for new wireless technologies.

A disk of magnetic material is irradiated with ions.
A disk of magnetic material is irradiated with ions.

August 12, 2021 | Dresden researchers develop solid-state batteries for electric aircraft

With sulfur to lighter batteries: The Fraunhofer IWS is working on a breakthrough technology.
With sulfur to lighter batteries: The Fraunhofer IWS is working on a breakthrough technology.

From basic research to industrial application – this is the goal of "SoLIS", a research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which has been working on the marketability of solid-state batteries since 2021. Among others, the TU Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) from Dresden are involved in the project, where the latter is responsible for project coordination. Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries consist of a lithium-sulfur mixture and have comparatively high storage capacities and low material costs. The project will test and optimize innovative manufacturing processes for the new technology. The research results could help to use the particularly lightweight and cost-effective batteries in electric aviation in the future. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with almost 1.8 million euros.

August 4, 2021 | Volkswagen and TraceTronic launch neocx: A joint venture for automated software integration

Axel Heinrich, Volkswagen Head of Electrics/Electronics Development, and Rocco Deutschmann, Managing Director of TraceTronic, celebrate the founding of neocx in Dresden.
Axel Heinrich, Volkswagen Head of Electrics/Electronics Development, and Rocco Deutschmann, Managing Director of TraceTronic, celebrate the founding of neocx in Dresden.

High-performance vehicle functions are based on the networked interaction of many individual software and hardware components. Bringing these components together and testing them as a whole is currently one of the most important development tasks in the automotive industry. The joint venture neocx, founded by Volkswagen and the Dresden-based IT specialist TraceTronic, aims to solve it. TraceTronic was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the Technical University of Dresden and today, with around 300 employees, is one of the world's leading providers of solutions for testing and integrating vehicle software.

For Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, TraceTronic is a prime example of Dresden as a business and science location: "The new joint venture neocx with Volkswagen is a special milestone in TraceTronic's success story. In the future market of integration and testing of highly networked vehicle software, it will not be the last chapter of the Dresden-based company. The major topics in the automotive industry - CO2 reduction, electromobility and high-automated driving - are driving the complexity of electronics and software and thus also the need for automated testing. This is precisely where Tracetronic's globally sought-after expertise lies."

Volkswagen and TraceTronic each have a 50 percent stake in the joint venture neocx.

July 29, 2021 | NCT in Dresden discovers new therapy options against colorectal cancer

In the NCT laboratory, scientists investigate the efficacy of various substances on cell cultures.
In the NCT laboratory, scientists investigate the efficacy of various substances on cell cultures.

In Germany, more than 58,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. Still, there are few effective therapies against the disease, especially when it is already at an advanced stage. But a team of researchers led by the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Dresden and Heidelberg could now change that. In their research, they have discovered a protein complex (cyclin K/CDK12) that can be used to target colorectal cancer tumor cells. The substance used to do this could be a previously unknown substance from the new group of active pharmaceutical ingredients known as molecular adhesives, which was also discovered by the team of researchers at the NCT.

"This is an important basis for developing new drugs for patients with colorectal cancer in the future or for testing existing CDK12 inhibitors for their efficacy against these tumors," says Prof. Hanno Glimm, director at the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Dresden. The NCT is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Dresden University Hospital, the Medical Faculty of TU Dresden and the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

July 22, 2021 | The AI-music plays in Dresden

With the help of artificial intelligence, the CeTI researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently.
With the help of artificial intelligence, the CeTI researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently.

The human hand playing the piano: a complex interplay of tendons, sensory cells and a wide variety of muscles. A research team from the TU Dresden and the "Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-Machine Interaction" (CeTI) is investigating exactly how it works. With the help of artificial intelligence, the researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently. To do this, they asked the pianist Inhye Park to sit at a piano in a sensor suit and analysed her every movement using artificial intelligence. Each of her keystrokes is recorded in real time on the computer. The data collected in this way can now serve as the basis for learning programmes in which learners can also slip into an AI suit and use vibration feedback to train themselves the right movements. For example, they learn "that by cushioning the wrist, a softer or harder tone is created", explains Karl-Heinz Simon, piano methodologist at CeTI Dresden. In just a few years, such learning programmes could help teach people a wide variety of skills, regardless of language or other barriers.

July 2, 2021 | TU Dresden develops laser robot for disposal of radioactive toxic waste

Holder of the professorship for hydrogen and nuclear energy technology: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Antonio Hurtado
Holder of the professorship for hydrogen and nuclear energy technology: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Antonio Hurtado

The demolition of old nuclear power plants produces large quantities of radioactive waste. The removal of this waste can be extremely dangerous for humans. Researchers at Technische Universität Dresden now want to make a change. For this purpose the team of the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology has developed a new laser robot that is intended to render contaminated materials harmless before they are demolished and make them accessible for future reuse.

Their focus lies on a paint made of plasticizers that was common in the 1970s, which is usually found on the walls and metal parts of old power plants and is considered to be carcinogenic. Currently, the radioactive paints are still removed with sandblasters, which leads to contamination of the sand used. To get around this, the Dresden robot was equipped with special lasers that can heat the paints in such a specific way, that the radioactive materials decay and can then be extracted. According to the TU Dresden, there is already international interest in this technology as the number of ramshackle nuclear power plants continues to rise.

June 25, 2021 | Lightweight Symposium 2021 of TU Dresden: With neutral lightweight construction to more resource savings

The board of the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology of the TU Dresden invited to the 24th Lightweight Symposium in Dresden: Prof. Dr. Werner Hufenbach, Prof. Dr. Niels Modler, Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger, Prof. Dr. Maik Gude (from left)
The board of the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology of the TU Dresden invited to the 24th Lightweight Symposium in Dresden: Prof. Dr. Werner Hufenbach, Prof. Dr. Niels Modler, Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger, Prof. Dr. Maik Gude (from left)

"Neutral lightweight construction - added value through resource savings" was the motto of the Dresden Lightweight Symposium 2021, which was all about sustainable and future-proof business practices. Together with selected experts, the guiding principles of resource-saving lightweight construction in the 21st century were discussed at the event organized by the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at Dresden University of Technology. Whether "Cradle-to-Cradle" or innovative solution approaches for the recycling of material flows - the platform covered a wide range of topics with its about 100 digital events. In addition to the presentations, the more than 1.000 participants from industry, politics and science were also able to take advantage of several opportunities for interactive networking. The Dresden Lightweight Symposium is regarded for many years as an important cross-industry platform for the exchange of experience between international decision-makers. This year's symposium once again hit the nerve of the time with the topic of neutral lightweight construction.

June 18, 2021 | Digital Product Factory: Smart System Hub from Dresden enters third round with new challenge

From left to right: Michael Kaiser, CEO and Hans Klingstedt, Senior Project Manager Business Development & Co-Innovation at Smart Systems Hub, Dr. Georg Püschel, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Wandelbots, Harald Heinrich, Lead Principal Engineering Automation and Uwe Gäbler, Director Development Center Dresden at Infineon
From left to right: Michael Kaiser, CEO and Hans Klingstedt, Senior Project Manager Business Development & Co-Innovation at Smart Systems Hub, Dr. Georg Püschel, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Wandelbots, Harald Heinrich, Lead Principal Engineering Automation and Uwe Gäbler, Director Development Center Dresden at Infineon

Eyes from Infineon, muscles from Wandelbots, a nervous system from SAP and objective partner: this is what the third round of the Digital Product Factory, DPF for short, looks like. The DPF is an innovation program of the Smart Systems Hub from Dresden that aims to develop digital industrial applications. Its projects are limited to a term of three months and bring together cooperation partners from various disciplines. In the third, current edition of the Digital Product Factory, technology company Infineon is now working with software specialists SAP, objective partner and Wandelbots to improve human-robot interaction using artificial intelligence (AI). To this end, the co-innovators have set themselves two goals: The development of a flexibly deployable robot that can be taught and monitored with a sensor fusion-based edge AI solution, and the ability to digitally make the robot AI billable.

Both together form a holistic and scalable business model, which is also referred to as "robot and asset as a service". The Smart Systems Hub Dresden provides the virtual and physical spaces for this, methodically leads the product development and takes over the organization and acquisition of know-how.

June 14, 2021 | Jenoptik, Vodafone, Bosch - Dresden's high-tech location on course for growth

Vodafone, Jenoptik and Bosch are bringing growth to the hightech region of Dresden. While the mobile communications specialist Vodafone wants to establish a global competence center for research and development in the state capital, Jenoptik and Bosch are setting up new production facilities in "Silicon Saxony". At the new Vodafone innovations center, up to 200 researchers will work on the further development of 5G and 6G technology and drive concrete applications in the fields of autonomous driving, connected agriculture, chemistry and construction. Photonics group Jenoptik is acquiring land to invest in a new cleanroom factory with a state-of-the-art manufacturing building and office complex. Industrial giant Bosch, on the other hand, has just opened a new semiconductor factory in the north of Dresden. The site is considered one of the most modern of its kind and one of the largest investments made by the traditional company. The Office for Economic Development was directly involved in all three additions to Dresden’s business community. Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert emphasizes the advantages of Dresden for businesses: "The interaction of numerous companies, institutes and startups makes Dresden one of the leading high-tech locations in Europe. The future is at home in Dresden". Dresden's excellent universities educate globally sought-after talents, especially in the STEM subjects, who are now offered further very attractive opportunities locally.

June 3, 2021 | Vodafone chooses Dresden as location for new global innovations centre

The Vodafone Group will establish a global competence centre for research, development and innovation in Dresden. With this new facility, the company will create more than 200 highly qualified jobs in the state capital in the coming years. In January 2021, the Vodafone Group launched an international competition in which eight pre-selected European cities were able to apply as locations for the new centre. Dresden prevailed in this competition. The competence centre will have a clear focus on future technologies such as 5G, 6G and OpenRAN - as well as on concrete applications in the areas of autonomous driving, connected agriculture, chemistry and construction. Dresden is already a world-leading research location in all these areas.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Vodafone Germany: "The decision is another strong commitment to industry in the heart of Europe. [...] from 2021, we now want to develop 6G in Dresden from Germany for the world. Our message to this country: the future of digitalisation is forged in Germany." German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier: "The attractiveness of Dresden and Saxony as a region of innovation is once again visible here." Dirk Hilbert, Lord Mayor of Dresden: "The interaction of numerous companies, institutes and start-ups makes Dresden one of the leading high-tech locations in Europe. Vodafone's decision once again underlines this: Dresden is tomorrow’s home."

Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development, adds: "We are proud that we were able to convince Vodafone with our application. An important argument for choosing Dresden as a location for a technology business are always our excellent universities, which train talents who are in demand worldwide, especially in the STEM subjects."

May 28, 2021 | Dresden researchers make technical surfaces as pure as a lotus

A researcher team from industry and Fraunhofer IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”: Benjamin Krupop, Dr. Tim Kunze and Dr. Sabri Alamri (f. l.) are among them.
Modern light interference technologies in Dresden make it possible: By means of “Direct Laser Interference Patterning” (DLIP for short), the founders of Fusion Bionic, a Fraunhofer IWS spin-off, can now quickly transfer lotus effects and other sophisticated structural tricks of nature to technical surfaces such as battery components, implants or even airplanes. These microscopic surface patterns design implants to be more compatible or, with their anti-icing structures, prevent air passengers from having to wait forever for takeoff to the sunny south in winter due to deeply frozen wings. The technology, which has been researched at Fraunhofer IWS and TU Dresden over the past decade, is now ready for the market. Dr. Tim Kunze, who previously headed the Surface Functionalization group at Fraunhofer IWS, has therefore launched Fusion Bionic in April 2021 with a team from science and industry. The company name refers to the fusion of nature-inspired effects into technical product surfaces, i. e. a kind of symbiosis of biology and technology along the lines of bionics. “The Fraunhofer AHEAD program provided us with a great deal of help in this regard. In an entrepreneurial environment with the support of experts from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we sharpened our business model as well as the product and positioned our team well for the start-up,” says Tim Kunze. The Fraunhofer research transfer into practice also aims to provide new jobs and value creation in Dresden and Saxony. The number of employees is expected to grow to around ten by the end of 2022.

May 20, 2021 | Science Communication Award: Doctoral student from Dresden competes for Germany

FameLab Germany 2021 - Stefan Golfier

Dresden scientist Stefan Golfier prevailed among competitors from all over Germany and emerged as the winner in the final of FameLab Germany 2021. FameLab is an internationally renowned science communication competition in which young scientists have to present their work to a jury in a three-minute presentation. The participant with the most comprehensible and exciting content wins and can qualify for the international final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in Great Britain via a series of regional competitions.

This year, Stefan Golfier, a scientist from Dresden who recently completed his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, succeeded in doing so for Germany. With his presentation "Our Untangled Genome" he is now competing against the best communicators of the international science scene: "Qualifying for the final is a great experience and a great opportunity to share my fascination for science with a broad audience. For the opportunity to take part, I would like to thank the Dresden Max Planck Institutes and the Dresden science community, through whom my enthusiasm for science communication was awakened." FameLab has taken place annually since 2005 and is one of the leading events of its kind.

May 12, 2021 | TU Dresden climbs further in the ranking of the best universities

Beyer Building and Observatory of TU Dresden: Ranked 67th best university in the world by RUR.
Beyer Building and Observatory of TU Dresden: Ranked 67th best university in the world by RUR.

The RUR World University Ranking 2021 analyzed a total of 867 universities for its ranking of the world's best universities. Among them is the TU Dresden, which this year has landed in 67th place. After finishing 229th in 2013, it has thus moved up 162 places in eight years. It also climbs in the ranking of German universities: From 17th place in 2013 to 3rd place in 2021. The TUD gets particularly good marks in the area of teaching, where it is ranked second in Germany for the second time in a row. In the area of research, the TUD also shows consistently good rankings in a global comparison. Here, the University has once again made it into the top 50 in 2021, as well as 6th place in Germany.

As a result, the RUR World University Ranking now classifies the TU Dresden in the so-called Diamond League. The results confirm the long-lasting upward trend of the TU Dresden in international rankings. This can also be seen in the QS World University Ranking 2021, in which the TU Dresden improved and took a place among the top 200.

May 7, 2021 | Senodis moves into new company headquarters - supported by the Dresden Economic Development Agency

The Senodis founding team: Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai, Marek Rjelka Christoph Kroh.
The Senodis founding team: Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai, Marek Rjelka Christoph Kroh.

Digital component tracking plays an important role in smart industrial applications, yet in some cases it poses a major technical challenge. An example are metallic components that are exposed to extreme temperatures during processing. This is why the Dresden-based startup Senodis has developed a marking process that labels metal parts with a resistant ink made of ceramic pigments that allows them to be recognized and digitally tracked even at temperatures of over 900 degrees. In order to bring this process to market maturity, the Dresden Economic Development Corporation supported the start-up in the past with financial resources amounting to 80,000 euros and the arrangement of office space for new company headquarters in Dresden’s TechnologieZentrum Nord.

Senoris recently opened its new business premises in a business park brimming with innovation: "We would like to thank the city of Dresden for its support and confidence during the early founding phase of Senodis. For us, this confirms on a daily basis that Dresden, with its technology environment and growing startup scene, is an excellent location to put our ideas into practice," said Dr. Christoph Kroh, co-founder and technical managing director of Senodis. Dr. Robert Franke, Office Director of the city’s Office for Economic Development, is happy to welcome the company, which was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of Fraunhofer IKTS, at its new location: "Senodis convinced us with a really innovative technology that we definitely wanted to keep here in Dresden. The City’s Innovation Support Programme has once again proven to be a successful catalyst for turning excellent ideas into promising business models," says Dr. Robert Franke.

April 30, 2021 | Dresden-based car software manufacturer Tracetronic on course for growth

TraceTronic Managing Director Dr Peter Strähle, Tracetronic Managing Director Dr Rocco Deutschmann, Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden
TraceTronic Managing Director Dr Peter Strähle, Tracetronic Managing Director Dr Rocco Deutschmann, Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden

Whether driver assistance systems, autonomous driving or infotainment: the complexity of automotive software is increasing exponentially. Up to 100 control units are now installed in the vehicle. The Dresden-based company Tracetronic has developed software solutions so that electronic control units can be tested fully automatically in a wide variety of environments - from testing individual software components to the final test in vehicles. As a result, errors can be detected earlier and time-to-market can be shortened considerably. To cope with the growing demand, the company is constructing a new building complex for up to 350 employees at its headquarters in Dresden. The foundation stone was laid yesterday.

Founded in 2004 from the Technical University of Dresden, Tracetronic has since developed into a global company with further locations in Germany, the USA and Korea. Tracetronic supports more than 150 companies in the international automotive and supplier industry with software products and innovative solutions for the development and safeguarding of complex embedded systems in vehicles. These include Audi, the BMW Group, Bosch, CLAAS, Continental, Daimler, Denso, Ford, Geeley, IAV, John Deere, Magna, Porsche, Rivian, Siemens and Volkswagen. "TraceTronic is a prime example of Dresden as a location for business and science. Spun off from TU Dresden in 2004 and staying here for good reasons, it now radiates from the Coschütz-Gittesee industrial estate to all corners of the automotive world, from Korea to Silicon Valley," said Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden at the laying of the foundation stone.

23th April 2021 | Artificial muscle for the robot of the future - PowerON wants to accelerate development in Dresden

PowerON CEO Dr Markus Henke presents flexible robotics components.

The up-and-coming start-up PowerON has set itself the goal of revolutionising robotics. This involves developing products based on so-called "artificial muscles" that enable the transformation of robots from stiff, inflexible and lumbering assembly line workers to silent, compliant, flexible and agile everyday assistants. "Whether in the home, shopping or healthcare, numerous new applications will open up that we cannot even imagine at the moment" says Dr Markus Henke, CEO of PowerON.

The founding team has already been researching together on the technology used for this purpose since 2015. With the foundation of PowerON Limited in New Zealand in 2019 and PowerON GmbH in Dresden in the summer of 2020, another milestone has been reached. "Dresden is the ideal location for us. Every year, numerous first-class graduates leave the local universities, which means we can draw on an excellent network in the field of research and development. For example, we work very closely with the TU Dresden as part of a junior research project. In addition, the city of Dresden is one of the leading locations in the field of robotics," says Dr Henke.

Currently, the international team is working primarily on the development of compliant sensors that, among other things, make it possible to equip robot grippers with a sense of touch. However, there are hardly any limits to the possible fields of application for the technology. Based on the same materials, it is also possible to develop flexible actuators that can be used, for example, as pumps or as drives for prostheses. Following an expansion of the team, this area is to come into sharper focus in the coming months.

April 16, 2021 | Leap in perovskite research: TU Dresden makes production of highly efficient solar cells reproducible

Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, TU Dresden
Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, Chair for Emerging Electronic Technologies, cfaed and IAPP, Technical University Dresden

High-performance, low-cost solar cells are an important part of the energy revolution, this is why there has been intensive research on this technology for many years. One area that has caused much excitement in recent years, deals with so-called perovskite cells. These small solar power plants are significantly lighter and less expensive in production than conventional silicon cells, and have recently seen significant efficiency improvements. For a long time researchers were faced with a major riddle when it came to manufacture, as the manufactured cells showed inexplicably large differences in quality. However, a research group at the Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden) has successfully solved the riddle. They identified a specific anti-solvent as the cause of the low reproducibility. In their study, they were able to show how different applications of the substance led to deviating results in production. The researchers were also able to derive recommendations for optimal application from their work. "Our results offer valuable insights for the perovskite research community, that are necessary for the further development of this promising technology into a commercial product", said director of studies Prof. Vaynzof. The results were published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature Communications’.

April 9, 2021 | TU Dresden advances into the gigahertz range for the first time with organic diodes

Prof. Karl Leo
Prof. Karl Leo and his team want to open up new fields of application in organic electronics.

The Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at Dresden University of Technology is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of organic electronics. The goal of institute director Prof. Karl Leo and his team is to develop completely metal-free components to enable new fields of application such as roll-up screens, organic man-machine interfaces or body-compatible electronic implants. Until now, however, diodes made of purely organic materials were considered too slow (computing power of about 20 to 30 megahertz), thus they were always supplemented with silicon components. A new technology from TU Dresden, which combines carbon-based transistors using a novel vertical design, could change that. It can be used to create purely organic diodes that achieve switching frequencies of up to 3 gigahertz. Prof. Karl Leo and his team are confident that the vertical technology will soon enable them to produce complex organic circuits that are as fast as silicon chips. With them, even fully rollable OLEDs would get closer.

April 1, 2021 | Dresden start-up Packwise launches international business with fresh money

The Packwise founder team: René Bernhardt, Gesche Weger und Felix Weger.
The Packwise founder team: René Bernhardt, Gesche Weger und Felix Weger.

The Dresden-based start-up Packwise is digitizing value chains for companies in the chemical and food industries by equipping industrial packaging with small Internet-of-Things sensors. The technology offers clients a variety of functions to make their supply chains more transparent, secure and efficient, for which Packwise was awarded the “IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland” last year. The company, which was founded in 2017, has now been able to raise a seven-figure euro amount from its investors, including Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, in a Pre-Series A financing round. Packwise wants to use the money to expand its software platform, accelerate growth in the European market and prepare its market launch in North America. For this purpose, the start-up plans to further expand its development and sales team.

March 26, 2021 | AI-based identification method for cells: Biophysicist Herbig receives Dresden Excellence Award.

The DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD is given annually to outstanding scientific work from Dresden.
The DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD is given annually to outstanding scientific work from Dresden.

The Dresden Excellence Award is a science prize awarded once a year by the city of Dresden to outstanding research work that is of particular relevance to Dresden's city development. The prize is awarded in the categories Bachelor, Master, PhD and Habilitation. This year's winner in the category PhD is biophysicist Dr. Maik Herbig from the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD) at the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden. In his thesis, the scientist was able to develop a new method for identifying cell types that is based on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning and can distinguish cells based on mechanical and morphological properties. The new technology (called RT-DC) does not use color markers, which makes it cheaper and faster than conventional methods and increases its range of applications.

The process is already used by a TU Dresden spin-off. For Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Dresden Office of Economic Development, this is an important contribution to the innovative strength and attractiveness of the location: "Whether new treatment approaches in the fight against multiple sclerosis or the revolutionary identification of cell types - all the award-winning papers have practical applications and high value for our lives - today and in the future". The City of Dresden’s Office for Economic Development runs the award since 2017.

March 19, 2021 | Infineon and GLOBALFOUNDRIES: Working together for the high-tech valve

DPF-2 Review Deepdive
DPF-2 Review Deepdive

"Silicon Saxony" in Dresden is one of the world's leading semiconductor clusters and is home to the largest and most modern chip factory in Europe. The branch of the American chip manufacturer Globalfoundries recently became the venue for a special challenge of the Smart Systems Hub industry association. The task of the Challenge was to develop a new monitoring system for the factory's special valves. As a result, the participants have now presented an AI-based control system with high-tech sensor technology and edge computing solution that can detect defective valves at an early stage and thus avoid production interruptions. In addition to Globalfoundries, Infineon Dresden, Sensry, Coderitter and T-Systems Multimedia were also involved in the development. Their prototype will be brought to market maturity in the future.

March 12, 2021 | Dresden chip manufacturers relieve the automotive industry

View of the completed semiconductor plant in the north of Dresden
View of the completed semiconductor plant in the north of Dresden

The Dresden semiconductor industry cannot complain about empty order books at present. Quite the opposite: The rapidly growing use of silicon wafers in the automotive industry has caused a veritable boom in demand in the recent past. The result: there is pressure for expansion in Silicon Saxony, Dresden's renowned semiconductor cluster, which is home to three leading manufacturers: Bosch, Infineon and Globalfoundries. While the chip specialist Globalfoundries is currently busy expanding its existing capacities, Bosch is preparing for the opening of its first chip factory at the site. The factory is scheduled to start producing in June.

The chip factory, in which Bosch has invested a total of around one billion Euros, is one of the most modern in the world and is supported by the German government. The same applies to the expansion of the Globalfoundries factory. The state subsidies are intended to bind the strategically important key industry even more strongly to the location.

Technology journalist Nicole Scott visits the new Bosch 300mm semiconductor fab in Dresden

March 5, 2021 | ZEISS and TU Dresden enter into strategic cooperation

Prof. Dr. Ursula Staudinger, Rector of TU Dresden, signs the cooperation agreement with the ZEISS Group during the virtual meeting.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Staudinger, Rector of TU Dresden, signs the cooperation agreement with the ZEISS Group during the virtual meeting.

Whether in microelectronics, quantum materials, semiconductor technology or 6G - business and science are working hand in hand in the Dresden innovation space. This also applies to Dresden University of Technology and the technology company ZEISS, which recently entered into a long-term cooperation. The optics specialist from Jena wants to use the cooperation to network closely with students and scientists at TU Dresden, physicians at the university hospital, as well as start-ups and innovative companies from the region. The cooperation will not be limited to optical technologies, but will also cover areas such as life sciences, medical technology, microelectronics, nanotechnology, computer science and artificial intelligence. The first project is in the field of organoids, in which the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health are participating. Organoids are artificially created tissue parts that resemble human organs. The cooperation is initially scheduled to run for three years.

February 26, 2021 | TU Dresden develops sniffing robot for disaster operations

© Technische Universität Dresden

In accidents, disasters or the removal of war damage - gases can pose a great danger, especially if they are odorless. For this reason, seven chairs at TU Dresden, led by Dean Prof. Dr. Uwe Aßmann, have jointly developed the SNIFFBOT, a remote-controlled robot that can inspect and secure the area using gas sensor technology. In the future, the robot will be used in hazardous situations in larger numbers and be able to communicate with humans, its physical environment as well as the other robots. In addition to securing catastrophic events, the technology is also suitable for industrial applications such as monitoring complex production facilities. The SNIFFBOT project is funded by the Sächsische Aufbaubank as part of the Smart Systems Hub Dresden with a total of 1.78 million euros and will run until the end of 2021.

February 19, 2021 | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft launches research project to develop 6G standard

With the 6G SENTINEL research project, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is working on the upcoming 6G mobile communications standard.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's 6G SENTINEL research project aims to drive forward the development of important technologies for the 6G mobile communications standard. Among others, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) from Dresden is involved in the project, which aims to perform important pioneering work in a key market of digitalization with its research. The 6G mobile communications standard is intended to ensure better performance in terms of data rate, energy efficiency, latency and reliability of the mobile network. It is considered an important prerequisite for the widespread real-time remote control of physical objects, which is central to IoT applications or self-driving cars, among others. This is an area of research which various research institutes in Dresden such as the Barkhausen Institute or the 5G Lab Germany of Dresden University of Technology have worked on intensively for many years.

A co-founder of the 5G Lab Germany is long-time 5G expert Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, who was recently awarded the European SEMI Award. As one of the leading researchers in the field of communications engineering, Fettweis is involved in the development of a unified 6G radio spectrum to handle both cellular and sensory communication of robotic applications. To this end, the first IEEE International Online Symposium on Joint Communications & Sensing will take place from 23-24 February 2021, organised by the Barkhausen Institute and TU Dresden.

February 12, 2021 | Plastic waste becomes crude oil - Biofabrik from Dresden goes into series production with recycling plant

Oliver Riedel, CEO and founder of Biofabrik in Dresden, ran into oil. All over the world. The "WASTX Plastic" recycling plant turns plastic waste into fuel.
Oliver Riedel, CEO and founder of Biofabrik in Dresden, ran into oil. All over the world. The "WASTX Plastic" recycling plant turns plastic waste into fuel.

From a throwaway society to a circular economy - with the "WASTX Plastic" from Biofabrik in Dresden, this could be the future. Installed in shipping containers, the mobile recycling plant is capable of breaking down plastic packaging waste at around 400 degrees and converting it into synthetic crude oil - a process also known as pyrolysis. Until now, the technology has been considered inefficient and too energy-intensive for plastics, so it has hardly been used. With the Biofabrik's "WASTX Plastic”, it is now possible to melt down plastics at comparatively low temperatures, making the plant highly profitable and versatile. Biofabrik's developers around CEO and founder Oliver Riedel have already planned a pilot project in Africa and a large-scale pyrolysis plant in Germany, which will be assembled from many individual containers and will recycle around 200 tons of plastic waste per day. One kilogram of waste produces around one liter of crude oil.

In order to provide the necessary facilities, Biofabrik has handed over production to regional contract manufacturers, who have now started series production. In 2021, up to 100 plants will be manufactured; in 2022, several hundred are already planned. The need for recycling plants for plastic waste is vast: More than 400 million tons of plastic are produced annually - much of it is disposed of after one-time use. Only in November, Biofabrik delivered another recycling plant to its first customers: The WASTX Oil, which recycles waste oil. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Dresden-Rossendorf, Biofabrik seeks to develop technical solutions for the major energy and waste problems of the 21st century - first on a small scale to be scaled up later.

February 05, 2021: Dresden-based research cluster SaxoCell wins funding in the millions

The Saxon research network SaxoCell received funding of several million Euros for its research on novel cell and gene therapies. SaxoCell wants to make so-called living pharmaceuticals available to the broad public and thus contribute to the fight against a variety of diseases. The consortium, which includes the TU Dresden, has now been accepted into the "Clusters4Future" funding program. The program is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supports seven promising research clusters in each of two funding rounds over three years with up to 15 million euros. The first funding round, for which SaxoCell has now qualified, is scheduled to begin in late 2021. As part of its funding, SaxoCell aims to bring together the fields of gene and cell therapy, artificial intelligence, automation, and regulatory areas from science and industry to establish a unique value chain in Saxony. Regional industry and commercial partners will also be involved as an important success factor.
Cutting-edge research from Sachsen: The SaxoCell cluster of the future wins millions in funding.

January 29, 2021 | Volkswagen starts series production of the ID.3 in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden

Prominent guests at the first roll-out of the ID.3 in Dresden: Martin Dulig (Saxony's Minister of Economics and Transport), Dirk Hilbert (Mayor of Dresden), Dr. Stefan Loth (Volkswagen Board of Management, Technology & Logistics), Karen Kutzner (Volkswagen Board of Management, Finance & Controlling) and Dirk Coers (Volkswagen Board of Management, Human Resources), Jens Rothe (Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Saxony).
Prominent guests at the first roll-out of the ID.3 in Dresden: Martin Dulig (Saxony's Minister of Economics and Transport), Dirk Hilbert (Mayor of Dresden), Dr. Stefan Loth (Volkswagen Board of Management, Technology & Logistics), Karen Kutzner (Volkswagen Board of Management, Finance & Controlling) and Dirk Coers (Volkswagen Board of Management, Human Resources), Jens Rothe (Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Saxony).

After six month of conversion work on the production line, the time has finally come: The first ID.3 rolls off the production line at the Gläserne Manufaktur in the presence of the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig. This makes Dresden the second production site after Zwickau for Volkswagen's compact electric vehicle, which was launched in 2019 as the successor to the Golf and the first model in the ID. series.

Like all electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, the ID.3 is based on the Modular E-Drive Toolkit (MEB), the technological backbone of the Volkswagen E-Offensive. Mayor Dirk Hilbert sees this as a step that will also benefit the city of Dresden: "We want to develop Dresden into a model city for sustainable and integrated urban mobility. Thus we have included the new e-model in the fleet of the state capital. We have also been working as a community to ensure that the charging infrastructure is steadily improving." Parallel to the start of production of the ID.3 in the manufactory, the neighboring Volkswagen visitor center is also opening a new chapter. As the "Home of ID." it will deliver up to 9,700 ID. vehicles to customers each year. Another focus of the strategic realignment is the expansion of the research site. New opportunities now arise to test innovative projects in small series in the manufactory before they are used at the large volume sites.



January 19, 2021 | NorcSi wants to bring silicon batteries to market maturity - Helmholtz Center involved in development

Commissioning of the flash unit by NorcSi founders Dr. Marcel Neubert, Georg Ochlich, Udo Reichmann and Dr. Charaf Cherkouk.
Commissioning of the flash unit by NorcSi founders Dr. Marcel Neubert, Georg Ochlich, Udo Reichmann and Dr. Charaf Cherkouk.

From flashlights to electric cars – lithium-ion batteries have become increasingly powerful in recent years, but today they have virtually reached their technological limits. In the expectation of future leaps in development, new materials are needed. One promising candidate is silicon. The semimetal could increase the storage capacity of batteries tenfold in the future, but it changes its chemical structure very quickly, which has impeded industrial applications so far. However, thanks to a new manufacturing technology that treats the silicon with lightning, this could change. Developed at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), this new technology is to be brought to market by the Dresden-based start-up NorcSi. The company, a spin-off of the HZDR, wants to bring the silicon batteries to series maturity in the coming years. It is confident that the new technology is not only more powerful, but also more cost-effective than current batteries. As e-mobility is currently on the rise, the international demand for such energy storage devices is high.

January 12, 2021 | Saxony supports Senorics with two Million Euros

Dr. Ronny Timmreck, CEO of the Dresden-based high-tech manufacturer Senorics, with one of his promising mini-sensors.
Dr. Ronny Timmreck, CEO of the Dresden-based high-tech manufacturer Senorics, with one of his promising mini-sensors.

Senorics GmbH is a high-tech company from Dresden that develops organic sensors for the substance analysis of food, beverages and textiles. Their mini-sensors, which are suitable for everyday use, represent a low-cost alternative to laboratory analyses and are expected to enable a wide variety of consumer applications in the future, for example to determine the sugar content of fruit. The Free State of Saxony is therefore supporting the company on its way to mass production with a grant of two million euros. The grant will be used to set up a pilot line and is provided by the joint funding scheme of Saxony and the EU, which has so far supplied 50 million euros to saxon companies.  On the occasion of the funding, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig emphasized Senorics' innovative strength and its importance for Dresden as a business site. Senorics emerged from the Institute of Light Physics (IAP) at TU Dresden in 2017 and currently employs around 40 people.

08th January 2021 | Coding platform EntwicklerHeld raises fresh money for expansion

Co-founder Felix Hanspach is looking forward to the upcoming tasks at EntwicklerHeld.
Co-founder Felix Hanspach is looking forward to the upcoming tasks at EntwicklerHeld.

Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and Björn Bak, founder of the dating platform Lovoo and venture capital fund Edition.VC from Dresden, are investing a high six-figure sum in Dresden-based coding platform EntwicklerHeld. Founded in 2018, the company offers online coding challenges that software developers can solve to compete with others while attracting attention in the job market. The platform is home to professionals actively seeking for a job, as well as to those who are currently employed but could imagine a job change in the future. The company assumes around 70 percent of all developers to be open to new job opportunities. Since many of them also code in their free time, the investors still see a lot of potential in the platform. Their capital raise will therefore be used to further expand in the coming years. So far, around 20,000 people have registered on EntwicklerHeld. The platform was designed by the founders during their studies at TU Dresden and later developed in cooperation with the university service dresden|exists and numerous IT partners from the region.

30th December 2020 | Dresden-based chip company FMC collects 20 million US dollars for new storage technology

FMC is a spin-off of TU Dresden (2016) and technology leader for ferroelectric memory technologies.
FMC is a spin-off of TU Dresden (2016) and technology leader for ferroelectric memory technologies.

The Dresden-based chip company Ferroelectric Memory GmbH (FMC) has received around USD 20 million in a Series B financing round for the further development of a promising data storage technology. The financing round was led by new investors M Ventures and imec.xpand, and also included Hynix, Robert Bosch Venture Capital and other investors from the technology sector. FMC specializes in the development of ferroelectric memories, which are characterized by particularly high speeds, enormous scalability and extremely low power consumption. The small chips are regarded as next-generation memory solutions and open up new application possibilities for technologies from the fields of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and 5G. The Dresden-based company intends to bring the innovative memories to market maturity in the coming years. To this end, the company plans to enlarge the team and drive its international expansion forward, including in the US and Asian markets. FMC has developed its technology together with Globalfoundries at the Nanoelectronics Laboratory of TU Dresden.

23th December 2020 | Dresden researchers turn electricity into quantum honey

Lattice structure of "Herbertsmithite", a material with excellent conductivity that could provide important developments in microelectronics in the future
Lattice structure of "Herbertsmithite", a material with excellent conductivity that could provide important developments in microelectronics in the future

Herbertsmithite is a quantum material that was discovered by scientists of the Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat and could play a decisive role for future developments in the field of microelectronics. The reason: The material has a special lattice structure in which electrons not only move individually, but like a viscous liquid, which is hardly disturbed by the lattice. A phenomenon that Johanna Erdmenger and Ronny Thomale, scientists of the Cluster of Excellence, call "quantum honey". In the future it could be used for the faster and more efficient transport of electricity. Johanna Erdmenger has many years of research experience with the physics of black holes, Professor Ronny Thomale with the physics of solid bodies. The two researchers only succeeded in discovering the material because they combined two previously separate theories of quantum gravity and solid state physics. The research results were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

16th December 2020 | Jenoptik invests in production plant for the manufacture of future sensor generations

Jenoptik manufactures special high-tech components for the semiconductor industry, whose high-precision production takes place under special conditions.
Jenoptik manufactures special high-tech components for the semiconductor industry, whose high-precision production takes place under special conditions.

Jenoptik is investing in a new electron beam facility which will be put into operation in Dresden by mid 2022. The new facility will be built by the Jena-based specialist Vistec Electron Beam. The facility will form a core element in the development and production of new generations of precision sensors. Due to its enormous accuracy, it is capable of processing materials in the 10-nanometer range, which corresponds to approximately one 2,000th of a hair. The system is versatile and is used in Dresden, among other things, for the production of micro-optics, the core of Jenoptik sensors. The sensors are indispensable for the semiconductor industry, which also operates under high-precision requirements. Jenoptik is one of the world's leading development and production partners for optical and microoptical systems.

09th December 2020 | Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden discusses AI with artists and scientists

The kick-off on 28 October at the TU Dresden: Rector Prof. Ursula Staudinger, Kirsten Vincenz, Prof. Lutz Hagen and initiator Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen
The kick-off on 28 October at the TU Dresden: Rector Prof. Ursula Staudinger, Kirsten Vincenz, Prof. Lutz Hagen and initiator Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen

The Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden is an initiative of the Schaufler Foundation and the TU Dresden, which brings together scientists and artists to discuss technological innovations and changes in society and culture. The lab consists of two pillars, the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden and the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden. It was officially opened on October 28 with a virtual kick-off event. The first project phase of the Lab will focus on the question of how artificial intelligence (AI) changes cultural and social structures and how it is itself created and changed by them.

At the TU Dresden, many research units from mathematics, natural sciences and engineering contribute significantly to the development of AI. All participants are committed to a transdisciplinary research method at the interface of science and art.

02nd December 2020 | Dresdner Biofabrik recycles waste oil - first series plants delivered

Now in series production: The WASTX Oil recycling system with which up to 3,000 liters of contaminated oil can be converted into usable fuel every day.
Now in series production: The WASTX Oil recycling system with which up to 3,000 liters of contaminated oil can be converted into usable fuel every day.

Technical solutions for the major energy, nutrition and waste problems of our time - this is what Biofabrik from Dresden is working on with innovative plants such as the WASTX Oil: A recycling plant for waste oil, which has been in series production since the beginning of November and is to be delivered to partners all over the world. It can be used to decentrally and automatically recycle liquid residues such as waste oil, used diesel and fuel oil residues, but also kerosene and shipping oils. In this way, up to 0.9 liters of new fuel can be produced from one liter of old oil. A highly profitable technology for users that is also environmentally friendly. According to Biofabrik, about 25 million tons of waste oil accrue each year, of which up to 95 per cent are burned, deposited or illegally disposed of in nature. If one could use the energy of the annually accruing waste oil, the 85 energetically weakest countries in the world could be supplied with energy at low cost.

26th November 2020 | Handelsblatt ranking - Fabmatics ranks 35th place among the most innovative medium-sized companies 2020

Fabmatics HERO
With systems such as the Helping Robot (HERO), Fabmatics made it to 35th place in the Handelsblatt ranking of the fastest-growing medium-sized companies.

Fabmatics is a Dresden-based service provider for factory automation that offers its customers innovative solutions for highly technical production environments. The company was formed in 2016 from a merger of Roth & Rau – Ortner GmbH and HAP GmbH, two automation specialists from the Dresden semiconductor industry. The merger enabled Fabmatics to establish itself as a system integrator in the field of smart factories and Industry 4.0, where it is now one of the leading providers. In recent years, Fabmatics has been able to expand widely thanks to strong demand from the high-tech industry, which recently earned it the 35th place in the Handelsblatt ranking of Germany's fastest-growing medium-sized companies in 2020. More than 4,000 German medium-sized companies were examined for the "TOP 100 Mittelstand 2020" ranking.

19th November 2020 | Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat develops customized crystals for quantum chips

Logo ct.qmat
The Dresden-based ct.qmat cluster of excellence brings together researchers from around the world to develop materials of the future.

Atom by atom, the researchers of the ct.qmat cluster of excellence create the materials of the 21st century in their laboratories. Quantum materials, such as manganese-bismuth-telluride: a custom-made crystal that can conduct electricity on its surface with no loss whatsoever while being insulated on the inside. Hope of a material revolution is pinned on the material. Its discoverers, among them Dresden Junior Professor Anna Isaeva and Dr. Alexander Zeugner, are working on the material together with a scientific community from 29 nations. Applied in thin layers, the miraculous material can be used on all surfaces - even on so-called quantum chips. They have the potential to drastically reduce the energy consumption of computers while significantly increasing their storage capacity and computing power. They represent an important development on the way to more sustainability in information technology.

12th November 2020 | Digital Infrastructure for Renewable Energies - Kiwigrid continues to develop software platform

In Dresden, Kiwigrid tests and optimizes the connectivity and control of decentralized energy resources.
In Dresden, Kiwigrid tests and optimizes the connectivity and control of decentralized energy resources.

Whether in private households or at energy suppliers - energy management systems play an important role in the efficient use of renewable energies. Thanks to state-of-the-art software, they can connect photovoltaic systems to stationary storage facilities, the power grid or an electric car. The Dresden-based manufacturer Kiwigrid already networks around 150,000 devices in this way on a decentralized platform.

With a new generation that couples the heat sector to the platform in addition to photovoltaics and e-mobility, the number is set to grow even further. The goal: millions of devices form a software-controlled unit so that electricity is made available in real time and across national borders. Being situated in Dresden could help Kiwigrid achieve this goal, as the location’s university landscape and expertise in electrical engineering are considered particularly favorable for greentech companies. With Solarwatt and Heliatek, Kiwigrid also has two other energy companies in its immediate neighborhood, which are also funded by technology investor Stefan Quandt.

6th November 2020 | Battery tests for the automotive industry – Novum receives capital injection in the millions

Novum Engineering is a Dresden-based startup that offers AI-based monitoring for batteries. Shareholders of the company, which was founded in 2014, are High-Tech Gründerfonds and the venture capitalist Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, who together have already invested around 3.5 million euros before. They want to support Novum in improving a diagnostic device that can test the wear condition of batteries within seconds. The device works with a patented method and independently from internet connection. Conventional methods, on the other hand, require the batteries to be permanently online. In addition to large-scale storage systems, Novum plans to use the offline method for discarded automotive batteries in the future. So-called 2nd life rapid tests will allow them to be checked much more quickly for their suitability for later use as stationary storage devices. The investors see great potential in their application in the automotive sector.

With the "Module Observer" from Novum, the condition of large batteries can be determined. It is to be further developed with fresh capital.

28th October 2020 | Additive Drives secures seed financing of EUR 1.3 million

Three months after its foundation, the Dresden-based startup Additive Drives has completed a seed financing round. Its new investor is Munich-based AM Ventures Holding, which specializes in additive manufacturing technologies – it will invest 1.3 million euros. The financing is intended to support Additive Drives in advancing the market launch of 3D printed components for electric motors. The company's goal is to halve the development time of electric motors using these components. The startup is a spin-off of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg near Dresden. In addition to being part of the SAXEED startup network, Additive Drives also cooperates with various universities and commercial enterprises.

Single coil produced in the 3D printer for maximum flexibility in its use in all possible motor geometries
Single coil produced in the 3D printer for maximum flexibility in its use in all possible motor geometries