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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.

Kuratorium des ifak trifft sich zur 40. Sitzung

Das ifak hat die Rechtsform eines eingetragenen Vereins. Zum satzungsgemäßen Zweck zählt der Betrieb des gleichnamigen Instituts für Automation und Kommunikation. Mitgliederversammlung und Vorstand werden durch ein Kuratorium unterstützt, das in der aktuellen 9. Wahlperiode dieses Gremiums 20 Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und öffentlichem Leben vereint. Mit der seit Gründung des ifak e.V. im Jahr 1991 nunmehr bereits 40. Sitzung hatte die Zusammenkunft am 18.10.2018 in Magdeburg Jubiläumscharakter. Geleitet wurde die Kuratoriumssitzung durch Dr. Dieter Scheidemann, Beigeordneter für Stadtentwicklung, Bau und Verkehr der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg.

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. 

ifak at the IEEE-Workshop NEXTA 2018 in Västerås

Martin Reider presented a concept for a feature-based test prioritization at the first IEEE workshop "on NEXt level of Test Automation" (NEXTA 2018, https://www.testomatproject.eu/nexta2018/) in Västerås. Together with his two co-authors Stephan Magnus and Jan Krause, he embarked on a journey to Sweden to present the developed concepts and first results to the community (https://twitter.com/DrSEldh/status/983283496973164544). Based on the very good feedback, the research work will be further developed and implemented within TESTOMAT (http://www.testomatproject.eu/).

Gemeinsame Sitzung des projektbegleitenden Ausschusses für das DFAM-Forschungsvorhaben "KoMe" und des GMA-FA 5.21 "Funkgestützte Kommunikation"

Das Forschungsprojekt "Kognitive Mediumszugangsalgorithmen für industrielle Funkanwendungen (KoMe)" befindet sich kurz vor dem erfolgreichen Abschluss. Am 10.04.2018 fand am ifak in Magdeburg die 6. Sitzung des projektbegleitenden Ausschusses der industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) statt. Das IGF-Vorhaben der Deutschen Forschungsgesellschaft für Automatisierung und Mikroelektronik e.V. (DFAM) wurde durch die Forschungsvereinigung Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau e.V. - FKM, Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt am Main über die AiF im Rahmen des Programms zur Förderung der industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages gefördert.

New project at ifak: MONAT - Model-based and demand-driven network configuration for automation and telecommunications networks

At the beginning of the new year, a new project started at ifak: MONAT - Model-based and demand-driven network configuration for automation and telecommunications networks. The research project MONAT aims to contribute to achieve trust in the new technology Software Defined Network for the establishment of virtual networks. This is only possible if it can be proven that, in addition to the required quality characteristics of the connection, it is also possible to implement security requirements without additional overhead. In addition, MONAT will examine the consistency of the developed configuration solutions for real-time-capable communication modules in the industrial automation sector, including the Time Sensitive Networking approaches on the one hand and the use of the same configuration solutions in the pure ICT area and implement them on the basis of demonstrators.

Cooperation partner ifak-ts starts HART test laboratory

ifak-ts has been successfully audited by the FieldComm Group and starts operation of the test laboratory for field devices with HART interface.

Visit to the Chinese institute ITEI

On 02.11.2017 Sarah Willmann from ifak visited the Chinese institute ITEI (Instrumentation Technology & Economy Institute). The aim of the meeting was to exchange information about current standardization activities and future cooperation.

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