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December 2, 2022 | AI application hub paves the way for sustainable circular economy

Artificial intelligence can pave the way to a sustainable circular economy.
Artificial intelligence can pave the way to a sustainable circular economy.

The cheese wrapper, the breakfast yogurt or the shampoo bottle: we all dispose of plastic every day. This generates huge amounts of waste. Innovative solutions are needed to reduce this. Huge potential for this lies dormant in artificial intelligence (AI), with the help of which the sustainability of plastic packaging can be improved enormously. To exploit this potential, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the AI Application Hub "Plastic Packaging - Sustainable Circular Economy with Artificial Intelligence". The extensively funded joint project is dedicated to the task of developing recyclable packaging for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. This is a difficult undertaking, as the development and realization of both recyclable and recyclate-based (i.e., made largely from recycled materials) packaging involves regulations and high hygiene requirements. However, the key insight for achieving the project's goal can be gained with AI. It connects, processes and learns from data about the materials and their properties, as well as about the lifecycle stages of a then closed material loop. This results in an interplay between the learning of the AI (so-called learning algorithms) and the learning of the researchers. At the end of this process, it should be clear which materials, packaging, machines and designs are needed to achieve the project goal of recyclable packaging.

The Dresden location of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV is significantly involved, contributing its expertise and experience from more than 50 years of food and packaging science to the innovation laboratory "KIOptiPack". There, practice-ready AI-supported tools are to be developed that enable successful product design as well as the quality-assured production of plastic packaging with a high recycled content. One of the leading minds behind the AI application hub is Prof. Dr. Marek Hauptmann, head of the Packaging and Processing Technologies department at the Fraunhofer IVV. He explains, "With the interdisciplinary team of researchers and other partners from industry and society, the AI Application Hub is pursuing a holistic approach to solutions that tests the diverse possibilities of AI and transfers them into practice. The goal is to close the loop for plastic packaging as much as possible, focusing on the entire value chain from design to re-entry into the loop." TU Dresden is also represented by researchers from two professorships. The Professorship of Machine Tool Development and Adaptive Control is researching how to continuously adapt machines and production processes to compensate for large fluctuations in the recyclability of recyclates. The Professorship of Technical Design, on the other hand, is intensively dedicated to the question of how design can contribute to greater sustainability. Chair holder Prof. Jens Krzywinski: "In our research, the focus is not only on the human-centered development of products, but we are also intensively dedicated to the question of how design can contribute to more sustainability. Especially with regard to the acceptance of sustainable circular economy, this is a topic that should not be underestimated."

November 18, 2022 | 10 Years of Excellence: TU Dresden on the Way to World Leadership

The 'Dresden Spirit' - Top international researchers and young scientists from TU Dresden work together to find solutions to global challenges.
The 'Dresden Spirit' - Top international researchers and young scientists from TU Dresden work together to find solutions to global challenges.

Ten years ago, the promotion of TU Dresden (TUD) as one of the eleven universities of excellence in Germany started - a milestone in the university's history. TUD has been one of the top-performing universities nationwide for a long time – , in some disciplines such as the life sciences and quantum materials  even globally. Top international researchers have been recruited for Digital Cultures and the Future of Mobility. The university is also one of Germany's largest centers for interdisciplinary digital sciences as well as artificial intelligence and was instrumental in establishing the National Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Rector Prof. Ursula Staudinger explains, "Excellence is not only a driving force for outstanding research at the frontiers of knowledge - it is an overall engine for innovation."

Prof. Staudinger cites the bundling of competencies from non-university institutions and the university as one of the strengths of Dresden as a location. Thus, the transfer of research results to industry was also significantly expanded during the excellence phase. With 85 priority-securing patent applications and 120 invention disclosures per year, it is now one of the most patent-active universities in Germany. The start-up service ‘dresden|exists’ generates more than 2,000 projects with companies each year and supports around 20 spin-offs. The TUD has given rise to such multi-million dollar companies as Novaled and the robotics start-up Wandelbots. Another important chapter in the success story of the University of Excellence is the ‘DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation campus’. Twelve years after its founding, a unique science alliance and more than 30 research institutions, including 3 Max Planck, 9 Fraunhofer, 3 Helmholtz and 4 Leibniz institutes, as well as research-based cultural partners such as the Dresden State Art Collections has emerged from the TUD.

The goal now is to perpetuate the status as a university of excellence, according to Prof. Staudinger. "In doing so, we can build excellently on what has been achieved at TUD over the past ten years." To mark the anniversary, the film "Bright Minds. Excellent Research," was produced to provide insight into how passionate TUD researchers are working to find solutions on major global challenges.

Anniversary film “Bright minds. Excellent research”

November 11, 2022 | Leading production into the future with AI: New demonstration and transfer center at TU Dresden shows how it's done

Where can AI applications make production and manufacturing even more efficient? The new AI Center at TU Dresden provides answers to this question.
Where can AI applications make production and manufacturing even more efficient? The new AI Center at TU Dresden provides answers to this question.

Artificial intelligence (AI) can open up considerable potential in the production and manufacturing industry. But how can small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular get started with suitable AI applications? Answers and support are now available from the "Demonstration and Transfer Network AI in Production" at the TU Dresden (ProKI Dresden). Experts from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are focusing on forming technology and are introducing companies to the diverse, but hardly widespread application possibilities of AI. The potential in this sector is huge: it can be used to avoid production downtimes and improve quality control. Furthermore, resources can be saved and employees can be supported by collaborative robot systems. The comprehensive and free offer of the emerging center is aimed at manufacturers of forming machines, automation or software companies as well as all branches of industry with forming technology processes. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding the ProKI-Net demonstration and transfer network since October 1, 2022, to which seven other universities belong in addition to the TU Dresden. The common goal of the network is to improve the value creation processes of SMEs in manufacturing more quickly, to increase the productivity and quality of components and to use AI potential to strengthen Germany as an economic region.

November 04, 2022 | DUALIS from Dresden enables energy-efficient production and supports mechanical and plant engineering in the crisis

The factory of tomorrow: Software solutions from DUALIS make companies in mechanical and plant engineering smarter and more effective.
The factory of tomorrow: Software solutions from DUALIS make companies in mechanical and plant engineering smarter and more effective.

Shortage of materials, shortage of skilled workers, decarbonization of supply chains - the mechanical and plant engineering industry is facing various challenges. Particularly acute are the rising energy costs, which are hitting especially small and medium-sized companies hard. Dresden-based software company DUALIS is helping the industry to save energy by making it easier to plan the regulation of consumption. This is made possible by the planning tool GANTTPLAN, which takes into account various cost points and develops a precise production plan based on them. DUALIS Managing Director Heike Wilson explains: "We want to enable production companies to establish their energy consumption as a fixed parameter in their production planning. With GANTTPLAN, planners can look through different scenarios and find the most energy-efficient options for their own production." For example, the planning tool can weigh whether production is better handled by hand and saves energy, or by machine and saves time. Fluctuating electricity tariffs are modeled, as are high load peaks at certain times of the day.

Dr. Kirsten Hoffmann, product manager of DUALIS, about further development perspectives: "To extend GANTTPLAN, special reports or analysis tables are possible. Thus, on the one hand, the production plan can be analyzed according to energy criteria. On the other hand, a comparison of different simulated scenarios such as different energy contracts, purchase of a new energy-efficient machine and others is conceivable."  By supporting companies with various Industrie 4.0-compliant solutions, DUALIS is making a significant contribution to consolidating Dresden's position as a leading smart system location in Europe.

October 28, 2022 | Sunfire produces green hydrogen on a world-record scale

Sunfire and Salzgitter AG continue their joint journey to make the steel industry more sustainable and greener.
Sunfire and Salzgitter AG continue their joint journey to make the steel industry more sustainable and greener.

Since 2019, the Dresden-based company Sunfire has been operating a high-temperature electrolyzer on the premises of Salzgitter Flachstahl as part of GrInHy2.0 ("Green Industrial Hydrogen"). The plant is considered the largest and most efficient of its kind worldwide. Now the partners in the EU-funded hydrogen project are drawing a promising balance: almost 100 tons of the valuable gas have been produced in four years for climate-neutral steel production and fed directly into Salzgitter Flachstahl's hydrogen network. This was achieved on the basis of so-called SOEC technology (solid oxide electrolysis cell), in which steam from industrial waste heat is split into its components hydrogen and oxygen with the help of renewable electricity. The Sunfire electrolyzer can produce 200 Nm3 (standard cubic meters) of green hydrogen per hour - an order of magnitude that no other company has yet been able to demonstrate. Sunfire's CTO Christian von Olshausen explains, "GrInHy2.0 is an important lighthouse project for Sunfire, in which we were able to demonstrate our SOEC technology on an industrial scale. At the same time, we have gained valuable insights for further technical development. Projects like this lay the foundation for successful scaling of electrolysis technologies worldwide." The partnership between Sunfire and Salzgitter AG is therefore to be continued beyond GrInHy2.0.

October 21, 2022 | Up to 60 percent savings potential - Dresden-based Fraunhofer FEP develops globally unique window technology

Visual comparison between electrochromic windows in non-switched (bottom) and switched (top) state.
Visual comparison between electrochromic windows in non-switched (bottom) and switched (top) state.

Researchers at the Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) have succeeded in producing the world's first thermochromic layer on thin glass in a roll-to-roll process. Dr. Cindy Steiner, group leader at Fraunhofer FEP, is pleased: "We have thus taken an important step in scaling the technology from laboratory to pilot scale!" The next step is to scale up the technology and bring it to market. By using thermochromic coatings, the FEP research team has succeeded in regulating solar radiation in thin glass windows according to weather conditions. Thermochromic means that the windows change from a transmissive to a reflective state at a temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius - in other words, the solar radiation is blocked. Mechanical blinds could thus soon be a thing of the past. Above all, however, the technology has great potential for energy savings: In extreme cases, a building's cooling and heating energy requirements can be reduced by up to 60 percent. Office complexes, public buildings and new buildings with large, south-facing windows and glass facades will benefit particularly from this innovation. Smart windows can thus make an important contribution to the energy turnaround.

October 14, 2022 | New diabetes center in Dresden explores innovative methods for treating type I diabetes

Prof. Barbara Ludwig and Prof. Stefan Bornstein show the prototypes of the bioreactor in which beta cells (e.g. from pigs) are packaged and thus protected from the defense mechanisms of the human body.
Prof. Barbara Ludwig and Prof. Stefan Bornstein show the prototypes of the bioreactor in which beta cells (e.g. from pigs) are packaged and thus protected from the defense mechanisms of the human body.

In Germany, more than 6 million people suffer from diabetes. Every year, 500,000 people are newly diagnosed with the disease. And in the last 25 years, the number has risen by more than a third. The statistics show: To put a stop to the widespread disease of diabetes, innovative and more efficient methods are needed to treat rampant metabolic diseases. In the future, researchers at the Center for Metabolic-Immunological Diseases and Therapeutic Technologies Saxony (MITS), which recently began operations, will devote themselves to this task.

Special attention is being paid there to scientific work on the so-called bioreactor, which is intended to make everyday life easier for patients with type I diabetes. Professor Stefan R. Bornstein, the MITS spokesman, explains: "You can think of it like a pacemaker: A small can of five to six centimeters in diameter that is transplanted onto the peritoneum, under the skin." Enclosed in the bioreactor are beta cells, for example from pigs, which are protected from defense mechanisms of the human body. The trick: The cells can produce insulin independently and deliver it to the body. Insulin injections and pumps thus become superfluous. In addition to research on the bioreactor, secondary diseases caused by diabetes and other metabolic disorders are also being studied. These can affect blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, liver or bones. The aim is to prevent them and enable the regeneration of cell functions. The federal government and the Free State of Saxony financed the new buildingwith more than 35 million euros. It provides space for around 100 employees.

October 07, 2022 | Robots welcome as big and small helpers, especially among young people

Younger people in particular see great potential in robots as useful everyday helpers.
Younger people in particular see great potential in robots as useful everyday helpers.

Whether as a supporter in cleaning work, in the garden or in care - robots are no longer only at home in industry, but are used in a wide variety of work and everyday areas. This is also reflected in the responses to the German Robotics Mirror 2022, which was launched by the German Robotics Association in cooperation with the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden and Dresden Marketing Gesellschaft. Younger people in particular can well imagine the use of robots in various fields of application, such as caring for relatives or in entertainment. But even regardless of age, the majority of respondents see robots as having the potential to improve our everyday working lives - more than two-thirds (67.5 percent) of them see robotics as an important future industry for Germany as a business location. 

However, the idea of "robots as colleagues" has not yet caught on. When asked what role robots should most likely take on in companies in the future, the vast majority of respondents (76.2 percent) still favor the robot as a machine. The Dresden-based robotics software company Wandelbots would like to change that. "Normally, the implementation of robotics processes is very complex," says Christian Piechnick, CEO and founder of Wandelbots. "Until a robot is ready for use, experienced developers have to program every single step. High costs and a lack of skilled personnel currently hinder the acceleration of automation. This is exactly where we come in." To this end, the company offers the no-code solution Wandelbots Teaching, which enables users to teach robots independently without having any programming knowledge. 

In addition to Wandelbots, many players in Dresden are jointly driving development forward, so that the idea of the "colleague robot" could soon become reality. Thomas Schulz, managing director of Robot Valley Saxony, sees the state capital as a hub for synergies that are unique in Germany: "Robot Valley Saxony is the robotics ecosystem in the heart of Europe, actively networking experts from industry, research and startups to promote innovation and growth in the robotics sector in Saxony and beyond."

September 30, 2022 | Together into the future – German Aerospace Congress 2022 in Dresden

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Researching together and shaping the future sustainably: This was the motto of the German Aerospace Congress (DLRK), which was held in Dresden this year. From 27 to 29 September, around 500 experts from science and research, industry and politics came together. In many lectures and discussion rounds, the expertise of the location was especially highlighted. Eventually, Dresden offers ideal conditions: There are excellent research institutes and universities.

Aerospace will continue to be promoted in the future. In addition to well-known companies such as Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), Diehl Aviation or Nehlsen-BWB Flugzeug-Galvanik, the city is particularly attractive for young start-ups. With Herone and Morpheus Space, two promising young companies have settled in Dresden. The space start-up Morpheus Space plans to build a factory in the city to produce thousands of propulsion systems annually.

Aerospace has a long tradition in Dresden: aircraft construction began in the city in 1955. A few years later, Germany's first jet-powered passenger aircraft – a symbol of GDR aircraft construction – was developed in a hangar not far from the German Hygiene Museum. Since that time, large hangars have dominated the cityscape. And even today, passenger aircraft from all over the world are maintained and converted at cargo planes.

September 16, 2022 | In search of plastic substitutes - EU project led by Saxony conducts research into recyclable product materials

The accelerator in the ion beam center
The accelerator in the ion beam center

Fruits and vegetables wrapped in foil: This is what you see in many supermarkets. In this way the food is supposed to be preserved for longer. However, this is not particularly sustainable. And this is just one example of many.

The industry could record up to 80 percent of a product's subsequent environmental impact, learn from it and act accordingly – already at the design stage. That's according to an assessment by the European Union's Circular Economy Action Plan. However, the linear manufacturing pattern so far has offered few incentives for this. This should change in the future: The ReMade@ARI research infrastructure project, coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), is working to develop new materials that are recyclable and competitive as well. In the future, for example, bio-based materials made of wood could provide a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. The participating institutions also want to exploit the potential in the fields of electronics and textiles. The project is being funded by the EU with a total of 13.8 million euros.

"Anyone from science but also from industry, who wants to develop a new, recyclable material, can approach us," said Dr. Stefan Facsko, scientific coordinator of the project and head of the Ion Beam Center at HZDR. From the research infrastructures, the one where the required research can best be implemented will ultimately be selected.

September 09, 2022 | Rare earths from old energy-saving lamps: Leschs Kosmos about recycling revolution of Helmhotz researchers

Dresden researchers have developed a viral recycling process to recover rare earths from fluorescent tubes.
Dresden researchers have developed a viral recycling process to recover rare earths from fluorescent tubes.

Technological progress is drastically increasing the demand for raw materials. Electronic devices devour high-tech materials such as rare earths. Since natural resources are limited, innovative solutions are needed. Worn-out electronic products, for example, contain such valuable elements. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have now developed a process to recover rare earths from fluorescent lamps. This is an example that recovery of the elements contained is possible and economically viable. The key to the targeted recovery of rare earths is provided by bacteriophages: viruses that primarily infect bacteria. By combining this with a special magnetic separation process, the researchers have succeeded in selectively filtering raw materials out of mixtures of substances and reusing them. For the recovery, they use magnetic separation based on biocollectors. "In the future, we will be able to bring the rare earths recovered by biocollectors back into the cycle, which will simultaneously reduce the enormous amount of hazardous waste," says Dr. Franziska Lederer, head of the BioKollekt junior research group, explaining the potential for a sustainable economic cycle. Sounds complicated? This innovative recycling also interested the ZDF science series Leschs Kosmos, which illustrates the process in the current episode "Der Schatz in der Mülltonne - Das Recycling-Versprechen".

September 01, 2022 | German Robotics Mirror 2022: Robots still controversial for securing skilled workforce

The future of work: The robot as a colleague
The future of work: The robot as a colleague

In Germany, robotics has risen to become one of the most important technologies of the future and an economic driver in recent years. This trend is also reflected in the latest results of the German Robotics Mirror 2022. In this survey, more than two-thirds of respondents (67.5 percent) rate robotics as an important future industry for Germany as a business location. The survey was initiated by the German Robotics Association in cooperation with the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden and Dresden Marketing Gesellschaft. What the mirror also shows is that further education is needed to overcome prejudices in the world of work and to close knowledge gaps.

This is particularly clear when it comes to the issue of a shortage of skilled workers: One in three employed people who have already worked with robots sees the technology as a possible solution to the problem. By contrast, the proportion of employees without experience is significantly lower at 16.2 percent. Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Department in the state capital Dresden, explains: "Today, you don't have to invest millions or have programming skills to automate your processes effectively. We still see a lot of potential here, especially among SMEs." Accordingly, a clear work assignment for policymakers emerges from the survey results. The goal must be to bring the topic of robotics closer to the population in order to dispel unfounded fears. Olaf Gehrels is a board member of the German Robotics Association (Deutscher Robotik Verband e.V.) and says: "We have to emotionally convince operators and operators, especially in SMEs, that robots are a help and not a competition on the shop floor."

One of the driving forces behind Germany's efforts to further expand its status as the leading robotics industry in Europe is the city of Dresden. As "Robot Valley Dresden," it is pursuing a strategy with three focal points: Educational work, technology promotion in research and practice, and networking in the form of congresses and exhibitions that provide the industry with opportunities to exchange knowledge.

August 26, 2022 | Go-ahead for Drakore: Mobile communications network of the future being built in Dresden

The DAKORE team with the "GreenICT" award.
The DAKORE team with the "GreenICT" award.

Mobile networks are real power guzzlers. Radio access networks alone consume around 750 GWh annually, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of 250,000 private households. By 2030, energy consumption could double. To prevent this from happening, new projects are constantly being launched at the Dresden technology site to pave the way for the mobile communications of the future. One of these is TU Dresden's DAKORE project, which is designing an energy-saving mobile communication base station using novel AI methods. With this approach, which could enable energy savings of up to 60 percent, the DAKORE team was also able to convince at the "GreenICT". They were among the three winning teams in the 2021 Innovation Competition of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Project leader Prof. Frank Ellinger emphasizes that the concept will not only be used to modernize the existing mobile radio network in the future, but will also be used for further network expansion in future macro and micro base stations: "With the help of DAKORE, Germany can significantly strengthen its competencies in the new scientific field of AI-driven optimization of radio access networks and make a significant contribution to reducing energy consumption," says Eillinger.

August 18, 2022 | Robotics software optimizes warehouse automation: International investors support revolutionary technology from WAKU Robotics

The founding team of the startup WAKU Robotics from Dresden: Alexander Bresk (CIO), Sander Nijssen (CEO), Leo Käßner (CPO), Florian Purchess (CTO) and Victor Splittgerber.
The founding team of the startup WAKU Robotics from Dresden: Alexander Bresk (CIO), Sander Nijssen (CEO), Leo Käßner (CPO), Florian Purchess (CTO) and Victor Splittgerber.

The future of logistics will be defined by collaboration between humans and robots. With it´s product WAKU Sense, the Dresden-based startup WAKU Robotics is making an important contribution to innovative robotics solutions and is thus making its mark on Robot Valley Dresden. The software solution supports robot operators in controlling and coordinating mobile robots in various industries. Victor Splittgerber, founder and CEO of WAKU Robotics, explains: "With WAKU Sense, we empower human operators to ensure the smooth operation of robot fleets. The tool supports customers in this revolutionary transition to even more advanced warehouse automation." Current customers and international partners are also convinced of the potential of the innovative technology. A new investment investment of 1.5 million euros is expected to accelerate the development of WAKU Sense's software. Franz Humer is founder of Agilox, a leading manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots and part of the seed investment round. He says, "WAKU Sense is the first platform capable of orchestrating different AMR/AGV vendors. It puts everything on one dashboard and integrates sensors, forklifts and human operators. Sense is made for robot operators who need to work with more than one robot vendor.

12.08.2022 | “Knock, knock, it’s 6G.” Barkhausen Institute Dresden founds "Corenext" project for Europe's technical independence in the mobile communications of the future.

Corenext project manager Michael Roitzsch and co-managing director Tim Hentschel.
Corenext project manager Michael Roitzsch and co-managing director Tim Hentschel.

The currently most powerful mobile communications standard, 5G, has been fully operational in Germany for just two years - but the network of the future, 6G, is already just around the corner in Dresden. 6G will unleash previously untapped potential not only for cell phone users, but also for the IoT (Internet of Things) and thus for the economy. To ensure that European companies are less dependent on suppliers from Taiwan, South Korea or the USA in the future, the Barkhausen Institute at the Dresden site has launched the "Corenext" project.

Over the next three years, a consortium of 23 partners, including strong international brands such as Nokia, Ericsson, Infineon and NXP, will develop their own processors, antennas, reliable architectures and operating systems for the 6G mobile communications standard. The announcement was made by designated project leader Michael Roitzsch and institute co-managing director Tim Hentschel.

The project is funded with 13 million euros from the EU and has big goals: "The ultimate goal is to develop the prototype of a multiprocessor system that European companies can use to build their own circuits," Hentschel explains.

The Dresden engineers are planning another coup: by declaring the project open source, i.e. making the hardware and software components publicly accessible, sabotage of the later products by secret services, industrial spies or cybercriminals will be virtually impossible. Corenext - another key European project at the high-tech location Dresden.

August 03, 2022 | 45 million euros to combat innovation backlog in medical technology: Federal government funds SEMECO project at TU Dresden for simplified approval processes

SEMECO brings medical technology innovations to patients faster through safe and highly integrated cybermedical microsystems.
SEMECO brings medical technology innovations to patients faster through safe and highly integrated cybermedical microsystems.

Innovation cycles in medical technology are becoming longer. This is due to increasingly complex technologies and systems on the one hand and ever more demanding and lengthy approval processes on the other. This is why the Technical University of Dresden has launched the SEMECO (Secure Medical Microsystems and Communications) project. Traditional medical regulatory procedures are to be revolutionized in the medium term by artificial intelligence (AI) methods. The interaction of measurement technology, communications technology and information processing will enable smart medical instruments and implants to be developed and approved more quickly. A new platform approach will also enable safe and medical microsystems.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is now funding this innovation cluster at TU Dresden with 45 million euros over the next nine years. One of the strengths of the project lies in the regional bundling of scientific expertise of Saxon research partners. Together with the Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Digital Health, the 5G++Lab Germany, and the Barkhausen Institute, the SEMECO future cluster offers ideal conditions for innovative and sustainable collaboration at one of Europe's leading locations for microelectronics, communications engineering, and explainable AI in Dresden.

SEMECO is one of seven clusters in Germany selected from 117 applications in the second round of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's Clusters4Future competition. "Our entire team is delighted. Together, we want to create a system that increases the innovation and future potential of the semiconductor and microsystems technology industry for medical technology. The necessary safety requirements have to be taken into account, however we must produce added value for patients much sooner," said Gerhard Fettweis, Professor of Mobile Communication Systems at TU Dresden and scientific coordinator of the SEMECO project.

July 26, 2022 | SurFunction GmbH founds subsidiary in Dresden to establish sustainable laser technology in industry

The founding team of SurFunction Tec GmbH.
The founding team of SurFunction Tec GmbH.

Only two years ago, SurFunction GmbH emerged from the spin-off of TU Dresden (TUD), Saarland University and the Material Engineering Center Saarland. Now it is founding its own subsidiary, SurFunction Tec GmbH, which will enrich the high-tech location of Dresden with its know-how in the field of laser beam interference patterning (xDLIP). The highly sustainable xDLIP method uses pulsed lasers to create microscopically small structures that make products more durable, sustainable and efficient. The founders' goal is therefore to firmly establish the technology in industry in the coming years. The first fields of application have already been identified - in the automotive industry, medicine, security technology and even space technology: "Our technology has made it to the International Space Station ISS in several projects, where it was tested by our German astronaut Matthias Maurer," says Dr. Dominik Britz, Managing Director of SurFunction GmbH. Together with Dr. Bogdan Voisiat from TU Dresden, he is now also taking over the management of the subsidiary. "With the strategic decision to establish SurFunction TEC in Dresden, we are also following the recent technology settlements in the Dresden region. With our xDLIP technology, we see many interesting interfaces and further innovation potential," says Voisiat. Thanks to the close cooperation with universities, the rapid transfer of research results into practice is also ensured.

July 18, 2022 | Carbon concrete bridge from TU Dresden awarded: Double honor at fib congress in Oslo

The CarboLight Bridge in Deutsches Museum in Munich presents the advantages of the innovative material combination.
The CarboLight Bridge in Deutsches Museum in Munich presents the advantages of the innovative material combination.

Visitors to the Deutsches Museum in Munich can currently admire the CarboLight Bridge, which was designed and built by scientists from TU Dresden. What's special about it is that thanks to the innovative construction method using carbon and infralight concrete, the bridge not only boasts a slim design, but the filigree structure has also been built in a way that is particularly resource-friendly. These properties have now also attracted the attention of the Fédération international du Béton (FIB), the international concrete association. It presented the carbon concrete bridge with two awards at the renowned fib Congress in Oslo: the special prize in the competition for exceptional concrete structures and the 'Innovation Award 2022' for a paper describing the process from design to implementation. Civil engineer Marc Koschemann, who planned and supervised the construction of the bridge, is delighted with the award and sees further need for action in the use of lightweight materials in the industry: "The construction industry must change significantly so that we can build in a way that conserves resources and reduces CO2 emissions in the future. The use of innovative building materials such as carbon concrete is fundamental to achieving this goal." An important innovation driver in this field is the Dresden-based association "C³" (Carbon Concrete Composites), which is working to bring the building material to market. On their way to practical maturity, the Free State recently granted them funding of 2.15 million euros. According to Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig, the aim is to further expand the knowledge and technological lead that already exists.

July 6, 2022 | Robert Habeck gives Sunfire from Dresden the go-ahead for series production of electrolyzers

With the industrialization of its electrolysis technologies, Sunfire is making an important contribution to the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries.
With the industrialization of its electrolysis technologies, Sunfire is making an important contribution to the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries.

Green hydrogen is one of the most important energy carriers of the future, which is why the science location of Dresden is driving the development of the technology in research and industry. One of the key players in this field is the Dresden-based company Sunfire, which wants to bring electrolysers for the production of green hydrogen into series production. For this project, the electrolysis specialist recently applied for financial support under the European funding program "Important Projects of Common European Interest" (IPCEI). Although approval of the funding from the EU Commission is still pending, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate has already approved the early start of the measures. "Sunfire can thus get started as one of the first companies within the framework of the major joint European project. This is a strong sign - also for Germany and Saxony as a business location," explains Economics Minister Robert Habeck, adding, "Especially in these difficult times, we need to move the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy all the more quickly. The industrial series production of electrolysers is a very important building block for this." Sunfire CFO Stephan Garabet is delighted with the signal from Berlin: "The approval for an early project start underscores our central role in the hydrogen value chain. With the funding, we can scale up significantly faster, more innovatively and more extensively than we would be able to with our own resources."

July 1, 2022 | Cancer therapy with AI: More effect, less side effect

ProtOnART - a new consortium for adaptive proton online radiation therapy.
ProtOnART - a new consortium for adaptive proton online radiation therapy.

As a leading smart health location, Dresden is one of the key drivers of progress in cancer research. Now, with the participation of Dresden's OncoRay Center, a new international consortium is joining forces to achieve a new standard of radiotherapy. This is to be achieved with adaptive proton online radiation therapy (ProtOnART), which gives the consortium its name. Radiation therapy with protons is a treatment method that is already used in everyday practice. It is considered particularly gentle and effective because it spares the tissue surrounding the tumor to the maximum. However, the anatomical changes of the treated patient are a challenge: Tumors and organs can both change position and vary in size from day to day. To address this challenge, the consortium aims to develop an AI-based proton therapy that detects anatomical changes in near real time. Prof. Mechthild Krause, director of OncoRay in Dresden emphasizes, "Our vision is to develop the technologically and clinically best possible radiation therapy. We achieve this by optimally exploiting the physical advantages of protons, even for variable anatomies. With ProtOnART, we aim to bring AI-assisted adaptive proton therapy to clinical reality, benefiting especially patients with highly variable and mobile tumors." In addition to the OncoRay Center in Dresden, PARTICLE and In Beam Applications (IBA) from Belgium as well as Ray Search Laboratories from Sweden are contributing their technical expertise to the international research project.

June 31, 2022 | Innovations for the energy transition: Institute for Energy Technology in Dresden moves into new research building

The lightly folded aluminum panels of the exterior façade of the new research building gleam in the sunshine.
The lightly folded aluminum panels of the exterior façade of the new research building gleam in the sunshine.

More independence through renewable energies and modern storage technologies - a goal that has been pursued in Dresden not only since the Ukraine war. As one of the leading greentech locations in Europe, the state capital has been driving the energy transition for many years. In the future, a new research building on the TU Dresden campus, which was opened by the Institute of Energy Technology (IET) on June 20, 2022, will contribute to this. It offers the institute's 22 scientists optimal conditions for their research. Thanks to interlinked test and  laboratory halls, the innovative new building favors networked work and has space for a total of three professorships. These professorships  develop new technologies for energy generation and storage, including hydrogen, nuclear energy, and cooling and heating technology. Concrete applications include research into alternative refrigerants for electric vehicles or household appliances. On the occasion of the opening of the new building, Saxony's Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) emphasized: "The success of the energy turnaround depends decisively on how well research in the field of energy technology is positioned. Ultimately, the projects that are realized here will result in benefits for society as a whole."

June 14, 2022 | From research directly into practice - National Lightweight Construction Validation Center opened.

Lightweight construction technologies are an important key to shaping the future of the economy, which is why the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden has been researching their development since 2010. In order to transfer the results of this research into industrial practice even faster in the future, it has now founded the National Lightweight Design Validation Center (LEIV), a new facility that is intended to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. At the LEIV's opening ceremony, board spokesman Prof. Maik Gude spoke of a milestone in European lightweight construction research: "Our efforts to take a sustainable approach to  the development and manufacture of largely resource-neutral high-tech products are coming to life here at the LEIV." Dr. Robert Franke, Head of Economic Development, and Michael Kellner, Green Party State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate, were also on hand for the event. One of the new center's first central goals is to reduce resource consumption in the manufacture of high-tech lightweight structures by 80 percent up to 2030. In this way, Dresden's lightweight construction research is making an important contribution on the way to an environmentally friendly circular economy. With the ILK at the helm, Dresden is one of the most important European locations in this research field.

June 7, 2022 | New center for semiconductor research opened in Dresden

In the direct vicinity of the chip giants Bosch, Global Foundries and AMTC, a lighthouse of semiconductor research with international appeal has emerged: The Center for Advanced CMOS & Heterointegration Saxony, which was officially opened on June 7. In the future, two Fraunhofer Institutes will bundle their competencies here. Their cooperation helps to attract semiconductor companies and system users as well as material and equipment manufacturers from all over the world and to bind them to the location around Silicon Saxony. "Thanks to the close cooperation between the two research institutions made possible by the center with its 4,000 square meter clean room, optimal conditions have been created for outstanding semiconductor research," says Dr. Manuela Junghähnel. Together with Dr. Wenke Weinrich, she will head the center and drive research with state-of-the-art 300 millimeter wafers. Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Department, is also convinced of the charisma of the new research location: "Fraunhofer's new center is an invaluable asset for Silicon Saxony and, more specifically, for our semiconductor campus at Airport Park. This is where the next chapters of Europe's leading microelectronics location will be written."

June 7, 2022 | Volkswagen group IT moves in Universelle Werke

Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development and Mayor Dirk Hilbert warmly welcome Volkswagen's IT research unit to the Innovation Center Universelle Werke.
Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development and Mayor Dirk Hilbert warmly welcome Volkswagen's IT research unit to the Innovation Center Universelle Werke.

Volkswagen has moved its IT research unit for networking the production of all VW locations into the Innovation Center Universal Works - Dresden's largest innovation hub. The building is operated by Technologiezentrum Dresden GmbH, in which the city also holds a stake. Mayor Dirk Hilbert personally welcomed the new tenants: "Volkswagen not only built the Transparent Factory in Dresden, but has since been driving innovation throughout the city, creating value at the location." A goal to which the Dresden Economic Development Agency and its head Dr. Robert Franke are also dedicated: "Our task as economic developers is to create suitable space for innovative companies and start-ups and then to bind them to Dresden in the long term through support and networking." Prof. Dr. Uwe Wieland, head of the Dresden location of the VW Group Software Innovation & Development, explains how things will continue: "In three years, we have grown to 50 IT specialists. With the so-called Industrial Cloud, we will network all 120 of Volkswagen's group-wide manufacturing plants." One focus is on the use of artificial intelligence, which adequately replicates human vision. "With the pioneering role of TU Dresden and HTW Dresden in communications technology, the city has clear locational advantages," says Wieland.

May 27, 2022 | TU spin-off Heteromerge develops 3D multi-material printer for the nanometer range

The heteromerge team around TU Professor Robert Kirchner: Jörg Knorr, Siddharth Das, Dr. Ye Yu and Dr. Robert Kirchner (from left to right)
The heteromerge team around TU Professor Robert Kirchner: Jörg Knorr, Siddharth Das, Dr. Ye Yu and Dr. Robert Kirchner (from left to right)

As a spin-off of the research group "3D Mesoscopic Systems" at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden, the startup Heteromerge specializes in the development of high-precision 3D printers. Within the scope of its research, it has developed a patented process for automated material exchange that is capable for the first time of performing multimaterial printing with structure sizes of up to 100 nanometers. This is possible due to the high accuracy of the print head used, which places realignments after material exchange with an accuracy of up to 10 nanometers - independent of the print substrate. This means that the technology can be used on silicon and glass as well as on passive and active printing substrates, such as LEDs or lasers. In order to bring the novel process to market as quickly as possible, Heteromerge has been participating in the EXIST funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection since May 2021. The Dresden-based company has also applied with its innovative technology for the futureSAX audience award of the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony.

May 20, 2022 | TU neurobiologist Catherina Becker receives Humboldt Professorship

Prof. Catherina Becker is a pioneer in the study of spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.
Prof. Catherina Becker is a pioneer in the study of spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.

On May 12, 2022, the time had come: Catherina Becker, neurobiologist at TU Dresden, received the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the most highly endowed international research award in Germany. The focus of her research at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) is the regeneration of the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord. To this end, the world's leading neurobiologist is investigating mechanisms in the spinal cord of zebrafish, which have a special regenerative capacity. Even as a young doctoral student, Becker was fascinated by the ability of fish and frogs to repair their nervous systems which humans can't. "As one of the leading institutes in the field of regeneration research, the CRTD is a very attractive research environment that offers me many research and collaboration opportunities," says Prof. Catherina Becker. "I am very happy to be able to work at the CRTD at TU Dresden with the support of the Humboldt Professorship. Here I am part of the Johannstadt Campus, which offers wonderful opportunities for research collaborations with the surrounding institutes."

May 13, 2022 | Hightech-Gründerfonds passes the baton: Dresden-based startup Arioso Systems acquired by Bosch

Small chip, big effect: Arioso's micro loudspeakers are only a few square millimeters in size.
Small chip, big effect: Arioso's micro loudspeakers are only a few square millimeters in size.

Smaller than a one-cent coin and yet with excellent sound - the market for micro-speakers is developing rapidly. At the forefront of this development is Dresden-based startup Arioso Systems, which is working on the market launch of high-performance and energy-efficient micro-speakers. It uses a special technology called "Nanoscopic Electrostatic Drive" developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). The project team at the IPMS, which is based in Dresden and Cottbus, is also where Arioso's founders came from, having brought the technology to market maturity in recent years with the financial support of the Hightech-Gründerfonds. With the entry of Bosch Sensoric, the startup now wants to bring its micro-speakers into mass production and sell them to manufacturers of Bluetooth headphones and smartphones, such as Apple or Sennheiser.  The special feature: The membranes of Arioso loudspeakers have an unusually large volume because, unlike the competition, they use not only their surface but also vertically arranged lamellae as a sound space. As a result, this leads to higher energy efficiency and greater sustainability, making Arioso one of the world's most innovative suppliers of micro loudspeakers. Market experts forecast strong growth for this market segment in the coming years. According to tech specialist Yole, for example, the total market for micro speakers is expected to grow from $9 billion in 2020 to $11 billion in 2026.

May 6, 2022 | European Research Council distributes million-dollar grants to TU Dresden scientists

Flagship of Saxony's research landscape: Dresden University of Technology.
Flagship of Saxony's research landscape: Dresden University of Technology.

Fresh money for top research from Dresden - the European Research Council (ERC) makes it possible. The renowned institution intends to make around 5.3 million euros available from its funding pots for three TU scientists in the future. The special feature: The funds of the so-called ERC Grants are one hundred percent subsidies, which can be used by the research groups for all costs and requirements of their projects. The three TU scientists Prof. Dr. Triantafyllos Chavakis, Prof. Stefan Kaskel and Prof. Andreas Deutsch can be pleased about the funds. Triantafyllos Chavakis is Director of the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and, together with his team, is researching the development of metabolic inflammation. To better understand the disease, the team is pursuing an innovative approach in which the mechanisms of inflammation are investigated both locally at the cellular level and holistically at the level of the immune system. Andreas Deutsch of the Center for High Performance Computing is also dedicated to fighting disease. With his funding, he aims to develop chemo-immune therapies against tumor diseases based on a novel experimental method and mathematical modeling. Stefan Kaskel from the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry takes a different approach, working with his team on the development of a biological interface between humans and computers. Among other things, the technology should reduce the energy consumption of computers and enable on-chip energy management in autonomous microelectronic components. For TU Dresden, the three grants already represent the second award from the ERC grant pots in 2022. In total, the funds from the program now amount to over seven million euros.

April 28, 2022 | TU spin-off "herone" is ready for series production

The founding team welcomes guests to the inauguration of the new production facility. From left: Alexander Rohkamm, Dr. Christian Garthaus and Daniel Barfuß.
The founding team welcomes guests to the inauguration of the new production facility. From left: Alexander Rohkamm, Dr. Christian Garthaus and Daniel Barfuß.

Launched in 2018 as a spin-off of TU Dresden, "herone" has developed a special production technology for lightweight components over the past few years, with which the company intends to supply the aviation industry in the future. The facilities required for this, plus the production hall, have now been inaugurated by herone in a ceremony. After successful commissioning, the company's 13 employees will be able to produce up to 20,000 components per year. In total, the startup received financial support amounting to around 4.6 million euros. The Wirtschaftsförderung Dresden also supported herone in 2018 with an innovation grant as well as the procurement of premises and later with the construction of the new production hall. With its ultra-lightweight components made of recyclable plastics, herone aims to support aviation in the development of emission-free machines. "Our goal is to offer solutions to overcome boundaries, and thus make our contribution to tackling global societal challenges," says co-founder Christian Garthaus.

April 21, 2022 | Progress in deuterium extraction: TU Dresden filters the fuel of the Starship Enterprise

Only deuterium can open the pores of the metal-organic framework "DUT-8", while hydrogen leaves the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to a high degree of selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium absorption.
Only deuterium can open the pores of the metal-organic framework "DUT-8", while hydrogen leaves the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to a high degree of selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium absorption.

The Starship Enterprise already flew through the galaxy using deuterium as fuel. Even though this was science fiction from the 1960s, research is still being done today on the real application of the hydrogen isotope for energy production. Because deuterium, the heavy brother of hydrogen, is considered a promising substance of the future due to its broad range of applications: whether in science, for energy generation or in the production of medicines. However, the extraction from the natural isotope mixture of hydrogen has so far been complex and expensive. This could now soon be done more efficiently and cost-effectively: with a porous material developed at the Technical University of Dresden. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, the groups of Prof. Stefan Kaskel and Prof. Thomas Heine from TU Dresden, together with Dr. Michael Hirscher from the MPI for Intelligent Systems Stuttgart, have developed a novel separation mechanism for the hydrogen isotopes. This is based on the flexible metal-organic framework "DUT-8" developed at TU Dresden. "Our material enables the separation of gaseous deuterium D2 from hydrogen H2. DUT-8 is highly flexible and can dynamically adjust its pore size. However, this structural reaction proves to be highly selective: only deuterium can open the pores, while hydrogen keeps the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to high selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium uptake," explains Stefan Kaskel, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at TU Dresden.

April 14, 2022 | Innovative technologies for the handicraft business: hand prostheses using 3D printing

The two natives of Dresden, Christoph Braun and Jonas Schubert, are managing directors of "stamos + braun", the Elbe city manufacturer of prostheses and orthoses.
The two natives of Dresden, Christoph Braun and Jonas Schubert, are managing directors of "stamos + braun", the Elbe city manufacturer of prostheses and orthoses.

Using a 3D printer, the Dresden-based company "Stamos + Braun" has succeeded in producing customized silicone prostheses from medical silicones - with remarkable results. The high-quality silicone parts, for example, weigh up to 40 percent less than conventional specimens and can also be manufactured with significant material savings. The reason: the robust and viscous silicones are created digitally and printed at high temperatures with minimal quantity input. The process represents a completely new technology and a milestone in the production of prostheses. A particular challenge here is to print the prostheses in full color. Together with the Technical University of Dresden, however, "Stamos + Braun" has succeeded in authentically reproducing the color and shape of lost limbs. The aim of "Stamos + Braun" is to increasingly erode the boundaries between "artificial" and "real". The use of digital technologies plays an important role in this. In order to share his experiences in this field with other craft businesses, Managing Director Christoph Braun will be taking part in the "Zukunftsland Sachsen" conference on April 13, 2022. Under the motto "How digitization helps Saxony's skilled trades", experts will be there to exchange views on the potential of digital tools in the skilled trades.

April 7, 2022 | Turning body heat into electricity: This is how the TU Dresden wants to make organic high-performance thermoelectrics possible

Charging cell phones using body heat - what sounds like dreams of the future could soon become reality thanks to new findings in thermoelectrics. An important step in this direction is the development of organic semiconductors at the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at TU Dresden. Compared to inorganic materials, organic semiconductors are more flexible and at the same time lightweight and have low thermal conductivity. Until now, however, the technology has always had limitations in terms of conductivity. Researchers at TU Dresden have now been able to circumvent this, by developing a highly efficient modulation doping for the thermoelectric components. The results were recently published in the renowned journal "Science Advances". Team leader Prof. Karl Leo sees great potential in the research: "Our work paves new paths to flexible thermoelectric devices that make it possible to generate electrical energy directly from heat in an elegant and efficient way."

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo from the Institute of Applied Physics at the TU Dresden.
Prof. Dr. Karl Leo from the Institute of Applied Physics at the TU Dresden.

April 1, 2022 | Dresden startup funding for Carbon Clouds: With duckweed to clean water and biomass

Managing director Marko Dietz fishes the working duckweed out of the water with a sieve.
Managing director Marko Dietz fishes the working duckweed out of the water with a sieve.

Killing two birds with one stone - that's the plan of Dresden-based biotech startup Carbon Clouds. The company has developed a method in which duckweed can be taken to clean up wastewater and then used as biomass. The method removes nitrates and phosphates from wastewater, providing significant cost savings in water treatment. The control of the process is to be automated as far as possible with the help of artificial intelligence. The duckweed processed into biomass can be used as fertilizer, among other things. Chemist Marko Dietz, managing director of Carbon Clouds GmbH, wants to turn this into a business model: "We want to transform today's problems into solutions for tomorrow", he announced the credo of his startup. In order to further develop the technology and convince investors, Carbon Clouds opened a research and show container in Dresden on March 29. Around half of the investment costs of 200,000 euros came from the state capital. Dr. Robert Franke, Head of Office of the Dresden Economic Development Agency: "With the innovation funding, we enable companies and research institutions to implement forward-looking ideas with urban relevance. Carbon Clouds has already convinced us in 2019. We are proud that the startup has persevered and that we were able to play a part."

March 28, 2022 | Gaps in mobile communications, superconductors, organic electronics: Four researchers awarded the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021.

The award winners are delighted to receive the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD, from left to right: Andrey Ruzhanskiy, Dr. habil. Hans Kleemann, Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Lukas Grambole.
The award winners are delighted to receive the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD, from left to right: Andrey Ruzhanskiy, Dr. habil. Hans Kleemann, Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Lukas Grambole.

In March, the state capital Dresden and the network "Dresden – City of Science" honored excellent research and final theses with the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD. Lucas Grambole received the award for his research on energy supply issues and Andrey Ruzhanskiy for his findings on the stability of 5G networks. Dr. Shreenanda Ghosh, who conducts research on superconductors, is also among the award winners, as is Dr. Habil Hans Kleemann, who received the award for his research on organic semiconductor materials.

Central criteria of the jury's decisions for the four award winners are the relevance for research as well as the future orientation for the development of Dresden's urban society. "Current social issues are reflected in the work: from climate protection, sustainability and energy supply to digitalization and the consequences of pandemics. All the award-winning works have practical application references and high value for our lives - today and in the future," said Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development, commenting on the jury's choice.

March 16, 2022 | "Quantum Cat" aims to bring research into schools: Dresden center of excellence develops digital learning games for quantum physics

The game app " Katze Q" from the Dresden Cluster of Excellence aims to awaken interest in quantum physics among young students.
The game app " Katze Q" from the Dresden Cluster of Excellence aims to awaken interest in quantum physics among young students.

Quantum physics is highly complex and difficult to communicate - this is the common image, but researchers from Ct.qmat in Dresden want to counteract this. The goal: The physicists of the Cluster of Excellence plan to prepare current research content from quantum physics for a younger target group by means of digital learning games. Among other things, they have developed a learning app ("Cat Q") in which children are guided through age-appropriate learning content by a "dead-living" cat - known from Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment. The award-winning app for children aged eleven and up has already been downloaded more than 80,000 times and could also be used in sixth-grade school classes in the future, according to Carsten Albert, who is in charge of educational games in the Ct.qmat network. Currently, quantum physics phenomena are only taught in high school and above. Ct.qmat (Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter) is a cluster of excellence founded in 2019 by the University of Dresden and the University of Würzburg. It is known worldwide for its leading research in quantum materials and hosts about 270 researchers from 34 countries.

March 11, 2022 | ILK installs interactive outdoor thermometer at the institute building

Dr. Robert Franke, office manager of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, and Prof. Uwe Franzke, director at the Dresden Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration, at the inauguration of the outdoor thermometer.
Dr. Robert Franke, office manager of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, and Prof. Uwe Franzke, director at the Dresden Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration, at the inauguration of the outdoor thermometer.

Under the curious eyes of students at Dresden's Kreuzgymnasium, the Institute of Air and Refrigeration Technology installed a new outdoor thermometer at the beginning of March. The 2.5-meter-high thermometer on the exterior facade of the ILK Dresden covers a temperature spectrum from -273°C to +100°C, which is marked with a series of tags and QR code. Passersby can use the QR code to call up information on the thermometer's various temperature readings, for example freeze-drying, dry ice, liquid oxygen or the coldest day in Dresden. The campaign is intended to increase the institute's visibility - especially among schoolchildren. "It is particularly important for us to reach out to school principals and teachers so that, together with them, we inspire Dresden's students to become interested in natural sciences," said ILK Director Prof. Uwe Franzke. With its excellent research in the field of air and refrigeration technology, the ILK is an absolute flagship for the science location Dresden and the nationwide research landscape.

March 2, 2022 | Dresden spin-offs on growth course: Senodis receives 1.5 million in venture capital, Infrasolid with new investor

The founding team of Senodis looks to the future with confidence: Marek Rjelka, Christoph Kroh, Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai
The founding team of Senodis looks to the future with confidence: Marek Rjelka, Christoph Kroh, Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai

The Dresden-based high-tech company Senodis receives a financial injection of 1.5 million euros. The investors are High-Tech Gründerfonds, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and Fraunhofer Technologie Transfer Fonds. Senodis intends to use the venture capital to further develop and market its innovative Ceracode process. The system is based on a special ceramic ink that can be used to print heat-resistant codes on metal components so that they can be digitally tracked during the production process. As a spin-off of Fraunhofer IKTS from Dresden, Senodis was supported with financial resources from the Dresden Economic Development Corporation as part of the 2019 Innovationsförderung program. Investments that are now paying off. This also applies to the Dresden TU spin-off Infrasolid, which was also part of Innovationsförderung 2019. The company, which specializes in the development of technical infrared solutions, changed its owner at the end of February. Instead of Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, Infrasolid now belongs to Innovative Sensor Technology AG from Switzerland and intends to grow further with its new partner. This is evidence of the successful work of the business and innovation promotion in Dresden, which serves as an incubator for many start-ups.

February 25, 2022 | 150 million for the fight against cancer: Dewpoint wants to advance research in Dresden

CEO Ameet Nathwani
CEO Ameet Nathwani

The Dresden-based biotech company Dewpoint Therapeutics recently attracted a lot of attention with a cash injection of 150 million euros. Now, CEO Ameet Nathwani reveals what the money from the Series C financing will be used for. The Boston-based company is planning to research a total of 20 new diseases for which individualized drugs will be developed in the future. To this end, the Dresden site is to be expanded to 2,000 square meters of space and the number of employees is to be increased from around 220 at present to more than 300. Rapid growth for the company, which was founded in 2018 and has made a name for itself with the development of an AI-based analysis method and individualized drugs. It has also been able to benefit from the work of some of the research institutions in the Dresden biotech cluster, such as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. The institute, founded by director Anthony Hyman, was involved in the discovery of so-called biomolecular condensates, among other things, which Dewpoint is investigating for the development of individualized drugs. A low-cost and highly effective approach in the fight against cancer, HIV, and a range of nerve, viral and heart diseases. In this effort, Dewpoint is receiving support from major pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer and Pfizer.

February 16, 2022 | Dresden researcher develop ultra-bright light for semiconductor industry and microbiology

A million times brighter than the sun - that's how powerful the white-light laser, which has been developed by Dresden researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute, is. In the future, the ultra-bright laser will be used for quality control in the semiconductor industry and in microbiology. The intensity of the light source can be used, for example, to characterize the surface profile, deeper structures and even the back of microchips in a single process. Microbiology could also benefit from the laser, for example in the study of cell cultures. The light used shines about a million times brighter than the sun and yet can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing processes. The technology was developed as part of a doctoral thesis by scientist Dr. Tobias Baselt at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies (AZOM) and the West Saxony University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ).

Cells can be examined in real time with the new white light laser developed by Dr. Tobias Baselt.
Cells can be examined in real time with the new white light laser developed by Dr. Tobias Baselt.

February 14, 2022 | Dresden "CUBE" celebrates topping-out ceremony: The shell of the world's first carbon house is complete

Innovative, sustainable and almost finished - with the topping-out ceremony of the CUBE, the day of the completion of the world's first carbon house from Dresden is taking a big step closer. Work on the building, which is made entirely of the completely new and sustainable building material, has already been underway for several years. Following the topping-out ceremony on February 3, work is now continuing on the installation of the window fronts, the interior fittings and the building services equipment. The building is scheduled to be officially opened in September 2022. The building is an important demonstration of the market maturity of the new material, which, in addition to conserving resources, could also lead to significant CO2 savings in the construction industry. Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach, professor of solid construction at TU Dresden and chairman of the board of the C³ association, thanked the construction workers involved for their tireless commitment and willingness to work with the unfamiliar building material. The C³ consortium, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is researching and developing a completely new type of construction using carbon concrete as a composite material. The CUBE is a milestone for broad application in practice.

Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach shows how the carbon concrete works on a model.
Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach shows how the carbon concrete works on a model.

February 4, 2022 | Smart Systems Hub expands IoT lab with edge cloud, 5G network and co-bots

In view of the growing interest of the business community in the Internet of Things (IoT), the Dresden-based excellence initiative Smart Systems Hub is expanding its "IoT Lab" in Dresden's Neustadt district. As a result, companies and institutes in the 50-square-meter lab can now use a new edge cloud infrastructure to remotely control robots via a 5G campus network. The collaborative robot was installed by the tech company "Universal Robots" and can be trained for a wide range of human-machine tasks via an app from the Dresden-based robotics specialist "Wandelbots". One promising field of application for the technology is in industry and the skilled trades, where co-bots could help address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the future. In total, the Smart Systems Hub and its partners from industry plan to invest around half a million euros in the new laboratory by 2023. It is designed as a nucleus and testing environment for the flourishing IoT community in Saxony.

At the launch of the new IoT Lab: The Smart System Hub team from Dresden.
At the launch of the new IoT Lab: The Smart System Hub team from Dresden.

January 25, 2022 | Greentech company Heliatek from Dresden nominated for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment

Nominated for the German Innovation Award: The greentech company Heliatek has succeeded in bringing especially climate-friendly solar films to market.
Nominated for the German Innovation Award: The greentech company Heliatek has succeeded in bringing especially climate-friendly solar films to market.

The German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) recognizes the commitment of industry and research to the development of environmentally and climate-friendly technologies. The prize, which is endowed with 175,000 euros, is awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Around 150 companies submitted their forward-looking developments for this year's award, including Dresden-based greentech company Heliatek, which made it into the list of 21 nominees with its climate-friendly solar films. Heliatek's particularly thin, lightweight and flexible solar films are manufactured on the basis of organic photovoltaics and feature a very low CO2 footprint (10 gCO2e/kWh). The company is part of a Dresden-based greentech cluster of around 360 players, including about 70 research institutions and more than 270 start-ups, spin-offs, medium-sized companies and internationally operating corporations. With the development of numerous leading climate technologies, the cluster is making a decisive contribution to combating climate change and securing green growth with sustainable jobs for the region.

January 24, 2022 | Federal Ministry brings Science Year 2022 to Dresden: TU takes pop-up knowledge sites to the city

Strengthening the dialog between citizens and science with pop-up knowledge stores - that is the goal of the TU Dresden within the framework of the Science Year 2022.
Strengthening the dialog between citizens and science with pop-up knowledge stores - that is the goal of the TU Dresden within the framework of the Science Year 2022.

Collecting questions for tomorrow's research - that is the approach of this year's " Wissenschaftsjahr 2022 - Nachgefragt!", an initiative of Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in which the TU Dresden also participates. Thus, together with partners from Dresden and Weißwasser, the TU has launched the project "POP-UP-WISSEN - Wissen schafft Dialog" (POP-UP Knowledge - Knowledge Creates Dialog), which transforms vacant storefronts into "pop-up knowledge sites" to more strongly promote dialog between citizens and science. In the first quarter of the project, the focus is on collecting questions for science and presenting current TU Dresden projects. From the second quarter until the end of the year, the questions will then be answered in analog and digital formats. Questions can be submitted directly to the project or via the umbrella campaign throughout the year.

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.