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The “Institut f. Automation und Kommunikation” (ifak), founded in 1991, whose legal operator is the registered association of the same name, ranks among the German Research-Mittelstand and is one of the founding members of the "Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse e.V.". The institute carries out applied research on “Information and Communication Technology and Automation”, “Water and Energy”, “Measurement Technology and Power Electronics” and “Transport and Assistance”. In around 75 projects of research annually, ranging from feasibility studies to complex development projects, ifak is a partner to industry. It is a reflection of the cross-sectional character of automation and information technology that the customers come from the widest range of industries in addition to electrical engineering.

Hangzhou Dianzi University and ifak affirm cooperation

On 26 November 2018 Prof. Yan from Hangzhou Dianzi University and Prof. Wang from Tongji University in Shanghai visited the ifak. With Prof. Yan further cooperation possibilities to Industrial IoT for industrial applications were explored.

ifak is represented at SPS/IPC/Drives

At the joint booth of PROFIBUS PROFINET International, the research institute ifak will present solutions ranging from development-accompanying device tests, network analysis and protocol validation for safety applications to the integration of devices and systems in ERP and office applications.

Visit us in hall 5 booth 210.

Dr Schütze gives invited lecture on megacities at Colombian university

Following an invitation by the Universidad de Santiago de Cali/Colombia, Dr Schütze gave a lecture on megacities and how they can combat climate change. Two dozens of students from different disciplines and universities followed this invitation on an early Saturday morning. Featuring some of the research projects currently carried out at ifak, Dr Schütze illustrated how the challenges on integrated water and resource management,

Conferene "Agua2018" in Colombia

In one of the invited keynote lectures at the conferene "Agua2018", which, in this year, was focussing on the topic "Water, environmental justice and Peace", Dr Schütze has presented ifak's research work in the topic area of "Integrated Planning Tools".

Scenarios of future developments of Kigali, capital of Rwanda - ifak contributes to scenario workshop

Scenarios of potential future developments of Kigali, the rapidly growing capital of Rwanda in East Africa, were the topic of a scenario workshop held on 25 October in Kigali. ifak contributed significantly to the preparations of this workshop, which was organised by TU Berlin within the BMBF-funded project "Rapid Planning". After a short introduction into the context of the "Rapid Planning" project, group discussions highlighted current and potential future developments in the water, wastewater, energy, waste and food sectors.

ifak contributes to stakeholder seminar on urban development in Kigali/Rwanda

On 24 October 2108, a stakeholder conference was held on issues of rapid urban development in Kigali/Rwanda. This conference forms part of the BMBF-funded project "Rapd Planning", which develops a methodology and related tools to support rapidly growing cities in their strategic pre-planning of infrastructure systems for water, wastewater, solid waste, energy and urban agriculture, making use of potential synergies of these systems. In his contribution to this conference, Dr Schütze presented the work carried out at ifak on the development of a simulatiion tool, enabling to simulate and to visualise the relevant resource fluxes and to calculate important sustainability criteria. Modelling serves as a core element of a participatory strategic planning process.

Project workshop of the German-Israeli water research project CLUWAL

From 04 to 06 July, ifak hosted a project workshop of the German-Israeli water research project CLUWAL. Within the CLUWAL project, which is jointly funded by the research ministries of both countries (BMBF, MOST), simulation-based assessment methods are developed which will allow municipalities and water assocation to carry out assessments of their water systems according to social, economic and ecological aspects of sustainability. These will contribute to a better management of scarce water resources.

ifak at HMI in hall 9, stand 68

ifak will be exhibiting at the PNO's joint booth in hall 9, stand 68 the extended tool 'Plant Explorer', which is used for the topology detection of industrial topologies networks and observing or setting information of PROFINET devices. In particular, the export function has been expanded to provide the network topology according to AutomationML White paper 'Communication', for example. 

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